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Friday January 24th, 2014
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Today when we use the term peace officer, it sounds antiquated and outdated.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 (
[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 (
[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 (
[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], 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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Friday December 27th, 2013

Should Drug-War Victims Pardon the Drug Warriors? posted 12/27/2013, 12:04 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
From the Huffington Post:
In the holiday spirit of forgiveness, Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons on Tuesday for 127 people.... Most of the individuals receiving full and unconditional pardons had been convicted of drug-related offenses.
Well, isn't that nice? What a good person Jerry Brown is!

Oh, he isn't the only one. President Obama is too. He recently granted clemency to eight drug offenders. Isn't he a good person too?

Have you
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Wednesday December 25th, 2013

A Christmas Gift for My Daughter posted 12/25/2013, 9:22 AM (Harry Browne)
[Category: Commentary]
This article was originally published in December, 2002. A previous version of it was published on December 25, 1966, dedicated to Harry’s then 9-year-old daughter.

It’s Christmas, and I have the usual problem of deciding what to give you. I know you might enjoy many things – books, games, clothes.

But I’m very selfish. I want to give you something that will stay with you for more than a few months or years. I want to give you a gift that m
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Tuesday December 24th, 2013

De-criminalize Drugs, Don't "Legalize" Them posted 12/24/2013, 8:21 AM (Will Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Uruguay’s national legislature has enacted a measure legalizing marijuana. Citizens of that country will be able to cultivate a half-dozen plants for personal use, or buy marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use from a government-licensed producer through a pharmacy, and will be limited to forty grams a month. It remains illegal to re-sell marijuana to tourists or other non-citizens.
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Monday December 23rd, 2013

How We Can Do Without Police posted 12/23/2013, 5:41 AM (The Desert Lynx)
[Category: Commentary]
The cops are out of control. So much so that some of us are dreaming of a post-police world. Well, there’s no more need to dream. Wake up. It’s happening right before our eyes. And it’s about time. The police have gotten so far away from their purported role of protecting the people that more often than not they have ended up doing the exact opposite.... (more)

Wednesday December 18th, 2013

A Government Without Spies posted 12/18/2013, 7:25 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA's previously super-secret surveillance scheme over the American people violates the U.S. Constitution, which sets forth the powers and restrictions on power that we the people have established for U.S. officials. Calling the NSA's surveillance scheme "almost Orwellian," Judge Richard Leon's ruling is an amazing one, especially given the long history of the federal judiciary's extreme deference to the national-security state, especially when the two m... (more)

Tuesday December 17th, 2013

The 2014 Master Auction and Battered Voter Syndrome posted 12/17/2013, 6:55 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Republican or Democrat? It's a trick question and a faux fight in the political war. Like a circus, it offers distraction from the real problem. The problem is not the face behind the office of power; it is the office of power itself which is unjust and destructive of all that is decent within man and society.

On some level, intelligent people understand this and so they chuckle cynically at jokes like “don't vote, it only encourages them.” Yet the same people will line up at voti
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Related: What If We Had To Vote On The Food We Bought At The Grocery Store?

What It Feels Like to Be an Anarcholibertarian posted 12/17/2013, 6:45 AM (Strike The Root)
[Category: Commentary]
One of my favorite libertarian articles is a January 2009 blog post by Professor John Hasnas entitled "What It Feels Like To Be a Libertarian." Hasnas is an Associate Professor of Business at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, a visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Market and Ethics. His essay has nothing to do with libertarian... (more)
Hasnas' post is a must read.

Thursday December 12th, 2013

If You Like Your Governance, You Can Keep It posted 12/12/2013, 1:59 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
People often recoil when I mention the very idea of anarcho-capitalism. It has both the A word and the C word—connected by a hyphen. That’s some heavy baggage. After all, shouldn’t that mean ruthless robber barons getting rich amid social chaos?

Not exactly.
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Monday December 9th, 2013

Going Galt: Individuals Seceding posted 12/09/2013, 10:42 PM (Daily Anarchist)
[Category: Commentary]
Everyone who produces and pays taxes is living for others to some degree. Their time, which is their life, supports the salaries of government workers and the entitlements of tax consumers.... (more)

Wednesday December 4th, 2013

The Paradox of Voting posted 12/04/2013, 2:12 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
“We as a society” does not exist.... (more)

Tuesday December 3rd, 2013

Crony Capitalism Drives Airport Security posted 12/03/2013, 12:59 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
There is yet another reason not to fly into or within the US. “Nazi-style detention pods” – that's what opponents of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have called the new “exit pods” being tested at the Syracuse (NY) airport. But the pods are not primarily a rape of civil rights. Their import is equally ominous but more subtle. Their main purpose seems to be profit rather than the flexing of arbitrary power, althou... (more)

Killing Unnamed Children in Afghanistan posted 12/03/2013, 12:59 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
When I read this Washington Post article about the two-year-old child that U.S. forces just killed in Afghanistan, I wondered what the child's name was. Nowhere was it to be found in the article. Maybe the Post hadn't acquired the name. Or maybe it just doesn't matter. It's just one more deat... (more)

Monday December 2nd, 2013

Copyright Monopoly Disintegration Inevitable As It Only Takes A Single Country posted 12/02/2013, 12:25 AM (Rick Falkvinge)
[Category: Commentary]
The emergence of experimental legally autonomous startup zones in Honduras and other places is one of the most exciting developments in a long time, and forebodes the collapse of the copyright industry’s tyranny over culture and knowledge.

