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Friday August 28th, 2015
Vester Lee Flanagan, Social Justice Avenger posted 08/28/2015, 12:18 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
A Communist is merely a socialist in a hurry. Vester Lee Flanagan, by his own description, was an impatient social justice warrior. The murderous means he employed to punish those he accused of bigotry made visible the latent lethal violence that resides in State policies oriented toward the same objective.

Flanagan, also known by the professional name Bryce Williams, was a promiscuous petitioner to the EEOC. After apparently growing weary of seeking to bureaucratize the violence he wanted to inflict on his former colleague, he chose a more direct approach, one we could call retail-level Leninism. As a representative of the "Who" -- presumptive victims of discrimination -- Flanagan exercised "power without limit" by killing two individuals numbered among the "Whom" -- those presumed to be motivated by prejudice.

In calculating the moral price of the murders in Roanoke, psychologist James Garbarino of Loyola University – like most of the Custodians of Correct Opinion – gave the Social Justice Avenger an identity-based discount, and passed the costs on to others who don't belong to a specially protected category.

"The culture that we live in that supports and fosters violence that has such a strong theme of racism and homophobia all of that obviously was building up inside this man's head,” Garbarino pontificated.

Assuming that Garbarino intended to convey an intelligible argument, rather than leaving the air clotted with thought-stopping buzzwords, his statement actually
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Related: Gunman in on-air deaths remembered as 'professional victim'


Jorge Ramos Commits Journalism, Gets Immediately Attacked by Journalists posted 08/28/2015, 12:15 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
"...Here we find, yet again, the enforcement of unwritten, very recent, distinctively corporatized rules of supposed “neutrality” and faux objectivity which all Real Journalists must obey, upon pain of being expelled from the profession. A Good Journalist must pretend they have no opinions, feign utter indifference to the outcome of political debates, never take any sides, be utterly devoid of any human connection to or passion for the issues they cover, and most of all, have no role to play wha... (more)


Thursday August 27th, 2015



Follow the Silk Road posted 08/27/2015, 11:57 AM (The Beacon)
[Category: Commentary]
Stretching some 4,000 miles, the "Silk Road" was a trade network connecting the continent of Asia. From around 200 B.C., the route, running from China to India, to the Mediterranean Sea, the horn of Africa, and beyond, the route is largely credited for opening up trade in much of the world, leading to the development and exchange of everything from spices and cloth, to religions and political philosophies.

In 2011, a new Silk Road sought to once again bridge the gap between buyers
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Wednesday August 26th, 2015

Sometimes We Crash posted 08/26/2015, 10:43 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
My daughters and I were recently in a car accident. The whole thing happened behind us so we aren't sure of the details, but so far as we have been able to discover, a driver swerved to avoid someone who was driving erratically. As he swerved, his car hit ours. He went into a ditch, and we went into a spin in the middle of four lanes of high-speed traffic. The erratic driver never stopped or even slowed down.

Everyone involved in the accident is okay.

After I got ho
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I Am A Keyboard Warrior Against the Police State and Proud of It posted 08/26/2015, 10:40 AM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
Nary an earthly rotation occurs whence the titular designation ‘keyboard warrior’ is not thrust upon yours truly by some poor, confused meathead living in a bygone era. Woven within this accusatory label is the highly illogical inference that the systems of communication technologies are not a valid method of creating and affecting positive change in the real world outside our monitors. Thusly, it is expected by these cave people that I should be ashamed of my inclinations to seek a better world... (more)




Hostages and the Right to Pay Ransom posted 08/26/2015, 10:40 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
In late June of this year, President Obama signed an executive order and presidential directive clarifying the administration’s hostage policy. Afterward he gave a statement to the press, in which he condemned threats of prosecution against families trying to pay ransom: “the last thing we should ever do is add to a family’s pain with threats like that.”... (more)


Tuesday August 25th, 2015

The Raping Of America: Mile Markers On The Road To Fascism posted 08/25/2015, 10:11 AM (The Rutheford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."--Martin Luther King Jr.

There's an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a facade of law and orde
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Sunday August 23rd, 2015

Captured, Cuffed, and Jailed: A Personal Story posted 08/23/2015, 3:56 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It was a lovely day otherwise but, for me, most of it was spent in jail.

From one minute to the next, I went from seemingly free to cuffed and captured. Anyone who has ever experienced such a thing knows exactly what I mean. If you haven't experienced it, I hope you never do.

