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Monday August 18th, 2014
If You're Ever Charged With A Crime, Don't be Your Own Worst Enemy posted 08/18/2014, 12:51 AM (Marc J. Victor)
[Category: Commentary]
I cringe to think how many times clients come into my office to discuss their criminal matter with me only to learn they have done possibly irreparable damage to their case.  I have found few people who are aware of their constitutional rights.

Your awareness of some simple concepts may serve you well in the event you or a loved one is the unfortunate subject of a criminal investigation.  First of all, always remember, you are not required to talk to the police.  There may be occa
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Police States and Inner-City Economics posted 08/18/2014, 12:51 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
The recent civil disobedience, rioting, and police brutality in Ferguson, Missouri reminds us of what happens when police states and bad economics are mixed together.

Devastated by decades of ruinous economic policies, the economies of many inner cities continue to languish as the self-ownership of local residents is treated with contempt by the police and any attempt at building a small business-based or wage-based economy is hobbled by government regulation.

The
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What I Did After Police Killed My Son posted 08/18/2014, 12:51 AM (Politico)
[Category: Commentary]
After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.”... (more)


Monday August 11th, 2014

Why the Lights of America are Dimming posted 08/11/2014, 6:45 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision. Their goals differed, but they all had this in common: that the step was first, the road new, the vision unborrowed, and the response they received—hatred. - Ayn Rand,“The Soul of an Individualist,” For the New Intellectual

You cannot create passion and talent. But you can destroy them. When people are punished for their virtues, such as the drive to excel a
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The Dating Market: Anarchy in Action posted 08/11/2014, 6:41 PM (Julian Adorney)
[Category: Commentary]
To defenders of the state, “anarchy” is a scary concept. They claim that we need government intervention to protect us or all hell will break loose.

But in fact we live anarchy every day, in one of the most crucial aspects of our lives: dating. Every day people meet, date, have one-night stands, fall in love, and break up; all without government intervention.
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Thursday August 7th, 2014



Why Are There No Police Officers Turned Anarchist? posted 08/07/2014, 5:25 PM (Daily Anarchist)
[Category: Commentary]
Tonight I was pondering how we’d get started with a private defense agency. My train of thought usually goes something like this: somebody needs to start a company (agorist), hire some ex-military badasses like Adam Kokesh, then contract them out to local anarchist businesses, houses, clubs, or rent them out as escorts. Then I sigh a gasp of defeat over the fact that I’m too lazy and too busy and too inexperienced to start a business like that myself. Then I briefly ponder why the Kokesh’s of th... (more)


Thursday July 31st, 2014

The State's Greatest Success Story posted 07/31/2014, 3:25 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Amidst the endless series of disasters, debacles and crises produced by America's welfare-warfare state, there is one huge success story that should not go unnoticed: the state's educational system, specifically the extent to which the state has succeeded in indoctrinating so many Americans into believing they actually live in a free society.

What could be better than a society of serfs -- controlled, monitored, manipulated, and directed by the state -- honestly believing they're
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Wednesday July 30th, 2014

The War on Poverty and the War on Drugs posted 07/30/2014, 8:30 AM (Randall Holcombe)
[Category: Commentary]
As an apparently war-minded people, Americans (or at least, our American political leaders) have been comfortable framing parts of the domestic policy agenda as wars for decades. Two of the most prominent have been the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs.

Despite the similarity in their names, there is an important difference between the two. The War on Poverty is not a real war. The War on Drugs is.

The War on Poverty is not a real war because there is no enemy tha
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Tuesday July 29th, 2014

"It's Strictly Business": Inside the Prohibition Racket posted 07/29/2014, 9:01 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
In addition to being an engine of misery, corruption, and bloodshed, the War on Drugs should be seen as a multi-tiered criminal enterprise.

At the top echelon are found the political figureheads who recite pious bromides. That’s likewise where we encounter the bureaucratic scribes responsible for crafting those cynical pronouncements and the legislation that gives them substance. The operational level consists of federally subsidized, hyper-aggressive law enforcement agencies tha
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A Hundred Years of War posted 07/29/2014, 8:57 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
One hundred years ago today, Austria-Hungary fired the first shots of World War I, sparking its conflict with Serbia. Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb, had assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Mutual defense agreements ensured that the political clash did not remain regional. Austria-Hungary got support from Germany, the Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. Serbia found allies in Britain, France, Belgium, Greece, Romania, Italy, Russia, Portugal, Montenegro, Japan, Brazil and the United States. The gl... (more)


Monday July 28th, 2014



Drug-War Nonsense from a U.S. Commander posted 07/28/2014, 8:44 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Pentagon got a bit freaked out. People were talking about a "peace dividend," by which they meant that Americans now had the opportunity to significantly reduce military spending now that the 45-year-old Cold War had ended.

