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An Introduction to Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand Everything
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
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Thursday November 21st, 2013
The "War" on Some "Drugs" posted 11/21/2013, 12:25 PM (Eric Peters)
[Category: Commentary]
The war on some drugs is actually a war on reason as well as ethics – with the inevitable casualties being human beings, not the “drugs” allegedly being warred upon.... (more)


Wednesday November 20th, 2013

American Borders Will Be Changing posted 11/20/2013, 12:47 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
An iron curtain is slowly descending around the borders of America. When it falls, some people will be shut in; others will be shut out. It will be up to bureaucrats and agents with guns to decide which one of those people you are.

Changes in border policy are in the wind. On June 27th, 2013, the 1,300-page Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act passed the Senate and proceeded to the House of Representatives. Debate on the Act has focused on the p
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The Gravest Threat to Freedom posted 11/20/2013, 12:46 PM (Jack D. Douglas)
[Category: Commentary]
Sacred Monarchs have been overthrown by military leaders throughout all 5,000 years of statism. Caesarism is ancient. Bonapartism is the modern version of Caesarism. We see it happening every day in the world’s media. The Egyptian Army and secret police just overthrew the first elected, democratic government in Egypt’s history. (I believe for many reasons the CIA is behind this and supplies the vital war materials and money and intelligence to the Egyptian Army, but the U.S. government is openly... (more)


Closing Gitmo Isn't Nearly Enough posted 11/20/2013, 12:46 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
Once again we hear calls to close Guantánamo’s prison camp. Every once in a while, Americans see reminders of this detention facility in the news cycle. Months ago, we heard about the hunger strike, yet it was scarcely in the national headlines early in Obama’s presidency, when I first read about it, and today we hear much less about it, although it continues.

The president is taking steps, five years into his administration, toward the promise he had made to close the facilit
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Taking Pride in State Failure posted 11/20/2013, 12:46 PM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
What do "normal" people want from politics?

Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic contends to know. In a recent diatribe, he slams National Review Editor-at-Large Jonah Goldberg for taking sweet delight in the failed rollout of President Obama's signature health care legislation. In doing so, he misses out at basking in one of the best cases of state incompetence since
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Thursday November 14th, 2013



Ike Warned Us About This Guy posted 11/14/2013, 9:03 AM (Douglas French)
[Category: Commentary]
The words of H.L. Mencken rang through my head as I listened to a certain Alabama congressman talk to 40 or 50 shivering supporters the other night: “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.”

The congressman said, “Don’t ever call me moderate” and emphasized that he’s pragmatic. His employer may be broke and $17 trillion in debt, but the
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Jury Nullification May Be The Most Important Thing You Hear About All Day: The Just Us Movement posted 11/14/2013, 9:02 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Last week I was sitting around a table in a beautiful setting, drinking wine, surrounded by eight of the largest names in the freedom movement. I'll get to why we were all there in a moment, but as usually happens with all libertarians the discussion got quite intense. The general theme was that the answer to the problems in the US today isn't voting, or democracy. And that there is hardly any way to make changes for the better in the US anymore.

Then Josh Tolley, of the popular,
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The Cause of Our Violent and Drug-Ridden Society posted 11/14/2013, 8:43 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
We Americans live in a violent society, one in which there are lots of homicides, family abuse, mass murders of people, and other acts of violence.

We also live in a drug-ridden society. The war on drugs has been an absolute failure when it comes to dissuading Americans from using drugs. The number of people taking illicit drugs has to be inordinately high. Otherwise there would be no reason to continue the drug war. Add to that the countless Americans suffering from alcoholism. A
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Wednesday November 13th, 2013

Ringo: The Ex-Pat Dog posted 11/13/2013, 7:02 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Ringo is moving to Galt’s Gulch Chile with us.

The big guy wandered up our driveway four years ago in the dark, early hours of a fall morning. My study is just off the foyer, and I was hunkered down over my computer when Bear – a dog since deceased – erupted into a string of barking in the front yard. That wasn't unusual. Bear patrolled the perimeter of our farm every night and he challenged every shadow that dared to move. But
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None Dare Call It... posted 11/13/2013, 7:00 AM (John C. Goodman)
[Category: Commentary]
Here is something that is odd.

For the past six years President Obama and the Democrats in Congress have waged a relentless attack on the health insurance industry. In the most recent iteration, the president assures us he is not responsible for the wave of health insurance policy cancellations. The insurance companies are.

Okay, so where is the other side?

