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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

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Category: Commentary - Browse by Category - News - Analysis - Highlights - Multimedia - Latest Comments Page 5 Wednesday July 23rd, 2014
Making the Victim Pay for the Bullet posted 09/23/2013, 10:43 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
In overtly totalitarian countries, families of condemned state enemies are often required to pay for the bullets used to execute their loved ones. Two recent federal court rulings indicate that a very similar custom has taken root in proto-Soviet America.

On June 3, 2011, a man wearing a ski mask hurled a crude, improvised stink bomb through an apartm
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Overcoming Stockholm Syndrome posted 09/23/2013, 10:43 PM (The Corbett Report)
[Category: Commentary]

In the 1970s, a strange psychological phenomenon was identified: in traumatic abduction situations, a certain percentage of the population is prone to falling in love with their abductors. But if we are living in a societal prison of the mind, then are there those who have fallen in love with their mental jailers? Find out more about societal Stockholm syndrome in this week's edition of The Corbett Rep
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Who Needs an Official State Media When We've Got CNN? posted 09/23/2013, 10:43 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
In a recent Esquire column (“Dianne Feinstein Defines ‘Journalist,’” September 19), Charles Pierce recalled presidential historian George Reedy’s prediction years ago that so-called “shield laws,” which protect reporters against criminal prosecution for not revealing their sources, would involve de facto government licensing of the press. After all, the law would have to define who qualified as a “journalist”... (more)


Can a constitution put limits on a government? posted 09/23/2013, 10:42 PM (On the Mark)
[Category: Commentary]
John C. Calhoun, was one of North America’s first political theorists and he wrote about the inability of a constitution to limit government. He points out that no document, not even if written on a hallowed piece of parchment, has the inherent power to bind officials to read it correctly or follow its strictures. As time goes on it gets even weaker in this ability as language changes and governments build up their power.... (more)


A Few Modest Proposals To Rid our Inner Cities of Gang-Related Violence: The Libertarian Solution posted 09/23/2013, 10:42 PM (Walter E. Block)
[Category: Commentary]
Gang violence is afflicting some of our major cities, Chicago chief amongst them. As I write, there are reports coming in regarding a shooting of 13 people at a basketball court in the Second City. Fortunately, no one was killed in this episode. But a three year old boy is now in critical condition as a result of being shot, and the not unreasonable expectation is tha... (more)




Will the Rich Stick Around to Be Soaked? posted 09/23/2013, 10:42 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
On December 8, the website Breitbart heralded, "Despite Tax Increase, California State Revenues in Freefall." In the November state elections, a successful Proposition 30 imposed a 13.3 percent tax rate on income over $1,000,000 -- an increase of 29.13 percent and the highest state tax rate in the nation. The predicted tax revenue was hailed as a way to dig California out of its budget crisis. It was '"needed" especially to fund public-sector pensions with their plush benefits. Instead, state re... (more)


Saturday September 21st, 2013

The Panthers Were Right and Reagan Was Wrong on Gun Control posted 09/21/2013, 7:20 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
I suppose it takes a true radical these days to question the progressive's sacred cow: Ronald Reagan. You read that right. This paradigm of modern conservatism was one of the most important American champions of gun control in recent decades, and so he has become a convenient talking point for liberals who want to argue that even Ronald Reagan favored strict gun laws.

And indeed, he did--all throughout his political career. As president he used executive order to ban the im
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Thursday September 19th, 2013

3 Important Lessons from a Canadian Border Crossing posted 09/19/2013, 7:35 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
I was at the Canadian border, headed toward the freedom that exists a few feet beyond the last security check. I was gently waved down a side corridor.

Ninety minutes later, I was let go, but not before something truly alarming happened. I'm pretty sure that the Canadian government captured a mirrored version of my smartphone — which pretty much holds the whole of my life.

I'll explain precisely how this happened in just a bit — in the hopes that perhaps you can tak
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Tuesday September 17th, 2013

Police Are More Dangerous To The Public Than Are Criminals posted 09/17/2013, 8:31 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
The goon thug psychopaths no longer only brutalize minorities – it is open season on all of us – the latest victim is a petite young white mother of two small children

The worse threat every American faces comes from his/her own government.