In a bit of desperation, the Pentagon proceeded to explain why the enormous and ever-growing military part of America's governmental structure should nonetheless continue, notwithstanding the sudden and unexpec
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"Racist" Zip Codes posted 07/28/2014, 8:43 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
A new type of social engineering is poised to descend on American communities: diversity mapping and the rectification of any racial inequities the mapping reveals.

The campaign is meant to stamp out “geospatial discrimination.” The term refers to the fact that affluent neighborhoods tend to be dominated by whites and Asians. What government calls “protected minorities,” especially blacks, are relatively absent from such communities. To the Obama administration, their absence cons
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Thursday July 24th, 2014

It's Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police posted 07/24/2014, 7:09 AM (National Review)
[Category: Commentary]
Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is cove... (more)


Monday July 7th, 2014

High Priestess Ginsburg Rebukes the Heathen posted 07/07/2014, 4:32 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg professes to be offended by the idea that a commercial enterprise can claim protection under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. She is just as adamant in her insistence that an equally abstract entity called the “government” has “interests” that justify imposing on the property rights of private business owners.

“The exercise of religion is characteristic of natural persons, not artificial legal entities,” Ginsburg complaine
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Yes, Obama is a Tyrant, Just Like His Predecessor posted 07/07/2014, 4:31 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
In the heat of a testy exchange with a hostile journalist, the White House press spokesman insisted that “Congress ... does not have constitutional oversight responsibility over the White House.”

This patently untrue defense of unaccountable presidential power was not offered by former Obama administration spokesman Jay Carney – although it certainly could have been. It was actually made by the late Tony Snow while he was working as the press spokesman for George W. Bush in 2007.<
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Commerce is Civilization; Government is Barbarism posted 07/07/2014, 4:31 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
According to Barney Frank, a former Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts, “government is simply things we choose to do together.”

As it is used by the political class, the word “government” tacitly encompasses every form of human cooperation – because there is nothing they would leave outside of their sphere of control. Not only is it possible for people to cooperate without the supervision or interference of the state, such interference actually undermines peaceful and produ
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Friday July 4th, 2014

Springsteen? Mellencamp? Creedence? Heretics All! posted 07/04/2014, 5:19 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
As a necessary accompaniment to today’s saturnalia of state worship, the kind folks at Newsbusters (published by the Media Research Center, which is devoted to “exposing & combating liberal media bias”) have published the War Party’s equivalent of the Index Librorum Prohibitoru... (more)


Wednesday July 2nd, 2014

What Exactly Is 'Racism'? posted 07/02/2014, 3:03 PM (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
I want to look at two words that the State and its hangers-on have employed with much success on behalf of increases in government power. One is racism. The other is equality.

What exactly is "racism"? We almost never hear a definition. I doubt anyone really knows what it is. If you're inclined to dispute this, ask yourself why, if racism truly is something clear and determinate, there is such ceaseless disagreement over which thoughts and behaviors are "racist" and which are not?
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Hobby Lobby Ruling Falls Short posted 07/02/2014, 3:03 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
As far as it went, the Supreme Court generally got it right in the Hobby Lobby-Obamacare-contraception case. Unfortunately it didn't go nearly far enough.

The court ruled that "closely held corporations" whose owners have religious convictions against contraceptives cannot be forced to pay for employee coverage for those products.