When is the last time you saw an insurance industry executive interviewed on a TV talk show, pr
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Tuesday November 12th, 2013



Who's to Blame for Battlefield America? Is It Militarized Police or the Militarized Culture? posted 11/12/2013, 7:05 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
“It felt like I was in a big video game. It didn’t even faze me, shooting back. It was just natural instinct. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!”— Sgt. Sinque Swales, reflecting on a firefight in Iraq
It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly is responsible for the growing spate of police shootings, brutality and overreach that have come to dominate the news lately, whether it’s due to militarized police, the growing presence of military veterans in law enforcement, the fact that we are
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America Honors Hired Murderers posted 11/12/2013, 7:03 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Today Americans honor those who fought and murdered strangers in return for stolen money. Americans have long been taught from their infancy that killing on the orders of the political elite is the noblest thing a tax slave can do. They are taught that invasion and murder have something to do with the defense of their own homes, lives and freedoms.

"But who would defend us if it weren't for the government and the warrior it pays with the taxes it takes?" we can almost hear the ma
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Janet Yellen's Mission Impossible posted 11/12/2013, 7:02 AM (Peter Schiff)
[Category: Commentary]
Most market watchers expect that Janet Yellen will grapple with two major tasks once she takes the helm at the Federal Reserve in 2014: deciding on the appropriate timing and intensity of the Fed’s quantitative easing taper strategy, and unwinding the Fed’s enormous $4 trillion balance sheet (without creating huge losses in the value of its portfolio). In reality both assignments are far more difficult than just about anyone understands or admits.

Unlike just about every other eco
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Monday November 11th, 2013

Obama's "Noble Lies" posted 11/11/2013, 6:36 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
President Obama’s repeated assurances that Americans would be able to retain their current health care plans under the ObamaCare program were conscious, deliberate lies.  NBC News, tardily performing the kind of journalistic due diligence that should have been done years ago, reports that administration officials were aware that two-thirds – or more – of those currently insured would have their... (more)


Politicians as Interchangeable Units posted 11/11/2013, 6:33 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Why did it take a comedian to demand answers about a blatant double standard embedded in Obamacare? On October 7, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was grilled mercilessly by Jon Stewart, who focused on why businesses can delay enrollment for a year but individuals cannot. Stewart speculated on the reason, saying, “Geez, it looks like because I don’t have a lobbying group.”... (more)


Friday November 8th, 2013

America: Rumors of Food Riots, Realities of War posted 11/08/2013, 6:55 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spent $80M to fortify federal buildings in New York apparently in preparation for civil disturbances and possible food riots on November 1st. The DHS plans included armed private guards who would protect IRS and other buildings against attack by fellow Americans.

Other officials joined in ringing an alarm bell. Margarette Pur
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Individualism Trumps posted 11/08/2013, 6:53 AM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
In a recent Dish piece titled, "Can American Conservativism Be Saved?" Andrew Sullivan attempts to carve out a way for his temperamental political outlook to survive among narcissistic collectivism. Reflecting on an essay written by Wilfred McClay, the former New Republic editor describes America's rugged geography as a force that helped, in part, to "unleash the animal spirits of capital... (more)


A Branding Problem posted 11/08/2013, 6:53 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
Actor/comedian Russell Brand has done what almost all actor/comedians eventually do, having turned momentarily from entertainment to express his opinions about politics. As you might expect, Brand is a committed leftist, railing against capitalism, "the rich," and all the other usual Hollywood boogeymen. However, what makes Brand's case an interesting one is the language that he uses to express his views, language that leads me to  believe that maybe there is more common ground between us than o... (more)


The Industrial Revolution You Haven't Met posted 11/08/2013, 6:51 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
In textile factories, they were called "scavengers." The typical scavenger was about six years old, and the child's job was to reclaim loose cotton that fell under the machinery. Because the machines kept operating, terrible injuries were commonplace. History points to child labor during the Industrial Revolution as a heart wrenching indictment of the capitalist system – or, rather, specific historians who have been influential have done so. History itself actually frowns upon their interpretati... (more)


Thursday November 7th, 2013

Blinding You With Science posted 11/07/2013, 3:05 AM ( Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It is such a kick to read the transcripts from the White House’s health care “war room” in the first days of release. What a meltdown, and you get to watch it all in real-time.

I’m not trying to be cruel to the kindly despots who have wrecked so much of what worked in the existing system, only to replace it with an unworkable central plan that’s robbing people all over the country.

But still, there is justice in this humiliation.