It might be best described as a loss of innocence, plus a new presence of awareness that all that we love and cherish in this world hangs in the balance. The balance can be tipped, with or wi
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Thursday August 20th, 2015

Trumpismo, Mexico, and the Drug Cartels posted 08/20/2015, 10:10 AM (Justin Raimondo)
[Category: Commentary]
Donald Trump is making headlines by claiming that Mexican illegal “aliens” are raping and murdering their way across America – and that the Mexican government is deliberately directing their criminals our way. Mexico’s leaders are “very smart” and ours are “incompetent” or complicit, declares The Donald, whose demagogic denunciations have catapulted him to the top of the polls. However, like much else that the reality show star says, the exact opposite is the case. It isn’t Mexico’s worst who ar... (more)


Wednesday August 19th, 2015

Why Government Policing Monopolies Can Neither Serve Nor Protect You posted 08/19/2015, 11:07 AM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
In 1920, the great Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises expanded on what is known as the “economic” or “socialist calculation problem” in his work, Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth.

Mises describes the nature of the price system under capitalism and describes how individual subjective values are translated into the objective information(pric
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We Are the Government: Tactics for Taking Down the Police State posted 08/19/2015, 11:07 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people. The people are unaware. They’re not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government.”—John Lennon

Saddled with a corporate media that marches in lockstep with the government, elected offic
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Capitalists Have a Better Plan posted 08/19/2015, 11:06 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
To early 20th-century intellectuals, capitalism looked like anarchy. Why, they wondered, would we trust deliberative, conscious guidance when building a house but not when building an economy?

It was fashionable among these socialist intellectuals to espouse "planning" as a much more rational way to organize economic activity. (F.A. Hayek wrote a famous essay on the phenomenon.) But this emphasis on central planning was utterly confused both conceptually and empirically.... (more)


Tuesday August 18th, 2015

Trump’s Biggest Lie: ‘I’m The Most Militaristic Person’ In This Race posted 08/18/2015, 8:44 AM (The Federalist)
[Category: Commentary]
Nearly every other GOP candidate has expressed views more imperial than Donald Trump's—but is that a good thing?... (more)


Cass Sunstein and "Libertarian" Paternalism posted 08/18/2015, 8:43 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Most often the state compels you to do things, not because these things are supposed to be good for you, but because they fulfill the state’s purposes. The state doesn’t take your money to help you. Sometimes, though, the state does pass laws that claim to restrict people for their own good, e.g., laws that forbid use of certain drugs that are supposed to be bad for your health. Laws of this kind are called paternalistic.... (more)


Monday August 17th, 2015

Democrats Continue to Delude Themselves About Obama’s Failed Guantánamo Vow posted 08/17/2015, 7:49 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
As everyone knows, “closing Guantánamo” was a centerpiece of the 2008 Obama campaign. In the Senate and then in the presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly and eloquently railed against the core, defining evil of Guantánamo: indefinite detention.... (more)


The Pros and Cons of College posted 08/17/2015, 7:49 AM (James Altucher)
[Category: Commentary]
Getting a degree wasted five years of my life.... (more)


Friday August 14th, 2015

The War on Air Conditioning Heats Up posted 08/14/2015, 7:07 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
It started with the pope. In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, he singled out air conditioning as a particularly good example of wasteful habits and excessive consumption that overcome our better natures:
People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning.... (more)


The Brilliance of Carlo Rossi posted 08/14/2015, 7:07 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
"Never buy wine in a jug with a handle."

A friend gave me this advice in my youth.

It was the worst wine advice I ever received. It reinforced the culture of wine snobbery that has pillaged many generations of consumers.

Wine snobbery treats this drink as if it were always a serious undertaking requiring expertise, snootiness, and a high budget.

Have you been at a wine tasting held by a local aficionado? People stand around sipping and
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Afghan Wedding Parties and Hiroshima and Nagasaki posted 08/14/2015, 7:07 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the things that has fascinated me about the U.S. government's war on Afghanistan has been the multiple attacks on wedding parties -- eight wedding parties to be exact, at least as of 2013. What's with Afghan wedding parties that they seem to attract U.S. bombs?

