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Monday October 7th, 2013
Hero Joseph Nacchio Is Released from Jail posted 10/07/2013, 5:19 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
From the standpoint of government officials, one of the greatest things about a highly regulated economy, banking system, and healthcare system, as well as a complex tax system, is that it provides officials with the ability to prosecute businessmen, bankers, physicians, and others whenever they get out of line. In that way, officials can claim that they're not going after people for criticizing the government or for challenging the system but instead for real criminal offenses.... (more)


Friday October 4th, 2013

Goodbye Silk Road, Hello Sheep Marketplace posted 10/04/2013, 5:28 PM (Bloomberg)
[Category: Commentary]
Like all drug busts, the takedown of Silk Road was a useless affair. While federal prosecutors grabbed the spotlight with a successful operation against Ross William Ulbricht, the owner of the anonymous Web marketplace, drug vendors and users were logging onto alternative sites, some of which even looked much like Silk Road.

I set up an account for one today. It is called Sheep Marketplace, and, like Silk Road, it is available via Tor, an anonymous encrypted network originally des
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This is an excellent radical article from Bloomberg News.


Thursday October 3rd, 2013



Government Shutdown Proves Roads Not Possible Without Government posted 10/03/2013, 1:23 AM (The Dollar Vigilante)
[Category: Commentary]
It is often irritating for those of us who don't believe we need violent institutions (ie. government) to keep hearing the same refrain from non-believers over and over again, "But, what about my roads?"... (more)


Wednesday October 2nd, 2013

Taxes: Man's Inhumanity to Man posted 10/02/2013, 12:49 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
My community in the Deep South prides itself on friendship, community feeling, and an overall happy spirit. So it was a bit strange for all of this to be utterly smashed and obliterated in the course of a few calamitous weeks in which friend turned against friend, colleagues became antagonists and enemies, and families were rended asunder.

What disaster led to this? It wasn't Mother Nature. It was politics.

The question of whether to raise property taxes was put to
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Government Policing Does Not Mix Well With Private Security posted 10/02/2013, 12:48 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
When government police fail to provide adequate protection, people turn to private security. Yet, when private security becomes inconvenient for the monopoly security force (i.e., the state), purchasers of private security are punished.

Recently, public police departments in the Des Moines, Iowa area have been charging businesses and private homeowners for responding to false alarms -- that is, alarms generated by business or home security systems that were not the result of a
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The Shutdown Is Upon Us posted 10/02/2013, 12:48 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
“The vast machinery of the federal government began grinding to a halt” this morning, according to the New York Times. The Smithsonian museums and national zoo are closed. Parks are shuttered. Visa and passport applicants will have their approvals delayed. Most NASA employees aren’t going to work.

These conspicuous inconveniences characterize the shutdown, as “non-essential” federal servic
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Tuesday October 1st, 2013

The Standing Army Marches On posted 10/01/2013, 1:49 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
When the Constitution’s Framers adopted the 3rd Amendment, prohibiting the peacetime quartering of soldiers, they had fresh on their minds the experience of the British occupation of Boston, the use of armed enforcers to conduct searches without traditionally restrictive warrants, and the overall spectacle of government officials heavily armed in a military capacity patrolling the streets to enforce the central state’s will. Thomas Jefferson condemned standing armies as “instruments so dangerous... (more)


Thursday September 26th, 2013

Who Wants Marijuana To Remain Illegal? posted 09/26/2013, 10:12 PM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
Police unions, private prison corporations, alcohol and beer companies, pharmaceutical companies, and prison guard unions are said to be in the top five in terms of lobbying and paying lawmakers to keep marijuana illegal. Hey, this is DEMOCRACY at work. This is the best system on earth, right? This is the system the U.S. government tells us it wants for Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

I
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OMG--a Government Shutdown posted 09/26/2013, 10:11 PM (Lew Rockwell)
[Category: Commentary]
No more predation and killing by the biggest government on the face of the earth? We should be so lucky. Despite the lying claims coming from Clowngress and the media, the Pentagram will bomb, the drones will blow up, NSA will spy, the FBI will spy, the CIA will spy and assassinate–go down the rest of the list of the alphabet from Hell. At worst, if that is the word, “non-essential” federal employees will be laid off, and lushly paid when the charade ends, having gotten an additional vacation. D... (more)


