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An Introduction to Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand Everything
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
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Archived News Thursday December 2nd, 2010
How to Improve Society | Jeffrey A. Tucker posted 12/02/2010, 6:46 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

Presented by Jeff Tucker at "Economics in One Lesson: A Seminar for High School Students," 19 November 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. Sponsored by Anastasia Thiele.
When you go to the market, you can buy whatever food you want, whatever products you want, whatever you want. It doesn't matter what other people want, it doesn't matter if someone else wants to chug down aspartame, you can get your organic food or whatever at a reasonable price. So long as there is a market for products, entrepreneurs will provide them.

Compare that to government.

The only influence we theoretically have in government is through voting. When you go to vote, it doesn't matter what you vote for, the person who is elected gives you what *they* want, not what *you* want.

Voting for a politician is like going to the store and having a stranger fill your cart with goods you don't want, all supposedly to "help" you. Every time you go, half the time you get nothing you want, if you want actual freedom, every time you get nothing you want.

Government provides no one with anything, it's a coercive monopoly producer which produces only poverty and death.

They traffic in stolen goods and give handouts to whoever will help prop up the regime, whether that's the dependent pleb class or the corporate welfare parasites.

They launch wars against everything under the sun to justify their existence, whether it be the war on terror or poverty or drugs or whatever other excuse they give.

They don't solve any of the problems, they create them and turn things into problems where there are none, but that's not the point, they get more power and they get more fake legitimacy with every new war so they can expropriate more wealth and exercise more raw power over others to satisfy their power lust.

Which institution would you rather organize a society around?

The guns of government or the voluntary mutually beneficial exchanges of the market?

I know which I want. - Chris, InfoLib

The Secret The TSA Doesn't Want You To Know posted 12/02/2010, 6:46 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
While many Americans think they can skip being sexually molested at the hands of the TSA by avoiding airports, Big Sis has been quietly preparing the groundwork for the total takeover of all public transport and highways by federal government goon squads.

Local police, TSA and Homeland Security agents are already implementing airport-style security measures at bus and train stations, including earlier this year in Tampa, where bomb-sniffing dogs and grope downs were us
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WikiLeaks: Conformists vs. Individualists posted 12/02/2010, 6:46 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The WikiLeaks controversy is exposing one of the great divides among the American citizenry: the good, little citizen who has a reverential deference for government power and the independent, critical thinker who isn’t scared to expose and oppose government wrongdoing.

Those in the reverential, deferential category are shocked and outraged over WikiLeaks disclosure of U.S. government secrets to the American people and to the people of the world. They want the U.S. government to
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Joe Lieberman emulates Chinese dictators posted 12/02/2010, 6:46 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
..Talking Points Memo -- in an article headlined: "How Lieberman Got Amazon To Drop Wikileaks" -- detailed that Lieberman's "staffers . . . called Amazon to ask about it, and left questions with a press secretary including, 'Are there plans to take the site down?'"  Shortly thereafter, "Amazon called them back . . . to say they had kicked Wikileaks off.... (more)

Money For Nothing: Wall Street Borrowed From Fed At 0.0078 Percent posted 12/02/2010, 6:45 PM (Huffington Post)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
NEW YORK -- For the lucky few on Wall Street, the Federal Reserve sure was sweet.

Nine firms -- five of them foreign -- were able to borrow between $5.2 billion and $6.2 billion in U.S. government securities, which effectively act like cash on Wall Street, for four-week intervals while paying one-time fees that amounted to the minuscule rate of 0.0078 percent.

That is not a typo.
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Federal Reserve made $9 trillion in emergency loans posted 12/02/2010, 6:45 PM (CNN Money)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The Federal Reserve made $9 trillion in overnight loans to major banks and Wall Street firms during the financial crisis, according to newly revealed data released Wednesday.

Wikileaks Cable: Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe posted 12/02/2010, 6:44 PM (Mother Jones)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
A WikiLeaks cable shows that when Spain considered a criminal case against ex-Bush officials, the Obama White House and Republicans got really bipartisan.

