Ron Paul: Politicians Exploit School Shooting While Ignoring Bombing Victims
Ron PaulOct 12
Following the recent Oregon school shooting, many politicians rushed to the microphones to call for new gun control laws. President Obama even called on gun control supporters to “politicize” the shooting, while some members of Congress worked to establish a special commission on gun violence.

The reaction to the shooting stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the US military’s bombing of an Afghanistan hospital run by the international humanitarian (and Nobel Peace Prize win
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Charles Murray's Tepid Radicalism
Mises InstituteOct 12
Charles Murray thinks that government has become arbitrary and tyrannical. In doing so, it has betrayed the “Madisonian” heritage of America, which strictly limited the power of the government to interfere with individual liberty. “As I [Murray] got into the book, I discovered I had to find a label less cumbersome than ‘people devoted to limited government’ … my first impulse was to call us Jeffersonians, but Jefferson was well to the libertarian side of the spectrum, and I wanted to include adv... (more)

The Mistake of Only Comparing US Murder Rates to "Developed" Countries
Mises InstituteOct 12

A Decisive Shift in The Power Balance Has Occurred
Paul Craig RobertsOct 12
The world is beginning to realize that a seachange in world affairs occured on September 28 when President Putin of Russia stated in his UN speech that Russia can no longer tolerate Washington’s vicious, stupid, and failed policies that have unleashed chaos, which is engulfing the Middle East and now Europe. Two days later, Russia took over the military situation in Syria and began the destruction of the Islamic State forces.

Perhaps among Obama’s advisors there are a few who are
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Meth Isn't An Argument For Drug Prohibition. It Demonstrates Prohibition's Failure.
Radley BalkoOct 12

The Impulsiveness of US Power
Paul Craig RobertsOct 09
Washington's impulsive use of power is a danger to America and to the world. Arrogant Washington politicians and crazed neoconservatives are screaming that the US must shoot down Russian aircraft that are operating against the US-supplied forces that have brought death and destruction to Syria, unleashing millions of refugees on Europe, in Washington's effort to overthrow the Syrian government.

Even my former CSIS colleague, Zbigniew Brzezinski, normally a sensible if sometimes mi
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A Major Win For The Opponents of The 'War On Drugs'
Cop BlockOct 07
The War On Drugs.

It's no secret that most people are tired of war on drugs. In fact, one police department is refusing to arrest drug offenders – offering help instead of incarceration. So many lives have been ruined by this ‘war'. Teenagers have been shot and killed by police over the mere suspicion of having marijuana. Tens-of-thousa
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33 Heroes Are Possibly Dead and No One Cares Because They Aren't Cops
The Free Thought ProjectOct 07
The sinking of the cargo ship El Faro off the Bahamas on October 1 gave the public a tragic reminder of the largely unappreciated dangers of commercial shipping, which is vital to the consumer economy. All thirty-three crew members -- twenty-eight Americans and five Polish nationals — were apparently lost in the space of... (more)

This Has Become Routine
Paul Craig RobertsOct 07
In his comment on the mass shootings at the Oregon community college, President Obama said: "This has become routine."

So have police shootings of unarmed and unresisting Americans.

So have numerous other undesirable and deplorable happenings, such as the foreclosure on the homes of millions of Americans, while the "banks too big to fail" are bailed out with trillions of dollars, and such as foreign policy lies that have destroyed seven countries, bringing the US an
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I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria
Ron PaulOct 07
The US regime change policy for Syria has been a catastrophe. More than 200,000 killed and an entire country reduced to rubble at least partly because President Obama decided that “Assad has lost his legitimacy.” How is it that the president of a country 6,000 miles away has the authority to decide whether another leader belongs in office or not? What if Rouhani in Iran decided that Obama had lost his legitimacy for killing a number of American citizens by drone without charge or trial? Would we... (more)

'Neutralizing' John Lennon: One Man Against The 'Monster'
The Rutherford InstituteOct 06
“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”—John Lennon (1969)

John Lennon, born 75 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon.

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CNN and The NYT Are Deliberately Obscuring Who Perpetrated The Afghan Hospital Attack
Glenn GreenwaldOct 06

The Future Is Decentralized
Mises InstituteOct 06

The Menace of Egalitarianism
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.Oct 05
A sharp Martian visiting Earth would make two observations about the United States–one true, the other only superficially so. On the basis of its ceaseless exercises in self-congratulation, the US appears to him to be a place where free thought is encouraged, and in which man makes war against all the fetters on his mind that reactionary forces had once placed there. That is the superficial truth.

