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If You Vote — or Don't Vote — Complain posted 10/31/2014, 1:11 PM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
So here we go again. Another biennial US election season draws to a close and here come the solemn multi-partisan invocations of civic duty: Exercise that franchise. Pull that lever, push that button, mark that box. The future of western civilization depends on you. And if you don’t vote, don’t complain.

Question: If I don’t drive around my neighborhood at 3am blasting Metallica out my car window at 140 decibels, am I boorish or hypocritical to complain about those who do?

If anything, those who DO vote are the ones giving up their rightful prerogative of complaint. They agreed to the process, filled out the paperwork, cast their ballots. They own the outcomes. Non-voters didn’t ask for the process, didn’t participate in the process, and probably either actively dislike — or at most don’t care much about — the outcomes.

I’m personally on and off about voting. After 20 years of religiously schlepping down to the polling place every other November (and at odd times in between) I stopped for four years. I fell off the wagon this year (to vote the Libertarian slate and support medical marijuana in Florida), but looking back I see that had I voted in 2010 or 2012, my vote wouldn’t have shifted the result in so much as a single race. Nor, if it had, would the different  follow-on outcomes have likely been substantially different.

Unlike some anarchists and voluntaryists, I don’t morally condemn voting. I’m with Murray Rothbard on “defensive voting.” The system exists, its overseers are elected, and there’s nothing wrong with the individual slaves choosing, since they’re allowed to, masters less enamored of the whip.

On the other hand, the average elected official receives the active consent of fewer than one in four of the constituents he or she purports to “represent.” There’s something to be said for the possibility of organizing non-voters against the whole charade of “consent.”

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Tuesday October 28th, 2014

How Far Can the P2P Revolution Go? posted 10/28/2014, 10:35 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
How far can the peer-to-peer revolution be pushed? It’s time we start to speculate, because history is moving fast. We need to dislodge from our minds our embedded sense of what’s possible.

Right now, we can experience a form of commercial relationship that was unknown just a decade ago. If you need a ride in a major city, you can pull up the smartphone app for Uber or Lyft and have a car arrive in minutes. It’s amazing to users because they get their first taste of what consumer
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Thursday October 23rd, 2014



The Index Card of Allowable Opinion posted 10/23/2014, 7:37 AM (Thomas E. Woods, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
I think most people know what I mean when I speak of the gatekeepers of permissible discussion. On the left, sites like ThinkProgress and Media Matters smear and attack those uppity peons who stray from the ideological plantation that the Washington Post and the New York Times oversee. On the right it's neoconservative sites like the Free Beacon, who have built a nice little cabin on that plantation, and who rat out anyone who tries to run away. Why, we don't hold any of the dangerous views of t... (more)


Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Should Government Have the Power to Quarantine? posted 10/22/2014, 6:30 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Earlier this spring, when awareness of Ebola was just beginning to dawn, a case of infection appeared in the town of Harbel, Liberia. The biggest employer in the area is Firestone. The company immediately set up a quarantine area of its hospital for the infected woman, who soon died. They distributed hazmat suits to workers. They researched everything they could, built a treatment center, and set up a comprehensive response. Transmission stopped. Even now, the only cases seen in this area come f... (more)


Obama Appointee Supports Individual Rights posted 10/22/2014, 6:29 AM (Randall Holcombe)
[Category: Commentary]
I've been critical of the Obama administration in the past, so it's nice to find something positive to say. This article says that President Obama's new acting head of the Justice Depa... (more)


Tuesday October 21st, 2014



Let the Market Contain Ebola posted 10/21/2014, 5:50 AM (Thomas L. Knapp)
[Category: Commentary]
American politicians’ attempts to create panic over a potential Ebola outbreak in the United States seem to have failed. Family and other contacts of US “patient zero” Thomas Eric Duncan completed a 21-day quarantine with no new cases appearing in that pool. Two nurses who treated Duncan are now symptomatic, but this seems to be a matter of early protocol failure (in any new health care situation i... (more)


Tuesday October 14th, 2014

The State as a Royal Scam posted 10/14/2014, 8:31 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“I am from Windows Support–”

“No, you’re not,” I told the Indian-accented fellow on the other end of the phone. “You’re about the tell me that my computer is sending error messages on the internet, correct?”

“Sir, your computer is sending –”

“No, it isn’t,” I interjected before he could finish. “Tell me, does anybody still fall prey to this scam? I gr
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Monday October 13th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald TED Talk: Why Privacy Matters posted 10/13/2014, 6:33 PM (TED Talks)
[Category: Commentary]


Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."


