The Pros and Cons of College
James AltucherAug 17


The War on Air Conditioning Heats Up
The FreemanAug 14
It started with the pope. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, he singled out air conditioning as a particularly good example of wasteful habits and excessive consumption that overcome our better natures:
People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning.... (more)

The Brilliance of Carlo Rossi
Jeffrey TuckerAug 14
"Never buy wine in a jug with a handle."

A friend gave me this advice in my youth.

It was the worst wine advice I ever received. It reinforced the culture of wine snobbery that has pillaged many generations of consumers.

Wine snobbery treats this drink as if it were always a serious undertaking requiring expertise, snootiness, and a high budget.

Have you been at a wine tasting held by a local aficionado? People stand around sipping and
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Afghan Wedding Parties and Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Jacob G. HornbergerAug 14
One of the things that has fascinated me about the U.S. government's war on Afghanistan has been the multiple attacks on wedding parties -- eight wedding parties to be exact, at least as of 2013. What's with Afghan wedding parties that they seem to attract U.S. bombs?

Of course, the official position of the Pentagon is that all these bombings were accidents. Those smart bombs and surgical strikes just aren't always so smart or so surgical, they tell us. It was just a coincidence t
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Abolish Child Protective Services
C4SS.orgAug 14
Standing in an office while two kids beg me to go back to their home, I begin retreating back into my inner-child. I imagine how I would have felt if I was seven years old and a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigator told me I couldn’t stay with my mom anymore. Their mother had committed the crime of respecting the children's desire to play outside.

Paperwork has already been checked by the supervisor, the judge has backed it, and now I have to find a placement. I put them i
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Chelsea Manning and Hillary Clinton: A Case of Double Standards
Justin RaimondoAug 14


At it Again: Law Enforcement Officials' Anti-Encryption New York Times Op-Ed
EFF.orgAug 13
Yesterday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. and law enforcement officials from Paris, London, and Madrid published an anti-encryption op-ed in the New York Times--an op-ed that amounts to nothing more than a blatant attempt to use fear mongering to further their anti-privacy, anti-security, and anti-constitutional agenda. They want a backdoor. We want security, ... (more)

Politics in One Page
The FreemanAug 12
In every election season, a new generation comes of age and experiences the political theater for the first time. The experience is formative. It challenges you to decide what you think about the world. Which candidate best represents my values and shares my sense of how things ought to be? More fundamentally, how should things be in politics?

As time goes on and you experience successive presidential election cycles, illusions begin to fall away. You start to see the whole thing
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The Sanders-Republican Checklist
Laurence M. VanceAug 12


Don't Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America
The Rutheford InstituteAug 11
"The shaping of the will of Congress and the choosing of the American president has become a privilege reserved to the country's equestrian classes, a.k.a. the 20% of the population that holds 93% of the wealth, the happy few who run the corporations and the banks, own and operate the news and entertainment media, compose the laws and govern the universities, control the philanthropic foun... (more)

The Prohibitive Price of Government "Protection"
William Norman GriggAug 11
When they reached Fort Hall in what would eventually be known as southeast Idaho, the leaders of the Oregon-bound Elijah Utter wagon train believed that the most dangerous part of their trek was behind them. Their fortunes would soon change dramatically for the worse, in large measure because of the involvement of the United States military.

The 44-member train assembled at a bridge crossing on the Portneuf River near
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Hillary Clinton's Knowledge Problem
Jeffrey TuckerAug 10
Just trust her. Truly, just trust her: to know precisely how much energy we ought to use, where it should come from, how it should be generated, how we should get from here to there, and the effects that her plan will have on the global -- the global! -- climate, not just in the near term but decades or a century from now.

If you do this, you will have embraced "science," "reality," "truth," and "innovation," and, also, "our children." If you don't go along, you not only reject al
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The Assault On Donald Trump Shows That Our Two Party System Is Really A One Party System
Michael SnyderAug 10
Were you sickened by the Republican debate the other night? The hype leading up to the debate was unbelievable. Never before had there been so much interest in a debate this early in an election season, and it turned out to be the most watched program on Fox News ever. A record-shattering 24 million Americans tuned in, and what they witnessed was an expertly orchestrated assault on Donald Trump. From the very first moments, every question that was launched at Trump was an “attac... (more)

Be Careful What You Say To 911
Gun WatchAug 07
What you say on 911 is recorded. It can and will be used against you in a court of law. My friend and publisher of numerous books on gun laws, Alan Korwin, says that in the vast majority of cases where people involved in self defense scenarios end up in serious legal difficulties, it is what they said on 911 that got them into trouble. He expounds on this in his book "After You Shoot". In a recent case in Florida, both male participants made errors. One is dead and one has been charged... (more)

They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy
The Rutherford InstituteAug 06
“You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong.”—They Live

We’re living in two worlds, you and I.