I believe in competition. I believe in experimentation to see what works best and what can be predictably repeated – call it the scientific method applied to society, if you like. This has been a problem geopolitically, as the United States has
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Saturday November 30th, 2013

Debunking the Myth of the Hero Cop posted 11/30/2013, 10:16 PM (Daily Anarchist)
[Category: Commentary]
In a recent article at The Independent Political Report, James Gray perpetuates the fairy-tale of the police as heroes to be looked up to. He writes, “One of the most noble public servant positions in our society is a police officer. These men and women often have difficult jobs, and frequently do not get the credit and appreciation they deserve.” If police were these he... (more)

Tuesday November 26th, 2013

Don't Be Thankful for Tyranny posted 11/26/2013, 1:23 PM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
I will be the first to acknowledge that there is much to be thankful for about life in America, especially when compared to those beyond our borders whose daily lives are marked by war, hunger and disease. Despite our kvetching, grumbling and complaining, most Americans have it pretty good compared to less fortunates the world over.

Still, I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that all of our so-called blessings will amount to little more than gilding on a cage if we don't safeguard
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Is Liberty on the Rise? posted 11/26/2013, 1:20 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Some libertarians despair at the prospect of shrinking Leviathan. How can we make meaningful change when the system is stacked against us? And how can we be freer when our political leaders only seem interested in growing government and having more control over the economy?

But the fact is that we’ve already made enormous strides. The history of the federal government since World War II tells a tale of increasing freedom and—believe it or not—decreased intervention. In the great
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Monday November 25th, 2013

Without The State, Who Will Falsely Imprison Teenagers? posted 11/25/2013, 11:50 AM (Travis Eby)
[Category: Commentary]
On the night of May 14, 2010 16-year-old Bronx resident Kalief Browder was walking home from a party. He was stopped by police and "identified" by a stranger as a robber. Despite the lack of any evidence whatsoever, Browder was put in prison where he remained for three years. He missed the birth of his cousin, holiday after holiday with his family, and his high school prom. After three years in a cage he was suddenly released. All charges... (more)

David Friedman on Inequality posted 11/25/2013, 11:49 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]

The justice system is rigged in favor of the state.

Thursday November 21st, 2013

Pirating Creativity: The MPAA Is Going After Schoolchildren posted 11/21/2013, 12:26 PM (Travis Eby)
[Category: Commentary]
For years now the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has been trying its best, unsuccessfully, to enforce its “intellectual property” claims upon those who would dare share and distribute media. They are of course not the only ones trying to get IP enforced; we have seen the same trends in music and gaming. Since it has long become clear that they cannot stop the sharing of media on the internet, the MPAA is going for the gold: Get pirates when they are young. In other words, the MPAA... (more)

The "War" on Some "Drugs" posted 11/21/2013, 12:25 PM (Eric Peters)
[Category: Commentary]
The war on some drugs is actually a war on reason as well as ethics – with the inevitable casualties being human beings, not the “drugs” allegedly being warred upon.... (more)

Wednesday November 20th, 2013

American Borders Will Be Changing posted 11/20/2013, 12:47 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
An iron curtain is slowly descending around the borders of America. When it falls, some people will be shut in; others will be shut out. It will be up to bureaucrats and agents with guns to decide which one of those people you are.

Changes in border policy are in the wind. On June 27th, 2013, the 1,300-page Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act passed the Senate and proceeded to the House of Representatives. Debate on the Act has focused on the p
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The Gravest Threat to Freedom posted 11/20/2013, 12:46 PM (Jack D. Douglas)
[Category: Commentary]
Sacred Monarchs have been overthrown by military leaders throughout all 5,000 years of statism. Caesarism is ancient. Bonapartism is the modern version of Caesarism. We see it happening every day in the world’s media. The Egyptian Army and secret police just overthrew the first elected, democratic government in Egypt’s history. (I believe for many reasons the CIA is behind this and supplies the vital war materials and money and intelligence to the Egyptian Army, but the U.S. government is openly... (more)

Closing Gitmo Isn't Nearly Enough posted 11/20/2013, 12:46 PM (Anthony Gregory)
[Category: Commentary]
Once again we hear calls to close Guantánamo’s prison camp. Every once in a while, Americans see reminders of this detention facility in the news cycle. Months ago, we heard about the hunger strike, yet it was scarcely in the national headlines early in Obama’s presidency, when I first read about it, and today we hear much less about it, although it continues.

The president is taking steps, five years into his administration, toward the promise he had made to close the facilit
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