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Wednesday March 5th, 2014
Propaganda Rules The News posted 03/05/2014, 3:06 PM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
Gerald Celente calls the Western media "presstitutes," an ingenuous term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton regime permitted the concentration of the US media, there has been no journalistic independence in the United States except for some Internet sites.

Glenn Greenwald points out the independence that RT, a Russian media organization, permits Abby Martin who deno
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Private vs. Government Data Collection posted 03/05/2014, 12:08 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
When referring to the massive, super-secret NSA surveillance scheme over the American people (and the people of the world), commentators oftentimes conflate data collection by the government with data collection by private entities, especially those on the Internet. The notion is that it's all sort of the same thing and that since people are willing to let Google, Yahoo, Amazon, retailers, and physicians know so much about them, they really shouldn't have any reservations about letting the gover... (more)


Tuesday March 4th, 2014



Have We Allowed the First Amendment to Become an Exercise in Futility? posted 03/04/2014, 12:49 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
"The First Amendment was intended to secure something more than an exercise in futility."--Justice John Paul Stevens, dissenting in Minnesota Board for Community Colleges v. Knight (1984)[1]
Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand for what they think is right, whether th
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Monday March 3rd, 2014

Where's their nerve? Today's comics mock poop, not the powerful posted 03/03/2014, 12:46 AM (New York Post)
[Category: Commentary]
As Chevy Chase might have put it on “Saturday Night Live,” Harold Ramis is still dead. And with him has gone the finest era of comedy: The ’70s kind.... (more)
Superb article. The absolute worst comedy movie in modern times has to be "Grandma's Boy," a film in which every joke revolves around laughing at the socially-awkward and disenfranchised. It's the exact opposite of a movie like "Revenge of the Nerds." - Chris


Thursday February 27th, 2014

Is the Drug-War Worth This? posted 02/27/2014, 1:52 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
For the past several days, the mainstream media has been agog over the arrest of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, much as they've gone agog over every other big drug bust for the past 50 years or so. The hoopla surrounding these much-ballyhooed drug busts is to ensure that the citizenry, who have become increasingly disenchanted with the drug war, don't lose faith and that they continue to support the drug war for another 50 years.

Yesterday, in a surprising turn
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Wednesday February 26th, 2014



Tom DiLorenzo: "Jon Stewart is Very, Very Afraid" posted 02/26/2014, 1:00 PM (Thomas DiLorenzo)
[Category: Commentary]
Of us, apparently. Several emailers have written to inform me that Stewart did a hit/smear job on Judge Napolitano on “The Daily Show” last night. The “hit” was apparently about how the Judge wrote in one of his publications (or said on his former television show) that the U.S. probably could have ended slavery the same way that New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and all the other Northern states did, as well as the British empire, Spanish... (more)


Tuesday February 25th, 2014

Yawn. Another Big Drug Bust posted 02/25/2014, 12:38 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
U.S. officials and the mainstream press are going gaga over the latest drug kingpin to go down. This one's name is Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo, described by the New York Times in a front-page story today as "the world's most wanted man -- the chief executive of what experts describe as the world's most sophisticated narcotics enterprise, the Sinaloa cartel... (more)


Friday February 21st, 2014

Support Your Local Slave Patrol posted 02/21/2014, 12:03 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Phyllis Bear, a convenience store clerk from Arizona, called the police after a customer threatened her. The disgruntled patron, seeking to purchase a money order, handed Bear several bills that were rejected by the store’s automated safe. Suspecting that the cash was counterfeit, Bear told him to come back later to speak with a manager.

The man had left by the time the cops arrived, and Bea
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Obama, Let Them Eat Food Stamps posted 02/21/2014, 12:03 PM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Early immigrants fled Europe to America because the New World offered a glistening promise: the classless society. It was not a society without rich and poor because freedom always produces an inequality of results. It was a society in which people were equal under fair laws and they could move fluidly from one class to another. The North American dream said people could rise by merit and hard work into economic independence and become the rulers of their own lives.

My ancestors a
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To Collectivists, Lenin And Mussolini Defined "Liberty" posted 02/21/2014, 12:03 PM ( Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
A character played by John Wayne once dismissed an irritating fellow as someone who was merely spitting out words in order to watch them splatter. In similar fashion, the leftist publication Salon continues to emit anti-libertarian screeds in the hope of attracting internet traffic. It isn’t interested in examining ideas.