Wednesday September 25th, 2013

The Emperor in Denial posted 09/25/2013, 10:00 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
President Obama tries to have it both ways when talking of American foreign policy. He sold himself to the public in 2008 as a more prudential steward of U.S. power. He would avoid “dumb wars,” as he had called the Iraq fiasco in a speech years before. He would save money by bringing the troops home from that place, and direct the resources toward the domestic fiscal mess. He would abolish torture and end the Bush-era programs of indefinite detention and Patriot Act--style surveillance.
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The Abolition of the Playground posted 09/25/2013, 10:00 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
How Regulation Stifles Spontaneous Order and Play... (more)


U.S. Government to Blame for Somalia's Misery posted 09/25/2013, 10:00 PM (Scott Horton)
[Category: Commentary]
"The more the CIA supported the warlords — including the son of Mohamed Farrah Aidid, villain of Bill Clinton’s Somalia misadventure — the worse they abused people. More abuse spurred more local resistance to the warlords and then more support from the Americans to counter it."... (more)


Tuesday September 24th, 2013

Corporate America Goes Off the Grid posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
As much as I love technology, part of me hates being so dependent on a live wall plug wherever I go. You find yourself trapped in some setting without accessible wall plugs and your phone is dying. You charge from you laptop, but that is dying too. You take recourse to your tablet, but that will eventually kick the bucket too.

When you finally get to a power supply, you hog as much as you can in the time you have, but you are aware that life as you know it is only as good as the f
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From Crystal Meth Addiction to Sustainable Communities posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews Derrick Broze, founder of The Houston Free Thinkers. Derrick goes into detail about his dark past, using and selling crystal meth. Derrick is now a full time activist, organizing protest rallies, creating a sustainable community and doing everything in his power to show what an individual is capable of. We hope this video is helpful to anyone with an addict
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Anarchast with Larken Rose: How Larken Became an Anarchist posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

On this edition of Anarchast Jeff Berwick interviews Larken Rose from http://www.larkenrose.com/.

The most dangerous superstition: http://amzn.to/15pBadf If I were king: http://youtu.be/BNIgztvyU2U The tiny dot: http://youtu.be/H6
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The Joe Rogan Experience with Stefan Molyneux posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

Stefan Molyneux speaks with Joe Rogan on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. JRE #396 - Recorded on Friday September 20th, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Subjects include: media hypocrisy, wasted human potential, nature vs. nurture, epigenetics, fragmenting the central narrative, the availability of information, confirmation bias, changing the world through better parenting, daycare, si
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Common Core: A Lesson Plan for Raising Up Compliant, Non-Thinking Citizens posted 09/24/2013, 10:40 PM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
As I point out in my new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there are several methods for controlling a population. You can intimidate the citizenry into obedience through force, relying on military strength and weaponry such as SWAT team raids, militarized police, and a vast array of lethal and... (more)


Monday September 23rd, 2013

Making the Victim Pay for the Bullet posted 09/23/2013, 10:43 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
In overtly totalitarian countries, families of condemned state enemies are often required to pay for the bullets used to execute their loved ones. Two recent federal court rulings indicate that a very similar custom has taken root in proto-Soviet America.

On June 3, 2011, a man wearing a ski mask hurled a crude, improvised stink bomb through an apartment window in Laguna Beach, California. The payload of that infernal device was butyric acid produced through fermentation o
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Overcoming Stockholm Syndrome posted 09/23/2013, 10:43 PM (The Corbett Report)
[Category: Commentary]

In the 1970s, a strange psychological phenomenon was identified: in traumatic abduction situations, a certain percentage of the population is prone to falling in love with their abductors. But if we are living in a societal prison of the mind, then are there those who have fallen in love with their mental jailers? Find out more about societal Stockholm syndrome in this week's edition of The Corbett Rep
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Who Needs an Official State Media When We've Got CNN? posted 09/23/2013, 10:43 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
In a recent Esquire column (“Dianne Feinstein Defines ‘Journalist,’” September 19), Charles Pierce recalled presidential historian George Reedy’s prediction years ago that so-called “shield laws,” which protect reporters against criminal prosecution for not revealing their sources, would involve de facto government licensing of the press. After all, the law would have to define who qualified as a “journalist”... (more)