At the federal level the threat is a seventh war (Syria) in 12 years, leading on to the eighth and ninth (Iran and Lebanon) and then on to nuclear war with R
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Monday September 16th, 2013

All Government Policies Succeed in the Long Run posted 09/16/2013, 4:26 AM (Robert Higgs)
[Category: Commentary]
A crazy claim you are probably thinking after reading my title. After all, “failed policies” are a staple of discussions and debates about government actions in the United States. Everybody, regardless of political preferences, has a list of what he regards as the most glaringly failed policies. This way of looking at the matter, however, is all wrong.

People label a policy as a failure because it does not bring about its declared objective. For example, drug policies do not reduc
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Withdrawing Consent Means More Than It May Seem posted 09/16/2013, 4:25 AM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
Withdrawing consent to the state means more than this innocuous phrase may suggest.

To withdraw consent is far-reaching. It means a divorce from the state insofar as this is possible. It means having no loyalty to the state, seeing the state as fundamentally unfair and a source of continual injustices, being unwilling to help the state in any way, assuming and feeling no responsibility for the state’s actions, and seeing the state as hostile to peace and society. It means not part
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At What Point Will The Next Generation Kill The Copyright Monopoly Altogether? posted 09/16/2013, 4:23 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Commentary]
For teenagers today, the copyright monopoly is something that the establishment uses to punish them for enjoying culture and science, to censor their protests and voices, and to prevent their art from reaching an audience. As these people grow older and come into policymaking positions, at what point will they just kill the monopoly altogether?... (more)


Sunday September 15th, 2013

The Most Boring Show on Television posted 09/15/2013, 12:07 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
According to Wikipedia, Fox News’ “The Five” is “the second-most watched program in all of cable news in the United States, placing only behind ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’” That is absolutely amazing because by any libertarian standard, it’s got to be the most inane, ridiculous, boring program on television.... (more)


Lew Rockwell: The Empire is Beginning to Crumble posted 09/15/2013, 12:07 AM (YouTube)
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Wednesday September 11th, 2013

The Pine Bluff PD: From Merely Dysfunctional to Downright Deadly posted 09/11/2013, 5:14 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
No tactical genius is necessary to bring about a bloodless end to a standoff involving a 107-year-old man armed with a handgun and surrounded by police officers inside an otherwise vacant house. All that is necessary is a willingness on the part of the officers to accept a minimal amount of risk, and a time horizon longer than a half hour. In fact, only someone with a perverse appetite for gratuitous bloodshed could arrange to end that confrontation with the violent death of the centenarian susp... (more)


The "Domestic Terrorist" You Can Call a Hero posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
I dreamed I saw Bernard von NotHaus, alive as you or me.

Said I, "But Bernard, you've been jailed two years."

"I never was," said he.

Bernard has been the called the Rosa Parks of the alternative money movement. More than 10 years ago, he had this idea that he would make his own money — not the fake stuff we are used to, but the real stuff made of actual silver. He called his currency the Liberty Dollar (and why not, since there is no trademark on the
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The Isolated War Party posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
It’s a trying time for the warmongers. A deluge of national polls reveal a public decidedly against war with Syria. Congress is listening, and the authorization for military action faces opposed majorities in both houses. Obama’s progressive base is mostly against his idea to bomb. So are many liberals and most leftists. Even the president’s wife and Nancy Pelosi’s grandson don’t want war, a... (more)


The State Attracts Sociopaths posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (Butler Shaffer)
[Category: Commentary]
What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else. -   Tom Clancy

In the science of chaos, "attractors" are operational principles around which turbulence and apparent chaos are harmonized. What the limited nature of our prior experiences dismisses as randomness or disorder, the study of chaos and complexity is revealing as deeper patterns of regularity. Attractors help to ident
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From Hiroshima To Syria, The Enemy Whose Name We Dare Not Speak posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (John Pilger)
[Category: Commentary]
On my wall is the front page of Daily Express of September 5, 1945 and the words: “I write this as a warning to the world.” So began Wilfred Burchett’s report from Hiroshima. It was the scoop of the century. For his lone, perilous journey that defied the US occupation authorities, Burchett was pilloried, not least by his embedded colleagues. He warned that an act of premeditated mass murder on an epic scale had launched a new era of terror.