Salon’s most recent effort focuses on a proposed measure in Kansas that would recognize the right of business owners not to accept patronage from homosexual
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Wednesday February 19th, 2014



Continuing the Drug War is Stupid posted 02/19/2014, 9:02 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I find the mind of a statist to be absolutely fascinating. Consider, for example, an article by a man named Steve Booher, a columnist for the St. Joseph News-Press in St. Joseph, Missouri. The title of the article is "It's Not Time to End War on Drugs."

Is that amazing or what? Booher actually wants the drug war to continue. He seems to realize that it has be
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Sunday February 16th, 2014

Don't Get Out the Vote posted 02/16/2014, 3:17 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
A seminar student once became upset with me for suggesting that instead of running get-out-the-vote campaigns, the government should keep the dates of elections and the locations of polling places secret so that only people with enough initiative and interest to ferret out the information could vote.

It was not a serious suggestion, but the college-aged young woman didn't catch that, and she thought my idea was horrible. My point, of course, was that making it easy and even social
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Friday February 14th, 2014

Facebook Trash Talk is "Terrorism"; Presidential Mass Murder is "Policy" posted 02/14/2014, 8:13 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
"Sasha and Malia are huge fans, but boys, don’t get any ideas," riffed Barack Obama during his stand-up routine at the May 2009 White House Correspondents Dinner, directing his words at the Jonas Brothers, who were in attendance. "But boys, don't get any ideas. I have two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming.”

The assembled sycophants responded
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Thursday February 13th, 2014

The U.S. Government Makes a Mockery of the Principal-Agent Relationship posted 02/13/2014, 6:18 AM (Robert Higgs)
[Category: Commentary]
The philosophical and legal foundation of the U.S. government (and some other governments) is that government officials are the agents of the citizens—in the familiar phrase, those who govern have the “consent of the governed.” An agent, of course, is someone I authorize to act on my behalf. For a host of reasons, this doctrine has always been more or less absurd, but its absurdity has been placed in stark relief recently by the government’s mass spying, which violates the Constitution, various ... (more)


The State is a Parasite on Society posted 02/13/2014, 6:18 AM (Paul Joseph Watson)
[Category: Commentary]


The state forbids murder, yet organizes murder on a colossal scale.

The state punishes theft, yet engages in the rampant looting of society's productivity through taxation at the barrel of a gun.

The state is not necessary for the survival of society, the state is a parasite on society.

The state is the ultimate anti-social, anti-society entity ever
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Sounds like Paul Joseph Watson has made the leap to Ancap! There is simply no denying the logical consistency!


The Law You Won't Be Told posted 02/13/2014, 6:18 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

A concise run down of jury nullification.

Official Discussion on http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comme...


Wednesday February 12th, 2014

The Path To Dictatorship Is Paved With Obama Intentions posted 02/12/2014, 7:15 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
What do you call a President who can choose which laws to enforce and how, a leader who can create new laws with the stroke of a pen? A dictator. Some would say a king.

Obama has denied both claims. In 2013, he told CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin, “I am not a dictator, I’m the president.” By this he meant he could not bypass Congress to unilaterally impose his will. In a 2013 interview with the Hispanic network Univision, Obama explained his immigration policy
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Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Courts posted 02/12/2014, 7:15 AM (Ben O'Neill)
[Category: Commentary]
Many commentators following the NSA scandals have been eagerly awaiting the recommendations of the US government task force on the matter, and the proposed reforms to be implemented by President Obama to bring the spy agency under control. If you're interested in this kind of thing, you can watch the president's recent speech and nod your head approvingly when he talks about the "tradition of limited government" in the United States, and t... (more)


Tuesday February 11th, 2014

Why Socialized Law – like Socialized Anything – Is a Bad Idea posted 02/11/2014, 6:06 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
In order for a legal system to be just, it must treat everyone equally and fairly, giving special treatment neither to the rich nor the powerful, and protecting the rights of all individuals wherever they are being violated. Justice, as they say, should be blind. It's a noble goal, but one that proves difficult in practice. We have all experienced frustration at the Justin Biebers and Paris Hiltons of the world receiving slaps on the wrist while the young, impoverished and disadvantaged members ... (more)


Wednesday February 5th, 2014

Who Is Really Crazy posted 02/05/2014, 1:46 AM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
On the surface, Cass Sunstein seems like a put-together guy. A former Obama administration official, he currently holds a prestigious teaching position at Harvard Law School. Throughout his career, he has been awarded a litany of accolades from academic institutions of high regard. University of Chicago, Columbia, Harvard – Sunstein has seen the inside of all these ivory towers.

