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Wednesday November 26th, 2014
Taxpayers Near Ferguson Must Turn to Private Security posted 11/26/2014, 11:43 AM (Ryan McMaken)
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Those who own private property in suburbs near Ferguson must hire private security for protection. Malls, shopping centers, and other valuables will be protected with private money. A story linked on Drudge today noted that the wealthy suburb of Clayton includes many private firms turning to private security, but apparently, private firms are being called in throughout the metro area:
Securitas, a security firm that employs 1,600 private guards around St. Louis, says it contracted out the last of its personnel two weeks ago to protect malls, banks, pharmaceutical corporations, power plants, and other large businesses, some of which are based in Clayton. To meet the demand of anticipated violence, Securitas has been making new hires, according to Garrett Cizek, the firm's local business-development manager.
Naturally, no one, if he can afford, it will rely on government police for "protection."

If governments were honest with you, this is what they would say about police:
Dear Citizen, we are going to tax you heavily for a police force that will focus on extracting even more revenue from you, and will exist primarily to harass motorists and other who commit petty traffic infractions. All the while, we will claim we are putting our lives on the line to protect you. But of course, we will do little to recover your stolen property, investigate thieves or those who trespass or destroy property. If you’re a small business owner who has ever had his shop broken into, you know this already. Yes, politics requires that we do investigate rapes and murders, but we'd rather not do that. Those criminals are dangerous! Let's face it, the police force is a union shop, and is unaccountable to you, the tax payer. The police are mostly concerned with ensuring more and more government... (more)
PAPA JOHN'S Manager Defends Store From Looters -- With Bare Hands...

Virginia Is for Lovers of Liquor Monopolies posted 11/26/2014, 11:43 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
A Virginia court recently sentenced 26-year-old Daries Lamont Coles to five years in jail for violating Virginia's drug laws. He joins a long line of other people who have met a similar fate in the decades-long war on drugs.

Meanwhile, the State of Virginia is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (VABC), a monopoly agency that has the exclusive privilege of selling liquor to people in Virginia.

The Virginia judge
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Tuesday November 25th, 2014

We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson? posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
If you dress police officers up as soldiers and you put them in military vehicles and you give them military weapons, they adopt a warrior mentality. We fight wars against enemies, and the enemies are the people who live in our cities—particularly in communities of color.—Thomas Nolan, criminology professor and former police officer

Should police officer Darren Wilson be held accountable for the shooting death of unarmed citizen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Augu
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Why It's Impossible to Indict a Cop posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Nation)
[Category: Commentary]
How to police the police is a question as old as civilization, now given special urgency by a St. Louis County grand jury’s return of a “no bill” of indictment for Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in his fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. The result is shocking to many, depressingly predictable to more than a few.

Can the cops be controlled? It’s never been easy: according to one old sociological chestnut, the monopoly on the legitimate use of vi
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The Internet Memory Hole posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Imagine you are considering a candidate as a caregiver for your child. Or maybe you are vetting an applicant for a sensitive position in your company. Perhaps you’re researching a public figure for class or endorsing him in some manner. Whatever the situation, you open your browser and assess the linked information that pops up from a search. Nothing criminal or otherwise objectionable is present, so you proceed with confidence. But what if the information required for you to make a reasoned as... (more)

Pop Art and Intellectual Property posted 11/25/2014, 10:25 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the most iconic painters of the 20th century was Roy Lichtenstein, a New York based artist who, alongside Andy Warhol, came to fame as one of the defining voices in the American Pop Art movement. Pop Art was based around the idea of taking popular and lowbrow images, such as those found in advertising, and transforming them into high art. Warhol famously did this by painting large scale representations of Campbell's soup cans and hanging them in galleries. It was a concept that had never ... (more)

Monday November 24th, 2014

Why Does The Media Ignore Straightforward Police Executions? posted 11/24/2014, 9:43 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]
The news is in, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

There's so much to say about this case.

First and foremost, the media loves focusing on marginal cases like this, as opposed to straightforward police executions such as the murder of 20-year-old Jonathan Cuevas, a young man wh
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Cops Are Cowards posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Larken Rose)
[Category: Commentary]

It would be nice if the mythology about "the brave men and women of law enforcement," and the image of police that you see on TV and in movies, in some way resembled reality. But it doesn't.