Somehow, the Republic
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Stupidity or Plan? posted 11/07/2013, 3:03 AM (Scott Horton)
[Category: Commentary]
Are America’s disasters abroad a result of stupidity or some elaborate plan? An observer of modern U.S. foreign policy can be torn on that one.

It makes sense that generals, contractors, and other national-security state types will invent and follow a deliberate policy of divide and rule, as well as to create crises to move on to the next big job. But if one looks closely, it does begin to seem that perhaps narrow-minded, shortsighted stupidity is a better overall explanation of t
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Wednesday November 6th, 2013

InformationLiberation Makes Reddit r/Politics' Prestigious Banned Domains List! posted 11/06/2013, 12:33 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]
What an honor, the control freak moderators over at r/Politics have included yours truly on their banned domain list along with a host of other wonderful websites like Infowars, Raw Story, Reason, Techdirt, Breitbart, Drudge Report, WorldNetDaily, Photograph Is Not A Crime, BlacklistedNews and others. I must say I'm flattered to be listed among such prestigious websites... (more)


An Open Letter to Russell Brand posted 11/06/2013, 12:32 AM (Jeff Berwick)
[Category: Commentary]
Russell Brand,

"An unexpected pundit," pundits have called you.

To me, you're something different. You're more in line with the classic comedians of our time, the Bill Hickses and the George Carlins. You are not a pundit.

You've certainly been in the spotlight since you called for revolution on BBC. Some hate you, some love you, but most of all, you got yourself some excellent press. I've got to ad
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Tuesday November 5th, 2013

Obama Proves He's Really Good at Killing People posted 11/05/2013, 1:34 AM (Jason Lee Byas)
[Category: Commentary]
A new book (Double Down: Game Change 2012, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann) claims that  US president Barack Obama told his aides during his last election that he's "really good at killing people." He's right.

For example, last Friday a drone strike targeting Hakimullah Mehsud of the Tehreek-e- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) reportedly ended his life and at least 25 other lives. As if to provide further proof of the president's status as a successful killer, the death toll from that d
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Monday November 4th, 2013

The State Can't Enforce Its Laws Without Disobeying Them posted 11/04/2013, 3:26 AM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
I just read that the parents of an autistic high school student arrested in a drug sting operation in Temecula, California last December have filed suit against the school district. The parents were “initially happy their son had made his first and only friend last year at school,” but became suspicious when his “school friend” kept making excuses for not coming over. The “friend,” actually Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Zipperstein, “pressured their lonely and vulnerable son with more... (more)


Obama, NSA Spying and the Dangers of Secretive, Authoritarian Government posted 11/04/2013, 3:25 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
“The perception here is of a United States where security has trumped liberty, intelligence agencies run amok (vacuuming up data of friend and foe alike), and the once-admired “checks and balances” built into American governance and studied by European schoolchildren have become, at best, secret reviews of secret activities where opposing arguments get no hearing.” – New York Times columnist Roger Cohen
Recent reports indicating that President Obama was aware of and per
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The Noble Lie of Government Healthcare posted 11/04/2013, 3:25 AM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
"If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."

These words, spoken by U.S. President Barack Obama in various forms and iterations, have become a running joke amidst the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. All across the country, hundreds of thousands of citizens are receiving cancellation notices in the mail. Th
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Friday November 1st, 2013

The Virtue of Vigilantism posted 11/01/2013, 1:45 PM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
Most of us are brought up believing that we live in a nation of laws, that certain objective rules govern society, and that enforcing those rules is the sole province of government and its agents. When we have a problem, we rely on the police and the courts to solve it, and whatever decisions they make are deemed final and binding. Horror stories about lynchings and mob justice instill an inherent fear of taking the law into our own hands. Leave it to the professionals, we are told. They will ta... (more)


Schiff: Russell's Brand of Marxism is no Better than the Original posted 11/01/2013, 1:45 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]


Thursday October 31st, 2013

Hey FDA, Mind Your Own Business posted 10/31/2013, 12:17 AM (Jonathan Carp)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the first things I learned in my health care career is that pain is an inherently subjective experience. Different people experience different levels of pain in different situations, and everyone has their own idiosyncratic problem areas — one can’t bear dental pain while another finds back injuries unbearable. Because of this fact, backed up by neurological research, I was taught that we cannot take a cookie-cutter approach to pain management and that each patient deserves individual att... (more)


The War on Americans posted 10/31/2013, 12:16 AM (David S. D'Amato)
[Category: Commentary]
That the consumption of certain drugs ought to be proscribed by law is probably taken for granted by most people. The presumption in favor of banning some drugs has become so strong, so embedded in the mainstream of popular discourse as to be practically beyond debate — notwithstanding either philosophical or empirical issues that stand in contradiction to the accepted view. But at this stage in the American experiment in drug prohibition, the case for legalizing drugs, for leaving them within t... (more)


Wednesday October 30th, 2013

The Unbearable Lightness of Leaving posted 10/30/2013, 12:10 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Memories are a moveable feast.