But, methinks, this seemingly calm lifestyle is all a ruse. Sunstein fancies himself an intellectual an
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Tuesday February 4th, 2014

Could Different Drug Policies Have Saved Philip Seymour Hoffman? posted 02/04/2014, 12:21 AM (StoptheDrugWar.org)
[Category: Commentary]
The tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman yesterday has prompted expressions of grief and of praise for his talent. It also, naturally, has prompted discussions of addiction, the impact of pain pill prescriptions on the addicted, even of pain pill restrictions causing more people to turn to heroin.

While the latter raises the question about whether different drug policies could make things safer or less damaging or risky for heroin addicts, I haven't heard that question dir
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Wednesday January 29th, 2014

Obama Insults Our Intelligence on Civil Liberties posted 01/29/2014, 5:25 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
In last night’s state of the union, an uncharacteristically boring speech climaxing in a bipartisan tribute to sacrificial militarism, the president had very little to say about civil liberties, one of the main focuses of his campaign in 2008. He uttered less than a paragraph. And with every word, he treated us like we’re all idiots. He spoke so little about human rights in respect to the war on terror, I... (more)


Friday January 24th, 2014

TGIF: Warfare/Welfare/Corporate State: All of a Piece posted 01/24/2014, 4:13 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
If I understand Princeton historian Sean Wilentz correctly, progressives ought not to be grateful to Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, and Glenn Greenwald for exposing government spying because they are not card-carrying progressives. ("Would You Feel Differently About Snowden, Greenwald,... (more)


The Competitive Provision of Security posted 01/24/2014, 4:13 PM (The Daily Bell)
[Category: Commentary]
The discussion of how the free market would provide security from aggression by criminals or an invading group has deep and venerable roots.

The Belgian-born classical liberal, Gustave de Molinari (1819-1912), respected the free market so deeply that colleagues called him "the law of supply and demand made into man." Although he was highly praised in his day, Molinari has fallen into comparative obscurity. His legacy should be retrieved because he raised a question that deserves s
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Thursday January 23rd, 2014

Is Life So Dear? posted 01/23/2014, 3:41 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
There really isn’t anything shameful about being a serf. What is shameful is the willingness to accept one’s serfdom for the sake of being kept safe and secure.

That’s the trade that unfortunately all too many Americans have made, with respect to both the warfare state and the welfare state.
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You Are a Slave posted 01/23/2014, 3:40 PM (Daily Anarchist)
[Category: Commentary]
To those unfamiliar with the libertarian-anarchist world, this is probably a jarring headline. I’m not a slave, you may think, I don’t have a master. I don’t work for free. I don’t get whipped. I own property. I am free. Libertarians and anarchists take heat for using the word “slave.” It’s not a light word to throw around, either. I agree. Slavery is very serious. To clarify, though, I’m not talking about chattel slavery. Chattel slavery is a horrific blight on the human race. It’s reasonable t... (more)


Wednesday January 22nd, 2014

Whatever Happened to Peace Officers? posted 01/22/2014, 12:11 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Today when we use the term peace officer, it sounds antiquated and outdated. I'm sure most people in the room under 40 have never heard the term actually used by anyone; we might as well be talking about buggy whips or floppy disks. But in the 1800s and really through the 1960s, the term was used widely in America to refer generally to lawmen, whether sheriffs, constables, troopers, or marshals. Today the old moniker of peace officer has been almost eliminated in popular usage, replaced by "pol... (more)


Anarchy and Lawlessness posted 01/22/2014, 12:11 PM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
The etymology of the word "anarchy" is interesting. In Greek, "an" signifies an antonym, and stands for "without." The second root word "arkhe" means ruler and/or kingdom. Put together, that defines anarchy as "without rulers." For politics, no other word has come to be more dangerous. Anarchy as a concept threatens the very existence of politics as we know it. If there are no rulers, then there is certainly no governing authority by which to commandeer. This is why the term is still largely pai... (more)


The Surveillance State Lives posted 01/22/2014, 12:08 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
President Obama has some nerve. He opened his speech on NSA spying by likening his surveillance regime to Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty. How insulting! They were helping people resist government tyranny, and the British spied on them to put down the coming rebellion.<... (more)


Tuesday January 21st, 2014

Obama's Lies, NSA Spies, and the Sons of Liberty: Will You Choose Dangerous Freedom or Peaceful Slavery? posted 01/21/2014, 11:53 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
“All governments are run by liars.”—Independent journalist I.F. “Izzy” Stone
President Obama has managed, with singular assistance from Congress and the courts, to mangle the Constitution through repeated abuses, attacks and evasions.

