The Welfare-Warfare State Impoverishes Americans
Jacob G. HornbergerSep 22

The Rand Paul Campaign: A Retrospective
Jeffrey TuckerSep 21
I'm not ruling out a sudden surge, but, as for this writing, it seems very likely that Rand Paul will not get the Republican nomination, at least not this time. Maybe the future will be different.

Let's reflect on the meaning of this and its implications for the future of liberty.

Based on my social feeds, many libertarians are drawing the wrong lessons. They say that the reason Rand didn't pull it off is because he departed too much from the script. He should hav
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'We Do Not Need You': The Blue Supremacist Credo
William Norman GriggSep 18
“I was thrown under the bus for expressing my First Amendment rights,” complained former Surf City, North Carolina Police Chief Mike Halstead following his compelled resignation on September 15. Halstead was ousted after publishing a Facebook post in which he regurgitated a pre-digested slurry of punitive populist talking points about the nonexistent “war on police.”

The focus
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Lew Rockwell And Tom Woods Analyze the Second Republican Debate!
YouTubeSep 18

Listen to Lew and Tom discuss Trump, Fiorina, Paul, Bush, Kasich, Rubio, Carson, etc., in this rousing debate analysis that won't be like what you heard on CNN.

Government Can’t Even Give Stuff Away Properly
Mises InstituteSep 17
David Friedman once said that “government can’t even give anything away.” Given how much of electoral competition consists of promises to give people things, that is a striking indictment of government.

Unfortunately, it is all-too-commonly true. Government dollars (ultimately from citizens’ pockets) frequently benefit people other than those they target. Further, they also provide different goods and services than intended.

For example, government wants to help col
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Progressivism Is Illiberal
The FreemanSep 17
A New York magazine article headline declares, "De Blasio's Proposal to Destroy Pedestrian Times Square Is the Opposite of Progressive."

That's Bill de Blasio, the current mayor of New York City, who was elected in 2013 after running unabashedly as the progressive, socially democratic candidate. I find it interesting that people are surprised by the mayor's illiberal stands on many (
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Bring Cold War Murderers to Justice
Jacob G. HornbergerSep 17

Vote with Your Feet: Free States Are Happier and Richer
Mises InstituteSep 17

Public School Students Are the New Inmates in the American Police State
The Rutherford InstituteSep 15
“Every day in communities across the United States, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning. From metal detectors to drug tests, from increased policing to all-seeing electronic surveillance, the public schools of the twenty-first century reflect a society that has become fixated on crime, security and violence.”—Investigative journalist Annette Fuentes

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Is Capitalism Moral?
YouTubeSep 15

Is capitalism moral or greedy? If it's based on greed and selfishness, what's the best alternative economic system? Perhaps socialism? And if capitalism is moral, what makes it so? Walter Williams, a renowned economist at George Mason University, answers these questions and more.

Militarism: Our Civic Religion
Jacob G. HornbergerSep 15

The Simplicity of Libertarianism
Jacob G. HornbergerSep 14

Does It Matter Who Is Elected President?
Jacob G. HornbergerSep 11
For the next year, we are all going to have to endure the presidential campaign and its accompanying blowhard speeches, insipid commentaries, and vapid debates.

At the same time, many people will be terribly excited over the opportunity they get every four years to elect the person who will wield omnipotent power over their lives. It’s really not surprising that people get so excited about the presidential race because it’s the only time when the person who will rule over them wil
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America's Police State Is Rooted In Four Federal Wars
Jacob G. HornbergerSep 10
Consider the impact on the civil liberties of the American people of four of the non-stop wars that the U.S. government has been waging for a very long time: the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, the war on immigrants, and the war on wealth. These four wars have converted what was once a free country into a police state, making the United States the most over-incarcerated nation in the world.

The war on drugs has subjected people to an untold number of searches of persons, homes
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'Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death': The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11
The Rutheford InstituteSep 09
"Since mankind's dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We've seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse." - Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

What began with the passage of the USA Patriot Act in October 2001 has snowballed into the eradication of every vital safeguard against government overreach
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The Executioner
William Norman GriggSep 09
"The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers," exclaimed Dick the Butcher, a zealous follower of revolutionary Jack Cade in the second part of Shakespeare’s Henry VI.

Attorney and law professor William C. Bradford, until recently an instructor at West Point, would be a bit more discriminating. Rather than killing all lawyers or legal scholars, Bradfor
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Don't Assume I'm Smarter Than My Contractor
The FreemanSep 08
"So, I figured I'd ask you," said my contractor. "You're a lot smarter than me and--"

That's when I stopped him.

