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Tuesday January 6th, 2015
If the FBI Says It, It Must Be True posted 01/06/2015, 5:22 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
As libertarians, we’ve seen it all countless times. A friend or colleague who has been going on and on about how incompetent the government is, will say the exact opposite the second the topic turns to foreign policy. The government can’t deliver the mail on time or treat appendicitis with any sort of reliability or quality control, we are told, but in the next breath, we’re told that “we” must unite to fight the Iranians, or the Syrians, the Iraqis, or whatever other group of people the governm... (more)


Friday January 2nd, 2015

North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims posted 01/02/2015, 8:18 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
The identity of the Sony hackers is still unknown. President Obama, in a December 19 press conference, announced: “We can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack.” He then vowed: “We will respond. . . . We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorsh... (more)


Tuesday December 30th, 2014



Cops Can Enforce Non-Existent Laws With Impunity posted 12/30/2014, 4:38 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Ignorance of the law is an excuse...if you are a cop. American police no longer need to know what the law says or to enforce it correctly. They can implement a non-existent law with impunity even if it results in the apparent violation of constitutional rights. This may have been apparent to many as a police practice but now it is now officially the law of the land. On December 15, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled on Heien v. North Carolina.

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The Sickening Torture Report posted 12/30/2014, 4:58 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The whole world has now had a chance to read and analyze the redacted 525-page executive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Committee "Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program." The full report, which has only been provided to the White House, the CIA, the Departments of Justice, Defense, and State, and the Of... (more)


Wendy McElroy - Fallacy of the Rape Culture posted 12/30/2014, 4:58 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]


Wendy McElroy explains why the notion that America is a rape culture is absurd. http://www.LibertyPen.com

See full source video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdlVc...


Monday December 29th, 2014



Yes, Virginia, There is No Political Santa Claus posted 12/29/2014, 3:30 PM (Richard M. Ebeling)
[Category: Commentary]
At a time of the year when gift giving and charitable good spirit fills the air, please allow me to be the one who rains on the parade: “Yes, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus!”

I don’t mean the Santa who comes down the chimney with toys for every girl and boy. [...] I mean the Uncle Sam “Santa” that, not just at Christmas time, but year-round, is believed by many people to have the ability to bring them many of the good things they want from a mythical North Pole called Washingto
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The National Security State "Works," Even If Nothing It Does Works posted 12/29/2014, 3:30 PM (TomDispatch)
[Category: Commentary]
Whatever grim actions are the focus of debate at the moment, take it for granted that they don’t “work” because nothing connected to the war on terror has worked.... (more)


Sunday December 28th, 2014

"Protect and Serve?" More like Hate and Fear posted 12/28/2014, 4:51 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
The recent trajectory of events leading up to the shooting of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, and the nationwide police backlash afterward, have made it clearer than ever how police feel about the public they supposedly protect and serve: they’re terrified of us. For more than twenty years, the Drug War and associated police militarization encouraged an increasing tendency of urban police to see local populations as a dangerous occupied enemy. In Radley Balko’s Rise of the Warrior Co... (more)


Saturday December 27th, 2014

Policing is a Dirty Job, But Nobody's Gotta Do It: 6 Ideas for a Cop-Free World posted 12/27/2014, 8:02 PM (Rolling Stone)
[Category: Commentary]
After months of escalating protests and grassroots organizing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, police reformers have issued many demands. The moderates in this debate typically qualify their rhetoric wi... (more)


Thursday December 25th, 2014

A Christmas Gift for My Daughter posted 12/25/2014, 3:03 AM (Harry Browne)
[Category: Commentary]
This article was originally published in December, 2002. A previous version of it was published on December 25, 1966, dedicated to Harry’s then 9-year-old daughter.

It’s Christmas, and I have the usual problem of deciding what to give you. I know you might enjoy many things – books, games, clothes.

But I’m very selfish. I want to give you something that will stay with you for more than a few months or years. I want to give you a gift that m
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Wednesday December 24th, 2014



Cop Block Responds to Media "Hit Pieces" posted 12/24/2014, 1:50 PM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
In the wake of the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers, it has come to our attention that a number of news websites and even the corporate giant, Fox News, have engaged in defamatory and libelous allegations about the police accountability organization known as Cop Block. While Cop Block is decentralized, based upon groundbreaking, alternative approaches to non-hierarchical leadership, we have agreed collectively to respond to some of the slander that is emanating from fear-mong... (more)


Tuesday December 23rd, 2014

Private Volunteers Step In Where Police Are AWOL posted 12/23/2014, 1:23 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
In Ferguson, Missouri, when police and national guard failed to protect businesses from rioting protestors, a private organization called Oath Keepers stepped up to fill the gap.