Almost every day now, he is vindicated.
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Tuesday September 10th, 2013

Fighting the State posted 09/10/2013, 3:28 AM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
It's is unfathomable how much brain power goes into hatching schemes to "reform" societal governance. From increased taxation to prying apart the grip of the monopoly state, the breadth of the political spectrum spends a great deal of time arguing over the correct course of action. Progressives never fail to adopt a new scheme to ratchet up the size of government. Conservatives, bless their instincts, are always fighting the last war of state encroachment. For the libertarian, rolling back Levia... (more)


Monday September 9th, 2013

John Kerry and the Orwellian Language of War posted 09/09/2013, 1:19 AM (Nathan Goodman)
[Category: Commentary]
When is a war not a war? According to John Kerry, launching cruise missiles at Syria is not a war. Testifying before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said, “President Obama is not asking America to go to war.”

Kerry’s argument seems to hinge on the idea that no American ground troops will likely be deployed. Of the proposed strikes, Kerry said, “I just don’t consider that going to war in the classic sense of coming to Congress and asking for a declaration of war
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The Truth About How The US Will Save Syria posted 09/09/2013, 1:19 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

...and other lies. Stefan Molyneux discusses the rush to war, chemical weapon attacks, red line hypocrisy, endless violence, the military industrial complex and blood soaked economic illusions.


Wednesday September 4th, 2013

How "Your" Government Works posted 09/04/2013, 11:55 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
The Obama administration has announced the formation of a panel of “outside experts” to review the NSA’s surveillance practices. And a wide-ranging, diverse collection of experts they are; when it comes to institutional backgrounds and viewpoints, they span the entire spectrum from A to B. They remind me a bit of the space shuttle crew in an episode of The Simpsons: “They’re a colorful bunch …  There's a mathematician, a different kind of mathematician, and a statistician.”

Richa
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Pelosi: Willing to "Protect" Syrian Children To Death posted 09/04/2013, 11:55 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Whenever the ruling elite wants to engage in another bout of humanitarian slaughter, it will have its media auxiliaries soften up the public by barraging it with images of innocent people – particularly children – who are suffering and dying. Every “humanitarian” war makes those images go away. Children are still being mangled and murdered, of course – but those who control the state-aligned media are no longer interested in showing them.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recentl
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Who's Really Getting Punished? posted 09/04/2013, 11:55 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I find it interesting how President Obama intends to punish Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against Syrian rebels. It provides a fascinating insight into the collectivist mindset.

To punish Assad, Obama says that he will use his military to "degrade" Assad's military. That inevitably means that Obama will bomb certain segments of Assad's military, such as artillery or armor units.

That means that inevitably there will be Sy
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Tuesday September 3rd, 2013

How the State Destroys Social Cooperation posted 09/03/2013, 7:30 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Many of our present economic difficulties, while blamed by politicians on freedom and markets, are in fact the long-run effects of government policies emphasizing short-run, visible benefits that mask hidden or delayed costs. In particular, our economic woes reflect government's reliance on coercion, whose harmful effects expand over time, in contrast to voluntary cooperation, whose beneficial effects expand over time.

Voluntary market cooperation expands because the more time sel
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Perpetual Chaos and Crises posted 09/03/2013, 7:30 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I find it absolutely fascinating how the president, along with his national-security state apparatus, can instantaneously throw the entire nation into crisis mode, this time with everyone in angst over whether the president should or should not bomb Syria. It's a perfect demonstration of the power and influence that the U.S. national-security state and its military empire around the world have over the American people and how easy it is for this apparatus to keep the American people in a state o... (more)


The Twisted Premises Implicit in the Drive for War posted 09/03/2013, 7:28 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
On its own terms, the government’s case for war with Syria has problems. We cannot deny the monstrousness of Assad’s regime, but the Obama administration has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Syrian state is responsible for the particular chemical weapons atrocity that supposedly justifies a strike. Some of the very same folks who lambasted the Bush team for refusing to li... (more)


Saturday August 31st, 2013

The US Uses Gas To Kill Civilians posted 08/31/2013, 7:39 PM (Mike Holmes)
[Category: Commentary]
One point that needs to be made, but rarely if ever mentioned, is that in the supposed rationale for US attack on Syria to avenge/prevent claimed civilian deaths by government gas attacks, the US government itself has used similar weapons openly as recently as the FBI/ATF attack on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco Texas in the spring of 1993.

76 men, women and children died in this senseless military style assault which used highly lethal military CS gas as a primary weapon.
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Wednesday August 28th, 2013

We're All Edward Snowden Now posted 08/28/2013, 5:05 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
In the last several days, I've had three phone conversations with friends — completely normal people who have their wits about them — during which they have declined to say something for fear of government surveillance. They will be talking normally and suddenly catch themselves and divert the conversation.

