Power Can Turn Human Beings Into Monsters
Jeffrey TuckerDec 31
The most revealing film I've seen this year is "The Stanford Prison Experiment." I highly recommend that you see it. Everyone should. If we took its lessons seriously, we would rethink more than just our prison system. We would rethink the whole system of government that has vexed humanity for thousands of years.

If I had learned about this experiment in college, I had since forgotten about it. The experiment demonstrates the exte
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Spying on Congress and Israel: NSA Cheerleaders Discover Value of Privacy Only When Their Own Is Violated
Glenn GreenwaldDec 31

The Formlessness of Progressivism
Mises InstituteDec 30
Progressives are often good people with good intentions. However, modern Progressivism has evolved into something so shapeless and amorphous as to amount to little more than a belief in “things that sound nice.” Mainstream Progressives have done an abysmal job of outlining precisely, in their view, the proper role of government and what (if any) limiting principle(s) apply to the state as a whole.

Everything Is Now a Taxpayer-Funded “Right”

Problems with toda
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50 Dangerous Things You Can Do Which The Government Doesn't Care About
Laurence M. VanceDec 30
The all-seeing, all-knowing, all-wise U.S. government is concerned about many things it has no business being concerned about. But there are still many things about which the government remains unconcerned.

Here are fifty things the government doesn't care if you do even though they are dangerous, risky, addictive, immoral, or hazardous to your health.
  1. The government doesn't care if you take aspirin even though hundreds die every year from adverse reactions to aspir... (more)

Glenn Greenwald Confronts American "Liberals" Trying to Destroy Free Speech
Liberty BlitzkriegDec 30
Perhaps the greatest irony of this past year has been the mind numbing and irrational anti-free speech wave that swept across facets of so-called "liberal" America.

This regressive movement was most readily apparent on college campuses, where hordes of sheltered and emotionally stunted students demanded restrictions on free speech in order to prevent themselves from being offended by an ever expanding list of unhappy thoughts and words. However, what is far more troubling, albeit
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PC Is About Control, Not Etiquette
Mises InstituteDec 28
[This appears appears in the November–December 2015 issue of The Austrian.]

I’d like to speak today about what political correctness is, at least in its modern version, what it is not, and what we might do to fight against it.

To begin, we need to understand that political correctness is not about being nice. It’s not simply a social issue, or a subset of the culture war
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Donald Trump Explains What "Schlonged" Really Means
ZeroHedgeDec 23
"She got schlonged!"

That's what GOP frontrunner Donald Trump had to say about Hillary Clinton's primary loss to now President Barack Obama in 2008.

"She lost. I mean, she lost," Trump added, just in case anyone was confused about the meaning of the term "schlonged."

Predictably, the liberal media was offended
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Washington Quietly Targets ISIS' Foes
New Eastern OutlookDec 22
In recent months, especially following the Paris attacks, US officials have been publicizing their efforts to fight ISIS. As cable news highlights ISIS atrocities, and a variety of new anti-terrorism measures are put forward, another war is being waged from the highest levels of government. Though it is being kept quiet, US officials are escalating their campaign against the forces who have been fighting ISIS and scoring real victories.

Economic War Protects ISIS<
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When the State Department Tries to Choose Muslim Thought Leaders to Win “Hearts and Minds”
Glenn GreenwaldDec 17

Technology and Government Shouldn't Mix
Mises InstituteDec 17

When "Rescuers" Become a Death Squad: The Killing of Michael Funk
William Norman GriggDec 14
The only casualty of an hours-long SWAT raid and hostage situation in Neenah, Wisconsin on December 5 was Michael Funk, a disabled Vietnam veteran who was a party to a $50 million civil rights suit against the same department that killer him. Funk and three other plaintiffs filed that suit seeking co... (more)

Why Libertarians Are Hopeless
Christopher CantwellDec 14

We Have Nothing to Fear Except Fear-Mongering Politicians
David StockmanDec 10

Trump: America's Funhouse Mirror
Justin RaimondoDec 10

The Phony Mystery of Why "They" Hate Us
Sheldon RichmanDec 09
What do Barack Obama and Donald Trump have in common? Among other things, they have — or pretend to have — no clue why some Muslims hate us. Trump says (I almost typed believes, but I'm not sure anyone, including Trump, knows what he believes) Muslims should be barred from the United States until "until the country's representatives can figure out what's going on."

Note that Trump includes himself among those who haven't figured it out, or else he surely would have told us. He eit
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Does Fear Lead to Fascism? a Culture of Fear and The Epigenetics of Terror
The Rutherford InstituteDec 08
No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”—Edward R. Murrow, broadcast journalist

America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions.

The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.

