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Category: Commentary - Browse by Category - News - Analysis - Highlights - Multimedia - Latest Comments Page 5 Tuesday October 21st, 2014
The Unbearable Lightness of Leaving posted 10/30/2013, 12:10 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Memories are a moveable feast.

The thought occurred to me last week while I was walking my dog down the gravel road at the end of my driveway. The trees were a festival of color, the air was crisp, the road was idyllically quiet. I tried to memorize the scene and the feeling.

When I move to the Newer World, I will miss aspects of Canada. My willingness to say goodbye is an indication of how deeply I believe North America has become a careening danger to the freedom
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[Wendy is moving to Galt's Gulch, Chile, a newly created libertarian community outside of Santiago.]


Movie-Maker John Carpenter's Prophetic Vision posted 10/30/2013, 12:10 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
"I'm disgusted by what we've become in America. I truly believe there is brain death in this country. Everything we see is designed to sell us something. The only thing they want to do is take our money."--John Carpenter
John Carpenter's films, known primarily for their horror themes, inevitably feature pulse-pounding soundtracks, slow-moving camera work and hair-raising jolts to the nervous system as evil pops into the foreground with unexpected intensity. However, whil
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Tuesday October 29th, 2013



The New Libertarianism posted 10/29/2013, 12:05 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Emerging leaders in a young movement are putting their ideas into practice.... (more)


Please tell me, Mr President, why a US drone assassinated my mother posted 10/29/2013, 12:04 AM (The Guardian)
[Category: Commentary]
Momina Bibi was a 67-year-old grandmother and midwife from Waziristan. Yet President Obama tells us drones target terrorists.... (more)


The Website is Fixable, Obamacare Isn't posted 10/29/2013, 12:03 AM (Peter Schiff)
[Category: Commentary]
Since Obamacare made its debut, discussions have focused on Ted Cruz' efforts to defund the law and the shockingly bad functionality of the Website itself. Fortunately for Obama, polling indicates that Senator Cruz has lost, at least for now, the battle for hearts and minds. The President has not been nearly so lucky on the technological front. If current trends continue, the rollout may go down as the worst major product launch in history. But given the government's enormous resources, it's saf... (more)




Wendy McElroy Interviewed on Bad Quaker posted 10/29/2013, 12:03 AM (Bad Quaker Dot Com)
[Category: Commentary]
Today Ben talks to Wendy McElroy about the evolution of our movement, IP law, Benjamen Tucker, Murray Rothbard, voting, Feminism, and revolution.... (more)


Monday October 28th, 2013

An Open Letter to Russell Brand - Let's Start a Revolution! posted 10/28/2013, 12:03 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

Russell Brand recently spoke with Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman about economic inequality, how voting doesn't change anything, political apathy and revolution. Stefan Molyneux doesn't think he went far enough. Let's continue that conversation.


Chinese Bloggers Give Us Hope and Inspiration posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Chinese bloggers who are experiencing a severe crackdown at the hands of their own government provide a source of hope and inspiration for advocates of liberty here in the United States.... (more)


What Would a Free Society Look Like? posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Given the enormous role that the welfare-warfare state plays in American life, it is always easy for libertarians to find deprivations of liberty, such as coerced charity, drug-war incarcerations, the IRS, torture, surveillance, and assassination. Infringements on fundamental rights and liberties have become such an integral part of daily life that many Americans have even come to believe that they are all part and parcel of a free society.... (more)


Market vs. Monopoly: Beating the 'Intellectual Property' Racket posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (Thomas L. Knapp)
[Category: Commentary]
The strongest argument in favor of the fiction of “intellectual property” is consequential rather than moral: Creators of good things — novels, songs, drugs, what have you — we are told, will essentially go on strike if government doesn’t guarantee their profits by vesting them with monopoly “rights” to ideas. Instead of writing that next blockbuster or producing a cure for cancer, they’ll content themselves with flipping burgers or digging ditches for a living, and we’ll all be worse off.
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Reflections On The Long Fight Against The Copyright Monopoly -- And What You Can Do posted 10/28/2013, 12:01 AM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Commentary]
It has been said, that nobody is as hard to convince of a fact as those whose paycheck depend on not understanding it. ... (more)


Thursday October 24th, 2013

Is the Drug War Toast? posted 10/24/2013, 1:07 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
Public opinion now decisively favors legalizing marijuana. Fifty-eight percent of Americans want the war on pot to stop.

Once marijuana is legal, the drug war as we know it will need a new life breathed into it to survive. Pot accounts for the vast majority of arrests and illicit drug users. It is much easier for the federal drug warriors to whip up hysteria over “tens of millions
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Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

Infrastructure is Not “Progressive” posted 10/23/2013, 10:58 AM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
Frankly, I have a hard time understanding what goes on in the heads of “progressives.” On the one hand, they constantly complain — and rightfully so — about the power of big business and corporate domination of our society and economy. But on the other, their rhetoric is full of nostalgia for the government policies that made corporate domination possible in the first place.