The topics we were discussing were mostly innocuous, and I can't imagine that government interlopers would care, but the impulse to self-censor was triggered anyway.
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Tuesday August 27th, 2013

Elysium: The Technological Side of the American Police State posted 08/27/2013, 2:31 PM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
From George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to the Wachowskis’ The Matrix, Stephen Spielberg’s Minority Report and most recently Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, writers and filmmakers have used science fiction to both forecast the future while also holding up a mirror to the present. The best among these transcend what is largely escapist entertainment and engage their audiences in a critical dialogue about what happens when power, technology and militaristic governance converge.
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Sunday August 25th, 2013

The State: Judge in its Own Cause posted 08/25/2013, 11:47 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
At a 2011 press conference President Obama, in response to a question about Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, said “We are a nation of laws. We don't let individuals make decisions about how the law operates.

Is this really a nation of laws, though? There’s an old legal principle, “nemo iudex in causa sua,” which translated into English means “no one should be the judge of their own cause.” But in fact all the laws theoretically limiting the state’s power are interp
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Thursday August 22nd, 2013

'Sending a message': what the US and UK are attempting to do posted 08/22/2013, 10:56 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
State-loyal journalists seem to believe in a duty to politely submit to bullying tactics from political officials.... (more)


Our Cages and Labyrinths posted 08/22/2013, 10:55 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Over the last year, I’ve had some sense that certain themes are emerging in pop literature and film—themes that are different from dominant strains of the past. I struggled to put my finger on it, but it finally it hit me what these themes are and why they matter.

The plot lines are highly suggestive of what it is like to live in (and overcome) an age of pervasive government control—an age pretty much like our own.

Five shows illustrate the point: Breaking Bad on AM
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Wednesday August 21st, 2013

The NSA: 'The Abyss from Which There Is No Return' posted 08/21/2013, 7:54 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
"The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back." — Senator Frank Church (1975)

We now find ourselves operating in a strange para
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An Empire in Panic posted 08/21/2013, 7:54 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
A cornered rat has a deadly bite, or so says the lore from the 19th century, when rat baiting was common sport. The same is true of a cornered empire today. Every hour that goes by presents the evidence. It's getting absolutely dangerous out there for anyone who dares to stand up against the empire and for basic human rights, which is to say that it is dangerous to corner the rat.

Recall the NSA's Edward Snowden blockbuster revelations that the U.S. national security state has bee
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Decline and Fall: The Second Stage is Anger posted 08/21/2013, 7:54 AM (Thomas L. Knapp)
[Category: Commentary]
Not too long ago, I predicted that if I live to the average American male lifespan of 76 — I’m 46 now — I’ll have outlived the United States as we know it.

At the time, I feared I was being over-optimistic, but lately I’m leaning the other way and thinking that my timetable may have been unduly timid. The United States may be something quickly receding in history’s rear view mirror by the time I start getting junk mail from AARP (“you’re 50 — join now!”).

The recent
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Tuesday August 20th, 2013

Yes, We Live in a Communist Country posted 08/20/2013, 12:16 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Abducted by bounty hunters, imprisoned without cause, denied due process of law, cleared of all charges yet forbidden to go home, scores of innocent men in the Guantanamo Bay gulag have been driven to resist in the only way they can – by staging a hunger strike.

Finding themselves irretrievably in the hands of an immensely powerful enemy that is entirely
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Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free posted 08/20/2013, 12:16 PM (Jonathan Turley)
[Category: Commentary]
While each new national-security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they don't operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part, authoritarian. Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic ind... (more)


Monday August 19th, 2013

How to Fight the Modern State posted 08/19/2013, 9:03 AM (Hans-Hermann Hoppe)
[Category: Commentary]
In this 1997 speech by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, now available as an ebook from the Mises Institute under the title What Must Be Done, Hoppe presents a plan of action for anarcho-capitalists against the modern state.

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The Phony Trade-off between Privacy and Security posted 08/19/2013, 9:03 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Most people take it for granted -- because they've heard it so many times from politicians and pundits -- that they must trade some privacy for security in this dangerous world. The challenge, we're told, is to find the right "balance." Let's examine this.