Thursday October 9th, 2014

"Crush the Seed of Ishmael": A "Final Solution" to the "Muslim Problem" posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
We have reached a point in our nation's descent into psychotic tribalist fear where people of stature and apparent sobriety unabashedly use the expression “final solution” when discussing the existence of Muslims.

For ISIS “and those similarly motivated,” insists ret
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The State Has No Right To Do Anything posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (David S. D'Amato)
[Category: Commentary]
I often hear people make casual remarks like, "Well, the State has a right to collect taxes," "the State has a right to punish criminals," or "the State has a right to controls its borders." Inside, I am always somewhat horrified at how very easily these kinds of assumptions are made, at how obvious the truth of such claims seems to others. Such assumptions are simply a given for most people, not even on the table for debate, no one really speculating about where the State acquired all of these ... (more)




Will the CDC Save Us From Ebola? posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Disease pandemics are a dream come true for central planners. Hysterical over possible contagion, citizens clamor for government action, government quarantines, government coercion, and government planning. In these cases, large numbers of people want government to do what government does best: seize people and property, coerce, issue orders, and spend lots of money.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control presents itself as the answer to every pandemic. Nevermind th
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I'd say they're more likely to spread it for job security. - Chris, InfoLib


Left and Right Agree: War Is Popular posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Common wisdom would purport that those on the so-called "right" are and have always been hawkish and pro-war, while those on the proverbial "left" have always been the tree-hugging, peacenik, anti-war folks. For many conservatives, unfortunately, this is more or less correct. However, progressives have once again airbrushed their own past, which is about as anti-war as, well, war.

Much of this perception is relatively recent and primarily boils down to the Iraq War. The neocon
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Tuesday October 7th, 2014

What the Feds and Bernie Madoff Have in Common posted 10/07/2014, 2:56 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Through the years, Bernard Madoff, the convicted ponzi schemer who defrauded his investors, "generously" donated millions of dollars to charity -- cancer research, hospitals, theaters, schools, and more. At least one of these charitable organizations invested with Mr. Madoff, where the invested funds disappeared.

But Madoff is not the only one who gives money to people after first taking it from them. Today's political leaders win votes and plaudits by giving goodies to little Joh
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Saturday October 4th, 2014

Chris Kyle, Clint Eastwood, and a Film Trailer Heinrich Himmler Would Admire posted 10/04/2014, 7:20 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Clint Eastwood is one of the most gifted filmmakers in the history of the medium. Bradley Cooper is an extraordinarily capable actor. On the evidence of the teaser trailer for “American Sniper,” Eastwood and Cooper — who stars in the title role, and served as a producer — have produced a masterpiece of War Party propaganda.

Cooper stars as the late Chris Kyle, generally (and, perhaps, unreliably) considered to be the most lethal sniper in US military history.

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How North America Came to Hate Individuals posted 10/04/2014, 7:19 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
The Spanish historian and Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566) is one of my favorite libertarian figures. He devoted most of his life to fighting the violent colonization of South America and the savage slavery it involved. Unique among European nations, and largely because of Las Casas, Spain debated the morality of conquest and slavery at the highest levels. In response to a petition co-authored by Las Casas, Pope Paul III issued the Sublimis Dei in June 1537. The papal bull proh... (more)


Wednesday October 1st, 2014

The Danger We Face Is From Within posted 10/01/2014, 1:18 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
As most everyone knows, ISIS, not al-Qaeda, is the newest official enemy facing the United States. The truth, however, is that it's not ISIS that poses the biggest threat to the American people. Instead, the biggest threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people is the moral rot that lies at the center of America's welfare-warfare state.

Under the welfare state way of life, Americans are waging war against each other. It's a polite war, one waged with smiles and frien
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Tuesday September 30th, 2014

Guards at Concentration Camps Were Just Doing Their Jobs posted 09/30/2014, 2:35 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The lamest, most ignorant, and most intellectually lazy excuse given to justify the actions of U.S. soldiers (and sailors, airmen, and Marines) is that they are just doing their job.

Of all the things I have been told over the years by apologists for the military, that soldiers are just doing their jobs is overwhelmingly the thing I am told the majority of the time.

Even as U.S. troops return to Iraq, some critics of further military action will still say that we ne
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Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

Is Science Investment Always a Good Thing? posted 09/23/2014, 9:13 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The worship of science is a peculiar feature of our age, especially given the incredibly broad and non-specific nature of the term, and the vast quantitative and qualitative differences in  outcomes from various types of research within the scientific disciplines.