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Donald Trump’s “Ban Muslims” Proposal Is Wildly Dangerous But Not Far Outside the U.S. Mainstream
Glenn GreenwaldDec 08

U.S. First Shields Its Torturers and War Criminals From Prosecution, Now Officially Honors Them
Glenn GreenwaldDec 04

The Truth About The San Bernardino Shooting and Terrorist Attack
Stefan MolyneuxDec 03

The San Bernardino County Public Health Department held their annual holiday gathering at the Inland Regional Center on Wednesday. The party ended with 14 people shot dead and 21 injured in the latest terrorist attack -- this time on American soil.

California health inspector Syed Rizwan Farook and his Saudi Arabian wife Tashfeen Malik were inv
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San Bernardino Shooting: What They're Not Telling You
Paul Joseph WatsonDec 03

Who did the left rush to blame within minutes, before we knew anything about the shooters, before the bodies were even cold?

Paul Craig Roberts Rages At The "Arrogance, Hubris, & Stupidity" Of The US Government
ZeroHedgeNov 30
On the heels of the Chinese stock market plunging 5.5%, continued turmoil in the Middle East and the price of gold hitting 5 year lows, former U.S. Treasury official, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts told Eric King of King World News that Putin and the Russians are now dominating in Syria and the Middle East as the West destroys itself.
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Let's Talk About...The Plague
Jeffrey TuckerNov 26
The holidays celebrate material plenty. But that can be a tough sell these days.

We mostly take our plenty for granted. We don't even know its absence. This is especially true regarding food. Global hunger has fallen to historic lows — down 27% just since 2000. Fully 17 countries have improved by 50%. Famine has been effectively ended in normal times, and the few cases that
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With Mass Shootings, The State Makes Us Less Safe
Mises InstituteNov 25
In the wake of last month’s shooting at Umpqua University in Oregon, national debate has once again been sparked over the role of firearm controls. Gun-control laws must be passed, we are told, that target these events and reduce or eliminate their frequency. However, much like most debates in the political realm, convenience and sound bites take the center stage over understanding root causes of violence it... (more)

Good News: 27% Of Americans Say Government Is Their 'Enemy,' Not Their 'Friend'
InformationLiberationNov 24
We're making progress.

Twenty-seven percent of Americans now recognize their government overlords are not their friends but their enemies, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center.
Asked to place themselves on a scale from 1 to 10 “where ‘1’ means you think the federal government is your enemy and ‘10’ means you th... (more)

Fear Is The Name of The Game
Jacob G. HornbergerNov 24
President Obama announced, "We do not succumb to fear."

What did he mean with his use of the pronoun "we"?

He's got to be talking about the military and the CIA -- i.e., the national-security establishment -- which undoubtedly will not be afraid to drop more bombs in the Middle East and kill more people in that part of the world.

He certainly can't be talking about the American people. They are among the most frightened people in the world! They succu
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This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to The Tyranny of The American Police State
The Rutherford InstituteNov 24
“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”—Daniel Webster

Thanksgiving is not what it once was.

Then again, America is not what she once was.

Americans have become so enthralled by the “bread and circuses”
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Donald Trump's Presidential "Heel Turn"
William Norman GriggNov 23
Donald Trump's presidential campaign makes perfect sense once it is understood to be the political equivalent of what is called a "heel turn" in professional wrestling.

In 2007, before becoming a "reality TV" star in his own right, Trump was cast by World Wrestling Entertainment for a major role in an extended storyline that culminated in Wrestlemania 23. The climax of that pay-per-view event was a proxy battle between wrestl
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Katniss Vs. Power: The Lessons of Hunger Games
Jeffrey TuckerNov 23
Now that the final movie in the series is out, we know. "Hunger Games" is not just a popular movie series for young adults, a fantasy tale about about a young girl's heroism. It is far more sophisticated than that. It is a political allegory, the best known of our time, about power and the complications of its displacement.

In this way, it covers the same intellectual terrain as Aristotle's Politics, Machiavelli's The Prince, and de Jouvenel's On Power, but in a way that is more
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Tracking ISIS to DC's Doorsteps
New Eastern OutlookNov 23
The problem with America's "anti-ISIS coalition" is not a matter of poor planning or a lack of resources. It is not a matter of lacking leadership or military might. The problem with America's "anti-ISIS coalition" is that it never existed in the first place. There is no US-led war on ISIS, and what's worse, it appears that the US, through all of its allies, from across the Persian Gulf to Eastern Europe and even within Washington itself, are involved in feeding ISIS, not fighting it.
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The Paris Attacks Were An Intelligence Community Failure, Not An 'Encryption' Problem
TechdirtNov 20
Over the past few days, we've been highlighting the fever pitch with which the surveillance state apologists and their friends have been trampling over themselves to blame Ed Snowden, blame encryption and demand (and probably get) new legislation to try to mandate backdoors to encryption.

And yet, as we noted yesterday, it
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