I wish the court could have said this instead: (1) No one has a natural right to force other people to pay for her (or his) contraception
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Monday June 30th, 2014

All Hail the Heroic Bootlegger -- Exemplar of the American Spirit posted 06/30/2014, 6:51 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Nearly a century ago, the immortal Albert Jay Nock decanted one of the most potent condemnations of prohibition ever committed to print. Nock described the prohibitionist impulse as “simply unworthy of a free people, and, being unworthy [is] soon found intolerable.” He rebuked prohibitionists for their “hatreds, fanaticisms, inaccessibility to ideas … inflamed and cancerous interest in the personal cond... (more)


Inside the Belly of the Beast for Sunday Service posted 06/30/2014, 6:47 AM (Thomas DiLorenzo)
[Category: Commentary]
We went to a new church this morning at the invitation of a friend – Christ Fellowship in Boynton Beach, Florida.  The first half hour was pure military worship and warmongering propaganda.  There were two gigantic flags that dwarfed the rather tiny Christian cross.  First came an excruciatingly long and slow rendition of the state’s war anthem (The Star Spangled Banner).  Then two dudes dressed in military uniforms appeared wit... (more)


Friday June 27th, 2014

Big Brother Wants Your Son posted 06/27/2014, 6:37 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
California Assembly Bill 2201 is indicative of a quiet but growing trend. The US is not only militarizing its police departments to handle a “national emergency” but it is also making certain it can conscript the civilian population at will.

AB 2201 is entitled “Selective Service and Drivers License for Vehicles.” Almost every male between 18 and 26 years old who applies for a driver's license or for a renewal at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) would be autom
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America Today posted 06/27/2014, 6:37 AM (LRC Blog)
[Category: Commentary]


The trailer for the new Hunger Games movie.


Wednesday June 18th, 2014

The War Is On You posted 06/18/2014, 3:02 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
After 25 years of war on Iraq, the U.S. has what to show for it? A handful of dust. And at what cost in lives and property? It boggles the mind to consider the breadth and depth of the suffering.

Iraq was the great experiment following the Cold War for how the U.S. military machine could be used to make the world more free from tyranny — or so we were told.

Today, watching the crumbling of the house of cards, we see that the stated intentions of the world's largest
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They Don't Even Pretend to Obey the Law posted 06/18/2014, 3:02 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
When summoned to testify before Congress regarding allegations that her agency had singled out conservative non-profits for special scrutiny, Lois Lerner – who headed the IRS's non-profit division – asserted her innocence and then invoked the Fifth Amendment.

 Every citizen who files a tax return is expected to waive his protection against self-incrimination, and when the IRS accuses a taxpayer of fraud, those accusations are heard in a court the agency controls.

 C
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Iraq Pays for Washington's Sins -- And We Will, Too posted 06/18/2014, 3:00 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
When Napoleon unwisely executed a political foe, his adviser Talleyrand said that it “worse than a crime – it was a blunder.”

The Iraq war was a world-historic crime. It was also one of the worst strategic blunders in recorded history. At least, that is the most charitable assessment that can honestly be made of the policy decisions that led to the unfolding regional catastrophe.

Prior to the US invasion in 2003, a handful of al-Qaeda cells found a haven in areas of
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Monday June 9th, 2014

"The Future is Too Good to Waste on Lies": Bowe Bergdahl's Moral Odyssey posted 06/09/2014, 8:32 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“I can’t make up my mind to put the damn thing on again. I feel so clean and free. It’s like voluntarily taking up filth and slavery again….I think I’ll just walk off naked across the fields.”

John Andrews, a U.S. soldier in World War I who went AWOL, discusses his uniform in Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos

Trying to find their footing amid a gale-force outpouring of largely manufactured outrage, officials in Hailey, Idaho canceled their long-planned ho
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As sinister dealers in mass death, the CIA could at least spare us its snarky tweets posted 06/09/2014, 8:30 AM (Ted Rall)
[Category: Commentary]
Intelligence analysts at the CIA’s Open Source Center have been sifting through 5 million tweets a day since at least 2011. So it was inevitable that the agency would want to join Twitter itself.twitter.com/s... (more)


Friday June 6th, 2014

Thank the Troops for Their Service? posted 06/06/2014, 10:07 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
President Obama made a surprise visit over Memorial Day weekend to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Following a performance by country music star Brad Paisley, the President addressed about 3,000 troops in a hangar on the base. Video of the event, as well as a transcript of the president's remarks, are up on the White House website.

