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Wednesday May 20th, 2015
False Flags, Biker Gangs, and the PATCON Legacy posted 05/20/2015, 4:10 PM (William Norman Grigg)
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The bloody incident at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant was not a “biker shootout.” At present there is no evidence that any of the nine victims were killed by fellow bikers, rather than being “taken out” by the scores of police — including snipers — who had effectively turned the parking lot into a kill zone.

The Twin Peaks Massacre has prompted the predictable outpouring of state-centered outrage over the purported threat posed by Outla
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Tuesday May 19th, 2015

The Problem Is the State Not the Standard posted 05/19/2015, 2:44 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The Federal Denture Act (18 USC 1821), enacted in 1942 and amended in 1996 (PL 104-294) and 2002 (PL 107-273), prohibits the interstate transport "by mail or otherwise" of "any set of artificial teeth or prosthetic de... (more)

About Those U.S. Troops Who Died in Ramadi posted 05/19/2015, 2:44 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I can’t help but wonder how the family of Michael A. Monsoor is reacting to ISIS’s recent conquest of Ramadi in Iraq. Monsoor was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions taken during the 2006 Battle of Ramadi, when U.S. forces fought insurgents for control of the city. The medal was awarded posthumously.... (more)

Monday May 18th, 2015

Is the Liberland Experiment Viable? posted 05/18/2015, 2:25 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It's easy enough to dismiss the idea of Liberland as a far-flung libertarian scheme. We've been here before, as the history of the Phoenix Foundation shows.

Anyone can come up with dozens of reasons why it cannot and will not succeed. But all of this misses the point. The importance of Liberland might be entirely symbolic, but symbols are hugely important to our future of liberty. For the world to imagine the possibil
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The Prohibitionist Song Remains the Same posted 05/18/2015, 2:24 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Proponents of drug decriminalization, “with their cry of personal liberty … have about wrecked the true concept of government control of evils,” complained John A. Lapp, President of the National Conference of Social Workers. From Lapp’s perspective, opposition to the federal War on Drugs is itself a gateway drug to outright anarchism, which is the ultimate goal of “destructionists” who conceal their true intentions behind cynical appeals to personal liberty.

“To be consistent tho
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Friday May 15th, 2015

Five Bogus Excuses for Opposing Freedom posted 05/15/2015, 1:39 PM (Larken Rose)
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Larken Rose's response to "5 Reasons Why I'm not An Anarchist," by Austin Petersen.

Thursday May 14th, 2015

Why Was Osama bin Laden Killed and Not Captured? posted 05/14/2015, 2:26 PM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
Why was Osama bin Laden killed and not captured? This has always been a question of central importance surrounding his death at the hands of U.S. bullets. It is a question that has ethical, legal and pragmatic significance. If a suspect of any inhumanity or crime is executed summarily without judicial procedures, does that merit moral approval or condemnation? Is killing a suspect who can be taken prisoner legal or illegal? Was killing the chief suspected terrorist of the time and a potential so... (more)

Further Confirmation of Hersh and Why bin Laden Was Murdered posted 05/14/2015, 2:27 PM (Michael S. Rozeff)
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Why did Obama order Osama bin Laden murdered? The Pakistanis bargained for his death to avoid their own embarrassment. However, it suited the U.S. also to silence him or they would not have agreed. This was an easy concession for the U.S. to make to Pakistan. He would not be around to tell the world that the Pakistan ISI had known where he was for 5 years and kept him under house arrest. He would not be around to reveal that the Saudis were paying the bills. He would not have a soapbox at a tria... (more)

Greatest Threat to Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming to Fight It posted 05/14/2015, 2:25 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
We learned recently from Paris that the Western world is deeply and passionately committed to free expression and ready to march and fight against attempts to suppress it. That’s a really good thing, since there are all sorts of severe suppression efforts underway in the West — perpetrated not by The Terrorists but by the Western politicians claiming to fight them.... (more)

Wednesday May 13th, 2015

Support Your Local Private Peace Officer: He Has A Dangerous Job posted 05/13/2015, 11:27 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Pictured: Fallen hero Alvin Kinney.

At the end of every shift, police officers call their loved ones to assure them that they “made it through another day without injury,” observes a recently published paean to the police. “From 2000 until 2014, over 700 officers were unable to make that call because they did not survive their tour of duty on that last day.”