This is nothing new, as I’ve documented in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. However, with his recent speech on the National Security Agency—a heady cocktail of lies, obfuscations, contr
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Monday January 20th, 2014

They Don't Mean Well posted 01/20/2014, 8:31 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Americans have a strange need to believe that their "leaders" mean well. Nowhere is this more true than in foreign policy. Even when the horror of some government operation is revealed (usually after being kept from the American people), solemn pundits and elder statesmen will drone on about unintended consequences and the fog of war, while admonishing against "pointless" recriminations. Typically, the harshest accusation leveled against those responsible for a calamity is incompetence, and even... (more)


Mussolinism in the 21st Century posted 01/20/2014, 8:29 AM (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
We know about the transformation of the American police, with their paramilitary equipment, their SWAT team raids, and incentive to terrorize people over drug offenses rather than pursue crimes against person and property. We know about the National Security Agency, which can access every American's e-mails, phone calls, or text messages. And yet too many average Americans have greeted all this with indifference.

This indifference, I suggest, derives from the widespread public acc
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Edward Snowden vs. the USSA posted 01/20/2014, 8:29 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Some of Edward Snowden’s detractors criticized the NSA whistleblower for fleeing into exile, rather than facing trial for disclosing the agency’s illegal activities. One persistent theme in such criticism is that Snowden should have worked through established channels, rather than going public.

Several previous NSA whistleblowers had attempted to do so, and were either ignored or threatened with prosecution. There was no institutional recourse in a system that punishes whistle
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Obama's NSA 'reforms' are little more than a PR attempt to mollify the public posted 01/20/2014, 8:29 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
In response to political scandal and public outrage, official Washington repeatedly uses the same well-worn tactic. It is the one that has been hauled out over decades in response to many of America's most significant political scandals. Predictably, it is the same one that shaped President Obama's much-heralded Friday speech to announce his proposals for "reforming" the National Security Agency in the wake of seven months of intense worldwide controversy.... (more)


Thursday January 16th, 2014

Don't Like My Article? I Will Sue! posted 01/16/2014, 8:59 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
Does everyone in America have a lawyer on speed dial?

McDonald's is being sued again by a California woman who claims she was scalded by their hot coffee. In 1990, a New Mexico woman was awarded $2.9 million in a hot-coffee lawsuit against McDonald's; the award was later reduced to about $500,000. Meanwhile, a continent away, a New Jersey woman is suing a real estate developer for not disclosing the presence of a 'bad' neighbor when she purchased a house.

In any oth
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Especially relevant if you read the entirety of the Salem News article above this one.


The Cynicism And Futility Of Imprisonment posted 01/16/2014, 8:59 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
A new report from the Swedish Prison and Probation Service claims that 46 percent of Sweden's inmates are mentally ill, that 70 percent have severe drug problems and that these problems mostly have their origins in early life. As elsewhere, Sweden's prison population is made up of the most disenfranchised, poorest and most vulnerable elements ... (more)


Wednesday January 15th, 2014

You Can't Have a War Without Soldiers posted 01/15/2014, 10:46 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." ~ Voltaire

Critics of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and of U.S. military escapades in general are often inconsistent. Although they may denounce warmongering politicians, senseless foreign wars, the warfare state, the military-industrial complex, U.S. foreign policy, foreign military bases, and the destruction of civil liberties during wartime, they us
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Failure, Failure Everywhere posted 01/15/2014, 10:46 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Those of us living today have been accorded the opportunity to witness the manifest failure of the America’s welfare-warfare state, as evidenced by three of the most important welfare-warfare programs of the federal government: the “war on poverty,” the “war on drugs,” and military empire and foreign interventionism.... (more)


Tuesday January 14th, 2014

Without Government, Who Will Block The Roads? posted 01/14/2014, 7:40 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
One question that libertarians and anarchists never stop hearing is "without government, who will build the roads?" Given Bridge-Gate — an intentionally manufactured traffic jam on New Jersey's George Washington Bridge — one might ask "without government, who will block the roads?"