On its face the idea seems reasonable. I can imagine hiring a firm to look after some aspect of my security. To do its job the firm may need some information about me that I don't readily give out. It's up to me to decide if I l
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Wednesday August 14th, 2013

How Medical Innovation Redefines Our World posted 08/14/2013, 4:52 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
On a Sunday afternoon swim, a 6-year-old boy was bugging me in a sweet sort of way. He rode up and down the handrail on the stairs in the shallow end of the pool where I was trying to sit in peace. He was laughing and talking, but I couldn't understand a word through the giggles.

I spoke to him to try to engage him in conversation.

His mother was sitting on the side of pool and said to me, "He can't hear a word you are saying."

I thought by that she m
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Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Government posted 08/14/2013, 4:51 AM (Jeff Berwick)
[Category: Commentary]
On June 12, 1987, in a speech near the Berlin Wall to commemorate Berlin's 750th anniversary, US President Ronald Reagan famously said to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." The destruction of the wall would serve as a symbol of Gorbachev sincerely trying to increase freedom throughout the Eastern Bloc.

Today, August 13, marks the anniversary of the day the building of the Berlin Wall began. In honor of that sad day I say, "Mr. Obama, tear
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Tuesday August 13th, 2013

Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media's reverence of national security officials posted 08/13/2013, 5:36 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
Just yesterday, Face the Nation featured Hayden as the premiere guest to speak authoritatively about how trustworthy the NSA is, how safe it keeps us, and how wise President Obama is for insisting that all of its programs continue. As usual, no mention was made of the role he played in secretly implementing an illegal warrantless spying program aimed directly at the American people. As most establishment media figures do when quivering in the presence of national security state officials, the su... (more)


Monday August 12th, 2013

"Punishment Has Been Achieved" posted 08/12/2013, 6:43 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“Punishment for this offense has been achieved.”

With those words, which are found near the end of an August 8 motion to dismiss a spurious battery charge against Sandpoint, Idaho resident Rita Hutchens, the author – Bonner County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Shane Greenbank – incriminates himself.

For about a year, Greenbank tirelessly pursued a charge he knew to be entirely devoid o
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The United States Government Does Not Want Americans To Travel Abroad posted 08/12/2013, 6:41 AM (Ingenious Press)
[Category: Commentary]
No other government on the face of this Earth wants to make it’s citizens more ill-at-ease, deathly afraid, or made to feel so guilty for stepping outside of it’s national boundaries as the United States of America. Rather than encouraging Americans to embrace overseas travel as one of the most educational, enjoyable, and emotionally and spiritually satisfying endeavors that people can undertake in the course of our painfully short lives, U.S. government departments and institutions are notoriou... (more)


How I Exposed an Undercover Cop posted 08/12/2013, 6:34 AM (OtherWords)
[Category: Commentary]
She was an undercover cop who called herself “Missy.” When I first met her four years ago, I couldn’t have known that the small-framed woman with spiky brown hair and intense eyes was anything but a fellow activist showing up for a protest in Washington, D.C.... (more)


Social Pressure as a Means of Keeping Order posted 08/12/2013, 6:34 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
We tend to think of the law as one, big monolithic thing, a unified system under which we all must live. The rules governing what we can and cannot do may change over time, but the system itself is a constant, maintained by a centralized body of enforcers. Force is the operative term here, because the threat of force is really the only weapon the law has at its disposal to curb behaviors it deems undesirable. Break the law and you will either be fined, imprisoned or, in extreme cases, killed.... (more)


How Anarchism Can Solve Social Problems: Gary Chartier at Freedom Fest 2013 posted 08/12/2013, 6:32 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

"Once states get a footing, they tend to crowd out alternatives," says philosopher and La Sierra University professor Gary Chartier, author most recently of Anarchy and Legal Order. "Also, I think they tend to colonize people, ideologically."

Reason Magazine's Matt Welch caught up with Chartier at this year's Freedom Fest to discuss his extensive writings on anarchy and left-libertarian
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Wednesday August 7th, 2013

Wendy McElroy Explains Why She's Moving to Chile... posted 08/07/2013, 10:53 PM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Jews who were dispersed across the globe because of government oppression traditionally ended the Passover seder with the phrase, “Next Year in Jerusalem.” It was and is part of commemorating the exodus from Egypt that was led by Moses.