Can a constitution put limits on a government? posted 09/23/2013, 10:42 PM (On the Mark)
[Category: Commentary]
John C. Calhoun, was one of North America’s first political theorists and he wrote about the inability of a constitution to limit government. He points out that no document, not even if written on a hallowed piece of parchment, has the inherent power to bind officials to read it correctly or follow its strictures. As time goes on it gets even weaker in this ability as language changes and governments build up their power.... (more)


A Few Modest Proposals To Rid our Inner Cities of Gang-Related Violence: The Libertarian Solution posted 09/23/2013, 10:42 PM (Walter E. Block)
[Category: Commentary]
Gang violence is afflicting some of our major cities, Chicago chief amongst them. As I write, there are reports coming in regarding a shooting of 13 people at a basketball court in the Second City. Fortunately, no one was killed in this episode. But a three year old boy is now in critical condition as a result of being shot, and the not unreasonable expectation is tha... (more)


Will the Rich Stick Around to Be Soaked? posted 09/23/2013, 10:42 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
On December 8, the website Breitbart heralded, "Despite Tax Increase, California State Revenues in Freefall." In the November state elections, a successful Proposition 30 imposed a 13.3 percent tax rate on income over $1,000,000 -- an increase of 29.13 percent and the highest state tax rate in the nation. The predicted tax revenue was hailed as a way to dig California out of its budget crisis. It was '"needed" especially to fund public-sector pensions with their plush benefits. Instead, state re... (more)


Saturday September 21st, 2013

The Panthers Were Right and Reagan Was Wrong on Gun Control posted 09/21/2013, 7:20 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
I suppose it takes a true radical these days to question the progressive's sacred cow: Ronald Reagan. You read that right. This paradigm of modern conservatism was one of the most important American champions of gun control in recent decades, and so he has become a convenient talking point for liberals who want to argue that even Ronald Reagan favored strict gun laws.

And indeed, he did--all throughout his political career. As president he used executive order to ban the im
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Thursday September 19th, 2013

3 Important Lessons from a Canadian Border Crossing posted 09/19/2013, 7:35 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
I was at the Canadian border, headed toward the freedom that exists a few feet beyond the last security check. I was gently waved down a side corridor.

Ninety minutes later, I was let go, but not before something truly alarming happened. I'm pretty sure that the Canadian government captured a mirrored version of my smartphone — which pretty much holds the whole of my life.

I'll explain precisely how this happened in just a bit — in the hopes that perhaps you can tak
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Tuesday September 17th, 2013

Police Are More Dangerous To The Public Than Are Criminals posted 09/17/2013, 8:31 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
The goon thug psychopaths no longer only brutalize minorities – it is open season on all of us – the latest victim is a petite young white mother of two small children

The worse threat every American faces comes from his/her own government.

At the federal level the threat is a seventh war (Syria) in 12 years, leading on to the eighth and ninth (Iran and Lebanon) and then on to nuclear war with R
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Monday September 16th, 2013

All Government Policies Succeed in the Long Run posted 09/16/2013, 4:26 AM (Robert Higgs)
[Category: Commentary]
A crazy claim you are probably thinking after reading my title. After all, “failed policies” are a staple of discussions and debates about government actions in the United States. Everybody, regardless of political preferences, has a list of what he regards as the most glaringly failed policies. This way of looking at the matter, however, is all wrong.

People label a policy as a failure because it does not bring about its declared objective. For example, drug policies do not reduc
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Withdrawing Consent Means More Than It May Seem posted 09/16/2013, 4:25 AM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
Withdrawing consent to the state means more than this innocuous phrase may suggest.

To withdraw consent is far-reaching. It means a divorce from the state insofar as this is possible. It means having no loyalty to the state, seeing the state as fundamentally unfair and a source of continual injustices, being unwilling to help the state in any way, assuming and feeling no responsibility for the state’s actions, and seeing the state as hostile to peace and society. It means not part
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At What Point Will The Next Generation Kill The Copyright Monopoly Altogether? posted 09/16/2013, 4:23 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Commentary]
For teenagers today, the copyright monopoly is something that the establishment uses to punish them for enjoying culture and science, to censor their protests and voices, and to prevent their art from reaching an audience. As these people grow older and come into policymaking positions, at what point will they just kill the monopoly altogether?... (more)