Thank the Troops for Their Service to Islam posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Americans are often exhorted to thank the troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan for defending our rights and freedoms. Yet, I have never heard anyone thanking the troops for fighting and dying for Islam.

Why not?

Yeah, I know what interventionists are already saying: "Jacob, are you crazy? Our troops don't fight and die for Islam. They're Christian warriors! They're over there defending our rights and freedoms by killing Muslims before they come over here a
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There is No Right to be Forgotten posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The freedom of information offered by the internet has had drastic implications for liberty. To the benefit of individuals, it reduces information asymmetries with business and increases transparency in government. It allows us to make more informed decisions, where ignorance has long been the justification for all manner of government intervention programs.

On the other hand, the internet has created a whole slew of privacy worries, with vast accumulations of data that can easily
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Friday November 21st, 2014

Perpetual Lies About Freedom and Democracy posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
When U.S. governments take Americans into war, we hear them justify it as a fight for freedom. Often they rationalize it as an anti-tyranny fight, a pro-peace fight and a pro-democracy fight.

Freedom appeals to Americans. It is a core American value, even if it's not honored in practice here at home.

When politicians use freedom to justify war, they are making an emotional, not a reasoned, appeal. Why? It's because freedom, while a good thing, is never alone a suffi
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On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims As "Militants" posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
It has been more than two years since The New York Times revealed that “Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties” of his drone strikes which “in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants…unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” The paper noted that “this counting method may ... (more)

Thursday November 20th, 2014

Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here's What Matters Instead. posted 11/20/2014, 9:16 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
The “USA Freedom Act”--which its proponents were heralding as “NSA reform” despite its suffocatingly narrow scope--died in the august U.S. Senate last night when it attracted only 58 of the 60 votes needed to close debate and move on to an up-or-down vote. All Democratic and independent senators except one (Bill Nelson of Florida) voted in favor of the bill, as did three tea-party GOP Senators (Ted C... (more)

The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom posted 11/20/2014, 9:15 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
By all objective standards, Egypt’s government is a military dictatorship and a brutal one at that. Having ousted the democratically elected president of the country, Egypt’s national-security establishment has not only taken control over the reins of government, it is the government. In order to fortify its grip on power over the Egyptian people, it has done what dictatorships do: intimidate, incarcerate, torture, and kill those who dare to question or criticize the existence of the dictatorshi... (more)

The Coercive State Is the Bill Cosby of Global Society posted 11/20/2014, 9:15 AM (Glen Allport)
[Category: Commentary]
The Internet has been on fire lately with allegations that 77-year old Bill Cosby drugged and raped more than a dozen women over the years. Yikes.... (more)

Wednesday November 19th, 2014

Who Trusts This Government to Regulate the Internet? posted 11/19/2014, 7:25 AM (Activist Post)
[Category: Commentary]
The principle of net neutrality is easy to understand and support; to treat the delivery all data equally. This has been the status quo. Works great. Few oppose that, but supporting the principle of net neutrality is not the same thing as supporting the government's plan to enforce that principle.

The alleged problem that the government claims needs fixing is that Internet service providers (ISPs) want to charge different rates to websites for different levels of data usage, often
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The United States Lost the Cold War posted 11/19/2014, 7:24 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans remain more convinced than ever that the United States won the Cold War.

The Cold War brought us a national-security state, which consists of an enormous military establishment, a vast military-industrial complex, an empire of foreign and domestic military bases, ever-growing military budgets, and the ever-increasing militarization of American society.
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Tuesday November 18th, 2014

Too Dumb for Democracy? posted 11/18/2014, 5:58 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Should Americans feel bad that we are the second-most-ignorant country in the world? (Italy is number one.)

Our penultimate status made the news recently, after research group Ipsos MORI announced the results of the first international study "to look at the gap between perception and reality" on questions of social policy. The issues included teenage pregnancy, immigration, and unemployment.

The result of the study, a
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Political Relativity and the Infinite Cynicism of Prohibitionists posted 11/18/2014, 5:57 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The evil singularity called “government” warps space-time in such a way that those closest to it are exempt from law’s effects — not merely the moral law, mind you, but some aspects of the laws of physics, as well.