Alvin Kinney didn’t make
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'We the People' Need to Circle the Wagons: The Government Is on the Warpath posted 05/13/2015, 11:27 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
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“The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” ― Mark Twain

How many Americans have actually bothered to read the Constitution, let alone the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights (a quick
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The National Security State Has Warped Our Values posted 05/13/2015, 11:27 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
After Edward Snowden revealed the NSA's secret mass surveillance scheme to the American people and the world, there have been those who consider what he did to be treasonous rather than patriotic. That adverse reaction to what Snowden did is a perfect example of how the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto America's governmental system after World War II has warped and perverted the values and stultified the consciences of the American people.

Last week, the Sec
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Tuesday May 12th, 2015

What Should We Be Saying to Veterans? posted 05/12/2015, 10:09 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The volume of and impetus for my negative e-mail has changed considerably since the early days of the Iraq War.

During those days I was regularly termed a pacifist, an appeaser, a liberal, a communist, a traitor, an America-hater, a peacenik, a coward, an anti-war weenie, a liberal, a leftist, a Democrat, an isolationist, a hippy, a Quaker, a moron, a s-head, and/or an a-hole because I didn’t support the war and criticized Christians who did.

But as the light of tru
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Which American System is Exceptional? posted 05/12/2015, 10:09 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
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Throughout the Iraq War, U.S. officials steadfastly maintained, especially after they failed to find those infamous WMDs, that they were continuing to occupy Iraq out of love for the Iraqi people. Since U.S. troops were there anyway, they said, there was no need to apologize for having invaded a country and killed lots of people based on a wrongful premise. Might as well just shift gears and say that the continued occupation of the country would be based on a deeply seated concern for the well-b... (more)

Monday May 11th, 2015

Progress and Poverty, Then and Now posted 05/11/2015, 10:05 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Everyone seems to know about Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century. It's all about unequal distribution of income and the government measures we need to fix it. But we've been here before.

Deja vu. The same focus drove the public debate more than a century ago.

It's strange how a bestselling book from a century ago could so completely disappear from view. But that's the case with Henry George's Progress and Poverty, written in 1879. It became the si
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Operation Jade Helm posted 05/11/2015, 10:04 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
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The U.S. military's plans to conduct a massive military exercise called Operation Jade Helm in Texas and other Southwestern states has provoked tremendous controversy. Some people are asserting the exercise is a prelude to martial law. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered Texas State Guard forces to keep an eye on the military. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that Abbott's order was "one of the dumbest things I have ever heard." Virginia loves the military, McAuliffe said. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin... (more)

NSA Spying Ruled Illegal, But Will Congress Save the Program Anyway? posted 05/11/2015, 10:03 AM (Ron Paul)
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This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA’s metadata collection program was not authorized in US law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, the court found. But the truth is the Act was intended to be vague so that the government could interpret it in the broadest possible way.

But this is really more of a technicality, because illegality and unconstitutionality are really two very different things. Even if Congress had explicitly aut
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Saturday May 9th, 2015

Oh, Joy! It's "Public Servant Recognition Week"! posted 05/09/2015, 8:18 PM (Becky Akers)
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Since the sponges who rule us receive higher wages and benefits than their private-sector counterparts, you might think they'd rest content. Nope. They covet our gratitude as well. I know: shouldn't the appreciation flow the other way? "Thank you, Hardworking Chump, for forking over so much of your wealth in taxes to support me as I ban incandescent light-bulbs, regulate even your bathroom, and transcribe your phone... (more)

Friday May 8th, 2015

The Doomsayers Are Right posted 05/08/2015, 7:32 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
It is 1900. Two visitors from the year 2015 arrive at your doorstep. They are here to tell you about the future.

One hundred years of horror

The first visitor looks grim. He tells you that “the war to end all wars” will soon begin. It will encompass the globe and destroy millions of lives. Cities will be decimated. The Great War will have a scope and level of brutality never before imagined in human history. It will be followed by economic collapse,
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U.S. Paternalism versus Cuba posted 05/08/2015, 7:30 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Most every American is familiar with the decades-long U.S. embargo against Cuba, but I wonder how many of them realize that U.S. businesses played a major role in bringing about the embargo.

During the U.S.-supported dictatorships of Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, there were many U.S. businesses operating in Cuba, just like in other parts of Latin America. Many of the businesses had millions of dollar in capital invested in their operations. These included many Mafia dons who own
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Thursday May 7th, 2015

The Right to Own and Bear Switchblades posted 05/07/2015, 7:44 AM (Ryan McMaken)
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The Baltimore police now imply Freddie Gray’s arrest was necessary because he was carrying an illegal knife. But why are taxpayers paying the government to arrest people for carrying knives? What about the right to own and bear knives?

