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Perpetual Lies About Freedom and Democracy posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
When U.S. governments take Americans into war, we hear them justify it as a fight for freedom. Often they rationalize it as an anti-tyranny fight, a pro-peace fight and a pro-democracy fight.

Freedom appeals to Americans. It is a core American value, even if it's not honored in practice here at home.

When politicians use freedom to justify war, they are making an emotional, not a reasoned, appeal. Why? It's because freedom, while a good thing, is never alone a suffi
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On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims As "Militants" posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
It has been more than two years since The New York Times revealed that “Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties” of his drone strikes which “in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants…unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” The paper noted that “this counting method may ... (more)


Thursday November 20th, 2014



Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here's What Matters Instead. posted 11/20/2014, 9:16 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
The “USA Freedom Act”--which its proponents were heralding as “NSA reform” despite its suffocatingly narrow scope--died in the august U.S. Senate last night when it attracted only 58 of the 60 votes needed to close debate and move on to an up-or-down vote. All Democratic and independent senators except one (Bill Nelson of Florida) voted in favor of the bill, as did three tea-party GOP Senators (Ted C... (more)


The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom posted 11/20/2014, 9:15 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
By all objective standards, Egypt’s government is a military dictatorship and a brutal one at that. Having ousted the democratically elected president of the country, Egypt’s national-security establishment has not only taken control over the reins of government, it is the government. In order to fortify its grip on power over the Egyptian people, it has done what dictatorships do: intimidate, incarcerate, torture, and kill those who dare to question or criticize the existence of the dictatorshi... (more)


The Coercive State Is the Bill Cosby of Global Society posted 11/20/2014, 9:15 AM (Glen Allport)
[Category: Commentary]
The Internet has been on fire lately with allegations that 77-year old Bill Cosby drugged and raped more than a dozen women over the years. Yikes.... (more)


Wednesday November 19th, 2014



Who Trusts This Government to Regulate the Internet? posted 11/19/2014, 7:25 AM (Activist Post)
[Category: Commentary]
The principle of net neutrality is easy to understand and support; to treat the delivery all data equally. This has been the status quo. Works great. Few oppose that, but supporting the principle of net neutrality is not the same thing as supporting the government's plan to enforce that principle.

The alleged problem that the government claims needs fixing is that Internet service providers (ISPs) want to charge different rates to websites for different levels of data usage, often
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The United States Lost the Cold War posted 11/19/2014, 7:24 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans remain more convinced than ever that the United States won the Cold War.

The Cold War brought us a national-security state, which consists of an enormous military establishment, a vast military-industrial complex, an empire of foreign and domestic military bases, ever-growing military budgets, and the ever-increasing militarization of American society.
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Tuesday November 18th, 2014

Too Dumb for Democracy? posted 11/18/2014, 5:58 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Should Americans feel bad that we are the second-most-ignorant country in the world? (Italy is number one.)

Our penultimate status made the news recently, after research group Ipsos MORI announced the results of the first international study "to look at the gap between perception and reality" on questions of social policy. The issues included teenage pregnancy, immigration, and unemployment.

The result of the study, a
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Political Relativity and the Infinite Cynicism of Prohibitionists posted 11/18/2014, 5:57 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The evil singularity called “government” warps space-time in such a way that those closest to it are exempt from law’s effects — not merely the moral law, mind you, but some aspects of the laws of physics, as well.

Last June, Boise, Idaho resident William James Esbensen, who operated a medical marijuana co-op in Ontario, Oregon, was found guilty of receiving “proceeds” from marijuana sales, under a law that was no longer in effect. During the trial, prosecutor William Dugan — act
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One-Dimensional Thinking on Drug Legalization posted 11/18/2014, 5:55 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The libertarian movement is often dismissed as consisting of a bunch of hippy stoners who just want to take drugs and do whatever they want. Of course, this is an unfair and untrue generalization that ignores the centuries of political philosophy, ethics, and economic thought that underlie the modern definition of libertarianism, yet it is not hard to see why this misconception persists. Popular libertarian outlets like Reason Magazine prioritize marijuana legalization, and libertarian figures i... (more)


Thursday November 13th, 2014



Social Pressure Triumphs Again posted 11/13/2014, 8:59 PM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
Google Glass is basically dead.

The innovative technology from the largest, most exciting tech firm out there was supposed to usher in a brave new world of wearable computers, revolutionize communication and take humanity the next step down the inevitable road towards cyborghood.