Virginia judge rules that forcing citizens to purchase a product is constitutional posted 12/02/2010, 6:44 PM (Associated Press)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
RICHMOND, Va. – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Liberty University's lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's new federal health care law, declaring that a provision requiring most individuals to obtain insurance is constitutional.

A Public Service Message posted 12/02/2010, 6:42 PM (S.M. Oliva)
[Category: Commentary]
I’ll have more to say on the whole Wikileaks thing later, but I’m a little disturbed by the reaction I’ve seen by some libertarians to one developing aspect of the story. The London Guardian reported:
The United States struck its first blow against WikiLeaks after Amazon.com pulled the plug on hosting the whistleblowing website in an apparent reaction to heavy political pressur... (more)

U.S. Military Unveils New Waste of Taxpayer Money posted 12/02/2010, 6:42 PM (Huffington Post)
[Category: Tyranny/Police State]
The Pentagon recently announced the deployment of the XM-25, a new "smart gun" designed for the U.S. Army's counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan.

The XM-25 is said to be the first of its kind. As reported by the BBC, the weapon "uses a laser guidance system and specially developed 25mm high explosive rounds which can be programmed to detonate over a target."

A microchip embedded into each XM-25 shell allows the shooter to take aim at targets that have taken c
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The government doesn't create wealth, it steals wealth and wastes it on tools for creatively killing people. - Chris

Cancún climate change summit: Japan refuses to extend Kyoto protocol posted 12/02/2010, 6:42 PM (The Guardian)
[Category: Science/Technology]
"Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances."

Why is Greenland so rich these days? It said goodbye to the EU posted 12/02/2010, 6:42 PM (The Telegraph)
[Category: Economy]
...it turns out that since leaving the EU, Greenland has been so freed of EU red tape and of the destruction of the Common Fisheries Policy, that the average income of the islanders today is higher than those living in Britain, Germany and France.

SEC Kills Whistleblower Initiative Claiming Its Billion Dollar Budget Is Insufficient posted 12/02/2010, 6:41 PM (Zero Hedge)
[Category: Politics/Corruption]
Just when you thought the parasitism at the SEC could no longer surprise, we find ourselves stunned yet again.
If you abolished the SEC tomorrow no one would even notice. Just fire them all and sell their property off to the highest bidder.

They give the illusion of protecting people, they give the illusion there is some watchdog keeping everything in line and making sure no one is engaged in any fraud.

It's a lie, it's a hoax, Bernie Madoff showed that clearer than ever, abolish the whole agency and people would start being more skeptical of where they put their money and who they invest in.

On top of that, all the insanely idiotic regulations amount to nothing more than an attack on the smaller traders etc. in order to raise the cost of entering the industry, that way the big players keep competition out of the market (because to them all these regulations are just a small write off).

Same goes for everything the government does, it's all grasping at straws to justify it's needless existence. - Chris

New Judicial Hero: Philip Gutierrez Goes Ballistic On Ridiculous Gov't Prosecutors During Xbox Modding Trial posted 12/02/2010, 6:41 PM (Techdirt)
[Category: Resistance]
Wow. I don't think anyone expected the trial of Matthew Crippen for modding Xboxes to kick off the way it did: with a half an hour rant from the judge complaining about nearly everything having to do with the government's case. The judge, Philip Gutierrez, even ste... (more)

Sensing Danger, Demonoid BitTorrent Tracker Ditches .COM Domain posted 12/02/2010, 6:39 PM (TorrentFreak)
[Category: Big Brother/Orwellian]
Demonoid, one of the most prominent BitTorrent sites on the Internet, is ditching its .COM domain. In an announcement today the world’s biggest semi-private tracker says it will move to a .ME domain with immediate effect. The move comes as no surprise since both the MPAA and RIAA listed Demonoid in their recent submissions of “notorious markets” for pirate material.
I can't believe it's actually coming to this, the state is murdering the internet.



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