America the Invader: The US Has Invaded or Fought in 84 Out of 194 Countries
Laurence M. VanceNov 11
The song "America the Beautiful" should be changed to "America the Invader."

According to Christopher Kelly and Stuart Laycock, the United States "has invaded or fought in eighty-four out of 194 countries" and "has had some form of military involvement with a spectacular 191 out of 194." Their findings are published in the appropriately titled
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Will Obama Be Tried For Civilian Deaths?
New Eastern OutlookNov 10
It's a well-known fact that the supreme commander is the highest official of the armed forces in any country. Simultaneously, as a rule, this very individual occupies the position of a head of the state, whether it's a president or monarch. The fundamental law of any state -- the national constitution specifies the rights and duties of the Supreme Commander, that doesn't simply define the military policy of a country, but also bears responsibility for the fighting capacity of the national army, ... (more)

Do Capitalists Manipulate, Deceive, and Cheat?
The FreemanNov 10
Real-world markets, according to Nobel laureate economist Robert Shiller, are all about manipulation and deception.

So he argues in a New York Times article summarizing his new book, coauthored with fellow Nobel laureate economist George Akerlof: Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. According to Shiller, merchants and
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Parents Whine After School Puts Up Signs Saying Pledge Of Allegiance Not Mandatory
InformationLiberationNov 09
Parents in Santa Rosa, Florida are whining over new signs being placed in their schools which inform students pledging allegiance to the flag is not mandatory.

In their minds, having their children mindlessly pledge their subservience to the government is synonymous with patriotism and loving one's country.

Santa Rosa School District students now have classroom signs reminding them they don't have to stand and recite the P... (more)

A Warmonger’s Guide to Militarism and Imperialism (Under the Guise of “Constitutionalism”)
Thomas DiLorenzoNov 09
When Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton was an undergraduate at Harvard he took time out to become a "Publius Fellow" at the "Straussian" neocon Pentagon propaganda mill known as the Claremont Institute in Claremont, California.  After graduating he returned to Claremont Graduate School to pursue graduate studies in "government" under the tutelage of the "Straussians" there, but dropped out to pursue a law degree instead.  He then joined the U.S. Army, eventually going to Iraq to kill Muslims.   All of... (more)

Chinese Hackers? US Propagandists Should Look in The Mirror
New Eastern OutlookNov 09
Like millions of Americans, this past week I was sitting on my couch, drinking a cold beer, watching Game 1 of the World Series -- professional baseball's hallowed championship. Suddenly the satellite feed went out, the screen went dark. Naturally, as FOX Sports scrambled to get their live feed fixed, many of my fellow Americans took to twitter to speculate as to what had caused the outage. I was, sadly, unsurprised to see that the most common joke people were making was that China must have hac... (more)

Who Supports The Troops?
Sheldon RichmanNov 09
A huge sign outside a local tire store really irritated me a couple of weeks ago. Its large letters blared: "WE SUPPORT THE TROOPS." I was tempted to get out of the car and demand that the owner tell me what he was actually doing besides displaying the sign, which probably didn't cost much in money or effort. I suspected that posting the sign was the extent of his "support," but I restrained myself and kept going.

I wonder if anyone ever asks the owner that question. Probably not.
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U.S. Journalists Who Instantly Exonerated Their Government of the Kunduz Hospital Attack, Declaring it an “Accident”
Glenn GreenwaldNov 09

Political Correctness Means a Draconian Police State
Police State DailyNov 09

Why I Hate The Mainstream News
Cop BlockNov 09

Are You Exploiting Others by Having a Job?
Mises InstituteNov 06

The Real Issues You Won't Hear From The 2016 Presidential Candidates This Election Year
The Rutherford InstituteNov 05
“Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.”—Gore Vidal

The countdown has begun.

We now have less than one year until the 2016 presidential election, and you can expect to be treated to an earful of carefully crafted, expensive sound bites and political spin about climate change, education, imm
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Why Governments Aren't All That Different From Street Gangs
The Daily SheepleNov 05
At some point, you may have heard someone call the government a "gang of thieves writ large," which is a generalization of a quote attributed to libertarian thinker Murray Rothbard. However, if you're not familiar with the philosophy behind that quote, you might mistakenly believe that it is nothing more than a clever observation on the wasteful and corrupt nature of government. That's because you may not be aware of the meaning of "writ large." It's synonymous with "clearly" or "obviously." In ... (more)

Mexico, Canada, and Ten American States Look Toward Marijuana Legalization
Mises InstituteNov 05
A ballot measure to legalize marijuana in Ohio failed this week, although as Mark Thornton notes, it was really just a scheme to give a government agency a cronyist monopoly on cannabis sales.

But, as Steven Marlbrough says, "Forget Ohio!" There are ten other states with active legalization movements including Nevada, California, Mass
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There's No Such Thing as a Political Problem Solver
The FreemanNov 05
The yard sign said, "Elect a Problem Solver President." As I drove by, I wondered why I saw no candidate's name.