Anyone who loves freedom should raise his glass and make the toast, “This year in Galt's Gulch Chile.”
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Tuesday August 6th, 2013

Are Police in America Now a Military, Occupying Force? posted 08/06/2013, 5:43 PM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
Despite the steady hue and cry by government agencies about the need for more police, more sophisticated weaponry, and the difficulties of preserving the peace and maintaining security in our modern age, the reality is far different. Indeed, violent crime in America has been on a steady decline, and if current trends continue, Americans will finish the year 2013 experiencing the lowest murder rate in over a century.

Despite this clear referendum on the fact that communities would
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Lynne Stewart: Convicted of Supporting the Declaration of Independence posted 08/06/2013, 5:42 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Former New York City attorney Lynne Stewart is back in the news. Having been convicted in federal court of being a terrorism supporter, she is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a federal penitentiary. According to an article in today's New York Times, the 73-year-old Stewart's recent req... (more)


Monday August 5th, 2013

Abolish Your Local Police posted 08/05/2013, 5:07 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Two gangs gathered near a home in California. The man who lived there avoided one, and was severely beaten by the other.

Ronald Weekley, Jr. , a 20-year-old college student from Venice, California, was riding his skateboard on the “wrong side” of the street in front of his house when he was assaulted by four armed gangsters and severely beaten. The assailants then abducted the victim and accused him of a criminal o
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Ivutin: U S on track to become U.S.S.R posted 08/05/2013, 5:06 PM (Marietta Daily Journal)
[Category: Commentary]
MARIETTA — As guest speaker at the Marietta-based Georgia Tea Party on Thursday, Oleg Ivutin of Smyrna warned of growing similarities between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union where he grew up.

The U.S. is on a “fast track” to becoming an authoritarian government like the U.S.S.R., said Ivutin, a businessman who challenged Joe Dendy as chairman of the Cobb GOP in March.

Under communist rule, the Russian police spied on people, collecting files to use against th
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The Scam Called the State posted 08/05/2013, 5:05 PM (LRC Podcasts)
[Category: Commentary]
Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe is a senior fellow of the Mises Institute, was professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, author of many important books — The Economics and Ethics of Property, for example. Hans is also an expert on the state.... (more)


Friday August 2nd, 2013

Truth as Treason posted 08/02/2013, 2:29 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
If I were to use the phrase "When Truth Was Treason," you might think that I was referring to the cases of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Your assumption, of course, would be entirely reasonable given that that's what they did -- they disclosed the truth about the U.S. national-security state's lies, crimes, and secret surveillance schemes, for which they have been labeled as criminals and traitors.

But actually the phrase is the title of a fascinating book about a group
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Snowden's Father Calls Out Obama On Nuremberg Crimes posted 08/02/2013, 2:29 AM (Infowars)
[Category: Commentary]
Predictably, the corporate media, the official propaganda outlet for the establishment, has refused to post or publish an open letter sent to Obama by Lon Snowden, the father of Edward Snowden. This callous refusal should finally convince any who may have had any doubt that the United States is anything but a tyrannical national security state with a state-run media no different than the one in Cuba, China or Iran.

Edward Snowden’s unwarranted persecution and vilification by the g
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We Must Be Anarcho-Capitalists: The Brazilian Philosophy Magazine Dicta & Contradicta Interviews Hans-Hermann Hoppe posted 08/02/2013, 2:22 AM (Mises Brazil)
[Category: Commentary]
Would the change from a statist to a libertarian society help or hinder the production of high culture?

Hoppe: A libertarian society would be significantly more prosperous and wealthy and this would certainly help both low and high culture. But a free society -- a society without taxes and tax-subsidies and without so-called “intellectual property rights” – would produce a very different culture, with a very different set of products, producers, stars and fail
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Thursday August 1st, 2013

Committing War Crimes is a Duty; Reporting Them is a Felony posted 08/01/2013, 4:23 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Bradley Manning is the only combat veteran of the Iraq war whose service is worth honoring. Like hundreds of thousands of servicemen, Manning carried out unlawful orders to participate in an illegal war. Unlike any of the rest, he took necessary action to expose discrete criminal acts committed in the larger context of that illegal enterprise.

While serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, Manning sometimes felt as if he were “watching nonstop snuff films,” according to a New
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The Real Criminals Under Our National-Security State System posted 08/01/2013, 4:23 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Let's recap the situation regarding criminal conduct within the U.S. national-security state, just to see how the national-security state has succeeded in corrupting the morals and values of our nation.

People Who Are Considered Heroes by the National-Security State

1. The officials who devised the scheme that plunged America into the illegal world of torture.

2. The officials who actually committed the crime of torture.

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