We see it in Rachel Maddow’s 30-second spots on MSNBC standing in front of the Hoover Dam, yearning for the
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Thursday October 17th, 2013

Our World Through Thomas Paine's Eyes posted 10/17/2013, 11:14 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
I've just spent a harrowing weekend reflecting on Thomas Paine's Common Sense, the pamphlet that came out in January 1776 and turned the public toward seeking independence from Britain. I say harrowing because the distance between the ideals found in this pamphlet and those of today's America is so vast as to be nearly unrecognizable.

The presumption throughout the text is that tyranny should never again be tolerated. Despotism was for the old world. Tyranny was outdated. It belon
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Wednesday October 16th, 2013

Born Libertarian posted 10/16/2013, 1:05 PM (Casey Research)
[Category: Commentary]
Doug Casey on Ron Paul and the price of freedom.
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Tuesday October 15th, 2013

Red Light Cameras, Drones and Surveillance: Fleecing the Taxpayer in the Age of Petty Tyrannies posted 10/15/2013, 11:05 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.”—Charles de Montesquieu

We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government officials who are largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions. We, the middling classes, are not so fortunate. We find ourselves badgered, bullied and browbeaten into bearing the brunt o
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It's the Constitution, Stupid posted 10/15/2013, 11:04 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Arguably, the most important reason why conservatives, populists, and even libertarians have failed to halt and turn back the rise of the American Leviathan state has been largely due to their uncritical acceptance, and often times deification, of the United States Constitution. ... (more)


Monday October 14th, 2013

We May be "Sheep," but Cops Aren't Good Shepherds posted 10/14/2013, 7:16 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Referring to a recent incident in which an Oregon traffic stop led to a shootout in which the driver died, a police officer opined: “If sheep continue to disobey orders we will have much more of this.” He also referred wistfully to the days before “dash cams and YouTube”; the era before police encounters were recorded offered “easier times when it came to dealing with the sh... (more)


Why I will never return to the USA posted 10/14/2013, 7:12 AM (Niels Gerson Lohman )
[Category: Commentary]
After a year of traveling, Dutch writer Niels Gerson Lohman wanted to visit New Orleans, the city that his father – who died a year ago – had a great love for. The U.S. customs officials thought different.... (more)


The Copyright Monopoly Can Only Be Enforced With Mass Wiretapping, And Must Therefore Be Torpedoed posted 10/14/2013, 7:10 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Commentary]
If I claimed to be an author, painter, sculptor, or guitarist, would you let me track and wiretap all of your communications? That’s the only way the copyright monopoly can be enforced today, as distribution of works under copyright monopoly takes place in our private communications. The only proper answer is “no way”.
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Friday October 11th, 2013

The End of the Deep Web? Nope. posted 10/11/2013, 7:43 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It was a wild ride last week in the world of the Deep Web, that section of the Internet that requires special tools to access. The feds took down the site called Silk Road and claim to have arrested its founder and administrator. The news streams were filled with lurid tales of derring-do in this world that seem to be drawn from a TV mini-series.

My first step was to see if I knew this fellow named Ross Ulbricht whom the feds unmasked as the Dread Pirate Roberts, the hero to cyber
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The Authoritarianism Of Elizabeth Warren posted 10/11/2013, 7:43 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout the US government “shutdown,” Democratic politicians have compared their Republican rivals to “anarchists” and argued that the “shutdown” proves government necessary. A recent speech by Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor exemplifies this trend.

Misconceptions run rampant in Senator Warren’s speech. She conflates cooperation and government, stating “In our democracy, government is just how we describe the things
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Thursday October 10th, 2013

America's Prisons: The Worst National Disgrace posted 10/10/2013, 8:16 AM (Anthony Gregory )
[Category: Commentary]
The U.S. correctional system is the worst of America’s domestic disgraces. More people languish behind bars in the United States than in any other country, except perhaps China if we factor in the unknown numbers in labor camps. As the Economist summed it up:
America has around 5% of the world's population, and 25% of its prisoners. Roughly one in every 107 American adults is behind ba... (more)


Wednesday October 9th, 2013

Shutting Down but Not Closing Up posted 10/09/2013, 4:55 AM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
At the time of publication, the United States government is shut down. That does not mean the gears of the state have come to a thankful halt. Over three-quarters of Washington's global hegemony remains fully functional. Tax dollars are still being redistributed. Wars continue to be waged. The public at large is going about its day unbothered by the furlough of tens of thousands of ... (more)


