Sunday November 18th, 2012
|Love, Liberty, and the State
posted 11/18/2012, 7:28 PM (Robert Higgs)|
Love and liberty are the basic building blocks with which decent people build good lives for themselves.
Love takes many forms--in personal relations, in work and other creative endeavors, in charity toward the needy, in spiritual commitments that give deeper meaning to life amid its inevitable challenges and losses. Love gives us a reason to continue despite discouragements and difficulties, to keep trying to make still another comeback after we have been crushed in body or spirit.
Freedom provides the spaces we need to express our love, to pursue our passions in regard to where and how we live, to choose our goals freely and pursue them as we think best, to practice the arts and professions that most attract us, to allocate our personal and material means as we please in the service of our own purposes, to live without feeling a constant need to look over our shoulders, lest we incur the wrath of a state functionary or a policeman in search of his next victim.
If we have love and liberty, other things follow naturally, at least as naturally as the laws of nature, society, and economics allow. Liberty gives us room for maneuver as we construct our lives in accordance with our loves.
It is no wonder that the state's essential nature entails its thwarting of love and liberty--nay, even worse--its breeding and fostering of their exact opposites.
States thrive on hatred. In their very establishment, through conquest and the pillaging of conquered people, they make themselves hateful by their own violence and cruelty. In the course of their post-conquest histories, when the formerly roving bandits have discovered that stationary banditry pays better than hit-and-run plunder, they hold their odious threats of violence constantly over their subjects' heads to ensure that no one dare resist their rule or their demands for tribute... (more)
|SWAT Team Fires Semi-Automatic Weapons At Unarmed Teenage Girl
posted 11/18/2012, 7:28 PM (RT)|
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
Members of a SWAT team opened fire on an unarmed teenage girl this week when police officers outside of Washington, DC attempted to serve an early morning search warrant.
Myasia Hughley, 18, is recovering from flesh wounds following Thursday morning's events in District Heights, Maryland. She was asleep in her bedroom at her family house when 15 FBI SWAT agents stormed the house with guns drawn.
"I'm shouting 'Nobody is armed, nobody has a gun!' and then all of a su... (more)
|It Isn't a Crime When the Government Does It
posted 11/18/2012, 7:28 PM (The Agitator)|
So remember when Chicago police were arresting people for recording them, and charging them with crimes punishable by 10 or more years in prison? Remember the woman who was arrested and charged because she attempted to record Chicago PD internal affairs police browbeating her when she tried to report a sexual assault by a Chicago cop? Remember all that stuff we heard from Chicago PD ... (more)
|Marijuana Legalization Victories Are Already Ripping the Drug War Apart
posted 11/18/2012, 7:28 PM (StoptheDrugWar.org)|
Of all the fascinating reactions I've seen to Colorado and Washington's successful marijuana legalization initiatives, this is by far the most extraordinary.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in two U.S. states limits that country’s “moral authority” to ask other nations to combat or restrict illegal drug trafficking.... (more)
Calderon says the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado repre
|Killing Iranian Children
posted 11/18/2012, 7:28 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)|
It was inevitable. Today the Guardian reported the first death of an Iranian child from the U.S. Empire’s sanctions on Iran. The death of 15-year-old Iranian Manoucherhr Esmaili-Liousi brings to mind the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children from the 11 years of sanctions that the Empire enforced against Iraq during the 1990s.
According to the article, the boy suffered from haemophilia, and he died as a result of a shortage of medicine brought on by the sancti... (more)
|Should Puppy Mills Be Illegal?
posted 11/18/2012, 7:21 PM (James E. Miller)|
In October, the city of Los Angeles became the first major city in the United States to ban pet shops from selling dogs* obtained from commercial breeders. The law's purpose is to curb the rise of puppy mills which are breeding facilities known for housing dogs in dirty, cramped conditions. The law's other purpose is to cut down on the amount of euthanasia procedur... (more)
|Minnesota Police Investigation of Officers Providing Drugs to Occupy Protesters
posted 11/18/2012, 7:18 PM (Public Intelligence)|
The following document contains files related to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s investigation into allegations that law enforcement officers participating in Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) courses provided drugs to sober people they had picked up from Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis where protesters connected with Occupy Minnesota had been located since April 2012. The officers then used the intoxicated subjects for their training course, sometimes providing them with re... (more)
|The Voluntary Life Podcast: City Air Makes You Free
posted 11/18/2012, 7:17 PM (The Voluntary Life)|
This episode is about where you choose to live and the impact that this choice can have on your level of freedom. [...] Arguably, the benefits of self-sufficiency have been overestimated in books like Walden and Atlas Shrugged, whereas the benefits of interdependence in cities have been under-appreciated by previous writers on liberty. It is suggested that Galt's Gulch wouldn't actually work in real life because it would lack the division of labour of a big city that is necessary to support the ... (more)