The scandal emerged after four grueling days of inexplicably awful traffic turned out to be the deliberate doing of G
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Why Does Rand Paul Want to Imprison Edward Snowden? posted 01/14/2014, 7:40 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced his intention to file a class action lawsuit against the National Security Agency over its illegal eavesdropping program. An earlier suit filed by the group Judicial Watch resulted in a temporary injunction from federal district court Judge Richard Leon, who described the program as “almost Orwellian.” A seco... (more)


Monday January 13th, 2014

Larken Rose Explains Why The State Is An Unnessecary Evil posted 01/13/2014, 1:28 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

Larken Rose explains how problems can be solved without a parasitic ruling class.


Remembering Aaron posted 01/13/2014, 1:27 PM (EFF.org)
[Category: Commentary]
One year ago, we lost Aaron Swartz, a dear friend and a leader in the fight for a free and open Internet. The shock was, and remains, a profound one. It's a testament to the power of his commitments and ideals that both in life and in death he has inspired millions around the world, including all of us at EFF, to redouble our own efforts to advance the causes that he believed in, and to untangle the twisted and brutal comp... (more)


Friday January 10th, 2014

To Be Governed Is to Be Controlled posted 01/10/2014, 8:45 AM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
"To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right, nor the knowledge, nor the virtue."
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon articulated that in 1851. Would he be surprised at just how far-reaching the surveillance state and prison-industrial complex now reaches, a century and a half later? I doubt it. Even
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Privatizing Diplomacy, Dennis Rodman Style posted 01/10/2014, 8:44 AM (Chad Nelson)
[Category: Commentary]
The verdict is in: All civilized people must hate Dennis Rodman. Politicians from John McCain to John Kerry and pundits from Bill O'Reilly to Chris Matthews are outraged that an American would visit the third member of the Axis of Evil. Earlier this week Rodman, along with six fellow former NBA players, arrived in Pyongyang, playing an exhibition basketball game against a team of North Koreans. The game took place  as part of Kim Jong Un's birthday celebration. The politicians and pundits are ag... (more)


Thursday January 9th, 2014

The Fall of the Republic posted 01/09/2014, 4:21 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
For nearly five centuries, Res Publica Romana—the Roman Republic—bestowed upon the world a previously unseen degree of respect for individual rights and the rule of law. When the republic expired, the world would not see those wondrous achievements again on a comparable scale for a thousand years.

In print and from the podium, I have addressed the calamitous economic policies that ate away the vitals of Roman society. I’ve emphasized that no people who lost their chara
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Freedom or "Security"? posted 01/09/2014, 4:18 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Do you want to live in a free society along with the risks that come with freedom? Or do you want to live in an unfree society that can never keep you safe, including from the government itself?... (more)


Wednesday January 8th, 2014

Pat Buchanan, Drugs, and Conservative Love for Big Government posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
A few decades hence, when drug prohibition is, like alcohol prohibition, an amusing byword for destructive, overweening, and failed government policy, we’ll look back and see the War on Drugs as just another socialistic disaster of the twentieth century, which Ralph Raico calls “the century of statism.”

The War on Drugs and drug prohibition is of course an artifact of the 20th century with all its totalitarianism, central planning, socialism, and wars, both metaphorical and litera
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Contraceptives for Nuns? Government at Its Most Absurd posted 01/08/2014, 5:50 AM (John R. Graham)
[Category: Commentary]
How absurd can a law be, to force nuns (who have taken vows of both poverty and celibacy) to explain to the state why they don't want to pay for contraception? That requirement was too much for Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who issued a temporary injunction against Obamacare's mandate that health plans must cover contraception.

I am not s
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Tuesday January 7th, 2014

Total Privacy = Total Destruction Of The State posted 01/07/2014, 7:18 AM (Libertarian News)
[Category: Commentary]
The state cannot exist without invasions of privacy.  Without invasions of privacy, taxes could not be imposed.  If all transactions and accounting records were private, incomes and revenues could not be verified.  Tax evasion could not be prosecuted because no proof of incomes could be obtained.

Further, state currencies could not be imposed.  If all transactions were private, the state would have no way of knowing what unit of account its subjects may have used to conduct their
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Scorsese's Pump and Dump posted 01/07/2014, 7:17 AM (Doug French)
[Category: Commentary]
Former prosecutor Joel Cohen tells the Wall Street Journal the movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" should not have been made. Mr. Cohen believes the mere fact Hollywood megastar Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed the penny stock hustler glamorizes a criminal who, while very charming, woke up everyday wondering how he could break the law.