The defense offered by the now-indicted police officers in the Freddie Gray case will likely at least touch on their claim that Gray was carrying an illegal knife. Gray was allegedly carrying a switchblade, which is -- apparently -- illegal (under f
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Wednesday May 6th, 2015

Sheriff Michael Lewis: The Very Model of a Federalized Enforcer posted 05/06/2015, 6:35 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“This was urban warfare, no question about it,” asserted Michael Lewis, describing his experiences during the recent Baltimore upheaval. As protests coalesced and looters began to rampage, Lewis, who is sheriff of Maryland’s Wicomico County and a sergeant in the State Police, “rallied up the troops. We made sure our MRAP was prepared and ready.”

After the “
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The Absurdity of Criminalizing Drug Use posted 05/06/2015, 6:34 AM (
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Statists put forth some fairly ridiculous arguments regarding why the state must exist in the first place, from regulating simple business transactions to policing what we do in our personal lives. Out of all the regulations state-supporters say are “necessary,” the criminalization of drug use is the most detestable. People partake in many sordid vices, but drug use is without a doubt one of the most heavily-prosecuted.

There are laws against using or selling certain drugs because
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Employment and a Free Society posted 05/06/2015, 6:33 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The city of SeaTac, Washington, is the home of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It is also home to the highest minimum wage in the country. SeaTac’s minimum wage of $15 an hour took effect on January 1, 2014, the result of a ballot initiative. The minimum wage in the cities of San Francisco and Seattle is scheduled to gradually rise to $15 over the next few years.... (more)

Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Viral 'Social Experiment' Parenting Video Peddles Outrageously False Claims About Stranger Danger posted 05/05/2015, 5:56 AM (Free Range Kids)
[Category: Commentary]
This purportedly helpful video, posted Saturday, is viral in every sense of the word. It already has nearly a million views, which means that people are sharing it like crazy, convinced that its creator, Joey Salads, is doing something other than creating terror and angst with his Stranger Danger "social experiment."

He's not.

The experiment consists
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I like the way the producer, a YouTube prankster, mind you, sells it as a PSA and writes under the video, "One Share can save a child."

It's the guy's ticket to fame, just like the "How Does A Homeless Man Spend $100?" scam "experiment" and the dozens of other scam-artist YouTube "viral video makers" who've realized they can exploit peoples' good intentions for personal gain.

Hopefully, once these videos have finally run their course and people stop falling for such bullshit they'll become immune to politicians pulling the same such stunts. - Chris, InfoLib

Proud To Be a Republican? posted 05/05/2015, 5:49 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
It is one thing to be a genuine conservative or a libertarian-leaning conservative and identify as a Republican so you can get elected to office in the American two-party monopoly system. It is one thing to register to vote as a Republican so you can vote for what you think is the lesser of two evils in the Republican primary. It is one thing to hold your nose and vote Republican so you can keep those evil Democrats out of office. But it is another thing altogether to say that you are proud to b... (more)

Monday May 4th, 2015

Baltimore: Socialist Paradise posted 05/04/2015, 6:20 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
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If you have seen "The Wire," you know the score. There are consequences to state management of any social order. Baltimore is a paradigmatic case. How long can people continue to evade the obvious lessons?

It began more than 100 years ago with the imposition of state segregation. This was the original sin that created a second-class of citizenship and racial ghettos for the
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USA FREEDOM Act: Just Another Word for Lost Liberty posted 05/04/2015, 6:20 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
Apologists for the National Security Agency (NSA) point to the arrest of David Coleman Headley as an example of how warrantless mass surveillance is necessary to catch terrorists. Headley played a major role in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 166 people.

While few would argue that bringing someone like Headley to justice is not a good thing, Headley’s case in no way justifies mass surveillance. For one thing, there is no “terrorist” exception in the Fourth Amendment.
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Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Free Lives Matter posted 05/02/2015, 8:52 AM (Scott Lazarowitz)
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The recent situations involving racial tensions, police criminality and violence in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere have solutions just waiting to be implemented. And those solutions involve freedom, believe it or not.

For example, if free lives actually did matter, it is doubtful that a government’s monopoly over policing and security could be justified. The same could be said for restrictions on the right to self-defense.