The thought occurred to me last week while I was walking my dog down the gravel road at the end of my driveway. The trees were a festival of color, the air was crisp, the road was idyllically quiet. I tried to memorize the scene and the feeling.

When I move to the Newer World, I will miss aspects of Canada. My willingness to say goodbye is an indication of how deeply I believe North America has become a careening danger to the freedom
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[Wendy is moving to Galt's Gulch, Chile, a newly created libertarian community outside of Santiago.]


Movie-Maker John Carpenter's Prophetic Vision posted 10/30/2013, 12:10 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
"I'm disgusted by what we've become in America. I truly believe there is brain death in this country. Everything we see is designed to sell us something. The only thing they want to do is take our money."--John Carpenter
John Carpenter's films, known primarily for their horror themes, inevitably feature pulse-pounding soundtracks, slow-moving camera work and hair-raising jolts to the nervous system as evil pops into the foreground with unexpected intensity. However, whil
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Tuesday October 29th, 2013

The New Libertarianism posted 10/29/2013, 12:05 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Emerging leaders in a young movement are putting their ideas into practice.... (more)


Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother posted 10/29/2013, 12:04 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Commentary]
Momina Bibi was a 67-year-old grandmother and midwife from Waziristan. Yet President Obama tells us drones target terrorists.... (more)


The Website is Fixable, Obamacare Isn't posted 10/29/2013, 12:03 AM (Peter Schiff)
[Category: Commentary]
Since Obamacare made its debut, discussions have focused on Ted Cruz' efforts to defund the law and the shockingly bad functionality of the Website itself. Fortunately for Obama, polling indicates that Senator Cruz has lost, at least for now, the battle for hearts and minds. The President has not been nearly so lucky on the technological front. If current trends continue, the rollout may go down as the worst major product launch in history. But given the government's enormous resources, it's saf... (more)


Wendy McElroy Interviewed on Bad Quaker posted 10/29/2013, 12:03 AM (Bad Quaker Dot Com)
[Category: Commentary]
Today Ben talks to Wendy McElroy about the evolution of our movement, IP law, Benjamen Tucker, Murray Rothbard, voting, Feminism, and revolution.... (more)


Monday October 28th, 2013

An Open Letter to Russell Brand - Let's Start a Revolution! posted 10/28/2013, 12:03 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

Russell Brand recently spoke with Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman about economic inequality, how voting doesn't change anything, political apathy and revolution. Stefan Molyneux doesn't think he went far enough. Let's continue that conversation.


Chinese Bloggers Give Us Hope and Inspiration posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Chinese bloggers who are experiencing a severe crackdown at the hands of their own government provide a source of hope and inspiration for advocates of liberty here in the United States.... (more)


What Would a Free Society Look Like? posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Given the enormous role that the welfare-warfare state plays in American life, it is always easy for libertarians to find deprivations of liberty, such as coerced charity, drug-war incarcerations, the IRS, torture, surveillance, and assassination. Infringements on fundamental rights and liberties have become such an integral part of daily life that many Americans have even come to believe that they are all part and parcel of a free society.... (more)


Market vs. Monopoly: Beating the 'Intellectual Property' Racket posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (Thomas L. Knapp)
[Category: Commentary]
The strongest argument in favor of the fiction of “intellectual property” is consequential rather than moral: Creators of good things — novels, songs, drugs, what have you — we are told, will essentially go on strike if government doesn’t guarantee their profits by vesting them with monopoly “rights” to ideas. Instead of writing that next blockbuster or producing a cure for cancer, they’ll content themselves with flipping burgers or digging ditches for a living, and we’ll all be worse off.
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Reflections On The Long Fight Against The Copyright Monopoly -- And What You Can Do posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Commentary]
It has been said, that nobody is as hard to convince of a fact as those whose paycheck depend on not understanding it. ... (more)


Thursday October 24th, 2013

Is the Drug War Toast? posted 10/24/2013, 1:07 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
Public opinion now decisively favors legalizing marijuana. Fifty-eight percent of Americans want the war on pot to stop.