To a certain sort of modern personality, reverence for science is an unchallenged and unchallengeable religion that has the unfortunate effect of both conveying a sense of smug superiority and, rather ironically, of reta
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Wednesday September 17th, 2014

Perpetual Fear Under Empire posted 09/17/2014, 8:59 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Lots of Americans are extremely upset about ISIS. They're not sleeping well, and they're pacing the floors. They are convinced that ISIS is coming to get them, drag them from their homes, cart them away to some Arabian desert, and behead them.

There is something important to keep in mind about all this: This is the way of life under an empire, especially one whose foreign policy is based on hundreds of military bases in foreign countries, meddling in the political and economic aff
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Tuesday September 16th, 2014

Would Appointing a War Criminal as Commissioner Redeem the NFL? posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Former NFL star Ray Rice pleaded guilty of abusing a woman whom he later married, and was fired by the League after a video of the crime was made public.

Former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice was an architect of an illegal war of aggression that resulted in the slaughter of a half-million people, the displacement of millions more, trillions of dollars in debt, and the crea
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Barack Obama: Terrorist posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
National Public Radio (NPR) led its “Week in Politics” program of September 12 off with analysis of US president Barack Obama’s address to the nation on the Islamic State. Various journalists and talking heads disc... (more)


Russell Brand: Will Obama's Bombs Stop Beheadings? posted 09/16/2014, 2:24 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]


Comedian Russell Brand points out the hypocrisy of Obama's war on ISIS. Funny and entertaining!


Thursday September 11th, 2014

Shorter Obama War Speech... The Top Five List posted 09/11/2014, 9:01 PM (Daniel McAdams)
[Category: Commentary]
Didn’t have time to listen to Obama outline his plans for a major new US war in the Middle East? Here are the top five take-aways from the September 10 speech:

1) Obama officially adopts Bush Administration’s pre-emptive war doctrine.

Obama:
If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States. ..we ha... (more)


Wednesday September 10th, 2014

Obama Follows Bush's Iraq Playbook posted 09/10/2014, 7:47 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
U.S. politicians are exploiting the gruesome beheadings of two American journalists to whip up war fever against ISIS, the "criminal gang" masquerading as an organization of devout Sunni Muslims that controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. The American propaganda campaign seems to be working if recent polls are accurate.

No decent person is anything but appalled by those executions. But are they grounds
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'Obama Snubbed at Top Golf Clubs' posted 09/10/2014, 7:44 PM (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
With a headline like that, Huffpo wanted to imply that the clubs rejected El Jefe for race reasons. In fact, the clubs didn’t want their courses destroyed by the army of snipers, food tasters, bodyguards, doctors, techs, communications trucks,  the presidential armored toad, military vehicles, ambulances, and the rolling hospital that always accompany the Emperor. Also, the clubs would have had to toss out the... (more)


Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Drug Warriors Claim Colorado Going to Pot posted 09/09/2014, 5:50 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
As we moved into the second half of 2014, I was eager to learn if marijuana legalization in Colorado was succeeding. At first there was little being reported, but eventually reports started appearing in the news. Business Insider reported that "Legalizing Weed in Colorado Is A Huge Success," although they did temper their report with a "Down Side" as well. Jacob Sullum reported th... (more)


Sunday September 7th, 2014

Obama Considers Going After ISIS As Public Opinion Tide Turns In Favor Of Invasion posted 09/07/2014, 10:45 PM (Infowars)
[Category: Commentary]
Things are looking up for the military industrial complex and neocons who never weary of war against Muslims and Arabs. On Sunday Obama told Meet the Press he will give a speech on ISIS later this week.

The American people are coming around to a idea that the United States must attack ISIS in Iraq and Syria and this may include sending ground troops.

Rasmussen conducted a survey following Obama’s strategically planned “we don’t have a strategy” speech last month. It
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"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken


Wednesday August 27th, 2014

The Fate of Galt's Gulch Chile posted 08/27/2014, 9:16 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Many have wondered about the status of Galt's Gulch Chile (GGC), the libertarian community that was planned and sold in lots as a liberty oasis for those who wished to live freedom before they died. My husband and I purchased an option on 1.25 acres in July 2013. Others bought 10- or 25-acre lots and some invested in the agricultural side of the venture; extremely savvy investors committed small fortunes. GGC has been an unexpectedly wild ride since then.