Sunday September 15th, 2013

The Most Boring Show on Television posted 09/15/2013, 12:07 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
According to Wikipedia, Fox News’ “The Five” is “the second-most watched program in all of cable news in the United States, placing only behind ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’” That is absolutely amazing because by any libertarian standard, it’s got to be the most inane, ridiculous, boring program on television.... (more)


Lew Rockwell: The Empire is Beginning to Crumble posted 09/15/2013, 12:07 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]


Wednesday September 11th, 2013

The Pine Bluff PD: From Merely Dysfunctional to Downright Deadly posted 09/11/2013, 5:14 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
No tactical genius is necessary to bring about a bloodless end to a standoff involving a 107-year-old man armed with a handgun and surrounded by police officers inside an otherwise vacant house. All that is necessary is a willingness on the part of the officers to accept a minimal amount of risk, and a time horizon longer than a half hour. In fact, only someone with a perverse appetite for gratuitous bloodshed could arrange to end that confrontation with the violent death of the centenarian susp... (more)


The "Domestic Terrorist" You Can Call a Hero posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
I dreamed I saw Bernard von NotHaus, alive as you or me.

Said I, "But Bernard, you've been jailed two years."

"I never was," said he.

Bernard has been the called the Rosa Parks of the alternative money movement. More than 10 years ago, he had this idea that he would make his own money — not the fake stuff we are used to, but the real stuff made of actual silver. He called his currency the Liberty Dollar (and why not, since there is no trademark on the
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The Isolated War Party posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
It’s a trying time for the warmongers. A deluge of national polls reveal a public decidedly against war with Syria. Congress is listening, and the authorization for military action faces opposed majorities in both houses. Obama’s progressive base is mostly against his idea to bomb. So are many liberals and most leftists. Even the president’s wife and Nancy Pelosi’s grandson don’t want war, a... (more)


The State Attracts Sociopaths posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (Butler Shaffer)
[Category: Commentary]
What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It's not good at much else. -   Tom Clancy

In the science of chaos, "attractors" are operational principles around which turbulence and apparent chaos are harmonized. What the limited nature of our prior experiences dismisses as randomness or disorder, the study of chaos and complexity is revealing as deeper patterns of regularity. Attractors help to ident
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From Hiroshima To Syria, The Enemy Whose Name We Dare Not Speak posted 09/11/2013, 5:13 AM (John Pilger)
[Category: Commentary]
On my wall is the front page of Daily Express of September 5, 1945 and the words: “I write this as a warning to the world.” So began Wilfred Burchett’s report from Hiroshima. It was the scoop of the century. For his lone, perilous journey that defied the US occupation authorities, Burchett was pilloried, not least by his embedded colleagues. He warned that an act of premeditated mass murder on an epic scale had launched a new era of terror.

Almost every day now, he is vindicated.
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Tuesday September 10th, 2013

Fighting the State posted 09/10/2013, 3:28 AM (James E. Miller)
[Category: Commentary]
It's is unfathomable how much brain power goes into hatching schemes to "reform" societal governance. From increased taxation to prying apart the grip of the monopoly state, the breadth of the political spectrum spends a great deal of time arguing over the correct course of action. Progressives never fail to adopt a new scheme to ratchet up the size of government. Conservatives, bless their instincts, are always fighting the last war of state encroachment. For the libertarian, rolling back Levia... (more)


Monday September 9th, 2013

John Kerry and the Orwellian Language of War posted 09/09/2013, 1:19 AM (Nathan Goodman)
[Category: Commentary]
When is a war not a war? According to John Kerry, launching cruise missiles at Syria is not a war. Testifying before the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry said, “President Obama is not asking America to go to war.”

Kerry’s argument seems to hinge on the idea that no American ground troops will likely be deployed. Of the proposed strikes, Kerry said, “I just don’t consider that going to war in the classic sense of coming to Congress and asking for a declaration of war
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The Truth About How The US Will Save Syria posted 09/09/2013, 1:19 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

...and other lies. Stefan Molyneux discusses the rush to war, chemical weapon attacks, red line hypocrisy, endless violence, the military industrial complex and blood soaked economic illusions.


Wednesday September 4th, 2013

How "Your" Government Works posted 09/04/2013, 11:55 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
The Obama administration has announced the formation of a panel of “outside experts” to review the NSA’s surveillance practices. And a wide-ranging, diverse collection of experts they are; when it comes to institutional backgrounds and viewpoints, they span the entire spectrum from A to B. They remind me a bit of the space shuttle crew in an episode of The Simpsons: “They’re a colorful bunch …  There's a mathematician, a different kind of mathematician, and a statistician.”