One would think any movie that annoys the ex-government prosecutor who took down Jordan Belfort and his firm Stratton Oakmont that much must be worth seeing
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Monday January 6th, 2014

On Deschooling (1971) posted 01/06/2014, 6:05 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Many students, especially those who are poor, intuitively know what the schools do for them. They school them to confuse process and substance. Once these become blurred, a new logic is assumed: the more treatment there is, the better are the results; or, escalation leads to success. The pupil is thereby "schooled" to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. His imagination is "schooled" to acc... (more)


The Street Keynesians posted 01/06/2014, 5:57 AM (Taki's Magazine)
[Category: Commentary]
According to a poll carried out by the Figaro newspaper, only 17% of the French believe that 2014 will be a good year, but in fact it started very well for France. Only 1,064 cars were burned by youths in the banlieues this New Year’s Eve--about a hundred fewer than last year. Who says that there is no progress? The French Minister of the Interior congratulated the 57,000 policemen throughout the country who were on duty that night for their preventive work (one fewer cars1 burned per 570 polic... (more)


Friday January 3rd, 2014

How the Drug War Makes Drugs Less Safe posted 01/03/2014, 5:05 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Desomorphine, a grotesque new drug known on the street as krokodil, has been making news for its increasing popularity as a cheap substitute for heroin, albeit with a devastating range of ill effects of its own. Reports allege that it originated in Siberia in 2002 and has become common in Russia and other Eastern European countries.

The name itself s
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Thursday January 2nd, 2014

Why I'm Leaving posted 01/02/2014, 1:23 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
This will be the fourth consecutive emigration of the last three generations of my immediate family. My grandparents emigrated from Portugal to Mozambique during the 1940s and 50s in search of a better life. The massive and undeveloped colony seemed like the land of milk and honey for those willing to get their hands dirty. A few decades later my parents-to-be immigrated to South Africa as Mozambique headed towards what would become a 10-year war for independence. Then when I was just 4 years ol... (more)


It's Not Edward Snowden Who Betrayed Us posted 01/02/2014, 1:22 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
When you cut through the fog, the NSA controversy is about whether we should trust people with institutional power. Edward Snowden's courageous exposure of massive secret surveillance separates those who say yes from those who say, "Hell no!"

The trusting attitude can be found among progressives and conservatives alike (with notable exceptions), and even some who have identified themselves as libertarians. Matt Miller, an occasional guest host on the progressive network MSNBC, lef
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Necessity: the Argument of Tyrants posted 01/02/2014, 1:21 AM (Glenn Jacobs)
[Category: Commentary]
Despite admitting that the National Security “vacuums up information about virtually every telephone call to, from, or within the United States,” William Pauley, a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, decreed last week that the NSA's dragnet approach is constitutional because, well, he believes that it is necessary.

As W
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Wednesday January 1st, 2014

2014 Will Bring More Social Collapse posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
2014 is upon us. For a person who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1961, a year in which the class ring showed the same date right side up or upside down, the 21st century was a science fiction concept associated with Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, "20... (more)


Another Attack on Libertarianism posted 01/01/2014, 3:39 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Alternet.org, a liberal (i.e., progressive) website, has published another of its periodic attacks on libertarianism, this time an article entitled "What America Would Look Like If Libertarians Got Their Way?" by R.J. Eskow.

Two things struck me about Eskow's arti
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Tuesday December 31st, 2013

Statism As Disempowerment posted 12/31/2013, 1:51 AM (C4SS)
[Category: Commentary]
Many statist-leftists in the Global North would probably bristle at the notion that their politics can promote disempowerment amongst marginalised and/or oppressed groups and communities. “On the contrary!” they might say, “My statist proposals will actively counter disempowerment of such groups and communities, by giving them more resources (e.g. financial aid), and preventing discrimination against them (e.g. from employers).”

One can debate the ethics and efficacy of the variou
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Sunday December 29th, 2013

Statism: The World's Deadliest Religion posted 12/29/2013, 11:28 PM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Countless varieties of idolatry and religious delusion exist, and among them easily the deadliest is the peculiar cult called statism. It is the irrational belief in an invisible, intangible abstraction called the State, in whose name an elite priesthood transubstantiates violence and coercion into justice.

Absent the benign intervention of the State’s priesthood, society would collapse, crops would wither, and the sun would withhold its face from humanity. Any social action under
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