It turns out the sign was not for any particular candidate but for a "No Labels, Problem Solver" convention held in October in Manchester, New Hampshire. Eight presidential candidates from both parties attended; after all, what political candidate doesn't want t
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For WHO, Red Meat Is a Red Herring
Mises InstituteNov 05
Our booming green-industrial complex built up by administrations of both parties in the US is effectively using the United Nations, its thirty two “sister” institutions — such as the World Bank, UNESCO, and numerous “tribunals” — and hundreds of training and research centers. This huge international bureaucratic buildup is already employing over a million “international civil servants” to administer what our socialist visionaries hope will become the world government of the future.

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D.C.'s "Missing" Memorial
The BeaconNov 04
Washington, D.C. is home to a host of memorials. Walk in any direction for long and you're bound to run into at least one of them. By far, the memorial that generates the strongest reaction from me is the Vietnam memorial. The name of all the U.S. casualties are chiseled on the wall, from the start of the war to end. Someone is always there crying or making a rubbing of their loved-one's name. What resonates with me about the memorial is that it's strikingly cold, but hauntingly personal. It's a... (more)

Bern Gets Burned
Tom WoodsNov 04
Thanks to the fundraising and polling success of Senator Bernie Sanders, socialism has become increasingly fashionable in the United States, particularly among young people. Because people are treating Sanders' old ideas as if they're just the kind of bold and fresh thinking America needs, I've released a free eBook refuting them called Bernie Sanders Is Wrong. Whether it's trade, "inequality," alternative energy, the $15 minimum wage, greater fringe benefits for workers, or why the Scandinavian... (more)

The Punishment Regime
Paul Craig RobertsNov 04
Once upon a time, a dental or medical exam was an opportunity to read a book. No more. The TV blares. It was talking heads discussing whether a football player had been sufficiently punished. The offense was unclear. The question was whether the lashes were sufficient.

It brought to mind that punishment has become a primary feature of American, indeed Western, society. A baker in Colorado was punished because he would not bake a wedding cake for a homosexual marriage. A county or
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Bernie Sanders Loves The Police
Cop BlockNov 03
In a retort that drew dumbfounded looks from supporters, 2016 Democratic-Socialist Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders admitted what many critics of the police state fail to understand: Police are a socialist institution.

When not
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Isn't It Funny
Laurence M. VanceNov 03
Not all comedians are in comedy clubs or on Saturday Night Live. Many of them are ordinary, run-of-the-mill conservatives. And many of them live in my state of Florida.

What makes these comedians even funnier than most others is that it is not what they say that is so funny, it is what they don't say--about marijuana.

In the election in 2014,
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Congratulating Police For Not Killing Us?
C4SS.orgNov 02
Multiple news outlets have circulated a viral Facebook post, dated October 27th, from author Steven Hildreth, Jr. regarding a positive interaction with the Tucson Police Department. Hildreth describes being pulled over for a broken headlight. He informs the officers he has a concealed ca... (more)

How to Stamp Out Cultural Marxism in a Single Generation
Alt-Market.comNov 02

There Is No Pipeline. Schools Are Prisons.
C4SS.orgOct 30
We are told there is a pipeline in the United States that travels from our school system to our criminal justice system. Correct as the data corroborating the pipeline's existence may be, it is a flawed way of conceptualizing the issue. There is no pipeline out of schools and into prisons, because schools and prisons in this country are not conceptually separable.

Every child is mandated to receive an education with the threat of reprisal by the judicial system if they fail to. Ch
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Last Night's GOP Presidential Debate Cracked Me Up
Jacob G. HornbergerOct 30

Legalize Meth
LewRockwell.comOct 29

How to Steal $75,000 From The Poor in One Day's Work
The FreemanOct 28
The new liberality concerning marijuana possession in the United States is long overdue, but let's not exaggerate how much progress we've made. Users might not be ending up in jail as frequently as they did 10 years ago. But cops, judges, and courts still exercise arbitrary power to ruin people's lives, and they continue to do so at astonishing rates, all over the country.

I recently saw this firsthand. I sat in a municipal traffic court from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., awaiting my ow
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Abolish All DUI Laws!
LewRockwell.comOct 28

Fear Of The Walking Dead: The American Police State Takes Aim
The Rutherford InstituteOct 27
“Fear is a primitive impulse, brainless as hunger, and because the aim of horror fiction is the production of the deepest kinds of fears, the genre tends to reinforce some remarkably uncivilized ideas about self-protection. In the current crop of zombie stories, the prevailing value for the beleaguered survivors is a sort of siege mentality, a vigilance so constant and unremitting that it’s in... (more)

Support Your Local Police?
Laurence M. VanceOct 27
"Law and order" conservatives: When they are right, they are so right; but when they are wrong, they are so wrong.

They are right when they decry the militarization of local police. They are right to point out that the DOD 1033 program has transferred over $5 billion worth of military equipment from the Defense Department to local police forces. They are right to oppose more federal laws and mandates relating to local police. They are right to oppose a federal police "czar" like t
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