Freedom: A Moving Target (Reflections From A Dozen Years In Mexico) posted 10/09/2013, 4:54 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
I love living in Mexico. The “live and let live” culture here works for me. When I arrived a dozen years ago, I felt free. I felt the joy of being left alone, of not fearing making an inadvertent mistake that might cost my money or my freedom. Except for physical violence, there wasn't much that was really prohibited here.... (more)


Tuesday October 8th, 2013

Transforming America's Schools into Authoritarian Instruments of Compliance posted 10/08/2013, 5:46 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
“To the degree that we take away play, we deprive children of the ability to practise adulthood, and we create people who will go through life with a sense of dependence and victimisation, a sense that there is some authority out there who is supposed to tell them what to do and solve their problems. That is not a healthy way to live.” – psychologist Peter Gray

These days, it is far too easy to rattle off the outrageous examples of zero tolerance policy run amok in our nation’s s
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Monday October 7th, 2013

A Killer of a "Joke" posted 10/07/2013, 5:27 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
A US citizen who jokes about assassinating the president or any other prominent official can expect to receive a visit from the Secret Service or the FBI. Even if the statement was an ill-advised act of whimsy, rather than a credible threat, the citizen who makes it will most likely be prosecuted and face fines and a prison sentence.

Things are rather different when public officials speak irresponsibly about killing citizens. This is true even – or perhaps especially – for officia
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Humanitarian Wars and Their NGO Foot-Soldiers posted 10/07/2013, 5:27 AM (Daniel McAdams)
[Category: Commentary]
In February, 2011, Soliman Bouchuiguir told a lie. It was a big one. As the head of the Libyan League for Human Rights, Bouchuiguir initiated a petition that was eventually signed by 70 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) demanding that the US, EU, and UN "mobilize the United Nations and the international community and take immediate action to halt the mass atrocities now being perpetrated by the Libyan government against its own people."

The petition invoked the "Responsibility
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Do Taxpayers Want to Pay For Those Shut Down Government Services? posted 10/07/2013, 5:25 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
There is a common assumption among politicians that voters want a lot of government services, but don't want to pay for them. It's certainly true that taxpayers don't like paying taxes, and this is demonstrated in the fact that the federal government runs a deficit virtually every single year. If the taxpayers didn't mind paying the full cost of government, the feds would be able to collect enough in revenue to pay the bills. As it is, the political realities of public opposition to taxation dri... (more)


Hero Joseph Nacchio Is Released from Jail posted 10/07/2013, 5:19 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
From the standpoint of government officials, one of the greatest things about a highly regulated economy, banking system, and healthcare system, as well as a complex tax system, is that it provides officials with the ability to prosecute businessmen, bankers, physicians, and others whenever they get out of line. In that way, officials can claim that they're not going after people for criticizing the government or for challenging the system but instead for real criminal offenses.... (more)


Friday October 4th, 2013

Goodbye Silk Road, Hello Sheep Marketplace posted 10/04/2013, 5:28 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Commentary]
Like all drug busts, the takedown of Silk Road was a useless affair. While federal prosecutors grabbed the spotlight with a successful operation against Ross William Ulbricht, the owner of the anonymous Web marketplace, drug vendors and users were logging onto alternative sites, some of which even looked much like Silk Road.

I set up an account for one today. It is called Sheep Marketplace, and, like Silk Road, it is available via Tor, an anonymous encrypted network originally des
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This is an excellent radical article from Bloomberg News.


Thursday October 3rd, 2013

Government Shutdown Proves Roads Not Possible Without Government posted 10/03/2013, 1:23 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
It is often irritating for those of us who don't believe we need violent institutions (ie. government) to keep hearing the same refrain from non-believers over and over again, "But, what about my roads?"... (more)


Wednesday October 2nd, 2013

Taxes: Man's Inhumanity to Man posted 10/02/2013, 12:49 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
My community in the Deep South prides itself on friendship, community feeling, and an overall happy spirit. So it was a bit strange for all of this to be utterly smashed and obliterated in the course of a few calamitous weeks in which friend turned against friend, colleagues became antagonists and enemies, and families were rended asunder.

What disaster led to this? It wasn't Mother Nature. It was politics.

The question of whether to raise property taxes was put to
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Government Policing Does Not Mix Well With Private Security posted 10/02/2013, 12:48 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
When government police fail to provide adequate protection, people turn to private security. Yet, when private security becomes inconvenient for the monopoly security force (i.e., the state), purchasers of private security are punished.

Recently, public police departments in the Des Moines, Iowa area have been charging businesses and private homeowners for responding to false alarms -- that is, alarms generated by business or home security systems that were not the result of a
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The Shutdown Is Upon Us posted 10/02/2013, 12:48 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
“The vast machinery of the federal government began grinding to a halt” this morning, according to the New York Times. The Smithsonian museums and national zoo are closed. Parks are shuttered. Visa and passport applicants will have their approvals delayed. Most NASA employees aren’t going to work.