After a few jokes, the president personally thanked the troops:
To all of you, I'm here on a single mission, and that is to than... (more)


Thursday June 5th, 2014

Is the NDAA Notification Requirement Unconstitutional? posted 06/05/2014, 8:06 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
If Obama is right about the NDAA, he should start releasing far more prisoners from Guantánamo. A firestorm has erupted over the Obama administration’s release of five Guantánamo captives in exchange for the Taliban’s release of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Putting aside all the rest of the strategic, moral, and practical arguments, I want to focus on the legal side. Many of Obama’s critics say that his move violated the NDAA notification requirement, signed by Obama (who issued a signing sta... (more)


Conscience and the Soldier posted 06/05/2014, 8:06 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Hopefully, the hoopla surrounding the negotiated release of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl will serve as a reminder to young people who are contemplating joining the military: As soon as you sign the contract with the military, you will be leaving your conscience behind and you will have to follow orders to kill whomever you are ordered to kill.... (more)


Wednesday June 4th, 2014

The End of Oppression - Part 1: The Problem posted 06/04/2014, 6:11 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

"The End of Oppression" is a six-part series of videos which show what it will take for humanity to finally outgrow and escape its long history of violence and oppression.

Part One ("The Problem") explains why it is not greed, hatred, or merely the nature of man which is preventing humanity from achieving peace, prosperity and freedom for all.

If you like this video, chec
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Monday June 2nd, 2014

Optimism, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Freedom posted 06/02/2014, 6:25 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
In the many debates I have engaged in on the relative merits of a free society, the most common charge that is leveled against me is that my arguments are Utopian, that they assume too positive and moral a human nature ever to succeed. "People are no good," I am chastised, "and therefore they must be controlled."

To this I always respond that, on the contrary, the success of a free society requires only that people will act in their self-interest, without assuming any implicit mor
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The War on Terrorism Is One Fine Scam posted 06/02/2014, 6:25 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout the Cold War, the proponents of the national-security state assured us that the only reason the United States needed to adopt this totalitarian-like apparatus was because of the international communist conspiracy emanating from the Soviet Union and Red China. Once the Cold War was won, the statists said, America could restore the limited-government constitutional republic that the Constitution established.

Of course, the argument was a sham. The proponents of empire, st
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Wednesday May 28th, 2014

American Soldiers Did Not Die Defending Our Freedom posted 05/28/2014, 2:22 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I was at the Washington Nationals baseball game yesterday. Whenever I attend a Nats game, there is an air of militarism surrounding the game, but attending on Memorial Day helps to remind us what a truly militarized society America has become.

After all, what in the world does baseball, a quite peaceful and enjoyable pastime, have to do with America's countless foreign wars, which have killed, tortured, and maimed millions of people?

One of the most fascinating aspe
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Are You Talking to a Agent Provocateur? posted 05/28/2014, 2:21 AM (LewRockwell.com)
[Category: Commentary]
The imagined look and persona of an agent provocateur in most people's minds probably couldn't be further from the truth.  Most would probably picture the obscure, silent individual lurking in the back of the room while doing his best to conceal his identity and his movements.  If you accept that image, you have also accepted the notion that the provocateur is really just peeking in on, documenting, and recording pre-existing criminal activities and shady plans going on around him.  You haven't ... (more)


Tuesday May 27th, 2014

Why Isn't Dana Rohrabacher in Prison? posted 05/27/2014, 12:50 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
If the United States Government were governed by the laws it makes for the rest of us, California Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher would be in prison. More specifically, he would be in open-ended military custody without judicial remedy of any kind.

Rohrabacher was among the 230 Congressmen who recently voted to preserve a measure permitting the indefinite detention, without trial, of US citizens accused of providing “mat
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Thursday May 22nd, 2014

Kudos to President Correa posted 05/22/2014, 8:00 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Good for Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa for kicking USAID out of his country. If only every nation in the world would do that. While part of USAID’s activities ostensibly relate to helping “the poor,” that’s just a cover to disguise the real mission of the agency: to act in tandem with the CIA to engage in political activity designed to effect regime change in foreign countries.... (more)


Wednesday May 21st, 2014

A Rotten Criminal-Justice System posted 05/21/2014, 6:15 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
A good sign of a rotten criminal-justice system is the extent to which it is putting good, ordinary people into jail for inane criminal offenses while letting real criminals walk the streets free and carefree. Unfortunately, that is the type of system that now exists in the United States.

Recently, a man named Michael Steinberg was sentenced to 42 months in jail by New York City federal Judge Richard J. Sullivan. Steinberg is a former hedge fund trader on Wall Street. He and his w
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Friday May 16th, 2014

"Check Your Privilege": A Totalitarian Refrain posted 05/16/2014, 5:15 PM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The phrase “check your privilege” is among the most obnoxious expressions of recent vintage. This demand is an implicit accusation routinely directed at white, male students, who are supposed to feel guilt over being the beneficiaries of the institutionalized advantages that come with being part of an “oppressor class.”