Richa
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Pelosi: Willing to "Protect" Syrian Children To Death posted 09/04/2013, 11:55 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Whenever the ruling elite wants to engage in another bout of humanitarian slaughter, it will have its media auxiliaries soften up the public by barraging it with images of innocent people – particularly children – who are suffering and dying. Every “humanitarian” war makes those images go away. Children are still being mangled and murdered, of course – but those who control the state-aligned media are no longer interested in showing them.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recentl
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Who's Really Getting Punished? posted 09/04/2013, 11:55 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I find it interesting how President Obama intends to punish Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against Syrian rebels. It provides a fascinating insight into the collectivist mindset.

To punish Assad, Obama says that he will use his military to "degrade" Assad's military. That inevitably means that Obama will bomb certain segments of Assad's military, such as artillery or armor units.

That means that inevitably there will be Sy
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Tuesday September 3rd, 2013

How the State Destroys Social Cooperation posted 09/03/2013, 7:30 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Many of our present economic difficulties, while blamed by politicians on freedom and markets, are in fact the long-run effects of government policies emphasizing short-run, visible benefits that mask hidden or delayed costs. In particular, our economic woes reflect government's reliance on coercion, whose harmful effects expand over time, in contrast to voluntary cooperation, whose beneficial effects expand over time.

Voluntary market cooperation expands because the more time sel
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Perpetual Chaos and Crises posted 09/03/2013, 7:30 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I find it absolutely fascinating how the president, along with his national-security state apparatus, can instantaneously throw the entire nation into crisis mode, this time with everyone in angst over whether the president should or should not bomb Syria. It's a perfect demonstration of the power and influence that the U.S. national-security state and its military empire around the world have over the American people and how easy it is for this apparatus to keep the American people in a state o... (more)


The Twisted Premises Implicit in the Drive for War posted 09/03/2013, 7:28 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
On its own terms, the government’s case for war with Syria has problems. We cannot deny the monstrousness of Assad’s regime, but the Obama administration has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Syrian state is responsible for the particular chemical weapons atrocity that supposedly justifies a strike. Some of the very same folks who lambasted the Bush team for refusing to li... (more)


Saturday August 31st, 2013

The US Uses Gas To Kill Civilians posted 08/31/2013, 7:39 PM (Mike Holmes)
[Category: Commentary]
One point that needs to be made, but rarely if ever mentioned, is that in the supposed rationale for US attack on Syria to avenge/prevent claimed civilian deaths by government gas attacks, the US government itself has used similar weapons openly as recently as the FBI/ATF attack on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco Texas in the spring of 1993.

76 men, women and children died in this senseless military style assault which used highly lethal military CS gas as a primary weapon.
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Wednesday August 28th, 2013

We're All Edward Snowden Now posted 08/28/2013, 5:05 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
In the last several days, I've had three phone conversations with friends — completely normal people who have their wits about them — during which they have declined to say something for fear of government surveillance. They will be talking normally and suddenly catch themselves and divert the conversation.

The topics we were discussing were mostly innocuous, and I can't imagine that government interlopers would care, but the impulse to self-censor was triggered anyway.
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Tuesday August 27th, 2013

Elysium: The Technological Side of the American Police State posted 08/27/2013, 2:31 PM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
From George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to the Wachowskis’ The Matrix, Stephen Spielberg’s Minority Report and most recently Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, writers and filmmakers have used science fiction to both forecast the future while also holding up a mirror to the present. The best among these transcend what is largely escapist entertainment and engage their audiences in a critical dialogue about what happens when power, technology and militaristic governance converge.
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Sunday August 25th, 2013

The State: Judge in its Own Cause posted 08/25/2013, 11:47 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
At a 2011 press conference President Obama, in response to a question about Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, said “We are a nation of laws. We don't let individuals make decisions about how the law operates.