When free lives matter, there would not
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Thursday April 30th, 2015

CNN Anchor Apologies for Telling the Truth posted 04/30/2015, 10:17 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The truth that soldiers who return from battle and become cops are ready to do battle.

Tuesday April 28th, 2015

Equalizing Wealth With Traffic Fines posted 04/28/2015, 5:39 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Since raising taxes oftentimes isn't very popular, public officials are always on the lookout for less direct ways to plunder and loot people. Among the most favorite ways in recent times has been what are called asset-forfeiture laws as part of the "war on drugs," which empower cops to stop highway travelers and steal large amounts of cash they find inside the cars.

Of course, the longtime favorite way to increase the amount of money taken out of the pockets of the citizenry and
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Monday April 27th, 2015

Rioting Is a Threat to Public Safety. Police Unions Are a Worse One. posted 04/27/2015, 8:39 PM (Reason)
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Protests in Baltimore over the Freddie Gray's unexplained death while in police custody from a fatal spine injury are turning violent. As usual, authorities blame outsiders for the violence, a spurious claim.

In a press conference Saturday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city "gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well." Today, her spokesperson insisted th
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City-wide curfew put into place...
Intel warning: Gang attacks on white cops might spread...
Obama and Lynch huddle in private...
VIDEO: Man punctures hose as firefighters attempt to stop CVS burning...
15 cops injured...
City Being 'Destroyed By Thugs In A Senseless Way'...
Orioles game cancelled...
Team VP blasts 'militarized and aggressive surveillance state'...
Radio Reporter Punched In Face...
Troops deployed...

Judicial Immunity for the Assassins posted 04/27/2015, 5:44 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
In the wake of President Obama's apology for the killing of two Western hostages in a drone assassination in Pakistan, people might be wondering if it will be possible for surviving family members to recover in a legal action against the assassins for the wrongful death of their loved ones.

The answer is unequivocally no. The reason is that long ago, the judicial branch of the federal government, acquiescing to the overwhelming power of the national-security branch of the governme
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Obama Interviews David Simon? The Drug War Gets Weird posted 04/27/2015, 5:44 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the strangest videos I've seen in years consists of Barack Obama (yes, that guy) interviewing David Simon, the creator of the epic television series The Wire.

The Wire, which aspires to a realistic presentation of Baltimore street life, is a devastating expose of the failure of the drug war, public schools, the welfare state, and punitive policing as a means of social uplift. The series pictures a level of ineffectiveness and corruption that overwhelms the viewer with a r
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Friday April 24th, 2015

Can the FBI Be Trusted? posted 04/24/2015, 3:30 PM (William L. Anderson)
[Category: Commentary]
Like so many other "official" social and governmental institutions that were birthed during the Progressive Era a century ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- better known as the FBI -- has been held up as a model of governmental professionalism. The G-Men, as they were called, were to be the cream of the crop of professional and "scientific" lawmen, incorruptible, diligent, and generally correct about everything.

Progressives believed that all of American life needed to fa
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The Tyranny of Drug Laws posted 04/24/2015, 3:27 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
It is difficult to conceive of a greater violation of the principles of freedom than drug laws -- that is, laws by which the government punishes people who possess, distribute, or ingest drugs. A free society necessarily entails the right to engage in any peaceful activity, even if it is considered self-destructive, harmful, or irresponsible.

Thus, it's not surprising that drug laws are an inherent part of totalitarian regimes. A good example is China, where the country's communis
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Thursday April 23rd, 2015

Freedom and the Omnipotent Power to Assassinate posted 04/23/2015, 4:31 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
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As a kid growing up, did you ever think you'd live under a government that had the omnipotent power to assassinate you and every other American citizen? If you heard about some communist regime or other totalitarian government wielding the omnipotent power to assassinate its own citizens, you wouldn't be surprised. But I'll bet that the vast majority of Americans never thought they would end up living under a governmental structure that had that sort of power over the citizenry.

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Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

Truth Is the Enemy of the State posted 04/22/2015, 2:29 PM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
US Representative Ed Royce (R, CA) is busy at work destroying the possibility of truth being spoken in the US. On April 15 at a hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs of which Royce is chairman, Royce made use of two minor presstitutes to help him redefine all who take exception to Washington's lies as "threats" who belong to a deranged pro-Russian propaganda cult.