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catc
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How Long Before The Police Stop Investigating Murder?
The Daily MailAug 04


Welfare-State Parasitism
Jacob G. HornbergerAug 04


Is Politics Obsolete?
The FreemanJul 29
Hillary Clinton talks of cracking down on the gig economy. Donald Trump speaks of telling American corporations where they can and can’t do business abroad. Bernie Sanders says we have too many deodorant choices. They all speak about immigrants as if it were 1863.

What the heck are these people talking about?

More
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Dealing with the Cops
Jacob G. HornbergerJul 29


Why Do Libertarians Pay Taxes?
Laurence M. VanceJul 29
It never fails. Every time I write anything about taxes I get long, rambling e-mails from tax trolls who scour the Internet looking for articles about taxes so they can contact the writers and impress them with their knowledge of the tax code.

These tax trolls usually call themselves "non-taxpayers." They say things like: paying taxes is voluntary, the Sixteenth Amendment was not properly ratified, most Americans aren't required to pay income tax, many Americans have gotten refund
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Do We Need to Bring Back Internment Camps?
Ron PaulJul 28
Last week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that "disloyal Americans" be sent to internment camps for the "duration of the conflict." Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in which five US service members were killed, Clark recalled the internment of American citizens during World War II who were merely suspected of having Nazi sympathies. He said: "back then we didn't say 'that was freedom of speech,' we p... (more)

The Sorry State of Race Relations
Jeffrey TuckerJul 27
The headline story last week was as disturbing as it was ironic. The Gallup poll reveals that both blacks and whites think race relations are generally bad, and by wide margins. In general, two thirds of survey respondents say that people are not getting along and that tension is high.

The striking fact: this is the reverse of what people believed in the days after t
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Donald Trump Visits My Hometown!
Jacob G. HornbergerJul 24


First, They Came for the Bar Owners...
William Norman GriggJul 23
Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex club in Portland, Oregon, had bills to pay and a payroll to meet. He called up his business account only to find that it had been completely drained.

“All my money was gone,” Penner later related to the Oregonian newspaper. He was shocked, but not completely surprised, by this development: “I raced to the bank,
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The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System
The Rutherford InstituteJul 22
How can the life of such a man

Be in the palm of some fool’s hand?

To see him obviously framed

Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land

Where justice is a game.—Bob Dylan, “Hurricane


Justice in America is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Just ask Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did
... (more)

Trump Is Right: John McCain is Not A Hero
C4SS.orgJul 22
On July 18th, Donald Trump enraged fellow Republicans by stating that Arizona Senator John McCain is “not a war hero." Trump referenced McCain’s imprisonment by the North Vietnamese stating, "I like people that weren’t captured."

Americans like to think of all their armed servicemen as heroic, and this is especially true of McCain, a POW who was imprisone
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Much To Do About Nothing Over El Chapo
Jacob G. HornbergerJul 22


Authoritarians Like Twitter, Too
The FreemanJul 21
In May 2014, CNN aired footage of a Ukrainian helicopter being shot by pro-Russian militants. Taken with a cell phone camera and posted on social media, the video showed compelling evidence of the scale and technological sophistication of the Ukrainian conflict.

The video was also fake — it was actually over a year old, and from Syria. CNN retracted the footage and apologized, but the “incident” was still widely discu
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Cops and Donuts Don't Mix
James BovardJul 20
On a Sunday morning early last summer, I was driving south across the Potomac River to a hike in Fairfax County, Virginia. The previous night the hike leader posted online a map of the jaunt. It looked like a typical suburban stroll until I saw a Dunkin' Donuts marked near the start point. As the Food and Drug Administration has warned, donuts can be addictive and publicizing the location of donut stores can utterly destroy people's free will. (Or maybe I am confusing this with the FDA's hectori... (more)

Motive in Chattanooga
Jacob G. HornbergerJul 20



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