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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
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
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Wednesday January 8th, 2014
Contraceptives for Nuns? Government at Its Most Absurd posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (John R. Graham)
[Category: Commentary]
How absurd can a law be, to force nuns (who have taken vows of both poverty and celibacy) to explain to the state why they don't want to pay for contraception? That requirement was too much for Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who issued a temporary injunction against Obamacare's mandate that health plans must cover contraception.

I am not s
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Tuesday January 7th, 2014

Total Privacy = Total Destruction Of The State posted 01/07/2014, 7:18 AM (Libertarian News)
[Category: Commentary]
The state cannot exist without invasions of privacy.  Without invasions of privacy, taxes could not be imposed.  If all transactions and accounting records were private, incomes and revenues could not be verified.  Tax evasion could not be prosecuted because no proof of incomes could be obtained.

Further, state currencies could not be imposed.  If all transactions were private, the state would have no way of knowing what unit of account its subjects may have used to conduct their
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Scorsese's Pump and Dump posted 01/07/2014, 7:17 AM (Doug French)
[Category: Commentary]
Former prosecutor Joel Cohen tells the Wall Street Journal the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" should not have been made. Mr. Cohen believes the mere fact Hollywood megastar Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed the penny stock hustler glamorizes a criminal who, while very charming, woke up everyday wondering how he could break the law.

One would think any movie that annoys the ex-government prosecutor who took down Jordan Belfort and his firm Stratton Oakmont that much must be worth seeing
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Monday January 6th, 2014

On Deschooling (1971) posted 01/06/2014, 6:05 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby "schooled" to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is "schooled" to acc... (more)


The Street Keynesians posted 01/06/2014, 5:57 AM (Taki's Magazine)
[Category: Commentary]
According to a poll carried out by the Figaro newspaper, only 17% of the French believe that 2014 will be a good year, but in fact it started very well for France. Only 1,064 cars were burned by youths in the banlieues this New Year’s Eve--about a hundred fewer than last year. Who says that there is no progress? The French Minister of the Interior congratulated the 57,000 policemen throughout the country who were on duty that night for their preventive work (one fewer cars1 burned per 570 polic... (more)


Friday January 3rd, 2014



How the Drug War Makes Drugs Less Safe posted 01/03/2014, 5:05 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Desomorphine, a grotesque new drug known on the street as krokodil, has been making news for its increasing popularity as a cheap substitute for heroin, albeit with a devastating range of ill effects of its own. Reports allege that it originated in Siberia in 2002 and has become common in Russia and other Eastern European countries.

The name itself s
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Thursday January 2nd, 2014

Why I'm Leaving posted 01/02/2014, 1:23 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
This will be the fourth consecutive emigration of the last three generations of my immediate family. My grandparents emigrated from Portugal to Mozambique during the 1940s and 50s in search of a better life. The massive and undeveloped colony seemed like the land of milk and honey for those willing to get their hands dirty. A few decades later my parents-to-be immigrated to South Africa as Mozambique headed towards what would become a 10-year war for independence. Then when I was just 4 years ol... (more)


It's Not Edward Snowden Who Betrayed Us posted 01/02/2014, 1:22 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
When you cut through the fog, the NSA controversy is about whether we should trust people with institutional power. Edward Snowden's courageous exposure of massive secret surveillance separates those who say yes from those who say, "Hell no!"

The trusting attitude can be found among progressives and conservatives alike (with notable exceptions), and even some who have identified themselves as libertarians. Matt Miller, an occasional guest host on the progressive network MSNBC, lef
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Necessity: the Argument of Tyrants posted 01/02/2014, 1:21 AM (Glenn Jacobs)
[Category: Commentary]
Despite admitting that the National Security “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States,” William Pauley, a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, decreed last week that the NSA's dragnet approach is constitutional because, well, he believes that it is necessary.

As W
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Wednesday January 1st, 2014

2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
2014 is upon us. For a person who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1961, a year in which the class ring showed the same date right side up or upside down, the 21st century was a science fiction concept associated with Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, "20... (more)




Another Attack on Libertarianism posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Alternet.org, a liberal (i.e., progressive) website, has published another of its periodic attacks on libertarianism, this time an article entitled "What America Would Look Like If Libertarians Got Their Way?" by R.J. Eskow.