Last June, Boise, Idaho resident William James Esbensen, who operated a medical marijuana co-op in Ontario, Oregon, was found guilty of receiving “proceeds” from marijuana sales, under a law that was no longer in effect. During the trial, prosecutor William Dugan — act
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One-Dimensional Thinking on Drug Legalization posted 11/18/2014, 5:55 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The libertarian movement is often dismissed as consisting of a bunch of hippy stoners who just want to take drugs and do whatever they want. Of course, this is an unfair and untrue generalization that ignores the centuries of political philosophy, ethics, and economic thought that underlie the modern definition of libertarianism, yet it is not hard to see why this misconception persists. Popular libertarian outlets like Reason Magazine prioritize marijuana legalization, and libertarian figures i... (more)

Thursday November 13th, 2014

Social Pressure Triumphs Again posted 11/13/2014, 8:59 PM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
Google Glass is basically dead.

The innovative technology from the largest, most exciting tech firm out there was supposed to usher in a brave new world of wearable computers, revolutionize communication and take humanity the next step down the inevitable road towards cyborghood.

It was also, if you listened to a different set of sources, going to destroy any hope of privacy, wreck our attention spans, cripple inter-personal interaction, undermine trust, and basical
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Tuesday November 11th, 2014

Worship the Veterans Day posted 11/11/2014, 5:50 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
Veterans Days is misnamed.

It was originally termed Armistice Day--a day to commemorate the signing of the armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that ended fighting on the Western Front in World War I, "the war to end all wars." After World War II, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day as a tribute to all U.S. soldiers who fought for the government in some unnecessary foreign conflict.

But that is not why it is misnamed.

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Let's Rid America of Veterans posted 11/11/2014, 5:50 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The reason there is a large contingent of veterans in the United States is twofold: (1) because of the many foreign wars waged by the U.S. government in this century and the last and (2) the radical restructuring of America's governmental system into a national-security state, one that consists of an enormous permanent standing army, a vast empire of overseas and domestic military bases, a military-industrial complex, a CIA, and a NSA.

Our 19th-century American ancestors didn't ha
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Friday November 7th, 2014

The Political Sterility of Jon Stewart posted 11/07/2014, 5:34 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Political satire has a long and honorable history: Aristophanes, William Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift; W.S. Gilbert; George Orwell; Tom Lehrer, David Frost, and That Was the Week That Was; George Carlin; Spitting Image, Yes, Minister; the Smothers Brothers; the early Saturday Night Live, Dave Barry, The Onion, South P... (more)

Surprise: The Drug War Isn't About Drugs posted 11/07/2014, 5:17 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
On the morning of November 6 the US Federal Bureau of Investigation trumpeted its takedown of the Silk Road 2.0 website and the arrest of  alleged operator Blake Benthall.

In so doing the FBI demonstrated, once again, that the War on Drugs has nothing to do with anything its propagandists claim it’s about. If drug criminalization is a public safety issue — about fighting violent crime and gangs, or preventing overdoses and poisoning — shutting down Silk Road is one of the dumbest
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How Many Muslim Countries Has the U.S. Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980? posted 11/07/2014, 5:11 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday, announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria--the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one co... (more)

Ted Rall: What Really Went Wrong at First Look Media posted 11/07/2014, 5:11 PM (Ted Rall)
[Category: Commentary]
Just over one year ago, billionaire eBay cofounder Pierre Omidyar issued one of the most dramatic announcements America’s beleaguered journalists had experienced in their lifetimes. After decades of closing newspapers, shrinking newsrooms, vanishing foreign bureaus and the near extinction of investigative report... (more)

Thursday November 6th, 2014

For Once, SWAT Operators Didn't Terrorize Kids posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Exchanging one set of costumes for another of a more benign variety, a dozen SWAT operators from the Toledo Police Department posing as superheroes performed for sick children at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

“It was cool,” said Officer Matthew Slaman, who dressed as the Adamantium-enhanced mutant Wolverine. “It was a lot of fun to see their faces light up, and h
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Election 2014: The Good News and Bad posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
The 2014 midterm election delivered both good news and bad. The good news is that the losers lost. The bad news is that the winners won.

Journalist Mike Barnicle says he's never seen an election in which the people feel so distant from the government. I wish his diagnosis were right, but I suspect it is not. True, voter turnout likely set no records for a midterm, but this doesn't indicate alienation as much as disgust with the particular cast of incumbents. Who wouldn't be disgus
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A Small Victory for Freedom posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the most ridiculous things about the government's war on drugs is that it classifies marijuana in the same category as dangerous drugs such as heroin, thus making marijuana worse than morphine, cocaine, methamphetamine, and phenobarbital.