These conspicuous inconveniences characterize the shutdown, as “non-essential” federal servic
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Tuesday October 1st, 2013

The Standing Army Marches On posted 10/01/2013, 1:49 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
When the Constitution’s Framers adopted the 3rd Amendment, prohibiting the peacetime quartering of soldiers, they had fresh on their minds the experience of the British occupation of Boston, the use of armed enforcers to conduct searches without traditionally restrictive warrants, and the overall spectacle of government officials heavily armed in a military capacity patrolling the streets to enforce the central state’s will. Thomas Jefferson condemned standing armies as “instruments so dangerous... (more)


Thursday September 26th, 2013

Who Wants Marijuana To Remain Illegal? posted 09/26/2013, 10:12 PM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
Police unions, private prison corporations, alcohol and beer companies, pharmaceutical companies, and prison guard unions are said to be in the top five in terms of lobbying and paying lawmakers to keep marijuana illegal. Hey, this is DEMOCRACY at work. This is the best system on earth, right? This is the system the U.S. government tells us it wants for Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

I
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OMG--a Government Shutdown posted 09/26/2013, 10:11 PM (Lew Rockwell)
[Category: Commentary]
No more predation and killing by the biggest government on the face of the earth? We should be so lucky. Despite the lying claims coming from Clowngress and the media, the Pentagram will bomb, the drones will blow up, NSA will spy, the FBI will spy, the CIA will spy and assassinate–go down the rest of the list of the alphabet from Hell. At worst, if that is the word, “non-essential” federal employees will be laid off, and lushly paid when the charade ends, having gotten an additional vacation. D... (more)


Wednesday September 25th, 2013

The Emperor in Denial posted 09/25/2013, 10:00 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
President Obama tries to have it both ways when talking of American foreign policy. He sold himself to the public in 2008 as a more prudential steward of U.S. power. He would avoid “dumb wars,” as he had called the Iraq fiasco in a speech years before. He would save money by bringing the troops home from that place, and direct the resources toward the domestic fiscal mess. He would abolish torture and end the Bush-era programs of indefinite detention and Patriot Act--style surveillance.
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The Abolition of the Playground posted 09/25/2013, 10:00 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
How Regulation Stifles Spontaneous Order and Play... (more)


U.S. Government to Blame for Somalia's Misery posted 09/25/2013, 10:00 PM (Scott Horton)
[Category: Commentary]
"The more the CIA supported the warlords — including the son of Mohamed Farrah Aidid, villain of Bill Clinton’s Somalia misadventure — the worse they abused people. More abuse spurred more local resistance to the warlords and then more support from the Americans to counter it."... (more)


Tuesday September 24th, 2013

Corporate America Goes Off the Grid posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
As much as I love technology, part of me hates being so dependent on a live wall plug wherever I go. You find yourself trapped in some setting without accessible wall plugs and your phone is dying. You charge from you laptop, but that is dying too. You take recourse to your tablet, but that will eventually kick the bucket too.

When you finally get to a power supply, you hog as much as you can in the time you have, but you are aware that life as you know it is only as good as the f
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From Crystal Meth Addiction to Sustainable Communities posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Derrick Broze, founder of The Houston Free Thinkers. Derrick goes into detail about his dark past, using and selling crystal meth. Derrick is now a full time activist, organizing protest rallies, creating a sustainable community and doing everything in his power to show what an individual is capable of. We hope this video is helpful to anyone with an addict
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Anarchast with Larken Rose: How Larken Became an Anarchist posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

On this edition of Anarchast Jeff Berwick interviews Larken Rose from http://www.larkenrose.com/.

The most dangerous superstition: http://amzn.to/15pBadf If I were king: http://youtu.be/BNIgztvyU2U The tiny dot: http://youtu.be/H6
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The Joe Rogan Experience with Stefan Molyneux posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

Stefan Molyneux speaks with Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. JRE #396 - Recorded on Friday September 20th, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Subjects include: media hypocrisy, wasted human potential, nature vs. nurture, epigenetics, fragmenting the central narrative, the availability of information, confirmation bias, changing the world through better parenting, daycare, si
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Common Core: A Lesson Plan for Raising Up Compliant, Non-Thinking Citizens posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
As I point out in my new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there are several methods for controlling a population. You can intimidate the citizenry into obedience through force, relying on military strength and weaponry such as SWAT team raids, militarized police, and a vast array of lethal and... (more)


Monday September 23rd, 2013

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 apartment window in Laguna Beach, California. The payload of that infernal device was butyric acid produced through fermentation o
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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)
[Category: Commentary]

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