The presence of Oath Keepers, keeping the peace where police officers failed, helps answer a larger question: how necessary are police?
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When Outrage Turns To Evil: Rejecting Violent Attacks On The Police posted 12/23/2014, 1:22 PM (Police State USA)
[Category: Commentary]
There is a disturbing phenomenon that unfortunately must be addressed. Criminals and their supporters are creating chaos and undermining peaceful efforts to step back the police state.... (more)


Monday December 22nd, 2014

Celebrating Death & Enacting Violence Will Do Nothing to Stop Police Brutality, It Will Get Worse posted 12/22/2014, 12:14 PM (The Free Thought Project)
[Category: Commentary]
Last week Americans witnessed the murder of two NYPD officers by a man claiming to be retaliating for the death of Eric Garner.

Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, 28, walked up behind two unsuspecting police officers, sitting in their patrol car and shot and killed them.

These apparently unprovoked attacks on individuals who were not directly involved in threatening the life of the shooter are a hindrance to the progression of liberty and police accountability.

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In the Rush to Blame Everyone for the Shooting of NYPD Cops, Don't Forget to Include the Actual Shooter posted 12/22/2014, 12:12 PM (Reason)
[Category: Commentary]
In the wake of the horrific and unjustifiable shooting of two NYPD officers who were sitting in a patrol car in Brooklyn, the mad rush is now on to indict a wide range of co-conspirators and "real killers."... (more)
...and stop ignoring the fact he shot his girlfriend first.


UVA and the Faux Rape Case: Bad Journalism – or Deceitful Writing? posted 12/22/2014, 12:11 PM (LewRockwell.com)
[Category: Commentary]
In the month since Rolling Stone published its infamous "rape of Jackie" story about a University of Virginia student who was brutally raped at a fraternity party, a number of things have come to light. First, the story was false; Jackie was not raped, there was no party at the fraternity house in question the night the assault was supposed to have occurred, and even Jackie's "date" was a work of fiction.

Second, UVA officials acted in typical Pavlovian style when RS published the
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State Heretics and State Infidels posted 12/22/2014, 12:11 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
The term statolatry refers to worshiping the state as the source of goodness to which all else should be subordinated. In statolatry, instead of having a separation of church and state, the state replaces the church and becomes its own religion.

In his book Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War, Ludwi
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Wednesday December 17th, 2014

The War on Drugs Was Born 100 Years Ago posted 12/17/2014, 9:46 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
When I went to the Oxford Union debates this past summer I was told by a veteran of the debates that I must have a joke in order to win over the audience. My attempt to win over the British audience was a success, but unfortunately my opening remarks are too close to the truth and in retrospect, are really not that funny:
Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you for the opportunity ... (more)


Tuesday December 16th, 2014

What America Wannabe? posted 12/16/2014, 11:18 AM (LewRockwell.com)
[Category: Commentary]
What does it really mean when someone says "All I ever wanted to do is be a cop?"

Thomas Shea told reporters that back in 1974 after getting fired by the NYPD for shooting a ten year old in the back. Officer Walter Scott was also at the scene and was heard over the radio telling the kid to "Die, you little bastard."
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Judicial Deference to the Torturers posted 12/16/2014, 11:18 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger )
[Category: Commentary]
In case anyone is wondering whether any of the CIA's torture victims will be able to recover damages from CIA torturers, the answer is an unequivocal no. The federal judiciary decided a long time ago that it would not permit lawsuits brought by victims of the CIA or, for that matter, the U.S. military.

Among the best examples are two cases that came out of the Chilean military coup of 1973, a coup that was secretly engineered by the U.S. government, operating primarily through the
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Monday December 15th, 2014

Ross Ulbricht Should Be Freed in a Fair Trial posted 12/15/2014, 9:22 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
The criminal trial of Ross Ulbricht, the man alleged to be the "Dread Pirate Roberts" who started the darknet's Silk Road website, is coming up soon. As might be expected, the prosecution in the case are engaging in shady tactics, such as not permitting the jury to hear about Ross's own political views.