Once marijuana is legal, the drug war as we know it will need a new life breathed into it to survive. Pot accounts for the vast majority of arrests and illicit drug users. It is much easier for the federal drug warriors to whip up hysteria over “tens of millions
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Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

Infrastructure is Not “Progressive” posted 10/23/2013, 10:58 AM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
Frankly, I have a hard time understanding what goes on in the heads of “progressives.” On the one hand, they constantly complain — and rightfully so — about the power of big business and corporate domination of our society and economy. But on the other, their rhetoric is full of nostalgia for the government policies that made corporate domination possible in the first place.

We see it in Rachel Maddow’s 30-second spots on MSNBC standing in front of the Hoover Dam, yearning for the
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Thursday October 17th, 2013

Our World Through Thomas Paine's Eyes posted 10/17/2013, 11:14 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
I've just spent a harrowing weekend reflecting on Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the pamphlet that came out in January 1776 and turned the public toward seeking independence from Britain. I say harrowing because the distance between the ideals found in this pamphlet and those of today's America is so vast as to be nearly unrecognizable.

The presumption throughout the text is that tyranny should never again be tolerated. Despotism was for the old world. Tyranny was outdated. It belon
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Wednesday October 16th, 2013

Born Libertarian posted 10/16/2013, 1:05 PM (Casey Research)
[Category: Commentary]
Doug Casey on Ron Paul and the price of freedom.
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Tuesday October 15th, 2013

Red Light Cameras, Drones and Surveillance: Fleecing the Taxpayer in the Age of Petty Tyrannies posted 10/15/2013, 11:05 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”—Charles de Montesquieu

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government officials who are largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions. We, the middling classes, are not so fortunate. We find ourselves badgered, bullied and browbeaten into bearing the brunt o
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It's the Constitution, Stupid posted 10/15/2013, 11:04 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Arguably, the most important reason why conservatives, populists, and even libertarians have failed to halt and turn back the rise of the American Leviathan state has been largely due to their uncritical acceptance, and often times deification, of the United States Constitution. ... (more)


Monday October 14th, 2013

We May be "Sheep," but Cops Aren't Good Shepherds posted 10/14/2013, 7:16 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Referring to a recent incident in which an Oregon traffic stop led to a shootout in which the driver died, a police officer opined: “If sheep continue to disobey orders we will have much more of this.” He also referred wistfully to the days before “dash cams and YouTube”; the era before police encounters were recorded offered “easier times when it came to dealing with the sh... (more)


Why I will never return to the USA posted 10/14/2013, 7:12 AM (Niels Gerson Lohman )
[Category: Commentary]
After a year of traveling, Dutch writer Niels Gerson Lohman wanted to visit New Orleans, the city that his father – who died a year ago – had a great love for. The U.S. customs officials thought different.... (more)


The Copyright Monopoly Can Only Be Enforced With Mass Wiretapping, And Must Therefore Be Torpedoed posted 10/14/2013, 7:10 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Commentary]
If I claimed to be an author, painter, sculptor, or guitarist, would you let me track and wiretap all of your communications? That’s the only way the copyright monopoly can be enforced today, as distribution of works under copyright monopoly takes place in our private communications. The only proper answer is “no way”.
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Friday October 11th, 2013

The End of the Deep Web? Nope. posted 10/11/2013, 7:43 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It was a wild ride last week in the world of the Deep Web, that section of the Internet that requires special tools to access. The feds took down the site called Silk Road and claim to have arrested its founder and administrator. The news streams were filled with lurid tales of derring-do in this world that seem to be drawn from a TV mini-series.

My first step was to see if I knew this fellow named Ross Ulbricht whom the feds unmasked as the Dread Pirate Roberts, the hero to cyber
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The Authoritarianism Of Elizabeth Warren posted 10/11/2013, 7:43 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout the US government “shutdown,” Democratic politicians have compared their Republican rivals to “anarchists” and argued that the “shutdown” proves government necessary. A recent speech by Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor exemplifies this trend.