The real truth, which our Martian would discover after watching how Americans actual
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How Trump Became Trump and What That Means for the Rest of Us
Nomi PrinsOct 05

Build It and They Will Come
Laurence M. VanceOct 05

College Campuses Are Not Gun-Free Zones
The BeaconOct 02
Wishing for something to be true does not make it true. Declaring an area to be gun-free is wishful thinking. I know campuses are not gun-free zones because I see news reports of campus shootings.

Declaring an area to be a gun-free zone discourages law-abiding citizens from carrying guns there, but it encourages people who intend to commit crimes with firearms because it gives them some assurance they will not meet with armed resistance from law-abiding citizens.

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Antiwar Hero: Siegfried Sassoon
The FreemanOct 02

Why is Washington Against Russia Bombing ISIS and Al-Qaeda?
Daniel McAdamsOct 01
On Wednesday the Russian military became active in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria. Pursuant to a request from the Syrian government, Moscow first began deploying military equipment and trainers as well as humanitarian assistance. Then the Russian parliament approved the use of force, and force was indeed used on Wednesday.

The Obama Administration is not happy about this development.

The US has been bombing Syria for a year without permission from
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The Curse of American Exceptionalism
Thomas DiLorenzoOct 01
Nothing seems to cause one of the neocon talking heads to fall into a rage more than discussing a politician or political candidate who "doesn't believe in American exceptionalism!!"  Sean Hannity seems especially unhinged under such circumstances.  This is because "American exceptionalism" has long been the ideological underpinning of -- and justification for -- the American empire and all of its military adventures.  As shills for the American military/industrial complex and the empire that it... (more)

Debt Ceiling Circus Looms Ahead, Again
Jacob G. HornbergerOct 01

Obama Deifies American Hegemony
Paul Craig RobertsSep 30
Today is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Hemet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington’s Cold War against the Soviet Union. In our time Washington had UN tanks sent in against Bosnian Serbs during the period that Washington was dismantling Yugoslavia and Serbia and accusing Serbian leaders, who tried to defend the integrity of their country against... (more)

Governments Don't Kill, People Do
Laurence M. VanceSep 29
"When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don't care if they are shot themselves." - Herbert Spencer

Stalin and his government never starved a single Ukrainian. Hitler and his government never gassed a single Jew. Mao and his government never beat to death a single Chinese peasant. And even though the senseless, immoral, unnecessary, and unjust invasion and occupation of Iraq resulted in a pile of a million dead
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Crony Capitalism the Cause of Society's Problems
Richard M. EbelingSep 29

The Free Market: It's Like Uber, But for Everything
The FederalistSep 29

Catalonia Succession: What Would Lincoln Do?
Thomas DiLorenzoSep 28
Now that Catalonia has voted to secede from Spain, the U.S. government must be contemplating a response.  Fresh off the pope’s worshipful quoting of Abe Lincoln before Congress, and giving a speech from one of Abe’s own lecturns in Philadelphia, our politicians must be asking themselves (and answering):  What would Lincoln do?

The answer is obvious.  If he were the Spanish government, he could call up an army of at least a million men to invade Catalonia, bomb and burn its cities
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A Story of a Copsucker Turned Cop Blocker
Cop BlockSep 28

Are You American? You're Probably a Coward
Cop BlockSep 24
These days, Americans seem to be afraid of Every. Single. Fucking. Thing.

They are afraid of drugs. Americans are so afraid of drugs “ruining” people’s lives, that as a country, the United States has locked up more people than any other country in the world, both per capita, and in pure numbers. The United States constitutes about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, and has around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. Some 31 million people have been arrested on drug related cha
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Here's Why Conservative Hopeful Ben Carson Couldn't be More Wrong on Islam
William Norman GriggSep 24
Dr. Ben Carson’s statement that Islam is "inconsistent with the values and principles of America" exhilarated the GOP’s conservative base while infuriating American Muslims and advocates of inter-faith outreach. The former commended Carson for taking a forthright stand against the supposed menac... (more)

No, America, You Don't Need to Comply with the REAL ID Act
Cato @ LibertySep 24
Like countless similar news stories recently, a report on Business Insider claims: "Residents from 5 US states could soon need a passport for a domestic flight." The idea is that the Transportation Security Administration will begin to enforce the REAL ID Act in 2016 by denying airport access to travelers from non-compliant states.

It’s not true.
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