Of course, the official position of the Pentagon is that all these bombings were accidents. Those smart bombs and surgical strikes just aren't always so smart or so surgical, they tell us. It was just a coincidence t
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Abolish Child Protective Services posted 08/14/2015, 7:05 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Standing in an office while two kids beg me to go back to their home, I begin retreating back into my inner-child. I imagine how I would have felt if I was seven years old and a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigator told me I couldn’t stay with my mom anymore. Their mother had committed the crime of respecting the children's desire to play outside.

Paperwork has already been checked by the supervisor, the judge has backed it, and now I have to find a placement. I put them i
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Chelsea Manning and Hillary Clinton: A Case of Double Standards posted 08/14/2015, 7:05 AM (Justin Raimondo)
[Category: Commentary]
Hillary’s private server is ok, but Chelsea’s “crimes” get her solitary.... (more)


Thursday August 13th, 2015

At it Again: Law Enforcement Officials' Anti-Encryption New York Times Op-Ed posted 08/13/2015, 7:32 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Yesterday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. and law enforcement officials from Paris, London, and Madrid published an anti-encryption op-ed in the New York Times--an op-ed that amounts to nothing more than a blatant attempt to use fear mongering to further their anti-privacy, anti-security, and anti-constitutional agenda. They want a backdoor. We want security, ... (more)


Wednesday August 12th, 2015

Politics in One Page posted 08/12/2015, 6:37 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
In every election season, a new generation comes of age and experiences the political theater for the first time. The experience is formative. It challenges you to decide what you think about the world. Which candidate best represents my values and shares my sense of how things ought to be? More fundamentally, how should things be in politics?

As time goes on and you experience successive presidential election cycles, illusions begin to fall away. You start to see the whole thing
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The Sanders-Republican Checklist posted 08/12/2015, 6:36 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
Bernie Sanders is an Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats. He is a self-proclaimed socialist. He is a Democratic candidate for president. He is many things, but a Republican he is not.

Yet, even though most people think there are many differences between Sanders and the typical Republican member of Congress and between Sanders and the current crop of Republican presidential candidates, there are not as many differences as most people think.
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Tuesday August 11th, 2015

Don't Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America posted 08/11/2015, 7:13 AM (The Rutheford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
"The shaping of the will of Congress and the choosing of the American president has become a privilege reserved to the country's equestrian classes, a.k.a. the 20% of the population that holds 93% of the wealth, the happy few who run the corporations and the banks, own and operate the news and entertainment media, compose the laws and govern the universities, control the philanthropic foun... (more)


The Prohibitive Price of Government "Protection" posted 08/11/2015, 7:03 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
When they reached Fort Hall in what would eventually be known as southeast Idaho, the leaders of the Oregon-bound Elijah Utter wagon train believed that the most dangerous part of their trek was behind them. Their fortunes would soon change dramatically for the worse, in large measure because of the involvement of the United States military.

The 44-member train assembled at a bridge crossing on the Portneuf River near
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Monday August 10th, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Knowledge Problem posted 08/10/2015, 7:34 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Just trust her. Truly, just trust her: to know precisely how much energy we ought to use, where it should come from, how it should be generated, how we should get from here to there, and the effects that her plan will have on the global -- the global! -- climate, not just in the near term but decades or a century from now.

If you do this, you will have embraced "science," "reality," "truth," and "innovation," and, also, "our children." If you don't go along, you not only reject al
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The Assault On Donald Trump Shows That Our Two Party System Is Really A One Party System posted 08/10/2015, 7:34 AM (Michael Snyder)
[Category: Commentary]
Were you sickened by the Republican debate the other night? The hype leading up to the debate was unbelievable. Never before had there been so much interest in a debate this early in an election season, and it turned out to be the most watched program on Fox News ever. A record-shattering 24 million Americans tuned in, and what they witnessed was an expertly orchestrated assault on Donald Trump. From the very first moments, every question that was launched at Trump was an “attac... (more)


Friday August 7th, 2015

Be Careful What You Say To 911 posted 08/07/2015, 8:34 AM (Gun Watch)
[Category: Commentary]
What you say on 911 is recorded. It can and will be used against you in a court of law. My friend and publisher of numerous books on gun laws, Alan Korwin, says that in the vast majority of cases where people involved in self defense scenarios end up in serious legal difficulties, it is what they said on 911 that got them into trouble. He expounds on this in his book "After You Shoot". In a recent case in Florida, both male participants made errors. One is dead and one has been charged... (more)


Thursday August 6th, 2015

They Live, We Sleep: A Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy posted 08/06/2015, 6:35 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong.”—They Live

We’re living in two worlds, you and I.