Misconceptions run rampant in Senator Warren’s speech. She conflates cooperation and government, stating “In our democracy, government is just how we describe the things
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Thursday October 10th, 2013

America's Prisons: The Worst National Disgrace posted 10/10/2013, 8:16 AM (Anthony Gregory )
[Category: Commentary]
The U.S. correctional system is the worst of America’s domestic disgraces. More people languish behind bars in the United States than in any other country, except perhaps China if we factor in the unknown numbers in labor camps. As the Economist summed it up:
America has around 5% of the world's population, and 25% of its prisoners. Roughly one in every 107 American adults is behind ba... (more)


Wednesday October 9th, 2013

Shutting Down but Not Closing Up posted 10/09/2013, 4:55 AM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
At the time of publication, the United States government is shut down. That does not mean the gears of the state have come to a thankful halt. Over three-quarters of Washington's global hegemony remains fully functional. Tax dollars are still being redistributed. Wars continue to be waged. The public at large is going about its day unbothered by the furlough of tens of thousands of ... (more)


Freedom: A Moving Target (Reflections From A Dozen Years In Mexico) posted 10/09/2013, 4:54 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
I love living in Mexico. The “live and let live” culture here works for me. When I arrived a dozen years ago, I felt free. I felt the joy of being left alone, of not fearing making an inadvertent mistake that might cost my money or my freedom. Except for physical violence, there wasn't much that was really prohibited here.... (more)


Tuesday October 8th, 2013

Transforming America's Schools into Authoritarian Instruments of Compliance posted 10/08/2013, 5:46 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
“To the degree that we take away play, we deprive children of the ability to practise adulthood, and we create people who will go through life with a sense of dependence and victimisation, a sense that there is some authority out there who is supposed to tell them what to do and solve their problems. That is not a healthy way to live.” – psychologist Peter Gray

These days, it is far too easy to rattle off the outrageous examples of zero tolerance policy run amok in our nation’s s
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Monday October 7th, 2013

A Killer of a "Joke" posted 10/07/2013, 5:27 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
A US citizen who jokes about assassinating the president or any other prominent official can expect to receive a visit from the Secret Service or the FBI. Even if the statement was an ill-advised act of whimsy, rather than a credible threat, the citizen who makes it will most likely be prosecuted and face fines and a prison sentence.

Things are rather different when public officials speak irresponsibly about killing citizens. This is true even – or perhaps especially – for officia
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Humanitarian Wars and Their NGO Foot-Soldiers posted 10/07/2013, 5:27 AM (Daniel McAdams)
[Category: Commentary]
In February, 2011, Soliman Bouchuiguir told a lie. It was a big one. As the head of the Libyan League for Human Rights, Bouchuiguir initiated a petition that was eventually signed by 70 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) demanding that the US, EU, and UN "mobilize the United Nations and the international community and take immediate action to halt the mass atrocities now being perpetrated by the Libyan government against its own people."

The petition invoked the "Responsibility
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Do Taxpayers Want to Pay For Those Shut Down Government Services? posted 10/07/2013, 5:25 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
There is a common assumption among politicians that voters want a lot of government services, but don't want to pay for them. It's certainly true that taxpayers don't like paying taxes, and this is demonstrated in the fact that the federal government runs a deficit virtually every single year. If the taxpayers didn't mind paying the full cost of government, the feds would be able to collect enough in revenue to pay the bills. As it is, the political realities of public opposition to taxation dri... (more)

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By the Numbers: How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop? - 08/21Man Picks Up Toy Gun At Walmart, Cops Shoot Him - 08/07Citizen Pursues a Cop For Speeding. When the Cop Sees The Camera, Magic Happens - 08/07Taxfeeding Cop Threatens Shooting Spree Over Other People Receiving Welfare - 08/07Turning America Into a War Zone, Where 'We the People' Are the Enemy - 08/21Army to Continue 'Black Helicopter' Training Over Twin Cities Despite Anger - 08/21Ferguson Cop Tells Protester "Go F*ck Yourself" & Threatens To Kill Him - 08/20This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories - 08/21

Rialto, CA Police Made to Wear Cameras, Use of Force Drops by Over Two-ThirdsCop Who Karate Chopped NY Judge In Throat Gets Off Scot-FreeFlorida Cop Smashes Compliant Woman's Face Into Car -- "Maybe Now You Can Understand Simple Instructions"VIDEO: Lapel Cam Reveals A Day In The Life Of A U.S. Police Officer (Tasing, Beating, Breaking & Entering, Stomping On Heads... and Laughing About It)Caught On Tape: Officer Sucker Punches Inmate In Face, Files Report Claiming 'Self Defense'Insult Person On Twitter, Go To JailSWAT Team Brings TV Crew To Film Raid Against Threatening Internet Critic -- Raids Innocent Grandma InsteadCop Karate Chops NY Judge In The ThroatWhen the Right to Resist Becomes the "Duty to Submit"The Missing Lesson From Norway: Never Trust a Man in Uniform
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