Washington's problem is that whereas Washington controls the print and TV media in the US and its
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Cubans Love America but Hate the U.S. Government posted 04/22/2015, 2:29 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The New York Times recently carried an interesting article about Cuban citizens who are wearing clothes depicting the American flag. The fashion statement reflects the excitem... (more)

Jeb Bush Praises Obama's Expansion of NSA Surveillance posted 04/22/2015, 2:27 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington -- especially the two parties’ media loyalists -- is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: from trade deals to Wall Street bailouts to a massive National Security and Penal State, the two parties are in full agreement on the bulk of... (more)

Tuesday April 21st, 2015

Stop Saying 'There Should Be a Law' posted 04/21/2015, 1:26 PM (Blimey Cow)
[Category: Commentary]

The anarchist ideals are spreading...

Monday April 20th, 2015

When Not Getting What You Pay For Is Preferred posted 04/20/2015, 1:52 PM (Mises Canada)
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In his book Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo, libertarian writer Jeffrey Tucker sagaciously noted that we Americans “really don’t get all the government we pay for, and thank goodness. Lord protect us on the day that we do.”

You can say that again. And again. And again. The federal government spends trillions of dollars a year, and for what? Health care for seniors, some parks, an inefficient postal service, and a military that seems to exist everywhere
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It's Google's Turn to Be Plundered posted 04/20/2015, 1:51 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
A couple of days ago, the New York Times profiled Margrethe Verstager, a former "minister of the economy" in Denmark who is now serving as the European Union's "commissioner of competition." In her current position, she is going after Google in the hopes... (more)

Friday April 17th, 2015

Police Deserve No Sympathy Until the Blue Line Breaks posted 04/17/2015, 12:05 PM (The Daily Bell)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the great ironies in American policing is that because of these highly controversial events that have been documented, there's a perception that the profession is somehow out of control or failing in its responsibilities to engage in fair and impartial policing. That is of great concern. We cannot be believed if we don't take decisive actions when our officers are clearly wrong. Bad police performance that's not motivated by malice needs to be dealt with very sternly, including terminatio... (more)

Thursday April 16th, 2015

Slavery and the Income Tax posted 04/16/2015, 12:08 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Not surprisingly, the New York Times has an op-ed today entitled "Shaming Those Who Skip Out on Taxes," which calls on the federal government to publicly shame tax delinquents as part of its efforts to increase tax collections.

I've got a better idea: How about people in the private sector publicly shaming everyone who favors the continuation of the federal income tax?

Except for a brief period during the Civil War, the federal income tax was not a part of America's
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Will Washington Kill Us All? posted 04/16/2015, 11:01 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
Did you know that Washington keeps 450 nuclear ICBMs on “hair-trigger alert”? Washington thinks that this makes us “safe.” The reasoning, if it can be called reason, is that by being able to launch in a few minutes, no one will try to attack the US with nuclear weapons. US missiles are able to get on their way before the enemy’s missiles can reach the US to destroy ours.

If this makes you feel safe, you need to read Eric Schlosser’s book, Command and Control.

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What the Ninja Can Teach Us posted 04/16/2015, 11:01 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Who knew that the market for blenders is so complicated? I feel like I just waded into an incredible thicket of expertise, vociferous opinion, infinite choice, and high-fashion kitchen confusion.

It began inauspiciously enough. I needed a blender because everyone seems to be making smoothies. Surely this is no big deal, I thought. I need a machine that grinds stuff up and turns it into a drinkable liquid. I'll head to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and grab one.

How difficu
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Wednesday April 15th, 2015

No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss posted 04/15/2015, 9:28 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
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“What the government is good at is collecting taxes, taking away your freedoms and killing people. It’s not good at much else.”—Author Tom Clancy

The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we—the permanent underclass in America—will continue to be forced to march in
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Inflicting the Death Penalty Before Trial posted 04/15/2015, 9:28 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The case of Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh is a perfect example of how the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto our federal governmental structure as part of the Cold War has revolutionized America's governmental system.

Farekh is an American citizen. Two years ago, the Pentagon and the CIA -- the two principal components of the national-security state branch of the federal government -- were urging President Obama to authorize an assassination of Farekh. Apparently
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Razing the Bar posted 04/15/2015, 9:27 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
The bar exam was designed and continues to operate as a mechanism for excluding the lower classes from participation in the legal services market. Elizabeth Olson of the New York Times reports that the bar exam as a professional standard “is facing a new round of scrutiny — not just from the test takers but from law school deans and some state legal establishments.”... (more)

Monday April 13th, 2015

The Awful Implications of Hillary's Candidacy posted 04/13/2015, 9:41 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
The Clinton campaign for president is going to shake out the same way that the Obama candidacy did. In the end, its primary appeal will be to identity politics. Voters will be asked to make possible a historic advance for women. Only this way, we will be told, can we as a nation (people, humanity, whatever) put to rest a long history of subjugation and exclusion.