Shortly after purchasing,
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Tuesday August 26th, 2014

Portrait of a Politician posted 08/26/2014, 8:42 AM (PNAR.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout human history people have often made incredibly bad choices when choosing their leaders. It seems there exists in human nature the desire to be ruled by infallible god-like beings. The modern day professional politician is aware of this and every attempt is made to create the perception of infallibility.

It should be no surprise that narcissistic sociopaths are attracted to the great power that political office holders possess in the modern super-state. In fact, it is
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How to Provoke a Crisis posted 08/26/2014, 8:42 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
There is no one more capable at provoking a crisis than the U.S. national-security establishment. They are absolute experts at doing so. They have to be. Their survival and ever-increasing tax-funded bounty depends on it.

Consider, for example, a recent altercation between a U.S. surveillance plane and a Chinese fighter jet near the coast of Japan.

According to an article in the New York Times, U.S. officials filed a formal complaint with China accusing the Chin
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Monday August 25th, 2014

The United Police States of America posted 08/25/2014, 8:30 AM (David S. D'Amato)
[Category: Commentary]
Ferguson, Missouri’s police department has released its report on the August 9th shooting death of teenager Michael Brown, a redacted document that ACLU attorney Tony Rothert says violates Missouri's Sunshine Law by omitting key information.

Brown's death at the hands of a Ferguson police officer provoked impassioned demonstrations and debates on police brutality and the very nature of policing in the United States, leading many observers to wonder if Americans are now living in a
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Sunday August 24th, 2014

The "C" in "Cop" Stands for "Cruelty" and "Corruption" posted 08/24/2014, 9:16 AM (Becky Akers)
[Category: Commentary]
Is there no end to cops’ cruelty and corruption? (Rhetorical question as we all know there isn’t.) While we focus on cops’ cruelty in Ferguson, their brothers elsewhere uphold the standards on corruption. Houston’s fleece taxpayers, on some of whom they already literally commit highway robbery, with scams for overtim... (more)


Friday August 22nd, 2014

The Ferguson Shooting: Identified Gang Member Kills Possible Gangster Wanna-be posted 08/22/2014, 6:20 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Michael Brown may have committed a strong-arm robbery prior to his fatal encounter with Officer Darren Wilson. The evidence for that charge is inconclusive. Like many other teenagers, Brown apparently had regrettable taste in popular music (assuming that term encompasses the genre called "rap") and it's possible he was attracted to the gangster milieu.

In any case, Brown had no crimi
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Abolish the Police posted 08/22/2014, 6:18 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
The tragic chaos in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of an unarmed teenager and massive protests has prompted a discussion police power and how far it should extend. For the anarchist, the answer is simple: police power shouldn’t exist.

“But what would you do with all the psychopaths and violent people?”

This is perhaps the most common question posed to anarchists. After all, most people view the state and its monopoly on force as the method by which socie
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Thursday August 21st, 2014

By the Numbers: How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop? posted 08/21/2014, 4:24 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Defenders of police militarization such as that on display in Ferguson, Missouri, often claim that it’s necessary to provide military gear to cops, given how dangerous law enforcement has become.

Indeed, in the name of the War on Terror and theWar on Drugs, th
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Wednesday August 20th, 2014

Furious About Ferguson? Work to Free Shaneen Allen posted 08/20/2014, 1:53 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Whatever we eventually learn about what happened in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, Michael Brown is beyond mortal help. The same is not true of Shaneen Allen, a 27-year-old working mother of two and robbery victim who faces an eleven-year prison term for the supposed offense of carrying a legally licensed firearm.

Like the late Mr. Brown, Allen – a resident of Philadelphia, Pen
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What If the Military or CIA Had Killed Mike Brown? posted 08/20/2014, 1:50 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
While the facts surrounding the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, must still be determined, one thing is clear: If it turns out that the killing was not justified, the law dictates that he is subject to being criminally indicted and also to being sued in a civil action for wrongful death by Brown's survivors.

Not so, however, if the killing had come at the hands of the military or the CIA. In that case, the soldier or the CIA agent would be immune from crimina
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Tuesday August 19th, 2014

Did Michael Brown Steal Cigars -- Or Pay For Them? posted 08/19/2014, 1:56 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
If Michael Brown committed a felonious strong-arm robbery at a convenience store just minutes before he was shot, why didn’t anybody from the store call 911? The report was made by a customer following what appeared to be an altercation between the 6’4″ Brown and a much smaller store employee.

According to the store’s owner, police didn’t issue a subpoena for the store’s surveillance
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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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