Is this really a nation of laws, though? There’s an old legal principle, “nemo iudex in causa sua,” which translated into English means “no one should be the judge of their own cause.” But in fact all the laws theoretically limiting the state’s power are interp
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Thursday August 22nd, 2013

'Sending a message': what the US and UK are attempting to do posted 08/22/2013, 10:56 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
State-loyal journalists seem to believe in a duty to politely submit to bullying tactics from political officials.... (more)


Our Cages and Labyrinths posted 08/22/2013, 10:55 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Over the last year, I’ve had some sense that certain themes are emerging in pop literature and film—themes that are different from dominant strains of the past. I struggled to put my finger on it, but it finally it hit me what these themes are and why they matter.

The plot lines are highly suggestive of what it is like to live in (and overcome) an age of pervasive government control—an age pretty much like our own.

Five shows illustrate the point: Breaking Bad on AM
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Wednesday August 21st, 2013

The NSA: 'The Abyss from Which There Is No Return' posted 08/21/2013, 7:54 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
"The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back." — Senator Frank Church (1975)

We now find ourselves operating in a strange para
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An Empire in Panic posted 08/21/2013, 7:54 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
A cornered rat has a deadly bite, or so says the lore from the 19th century, when rat baiting was common sport. The same is true of a cornered empire today. Every hour that goes by presents the evidence. It's getting absolutely dangerous out there for anyone who dares to stand up against the empire and for basic human rights, which is to say that it is dangerous to corner the rat.

Recall the NSA's Edward Snowden blockbuster revelations that the U.S. national security state has bee
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Decline and Fall: The Second Stage is Anger posted 08/21/2013, 7:54 AM (Thomas L. Knapp)
[Category: Commentary]
Not too long ago, I predicted that if I live to the average American male lifespan of 76 — I’m 46 now — I’ll have outlived the United States as we know it.

At the time, I feared I was being over-optimistic, but lately I’m leaning the other way and thinking that my timetable may have been unduly timid. The United States may be something quickly receding in history’s rear view mirror by the time I start getting junk mail from AARP (“you’re 50 — join now!”).

The recent
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Tuesday August 20th, 2013

Yes, We Live in a Communist Country posted 08/20/2013, 12:16 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Abducted by bounty hunters, imprisoned without cause, denied due process of law, cleared of all charges yet forbidden to go home, scores of innocent men in the Guantanamo Bay gulag have been driven to resist in the only way they can – by staging a hunger strike.

Finding themselves irretrievably in the hands of an immensely powerful enemy that is entirely
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Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free posted 08/20/2013, 12:16 PM (Jonathan Turley)
[Category: Commentary]
While each new national-security power Washington has embraced was controversial when enacted, they are often discussed in isolation. But they don't operate in isolation. They form a mosaic of powers under which our country could be considered, at least in part, authoritarian. Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic ind... (more)


Monday August 19th, 2013

How to Fight the Modern State posted 08/19/2013, 9:03 AM (Hans-Hermann Hoppe)
[Category: Commentary]
In this 1997 speech by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, now available as an ebook from the Mises Institute under the title What Must Be Done, Hoppe presents a plan of action for anarcho-capitalists against the modern state.

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The Phony Trade-off between Privacy and Security posted 08/19/2013, 9:03 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Most people take it for granted -- because they've heard it so many times from politicians and pundits -- that they must trade some privacy for security in this dangerous world. The challenge, we're told, is to find the right "balance." Let's examine this.

On its face the idea seems reasonable. I can imagine hiring a firm to look after some aspect of my security. To do its job the firm may need some information about me that I don't readily give out. It's up to me to decide if I l
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Wednesday August 14th, 2013

How Medical Innovation Redefines Our World posted 08/14/2013, 4:52 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
On a Sunday afternoon swim, a 6-year-old boy was bugging me in a sweet sort of way. He rode up and down the handrail on the stairs in the shallow end of the pool where I was trying to sit in peace. He was laughing and talking, but I couldn't understand a word through the giggles.

I spoke to him to try to engage him in conversation.

His mother was sitting on the side of pool and said to me, "He can't hear a word you are saying."

I thought by that she m
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Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Government posted 08/14/2013, 4:51 AM (Jeff Berwick)
[Category: Commentary]
On June 12, 1987, in a speech near the Berlin Wall to commemorate Berlin's 750th anniversary, US President Ronald Reagan famously said to Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." The destruction of the wall would serve as a symbol of Gorbachev sincerely trying to increase freedom throughout the Eastern Bloc.

Today, August 13, marks the anniversary of the day the building of the Berlin Wall began. In honor of that sad day I say, "Mr. Obama, tear
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