Two things struck me about Eskow's arti
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Tuesday December 31st, 2013

Statism As Disempowerment posted 12/31/2013, 1:51 AM (C4SS)
[Category: Commentary]
Many statist-leftists in the Global North would probably bristle at the notion that their politics can promote disempowerment amongst marginalised and/or oppressed groups and communities. “On the contrary!” they might say, “My statist proposals will actively counter disempowerment of such groups and communities, by giving them more resources (e.g. financial aid), and preventing discrimination against them (e.g. from employers).”

One can debate the ethics and efficacy of the variou
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Sunday December 29th, 2013

Statism: The World's Deadliest Religion posted 12/29/2013, 11:28 PM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Countless varieties of idolatry and religious delusion exist, and among them easily the deadliest is the peculiar cult called statism. It is the irrational belief in an invisible, intangible abstraction called the State, in whose name an elite priesthood transubstantiates violence and coercion into justice.

Absent the benign intervention of the State’s priesthood, society would collapse, crops would wither, and the sun would withhold its face from humanity. Any social action under
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Friday December 27th, 2013

Should Drug-War Victims Pardon the Drug Warriors? posted 12/27/2013, 12:04 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
From the Huffington Post:
In the holiday spirit of forgiveness, Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons on Tuesday for 127 people.... Most of the individuals receiving full and unconditional pardons had been convicted of drug-related offenses.
Well, isn't that nice? What a good person Jerry Brown is!

Oh, he isn't the only one. President Obama is too. He recently granted clemency to eight drug offenders. Isn't he a good person too?

Have you
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Wednesday December 25th, 2013

A Christmas Gift for My Daughter posted 12/25/2013, 9:22 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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Tuesday December 24th, 2013

De-criminalize Drugs, Don't "Legalize" Them posted 12/24/2013, 8:21 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Uruguay’s national legislature has enacted a measure legalizing marijuana. Citizens of that country will be able to cultivate a half-dozen plants for personal use, or buy marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use from a government-licensed producer through a pharmacy, and will be limited to forty grams a month. It remains illegal to re-sell marijuana to tourists or other non-citizens.
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Monday December 23rd, 2013

How We Can Do Without Police posted 12/23/2013, 5:41 AM (The Desert Lynx)
[Category: Commentary]
The cops are out of control. So much so that some of us are dreaming of a post-police world. Well, there’s no more need to dream. Wake up. It’s happening right before our eyes. And it’s about time. The police have gotten so far away from their purported role of protecting the people that more often than not they have ended up doing the exact opposite.... (more)


Wednesday December 18th, 2013

A Government Without Spies posted 12/18/2013, 7:25 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA's previously super-secret surveillance scheme over the American people violates the U.S. Constitution, which sets forth the powers and restrictions on power that we the people have established for U.S. officials. Calling the NSA's surveillance scheme "almost Orwellian," Judge Richard Leon's ruling is an amazing one, especially given the long history of the federal judiciary's extreme deference to the national-security state, especially when the two m... (more)


Tuesday December 17th, 2013

The 2014 Master Auction and Battered Voter Syndrome posted 12/17/2013, 6:55 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Republican or Democrat? It's a trick question and a faux fight in the political war. Like a circus, it offers distraction from the real problem. The problem is not the face behind the office of power; it is the office of power itself which is unjust and destructive of all that is decent within man and society.

On some level, intelligent people understand this and so they chuckle cynically at jokes like “don't vote, it only encourages them.” Yet the same people will line up at voti
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Related: What If We Had To Vote On The Food We Bought At The Grocery Store?


What It Feels Like to Be an Anarcholibertarian posted 12/17/2013, 6:45 AM (Strike The Root)
[Category: Commentary]
One of my favorite libertarian articles is a January 2009 blog post by Professor John Hasnas entitled "What It Feels Like To Be a Libertarian." Hasnas is an Associate Professor of Business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, a visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Market and Ethics. His essay has nothing to do with libertarian... (more)
Hasnas' post is a must read.


Thursday December 12th, 2013

If You Like Your Governance, You Can Keep It posted 12/12/2013, 1:59 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
People often recoil when I mention the very idea of anarcho-capitalism. It has both the A word and the C word—connected by a hyphen. That’s some heavy baggage. After all, shouldn’t that mean ruthless robber barons getting rich amid social chaos?