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). As a Schedule I drug, marijuana supposedly meets the following criteria:

1. The drug or other substance has a high p
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Lew Rockwell On The Great News From the 2014 Elections posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (LRC Blog)
[Category: Commentary]
"Two-thirds of the people eligible to vote didn’t. Since only 1/3 of the people voted for the regime, shouldn't it be democratically dissolved? And notice that we have to go to Al Jazeera to get the truth. The cheerleading State media of the US are silent."

Wednesday November 5th, 2014

The Biggest Obstacle to Freedom posted 11/05/2014, 2:14 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Expressing their obvious contempt for the overall situation in America, voters played their latest game of musical chairs by putting Republicans back in charge of Congress.

It won't make any difference at all. That's because the Republicans who have been installed into power are as statist as the Democrats they are replacing.

What really matters with respect to a free society is not a new set of statists to replace an old set of statists. That's one of the things th
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Friday October 31st, 2014

If You Vote — or Don't Vote — Complain posted 10/31/2014, 1:11 PM (
[Category: Commentary]
So here we go again. Another biennial US election season draws to a close and here come the solemn multi-partisan invocations of civic duty: Exercise that franchise. Pull that lever, push that button, mark that box. The future of western civilization depends on you. And if you don’t vote, don’t complain.

Question: If I don’t drive around my neighborhood at 3am blasting Metallica out my car window at 140 decibels, am I boorish or hypocritical to complain about those who do?
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Tuesday October 28th, 2014

How Far Can the P2P Revolution Go? posted 10/28/2014, 10:35 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
How far can the peer-to-peer revolution be pushed? It’s time we start to speculate, because history is moving fast. We need to dislodge from our minds our embedded sense of what’s possible.

Right now, we can experience a form of commercial relationship that was unknown just a decade ago. If you need a ride in a major city, you can pull up the smartphone app for Uber or Lyft and have a car arrive in minutes. It’s amazing to users because they get their first taste of what consumer
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Thursday October 23rd, 2014

The Index Card of Allowable Opinion posted 10/23/2014, 7:37 AM (Thomas E. Woods, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
I think most people know what I mean when I speak of the gatekeepers of permissible discussion. On the left, sites like ThinkProgress and Media Matters smear and attack those uppity peons who stray from the ideological plantation that the Washington Post and the New York Times oversee. On the right it's neoconservative sites like the Free Beacon, who have built a nice little cabin on that plantation, and who rat out anyone who tries to run away. Why, we don't hold any of the dangerous views of t... (more)

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Should Government Have the Power to Quarantine? posted 10/22/2014, 6:30 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Earlier this spring, when awareness of Ebola was just beginning to dawn, a case of infection appeared in the town of Harbel, Liberia. The biggest employer in the area is Firestone. The company immediately set up a quarantine area of its hospital for the infected woman, who soon died. They distributed hazmat suits to workers. They researched everything they could, built a treatment center, and set up a comprehensive response. Transmission stopped. Even now, the only cases seen in this area come f... (more)

Obama Appointee Supports Individual Rights posted 10/22/2014, 6:29 AM (Randall Holcombe)
[Category: Commentary]
I've been critical of the Obama administration in the past, so it's nice to find something positive to say. This article says that President Obama's new acting head of the Justice Depa... (more)

Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Let the Market Contain Ebola posted 10/21/2014, 5:50 AM (Thomas L. Knapp)
[Category: Commentary]
American politicians’ attempts to create panic over a potential Ebola outbreak in the United States seem to have failed. Family and other contacts of US “patient zero” Thomas Eric Duncan completed a 21-day quarantine with no new cases appearing in that pool. Two nurses who treated Duncan are now symptomatic, but this seems to be a matter of early protocol failure (in any new health care situation i... (more)

Tuesday October 14th, 2014

The State as a Royal Scam posted 10/14/2014, 8:31 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“I am from Windows Support–”

“No, you’re not,” I told the Indian-accented fellow on the other end of the phone. “You’re about the tell me that my computer is sending error messages on the internet, correct?”

“Sir, your computer is sending –”

“No, it isn’t,” I interjected before he could finish. “Tell me, does anybody still fall prey to this scam? I gr
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Monday October 13th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald TED Talk: Why Privacy Matters posted 10/13/2014, 6:33 PM (TED Talks)
[Category: Commentary]

Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."