Beginning this fall, first-year st
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Monday May 12th, 2014

The Myth of Overpopulation posted 05/12/2014, 2:59 PM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The world is overpopulated. The street are clogged, traffic is in a snarl, and people are living – both figuratively and literally – right on top of each other. There's hardly enough room to swing a cat these days, right? Wrong.

The world is not overcrowded at all. There are vast swaths of unpopulated land all over the place. Siberia, Canada, Africa, Australia, even the rural USA all contain more than enough wide open spaces. So why do people labor so resolutely under this delusio
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America's #Hashtag Foreign Policy posted 05/12/2014, 2:56 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
A foreign policy driven by twitter and celebrity 'selfies' holding signs is an embarrassing disaster. On April 14, 250+ Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the radical Islamic Boko Haram, which is on America's terrorist list. (Sources vary on the number of girls.) As of May 8, #BringBackOurGirls had been tweeted more than 1.6 million times and by such luminaries as Sean Penn and Angelina Jolie. Apparently that's enough for President Obama to send a team including military advisors into Nigeri... (more)


Friday May 9th, 2014

White House Propaganda Photo, Revised and Corrected posted 05/09/2014, 8:40 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Michelle Obama spared a moment between lavish tax-victim-funded vacations and celebrity outings to join this year’s version of the Kony campaign, which seeks military action in Nigeria to liberate 276 Christian schoolgirls who were abducted by Muslim militants.

The Twitter c
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"Check Your Privilege" Is An Idiotic Phrase posted 05/09/2014, 8:39 AM (Julie Borowski)
[Category: Commentary]


“Check your privilege” is an insulting and self-righteous phrase.

It’s used as a way to shut down discussion. It only creates more division, guilt, and jealously. Stop reducing people to their skin color or body parts. It’s not cool.


Thursday May 8th, 2014

Only "Extremists" Believe They Have a Right to be Left Alone posted 05/08/2014, 7:42 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Ernie Wayne terTelgte is a poor man from a tiny village in Montana who believes that nature gives him a license to live. Barack Obama is a wealthy and privileged man residing at the seat of power who believes his position gives him a license to kill. Naturally, the Tolerance Commissars are pretending that the former is a menace to society, because of the contempt he displays for the system that facilitates the crimes committed by the latt... (more)


Tuesday May 6th, 2014

Martial Law, Detention Camps and Kangaroo Courts: Are We Recreating the Third Reich? posted 05/06/2014, 7:50 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me."--Martin Niemoller
Despite what some may think, the Constitution is no magical incantation against government wrongdoing. Indeed, it's
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No Foraging in the King's Forest Because It Hurts The Peasants posted 05/06/2014, 7:50 AM (Activist Post)
[Category: Commentary]
Conveniently hidden in the noise of the Bundy Ranch standoff is the heart of the issue: property rights and use of government-owned land. With the federal government going on a land-grab spree of late, it's time we have a frank discussion about "public" land.

What is it? Who owns it? What's it used for? What rights do citizens have to use it?

Back in feudal times peasants weren't allowed to forage in the king's forest. Those caught poaching to feed their families w
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Deja Vu in Ukraine posted 05/06/2014, 7:50 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Pardon me, but I’m experiencing déjà vu with respect to Ukraine, specifically relating to the CIA.

As everyone knows, the CIA's business involves regime change, operations in which the CIA oftentimes secretly and surreptitiously ousts democratically elected regimes that are independent of or unfriendly to the U.S. government and replaces them with regimes that will do the bidding of the U.S. government.

Both during and after the CIA's regime-change operations, innoc
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Monday May 5th, 2014

America’s “Immaculate Conception” Theory of War Crimes posted 05/05/2014, 3:23 AM (Washington's Blog)
[Category: Commentary]
After more than 30 people died in a fire in the Ukrainian seaside resort town of Odessa, most of the Western press pretended that no one knows what happened or whose fault it was. ... (more)


Friday May 2nd, 2014

How to Kill a Man posted 05/02/2014, 4:50 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
The government of Oklahoma did not botch an execution on Tuesday. When the administration of an untested combination of drugs fails, we do not describe the treatment as "botched," but simply as a failed experiment. Last night, the government of Oklahoma conducted an unsuccessful experiment on a human being without his consent.