Tom knows I am a college professor, and he wanted to ask my advice on his daughter's education. He's an ex-Marine who never went to college. It makes sense to ask an educator for advice about education, but why does that make me smarter?

I thought about all the times I've asked Tom's advice about the house we are renovating, and about all t
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Never Trust a Prosecutor
William L. AndersonSep 08
Accused: My Fight for Truth, Justice, & the Strength to Forgive, by Tonya Craft with Mark Dagostina, BenBella Books, 2015, 348 pages, Hardback.

To give a brief synopsis of Accused, Catoosa County, Georgia, authorities in 2008 charged Craft, then a kindergarten teacher, of 22 counts of child molestation, with the three accusing
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The Real Refugee Problem – And How To Solve It
Ron Paul InstituteSep 08
Last week Europe saw one of its worst crises in decades. Tens of thousands of migrants entered the European Union via Hungary, demanding passage to their hoped-for final destination, Germany.

While the media focuses on the human tragedy of so many people uprooted and traveling in dangerous circumstances, there is very little attention given to the events that led them to leave their countries. Certainly we all feel for the displaced people, especially the children, but let’s not f
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The Religious Persecution of Kim Davis
Christopher CantwellSep 07
Kim Davis, the 49 year old clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been the subject of much discussion as of late. Kim made headlines when she defied the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges ruling from April, by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Davis cites her r... (more)

The Truth About Police Violence Against Minorities, What #BlackLivesMatter Isn't Talking About
The Free Thought ProjectSep 07
On a daily basis, we hear about how if the #BlackLivesMatter movement really cared about black lives then they would say something about the black on black crime in poverty-stricken neighborhoods across the United States. This assertion comes from opponents of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and is usually made by police apologists who ignore the fact that police kill black men at a much higher rate than whites.

African-Americans make up only 13 percent of the population, yet they
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Lessons for Taxpayers from Record Low SAT Scores
The BeaconSep 07
Nearly 1.7 million high school students took the SAT college aptitude exam this year--a record high. But the good news appears to stop there. According to Bloomberg Business:
Students in the high school class of 2015 turned in the lo... (more)

Police Recruiting is Down, Hope for a Free Society is Up
Cop BlockSep 04

Your "Duty" to Protect and Serve the Police
William Norman GriggSep 03
Glenn Beck, acting in his self-appointed role as a punitive populist prophet, has urged his audience to join “hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm,” and “ring” their local police departments in prayer. The local police are “under siege,” Beck tremulously insists, and divine intervention on their behalf is necessary.

Beck hasn't yet urged Americans to act as human shields on behalf of the heavily armed, body armor-clad functionaries who are supposedly paid to protect them. Some police union o
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Why Does Anarchy Make Everyone Fill Their Pants in Fear?
ZeroGovSep 03

Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America
The Rutheford InstituteSep 02
"If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."--George Washington

The architects of the American police state must think we're idiots.

With every passing day, we're being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy
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The Mountain of Legal Injustice in the USA
The BeaconSep 02
In view of the thousands of laws in the USA for whose violation people are punished even though no identifiable person has been harmed by their actions, is it not wholly appropriate to say that those who are punished are in fact being punished for political crimes?

For example, persons entering or leaving the USA must file a declaration of the exact amount of cash and negotiable monetary instrume
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On Houston Deputy: Cops Who Kill Are Getting Other Cops Killed
Cop BlockSep 01

The Government's Tax on Peace of Mind
The BeaconSep 01
In the USA, thousands of distinct actions that violate no one’s natural rights have been declared illegal. Often the law provides for draconian punishment of those who violate such unjust laws. Sometimes, especially in cases involving alleged violation of tax laws or drug laws, the government may seize an alleged violator’s assets, making it impossible for him to mount an effective defense, conduct a business, or even live a normal life. In this perverse legal environment, ordinary people know, ... (more)

Guns, Drugs, and Booze: Why Both Political Parties Love Prohibition
Mises InstituteAug 31
It’s been noticed more than a few times that there aren’t many substantive differences between the Republicans and Democrats. While this is true in many ways for the parties themselves, the Left and Right certainly differ on a range of issues from welfare to abortion to gay rights.

What they have in common — at least the mainstream varieties — is a desire to use the state to shape society in whatever way they see fit. As Andrew Napolitano put it, “We have migrated from a two-p
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