It was also, if you listened to a different set of sources, going to destroy any hope of privacy, wreck our attention spans, cripple inter-personal interaction, undermine trust, and basical
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Tuesday November 11th, 2014

Worship the Veterans Day posted 11/11/2014, 5:50 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
Veterans Days is misnamed.

It was originally termed Armistice Day--a day to commemorate the signing of the armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that ended fighting on the Western Front in World War I, "the war to end all wars." After World War II, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day as a tribute to all U.S. soldiers who fought for the government in some unnecessary foreign conflict.

But that is not why it is misnamed.

Alt
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Let's Rid America of Veterans posted 11/11/2014, 5:50 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The reason there is a large contingent of veterans in the United States is twofold: (1) because of the many foreign wars waged by the U.S. government in this century and the last and (2) the radical restructuring of America's governmental system into a national-security state, one that consists of an enormous permanent standing army, a vast empire of overseas and domestic military bases, a military-industrial complex, a CIA, and a NSA.

Our 19th-century American ancestors didn't ha
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Friday November 7th, 2014

The Political Sterility of Jon Stewart posted 11/07/2014, 5:34 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Political satire has a long and honorable history: Aristophanes, William Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift; W.S. Gilbert; George Orwell; Tom Lehrer, David Frost, and That Was the Week That Was; George Carlin; Spitting Image, Yes, Minister; the Smothers Brothers; the early Saturday Night Live, Dave Barry, The Onion, South P... (more)


Surprise: The Drug War Isn't About Drugs posted 11/07/2014, 5:17 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
On the morning of November 6 the US Federal Bureau of Investigation trumpeted its takedown of the Silk Road 2.0 website and the arrest of  alleged operator Blake Benthall.

In so doing the FBI demonstrated, once again, that the War on Drugs has nothing to do with anything its propagandists claim it’s about. If drug criminalization is a public safety issue — about fighting violent crime and gangs, or preventing overdoses and poisoning — shutting down Silk Road is one of the dumbest
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How Many Muslim Countries Has the U.S. Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980? posted 11/07/2014, 5:11 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday, announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria--the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one co... (more)


Ted Rall: What Really Went Wrong at First Look Media posted 11/07/2014, 5:11 PM (Ted Rall)
[Category: Commentary]
Just over one year ago, billionaire eBay cofounder Pierre Omidyar issued one of the most dramatic announcements America’s beleaguered journalists had experienced in their lifetimes. After decades of closing newspapers, shrinking newsrooms, vanishing foreign bureaus and the near extinction of investigative report... (more)


Thursday November 6th, 2014

For Once, SWAT Operators Didn't Terrorize Kids posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Exchanging one set of costumes for another of a more benign variety, a dozen SWAT operators from the Toledo Police Department posing as superheroes performed for sick children at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

“It was cool,” said Officer Matthew Slaman, who dressed as the Adamantium-enhanced mutant Wolverine. “It was a lot of fun to see their faces light up, and h
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Election 2014: The Good News and Bad posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
The 2014 midterm election delivered both good news and bad. The good news is that the losers lost. The bad news is that the winners won.

Journalist Mike Barnicle says he's never seen an election in which the people feel so distant from the government. I wish his diagnosis were right, but I suspect it is not. True, voter turnout likely set no records for a midterm, but this doesn't indicate alienation as much as disgust with the particular cast of incumbents. Who wouldn't be disgus
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A Small Victory for Freedom posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the most ridiculous things about the government's war on drugs is that it classifies marijuana in the same category as dangerous drugs such as heroin, thus making marijuana worse than morphine, cocaine, methamphetamine, and phenobarbital.

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). As a Schedule I drug, marijuana supposedly meets the following criteria:

1. The drug or other substance has a high p
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Lew Rockwell On The Great News From the 2014 Elections posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (LRC Blog)
[Category: Commentary]
"Two-thirds of the people eligible to vote didn’t. Since only 1/3 of the people voted for the regime, shouldn't it be democratically dissolved? And notice that we have to go to Al Jazeera to get the truth. The cheerleading State media of the US are silent."


Wednesday November 5th, 2014

The Biggest Obstacle to Freedom posted 11/05/2014, 2:14 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Expressing their obvious contempt for the overall situation in America, voters played their latest game of musical chairs by putting Republicans back in charge of Congress.

It won't make any difference at all. That's because the Republicans who have been installed into power are as statist as the Democrats they are replacing.

What really matters with respect to a free society is not a new set of statists to replace an old set of statists. That's one of the things th
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Friday October 31st, 2014

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?
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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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