Not exactly.
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Monday December 9th, 2013

Going Galt: Individuals Seceding posted 12/09/2013, 10:42 PM (Daily Anarchist)
[Category: Commentary]
Everyone who produces and pays taxes is living for others to some degree. Their time, which is their life, supports the salaries of government workers and the entitlements of tax consumers.... (more)


Wednesday December 4th, 2013

The Paradox of Voting posted 12/04/2013, 2:12 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
“We as a society” does not exist.... (more)


Tuesday December 3rd, 2013

Crony Capitalism Drives Airport Security posted 12/03/2013, 12:59 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
There is yet another reason not to fly into or within the US. “Nazi-style detention pods” – that's what opponents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have called the new “exit pods” being tested at the Syracuse (NY) airport. But the pods are not primarily a rape of civil rights. Their import is equally ominous but more subtle. Their main purpose seems to be profit rather than the flexing of arbitrary power, althou... (more)


Killing Unnamed Children in Afghanistan posted 12/03/2013, 12:59 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
When I read this Washington Post article about the two-year-old child that U.S. forces just killed in Afghanistan, I wondered what the child's name was. Nowhere was it to be found in the article. Maybe the Post hadn't acquired the name. Or maybe it just doesn't matter. It's just one more deat... (more)


Monday December 2nd, 2013

Copyright Monopoly Disintegration Inevitable As It Only Takes A Single Country posted 12/02/2013, 12:25 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Commentary]
The emergence of experimental legally autonomous startup zones in Honduras and other places is one of the most exciting developments in a long time, and forebodes the collapse of the copyright industry’s tyranny over culture and knowledge.

I believe in competition. I believe in experimentation to see what works best and what can be predictably repeated – call it the scientific method applied to society, if you like. This has been a problem geopolitically, as the United States has
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Saturday November 30th, 2013

Debunking the Myth of the Hero Cop posted 11/30/2013, 10:16 PM (Daily Anarchist)
[Category: Commentary]
In a recent article at The Independent Political Report, James Gray perpetuates the fairy-tale of the police as heroes to be looked up to. He writes, “One of the most noble public servant positions in our society is a police officer. These men and women often have difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve.” If police were these he... (more)


Tuesday November 26th, 2013

Don't Be Thankful for Tyranny posted 11/26/2013, 1:23 PM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
I will be the first to acknowledge that there is much to be thankful for about life in America, especially when compared to those beyond our borders whose daily lives are marked by war, hunger and disease. Despite our kvetching, grumbling and complaining, most Americans have it pretty good compared to less fortunates the world over.

Still, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that all of our so-called blessings will amount to little more than gilding on a cage if we don't safeguard
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Is Liberty on the Rise? posted 11/26/2013, 1:20 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Some libertarians despair at the prospect of shrinking Leviathan. How can we make meaningful change when the system is stacked against us? And how can we be freer when our political leaders only seem interested in growing government and having more control over the economy?

But the fact is that we’ve already made enormous strides. The history of the federal government since World War II tells a tale of increasing freedom and—believe it or not—decreased intervention. In the great
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Monday November 25th, 2013

Without The State, Who Will Falsely Imprison Teenagers? posted 11/25/2013, 11:50 AM (Travis Eby)
[Category: Commentary]
On the night of May 14, 2010 16-year-old Bronx resident Kalief Browder was walking home from a party. He was stopped by police and "identified" by a stranger as a robber. Despite the lack of any evidence whatsoever, Browder was put in prison where he remained for three years. He missed the birth of his cousin, holiday after holiday with his family, and his high school prom. After three years in a cage he was suddenly released. All charges... (more)


David Friedman on Inequality posted 11/25/2013, 11:49 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

The justice system is rigged in favor of the state.


Thursday November 21st, 2013

Pirating Creativity: The MPAA Is Going After Schoolchildren posted 11/21/2013, 12:26 PM (Travis Eby)
[Category: Commentary]
For years now the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been trying its best, unsuccessfully, to enforce its “intellectual property” claims upon those who would dare share and distribute media. They are of course not the only ones trying to get IP enforced; we have seen the same trends in music and gaming. Since it has long become clear that they cannot stop the sharing of media on the internet, the MPAA is going for the gold: Get pirates when they are young. In other words, the MPAA... (more)


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)

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