The website was started with a driving motivation of creating a free marketplace for people to use to exchange peacefully. If Ross shares this view, why is this not a relevant fact
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Friday December 12th, 2014

Government Save Us From "Overpriced" Chinese Food posted 12/12/2014, 5:27 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
This week's internet-fueled Outrage of the Week is the case of Harvard attorney Ben Edelman who has insisted on "notifying the authorities" to punish a small restaurant for "overcharging" the professor to the tune of four dollars. 

Boston.com reported on the case, posting the full email exchange. Now, the profess... (more)



Thursday December 11th, 2014

I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them posted 12/11/2014, 6:01 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn't intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who's boss on the streets of Staten Island -- and show him in a way he would never forget.

As a Facebook friend of mine put it, instead they showed him in a way he will never remember.

This pretty much explains the cops' reckless disregard for Garner's life that day, and it is what makes the grand-jury sham
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Make the CIA Release Its Chile Torture Files posted 12/11/2014, 5:57 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
With the long-awaited release of the U.S. Senate's Torture Report, it would be tempting to believe that the CIA's torture regime began after 9/11 2001.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Let's not forget the torture regime in Chile that began on 9/11 1973 and continued for years after that.

From 1970 to 1973, the CIA did everything it could to bring about a military coup in Chile, one designed to oust the democratically elected president of the country, Salvad
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Tuesday December 9th, 2014

Obama's Plan for Better Policing: The Good, the Bad, and the Body Cameras posted 12/09/2014, 2:21 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Commentary]
You may be shocked to hear that EFF doesn't think technology is a solution to every problem. That includes problems with the police and with public safety. And, as we've pointed out when it comes to drones and other types of local surveillance, we think adoption of new technology requires communities to understand and discuss the pros and cons.

That's why we think President Oba
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Monday December 8th, 2014

Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion (feat. Larken Rose) posted 12/08/2014, 7:35 AM (Liberty or Death Media)
[Category: Commentary]


Warning: Graphic content.

A compilation of Larken Rose audio clips taken from various radio interviews. With English, Dutch and Polish subtitles.
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Friday December 5th, 2014

Leave Us All Alone! We Can't Breathe! posted 12/05/2014, 10:09 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The last words out of the mouth of strangling victim Eric Garner are actually a metaphor for how libertarians feel about the entire welfare-warfare state under which modern-day Americans have been born and raised.

Don't his words express precisely how we libertarians feel? Leave us alone, we say to the state. Get out of our faces. Get out of our lives. You're suffocating us. You're killing us -- literally, spiritually, financially, and economically.

Thomas Jefferson
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Thursday December 4th, 2014

Nathaniel Branden, Rest in Peace posted 12/04/2014, 8:21 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It was sometime in the late 1980s when I first met Nathaniel Branden, the objectivist psychologist and author who died yesterday at the age of 84. I went to see his speech being hosted by the Heritage Foundation. ... (more)


Wednesday December 3rd, 2014

Just Like The Stasi posted 12/03/2014, 11:17 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Don't you just love those Americans who celebrate how free they are under America's national-security state system?

I wonder if such Americans also celebrated how free people were who lived under East Germany's national-security state system.

I just read an interesting
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Monday December 1st, 2014

Why Not Pardon Drug-War Victims in Addition to Turkeys? posted 12/01/2014, 4:21 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Prior to Thanksgiving, President Obama continued the presidential tradition of pardoning two turkeys. Too bad he didn't use the occasion to also pardon every single victim of the U.S. government's decades-long failed and destructive war on drugs.

I'm referring, of course, to all the people who have been convicted of violating federal laws against the possession or distribution of drugs, especially those people currently serving time in some federal penitentiary. Those people have
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Due Process Versus Secret Courts posted 12/01/2014, 4:21 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Due process is a set of legal requirements that protect the individual against abuse by the state. Examples are a person’s right to be notified of court proceedings in which he is involved and the right against self-incrimination. Due process is woven into the fabric of American society through both the Constitution and legal precedent.

Few practices are as damaging to due process as secret courts and secret law. From the abuses of the Spanish Inquisition to the English Star Chamb
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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)
[Category: Commentary]
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 t... (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.

Alt
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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)
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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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