There’s the world we see (or are made to see) and then there’s the one we sense (and occasionally catc
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Tuesday August 4th, 2015

How Long Before The Police Stop Investigating Murder? posted 08/04/2015, 7:16 PM (The Daily Mail)
[Category: Commentary]
At least our state-school system maintains schools, terrible as many of them are. The NHS, creaky as it is, still treats actual patients.

And in the dear dead days of big nationalised industries, British Coal dug actual coal, British Steel made actual steel, and the same was true of the gas and electricity boards.

But the police force now can’t even be bothered to turn up and investigate burglaries, and its chief spokesperson openly says so.

For the f
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Welfare-State Parasitism posted 08/04/2015, 7:15 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
If Americans want to see where our country is headed, all they have to do is look at Greece, the country whose government spent and borrowed the nation into bankruptcy. But now we have another welfare-state “success” story much closer to home — Puerto Rico, whose government, which is deeply in debt, has just defaulted on its bond payments.

Just like in Greece and just like here in the United States, the Puerto Rican government has long been spending much more than it brings in wit
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Wednesday July 29th, 2015

Is Politics Obsolete? posted 07/29/2015, 4:08 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Hillary Clinton talks of cracking down on the gig economy. Donald Trump speaks of telling American corporations where they can and can’t do business abroad. Bernie Sanders says we have too many deodorant choices. They all speak about immigrants as if it were 1863.

What the heck are these people talking about?

More
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Dealing with the Cops posted 07/29/2015, 4:08 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Everyone has to do some serious soul-searching when it comes to dealing with the cops. This is especially true for African-Americans, given that police departments seem to have attracted a disproportionate share of racial bigots to that line of work. But it's also true for everyone else, given that the police have effectively been given a license to kill citizens with impunity.... (more)


Why Do Libertarians Pay Taxes? posted 07/29/2015, 3:46 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
It never fails. Every time I write anything about taxes I get long, rambling e-mails from tax trolls who scour the Internet looking for articles about taxes so they can contact the writers and impress them with their knowledge of the tax code.

These tax trolls usually call themselves "non-taxpayers." They say things like: paying taxes is voluntary, the Sixteenth Amendment was not properly ratified, most Americans aren't required to pay income tax, many Americans have gotten refund
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Tuesday July 28th, 2015

Do We Need to Bring Back Internment Camps? posted 07/28/2015, 5:33 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
Last week, Retired General Wesley Clark, who was NATO commander during the US bombing of Serbia, proposed that "disloyal Americans" be sent to internment camps for the "duration of the conflict." Discussing the recent military base shootings in Chattanooga, TN, in which five US service members were killed, Clark recalled the internment of American citizens during World War II who were merely suspected of having Nazi sympathies. He said: "back then we didn't say 'that was freedom of speech,' we p... (more)


Monday July 27th, 2015

The Sorry State of Race Relations posted 07/27/2015, 5:31 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
The headline story last week was as disturbing as it was ironic. The Gallup poll reveals that both blacks and whites think race relations are generally bad, and by wide margins. In general, two thirds of survey respondents say that people are not getting along and that tension is high.

The striking fact: this is the reverse of what people believed in the days after t
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Friday July 24th, 2015

Donald Trump Visits My Hometown! posted 07/24/2015, 4:50 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just visited my hometown of Laredo, Texas!

Not surprisingly, Trump entered Laredo filled with fear. I say "not surprisingly" because Republicans live their lives filled with fear. Communists! Terrorists! Muslims! Illegal aliens! Drug dealers! Bin Laden! Saddam! Ho Chi Minh! Republicans are convinced that they're all coming to get us. Knees are always a'knockin' among Republicans.
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Thursday July 23rd, 2015

First, They Came for the Bar Owners... posted 07/23/2015, 3:45 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex club in Portland, Oregon, had bills to pay and a payroll to meet. He called up his business account only to find that it had been completely drained.

“All my money was gone,” Penner later related to the Oregonian newspaper. He was shocked, but not completely surprised, by this development: “I raced to the bank,
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Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

The American Nightmare: The Tyranny of the Criminal Justice System posted 07/22/2015, 2:34 PM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
How can the life of such a man

Be in the palm of some fool’s hand?