Thursday October 9th, 2014

"Crush the Seed of Ishmael": A "Final Solution" to the "Muslim Problem" posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
We have reached a point in our nation's descent into psychotic tribalist fear where people of stature and apparent sobriety unabashedly use the expression “final solution” when discussing the existence of Muslims.

For ISIS “and those similarly motivated,” insists ret
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The State Has No Right To Do Anything posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (David S. D'Amato)
[Category: Commentary]
I often hear people make casual remarks like, "Well, the State has a right to collect taxes," "the State has a right to punish criminals," or "the State has a right to controls its borders." Inside, I am always somewhat horrified at how very easily these kinds of assumptions are made, at how obvious the truth of such claims seems to others. Such assumptions are simply a given for most people, not even on the table for debate, no one really speculating about where the State acquired all of these ... (more)

Will the CDC Save Us From Ebola? posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Disease pandemics are a dream come true for central planners. Hysterical over possible contagion, citizens clamor for government action, government quarantines, government coercion, and government planning. In these cases, large numbers of people want government to do what government does best: seize people and property, coerce, issue orders, and spend lots of money.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control presents itself as the answer to every pandemic. Nevermind th
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I'd say they're more likely to spread it for job security. - Chris, InfoLib

Left and Right Agree: War Is Popular posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Common wisdom would purport that those on the so-called "right" are and have always been hawkish and pro-war, while those on the proverbial "left" have always been the tree-hugging, peacenik, anti-war folks. For many conservatives, unfortunately, this is more or less correct. However, progressives have once again airbrushed their own past, which is about as anti-war as, well, war.

Much of this perception is relatively recent and primarily boils down to the Iraq War. The neocon
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Tuesday October 7th, 2014

What the Feds and Bernie Madoff Have in Common posted 10/07/2014, 2:56 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Through the years, Bernard Madoff, the convicted ponzi schemer who defrauded his investors, "generously" donated millions of dollars to charity -- cancer research, hospitals, theaters, schools, and more. At least one of these charitable organizations invested with Mr. Madoff, where the invested funds disappeared.

But Madoff is not the only one who gives money to people after first taking it from them. Today's political leaders win votes and plaudits by giving goodies to little Joh
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Saturday October 4th, 2014

Chris Kyle, Clint Eastwood, and a Film Trailer Heinrich Himmler Would Admire posted 10/04/2014, 7:20 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Clint Eastwood is one of the most gifted filmmakers in the history of the medium. Bradley Cooper is an extraordinarily capable actor. On the evidence of the teaser trailer for “American Sniper,” Eastwood and Cooper — who stars in the title role, and served as a producer — have produced a masterpiece of War Party propaganda.

Cooper stars as the late Chris Kyle, generally (and, perhaps, unreliably) considered to be the most lethal sniper in US military history.

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How North America Came to Hate Individuals posted 10/04/2014, 7:19 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
The Spanish historian and Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566) is one of my favorite libertarian figures. He devoted most of his life to fighting the violent colonization of South America and the savage slavery it involved. Unique among European nations, and largely because of Las Casas, Spain debated the morality of conquest and slavery at the highest levels. In response to a petition co-authored by Las Casas, Pope Paul III issued the Sublimis Dei in June 1537. The papal bull proh... (more)

Wednesday October 1st, 2014

The Danger We Face Is From Within posted 10/01/2014, 1:18 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
As most everyone knows, ISIS, not al-Qaeda, is the newest official enemy facing the United States. The truth, however, is that it's not ISIS that poses the biggest threat to the American people. Instead, the biggest threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people is the moral rot that lies at the center of America's welfare-warfare state.

Under the welfare state way of life, Americans are waging war against each other. It's a polite war, one waged with smiles and frien
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Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Guards at Concentration Camps Were Just Doing Their Jobs posted 09/30/2014, 2:35 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The lamest, most ignorant, and most intellectually lazy excuse given to justify the actions of U.S. soldiers (and sailors, airmen, and Marines) is that they are just doing their job.

Of all the things I have been told over the years by apologists for the military, that soldiers are just doing their jobs is overwhelmingly the thing I am told the majority of the time.

Even as U.S. troops return to Iraq, some critics of further military action will still say that we ne
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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 reta
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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 (
[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.

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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