The history is correct but the solution is not. There is nothing necessarily wrong with cheering the election of a wom
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The State Holds Us Back posted 04/13/2015, 9:41 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
"The author does not understand socialism," read the letter from MacMillan in reply to the submission of Ayn Rand's novella Anthem. They turned it down. Actually, the publisher didn't understand socialism. Hardly anyone did in 1937, when this book was written. Rand, however, did understand socialism. She understood it so well that she knew it would result in the opposite of what it promised and that its proponents would eventually come to embrace its grim reality, rather than repudiate the syste... (more)

Sunday April 12th, 2015

Libertarians Must Get History Right posted 04/12/2015, 11:38 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Understanding history as best we can is important for obvious reasons. It’s particularly important for libertarians who want to persuade people to the freedom philosophy. In making their case for individual freedom, mutual aid, social cooperation, foreign nonintervention, and peace, libertarians commonly place great weight on historical examples most often drawn from the early United States. So if they misstate history or draw obviously wrong conclusions, they will discredit their case. Much dep... (more)

Friday April 10th, 2015

Leave Cuba (and the Rest of Us) Alone posted 04/10/2015, 7:19 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
It's really so sad. The longtime conservative obsession with Cuba continues. Conservatives, like U.S. national-security state officials, just can't leave Cuba alone.

The latest manifestation of this psychological phenomenon is reflected in a piece by longtime conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O'Grady. In the article, entitled "Obama Rehabilitates the Castro Brothers," O'Grady goes through all sorts of lamentations and machinations over President Obama's
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Thursday April 9th, 2015

What's The Difference Between Murder And Police Work? posted 04/09/2015, 6:10 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
What is the difference between murder and normal police work? Many people who have seen the video from North Charleston, South Carolina, are just sure it constitutes murder. In a moral sense, and this is probably the sense we should draw upon, it does seem like outright murder.

One man in public park is slowly running away and another man draws a gun and shoots him in the back eight times. Cold blooded.
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The Real Nuclear Threat in the Middle East posted 04/09/2015, 6:10 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
To get a sense of how badly the regime in Iran wants sanctions relief for the Iranian people, you have to do more than contemplate the major concessions it has made in negotiations with the United States and the rest of the P5+1. Not only is Iran willing to dismantle a major part of its peaceful civilian nuclear program, to submit to the most intrusive in... (more)

Wednesday April 8th, 2015

Kick Open the Doorway to Liberty: What Are We Waiting For? posted 04/08/2015, 4:45 AM (John W. Whitehead)
[Category: Commentary]
"The greatness of America lies in the right to protest for right."--Martin Luther King Jr.

Everything this nation once stood for is being turned on its head.

Free speech, religious expression, privacy, due process, bodily integrity, the sanctity of human life, the sovereignty of the family, individuality, the right to self-defense, protection against police abuses, representative government,
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What Romance Can Tell Us About Government Regulation posted 04/08/2015, 4:45 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Dating is perhaps the freest “market” in the United States today, and its lack of regulation can teach us powerful lessons about the flaws inherent in government regulation.

Most people recognize the absurdity of trying to regulate romantic relationships. What many don’t realize is that this absurdity stems not form the nature of these relationships, but from the nature of state intervention. For the same reasons that regulating dating would be counter-productive, regulating many
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Will Rand Paul Improve Liberty's Prospects? posted 04/08/2015, 4:44 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
"Do you think supporting Rand Paul for President is good for liberty?"

Here is my incredibly unsatisfying answer: I don't know.

Truly, I don't. Neither do you. Why can't we just admit this?

There is something about politics that elicits in everyone a faux sense of certainty. No matter how many times that political results contradict political promise, we still mostly pretend as if we know for certain what will happen when so and so wins. We know th
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Tuesday April 7th, 2015

From "Civil Rights" to Cultural Totalitarianism posted 04/07/2015, 5:16 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The public memory of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement has been shaped by iconic images of state-licensed violence – peaceful protesters being beaten and otherwise abused by police for exercising the right to seek redress of grievances. The civil rights movement began as an effort to remove government impediments to individual liberty. By 1964 it had become a concerted effort to subject all private functions to government scrutiny and regimentation.

According to the custodians of a
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