To see him obviously framed

Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land

Where justice is a game.—Bob Dylan, “Hurricane


Justice in America is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Just ask Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16 years in prison for a rape and murder he did
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Trump Is Right: John McCain is Not A Hero posted 07/22/2015, 2:31 PM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
On July 18th, Donald Trump enraged fellow Republicans by stating that Arizona Senator John McCain is “not a war hero." Trump referenced McCain’s imprisonment by the North Vietnamese stating, "I like people that weren’t captured."

Americans like to think of all their armed servicemen as heroic, and this is especially true of McCain, a POW who was imprisone
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Much To Do About Nothing Over El Chapo posted 07/22/2015, 2:30 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Not surprisingly, U.S. officials are hopping mad over the prison escape in Mexico of notorious drug lord Joaquin Guzman, also known as El Chapo. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is especially upset since it had high hopes of having El Chapo extradited to the United States to serve out a long jail sentence for drug-law violations. DEA Deputy Administrator Jack Riley declared, “The hunt is back on—and we’re going to get him.”

To which I retort: So what? What difference will
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Tuesday July 21st, 2015

Authoritarians Like Twitter, Too posted 07/21/2015, 3:38 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
In May 2014, CNN aired footage of a Ukrainian helicopter being shot by pro-Russian militants. Taken with a cell phone camera and posted on social media, the video showed compelling evidence of the scale and technological sophistication of the Ukrainian conflict.

The video was also fake — it was actually over a year old, and from Syria. CNN retracted the footage and apologized, but the “incident” was still widely discu
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Monday July 20th, 2015

Cops and Donuts Don't Mix posted 07/20/2015, 3:50 PM (James Bovard)
[Category: Commentary]
On a Sunday morning early last summer, I was driving south across the Potomac River to a hike in Fairfax County, Virginia. The previous night the hike leader posted online a map of the jaunt. It looked like a typical suburban stroll until I saw a Dunkin' Donuts marked near the start point. As the Food and Drug Administration has warned, donuts can be addictive and publicizing the location of donut stores can utterly destroy people's free will. (Or maybe I am confusing this with the FDA's hectori... (more)


Motive in Chattanooga posted 07/20/2015, 3:46 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Mainstream pundits are struggling to discover the motive of 24-year old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the man who attacked two military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, killing four Marines, and who then got killed in a shoot-out with police.

Permit me to hazard a guess: Abdulazeez was motivated by rage over the U.S. government’s killing of people in the Middle East, many of whom are Muslim, for the past 25 years.
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John McCain: When "Tokyo Rose" Ran for President posted 07/20/2015, 3:46 PM (The Unz Review)
[Category: Commentary]
Although the memory has faded in recent years, during much of the second half of the twentieth century the name “Tokyo Rose” ranked very high in our popular consciousness, probably second only to “Benedict Arnold” as a byword for American treachery during wartime. The story of Iva Ikuko Toguri, the young Japanese-American woman who spent her wartime years broadcasting popular music laced with enemy propaganda to our suffering troops in the Pacific Theater was well known to everyone, and her tria... (more)


Saturday July 18th, 2015

The Intellectual Intolerance Behind "Check Your Privilege" posted 07/18/2015, 5:52 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
A decade ago, no one had ever been told to “check your privilege.” Now it commands an appreciable “market share” in academia and social justice rhetoric. But it does so despite sharply opposed interpretations of its meaning. In fact, its expanded footprint is partly because of its ambiguity.

It Could Be an Invitation to Debate

In a sense, “check your privilege” largely amounts to “check your premises” behind your views, and many are willing to recognize that
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Friday July 17th, 2015

Operation Jade Helm and Texas 'Paranoia' posted 07/17/2015, 3:04 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Mainstream statists are yucking it up over the so-called paranoia of Texas citizens who are concerned about the U.S. military's giant training exercise in the Southwest called Operation Jade Helm. "Yuck, yuck," the statists are exclaiming. "Those paranoid Texans!"

The statist idea, of course, is that the military is our friend -- our protector -- our god. The military establishment (and the CIA and NSA) keep us safe and secure from the terrorists, the communists, the drug dealers,
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Jeb Bush's Advice: Work Harder, Not Smarter posted 07/17/2015, 3:03 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Jeb Bush recently opined that to get more economic growth, people need to work more hours. What Bush fails to understand is that more employment is not the key to more economic growth. Saving and investment bring more productivity, which brings a better economy.... (more)


Wednesday July 15th, 2015

Trumpism: The Ideology posted 07/15/2015, 3:00 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It's not too interesting to say that Donald Trump is a nationalist and aspiring despot who is manipulating bourgeois resentment, nativism, and ignorance to feed his power lust. It's uninteresting because it is obviously true. It's so true that stating it sounds more like an observation than a criticism.