This man, a convicted rapist and murderer, is not someone I plan to mourn. His crimes, which included the rape and murder of a teenage girl, were as heinou
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Thursday May 1st, 2014

Racial Bigotry and the Free Market posted 05/01/2014, 5:15 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Statists have long taken libertarians to task for opposing mandatory integration laws and defending the right of bigoted owners of business establishments to discriminate against people on the basis of race. They inevitably accuse of libertarians of being racists themselves or supporting racial bigotry by virtue of libertarian opposition to mandatory integration laws.... (more)


Wednesday April 30th, 2014

Raising Up Compliant Children in the American Police State posted 04/30/2014, 2:26 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
“[The aim of public education is not] to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. . . . Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim . . . is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States…”—Henry Mencken, American Journalist (April 1924)
How do you persuade a nation of relatively freedom-l
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Tuesday April 29th, 2014

The BLM: Scourge Of "Lesser Breeds Without the Law" posted 04/29/2014, 2:00 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The conflict between the BLM and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has laid bare evidence of deeply entrenched institutional racism.

No, I’m not referring Mr. Bundy’s awkward but earnest effort to encourage people of all ethnic backgrounds to seek an end to the suffocating embrace of government paternalism. I’m talking about the fact that the Bureau of Land Management is an enforcement arm of a Regime that continues to treat Amer
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Drug-War Corruption posted 04/29/2014, 1:55 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
It’s hard to conceive of a more corrupting government program than the drug war. It corrupts everything it touches.... (more)


Monday April 28th, 2014

Some Basics of State Domination and Public Submission posted 04/28/2014, 7:57 AM (Robert Higgs)
[Category: Commentary]
Familiarity may indeed, as the saying goes, breed contempt, but it also breeds a sort of somnolence. People who have never known anything other than a certain state of affairs—even an extraordinarily problematic state of affairs—have a tendency not to notice it at all, to relate it, so to speak, as if they were sleepwalking through it. Such is the situation of modern people in relation to the state. They have always known it, and they take it completely for granted, regarding it as one might reg... (more)


Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

With Government Roads, the Customer Is Always Wrong posted 04/22/2014, 4:08 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
From the moment automobiles became commonplace in society, people have been dying in them at astonishing rates. Tragically, over the last century almost 4 million people (around 35,000 per year) lost their lives on U.S. roadways alone, with India, China, and Russia averaging almost 300,000 per year combined.

But early figures indicate that 2013 saw the lowest number of traffic fatalitie
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Thursday April 17th, 2014

Ranchers vs. Regulators: The Clark County Range War posted 04/17/2014, 10:09 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Truth, Justus, and the American Way: Cliven Bundy invites a five-year-old to try on a cowboy hat.

War came to the Western Range that April, a conflict pitting the forces of order and respectability against a restive band of extremists accused of cheating the government of what it was due. The prohibitively stronger side consisted of regulatory agencies allied with powerful non-governmental organizations determined to control the land and expel small private interests
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Bundy, the Senecas and Fighting for Sovereignty posted 04/17/2014, 10:09 AM (Ryan Calhoun)
[Category: Commentary]
In 1997, New York state declared war on the Seneca Nation reservations located upstate near Tonawanda. The war was over a declared power of the state to impose taxes on goods sold on native reservations. As enforcement, New York saw fit to shut down native businesses, cutting off petroleum and cigarette supplies to the Senecas.

In response to this declaration of war, natives and their supporters blocked traffic onto their land from state troopers and mounted a blockade on Intersta
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Wednesday April 16th, 2014

The Case for Voluntary Private Cooperation posted 04/16/2014, 10:35 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
We don't need nations, flags, and armies to make us prosperous... (more)


Does Intellectual Property Defy Human Nature? posted 04/16/2014, 10:27 AM (Joseph S. Diedrich)
[Category: Commentary]
A music-composition professor of mine once lamented that without copyright protection, Western civilization would cease to exist. Most of us take intellectual property (IP) for granted, assuming it is ethically and economically necessary. We’ve become so blasé about IP that heavy-handed FBI warnings and billion-dollar lawsuits don’t faze us in the slightest. Yet despite the unquestioned consensus, intellectual property actually defies basic tenets of human nature.... (more)

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