I just heard Trump speak live. It was an awesome experience, like an interwar séance of once-powerful dictators who inspired multitudes, drove countries into the ground, and died
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Tuesday July 14th, 2015

Administrative "Law" and the Tyranny of "Tolerance" posted 07/14/2015, 1:43 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
In a collectivist society, “offenses” aren’t defined by behavior, but rather by identity. This is compellingly illustrated by cases of Antonio Darden and Elaine Huguenin, New Mexico residents and business owners who, acting in the service of their principles, exercised their property rights by refusing service to potential customers.

Darden operates a hair salon in Santa Fe, where Republican Governor Susana Martinez has been a regular customer. Darden announced in 2013 th
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Iran's Criminal Justice System Reminds Us of Ours posted 07/14/2015, 1:42 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The judicial procedures that Iranian officials are using in the criminal trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian remind us of our judicial system here in the United States. No, not the federal judicial system here within the United States but rather the U.S. judicial system that the Pentagon and the CIA have established and operate at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.... (more)


Monday July 13th, 2015

Because Logic Is Hard: Under-30s Want To Legalize Weed But Outlaw Tobacco posted 07/13/2015, 12:40 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]
Young people want to end pot prohibition and expand it to tobacco prohibition, because logical consistency evidently takes a back seat to political schizophrenia.

From the UK Independent:
Cannabis should be legal and tobacco should be made illegal, according to a new survey for young people.

St
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Greece Today, America Tomorrow? posted 07/13/2015, 12:26 PM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
The drama over Greece’s financial crisis continues to dominate the headlines. As this column is being written, a deal may have been reached providing Greece with yet another bailout if the Greek government adopts new “austerity” measures. The deal will allow all sides to brag about how they came together to save the Greek economy and the European Monetary Union. However, this deal is merely a Band-Aid, not a permanent fix to Greece’s problems. So another crisis is inevitable.

The
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Prime Minister Tsipras' Bailout Reform Package: An Act of Treason against the Greek People posted 07/13/2015, 12:26 PM (Prof Michel Chossudovsky)
[Category: Commentary]
After having launched a Referendum to refute and refuse the debt bailout agreement put together by the Troika, Prime Minister Tsipras together with his newly instated Finance Minister, comes up four days latter with an austerity package broadly similar to the one which was turned down by the Greek government in June. ... (more)


Friday July 10th, 2015

Portugal’s Experiment in Drug Decriminalization Has Been a Success posted 07/10/2015, 10:48 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
This month, Portugal celebrates fourteen years of drug decriminalization. The grand experiment is now considered a happy success considering it was adopted out of desperation and in the face of dire warnings from proponents of the global drug war.... (more)


Wednesday July 8th, 2015

Tear Down That Monument posted 07/08/2015, 10:22 AM (Thomas DiLorenzo)
[Category: Commentary]
A “Progressive” Case for Demolishing the Lincoln Memorial.... (more)


What Is "Libertarian Parenting"? posted 07/08/2015, 10:22 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the dangers of modern libertarianism is that some people want to apply the ethical rules and insights that make complete sense in the market to micro-orders such as the family and the firm. Because our day-to-day life is made up of these micro-orders, it would seem to many libertarians that any consistent philosophy should go all the way down.... (more)


Tuesday July 7th, 2015

Jade Helm, Terrorist Attacks, Surveillance and Other Fairy Tales for a Gullible Nation posted 07/07/2015, 10:51 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then.” ― Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly

Once upon a time, there was a nation of people who believed everything they were told by their government.

When terrorists attacked the country, and government officials claimed to have been caught by surprise, the people believed them. And when the government passed massive laws aimed at locking down the nation and opening the door to total government surveillanc
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Of Wedding Cakes and Puritanical Collectivism posted 07/07/2015, 10:49 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
By declining to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa saved the lesbian couple roughly $350. This is a case in which discrimination on the part of a business materially benefited the supposed victims – even before a Soviet-grade “civil rights” bureaucrat in Oregon ordered the business owners to pay $135,000 to the aggrieved couple.

In January 2013, the Kleins, who operated a bakery called “Sweetcakes by Melissa,” turned down t
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