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Thursday March 19th, 2015
How America Became the World's Policeman posted 03/19/2015, 12:13 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
A pivotal debate in post-WWII America destroyed the nation's deep streak of isolationism; this is the foreign policy of nonintervention by one nation into the affairs of another.

On one side was the Old Right. They were a group of politicians and writers who coalesced in opposition to President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and entry into World War II (WWII). They advocated global free trade, nonintervention, personal freedom and limited government; they did so with rare passion a
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Wednesday March 18th, 2015

Does It Matter Who Is Elected President? posted 03/18/2015, 10:42 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
For their entire lives, Americans living today have experienced two massive infringements on their liberty and well-being, one consisting of what we call the welfare state and the other consisting of what we call the warfare state.... (more)


Tuesday March 17th, 2015



Conservative Blindness on Iran posted 03/17/2015, 11:30 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
In a standard conservative screed against Iran, Los Angeles Times columnist Jonah Goldberg begins by stating, "It has been an Iranian tradition since 1979 to end Friday prayers with chant... (more)


Another Would-Be Critic of Libertarianism Takes on a Straw Man posted 03/17/2015, 11:30 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
We must face the fact that criticism of the libertarian philosophy in the mass media will most likely misrepresent its target, making the commentary essentially worthless. That’s painfully clear from what critics publish almost weekly on self-styled left-wing and progressive websites. How refreshing it would be for someone to set forth the strongest case for libertarianism before attempting to eviscerate it. Is the failure to do so a sign of fear that the philosophy is potentially appealing to a... (more)


Monday March 16th, 2015

A Green Light for the American Empire posted 03/16/2015, 12:29 PM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
The American Empire has been long in the making. A green light was given in 1990 to finalize that goal. Dramatic events occurred that year that allowed the promoters of the American Empire to cheer. It also ushered in the current 25-year war to solidify the power necessary to manage a world empire. Most people in the world now recognize this fact and assume that the empire is here to stay for a long time. That remains to be seen.

Empires come and go. Some pop up quickly and disapp
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Saturday March 14th, 2015



How Exciting: The Birth of a New Official Enemy! posted 03/14/2015, 6:42 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
There are few events more exciting in people's lives than the birth of a child.

Similarly, there is always a tremendous air of excitement that comes with the birth of a New Official Enemy of the U.S. national-security state.

This past week, the American people got to experience this exciting event in the life of the national-security state. Through an official decree issued by President Obama declaring that Venezuela now poses a grave threat to the "national securit
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Friday March 13th, 2015

Banned: FAA Says It Is Illegal To Post Drone Videos on Youtube... But Drone Striking American Citizens Is Authorized posted 03/13/2015, 8:52 AM (SHTFPlan)
[Category: Commentary]
If you're like millions of other drone hobbyists in America who like to post their captured videos on Youtube then you could soon be receiving a legal notice from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Under existing FAA guidelines flying a drone for personal use is completely legal, as is recording video of your drone flight. But if you use the drone for commercial purposes, say for example to record an aerial view of a real estate property listing, then you'd be breaking the law.<
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The Decline and Fall of the American State; Enjoy It posted 03/13/2015, 8:52 AM (Karen Kwiatkowski)
[Category: Commentary]
The headlines at Drudge are an excellent barometer of what's up with government and culture.   Glancing over cops being killed by the other side of law enforcement (the people), Hillary's new Whitewater files (this time electronic), Army and Secret Service partying, drug use, and sex rings, the predictable result of partial "legalization" of pot (neighborhood informers), we find a report ... (more)


Conscription and Other Draconian Taxes posted 03/13/2015, 8:52 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Conscription (i.e., “the draft”) was ended in the United States more than forty years ago, but it continues to be widely used outside North America and Western Europe. Recently, conscription in Ukraine has become an international issue as the Ukrainian state has reinstated the draft and met with significant opposition in many areas of the country.

The use of forced mili
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Thursday March 12th, 2015

Maduro's "Paranoia" About U.S. Regime-Change in Venezuela posted 03/12/2015, 4:51 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Good for the Venezuelan domestic opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. Although fiercely opposed to Maduro, they have come out publicly against President Obama's meddling in Venezuela's internal affairs. According to the Washington Post,
Opposition leaders, who generally are close with the United States, s... (more)




Internet at the Speed of Government posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Last month, the Federal Communications Commission launched a historic power grab over the Internet, euphemistically known as “net neutrality,” based on a Great Depression-era law to regulate public utilities. While entrepreneurs are pursuing cutting-edge business models and developing previously unimaginable technologies, Washington bureaucrats are reaching back eight decades to find a rationale to cont... (more)


Are Markets Myopic? posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
We often hear that individual investors are myopic. They make decisions based on a relatively short time horizon, so forget about the long run. That’s why we need government officials to step in with regulations, as well as corrective taxes and subsidies, to guide the market toward long-term social goals. Or so the story goes.

Though this view of markets versus government is common, it has things exactly backwards: markets do contain sophisticated mechanisms for rewarding long-te
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The Depressing Results of the War on Terrorism posted 03/12/2015, 8:06 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Don't be surprised if the prices for antidepressants soar even higher than they already are. That's because U.S. counterterrorism officials are horrible depressed about the results of their much-vaunted "war on terrorism."

According to an article entitled "
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How Governments Twist Terrorism posted 03/12/2015, 8:05 AM (Philip Giraldi)
[Category: Commentary]
The Washington Post reports that “terrorism trend lines are ‘worse than at any other point in history.’” But what is terrorism? It has frequently been pointed out that “terrorism” is a tactic, not an actual physical adversary, but it is less often noted that a simple definition of what constitutes terrorism is hardly universally accepted, while the designation itself is essentially political. The glib assertion that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter fails to capture the distin... (more)


Wednesday March 11th, 2015

Obama's Venezuelan Dictatorship posted 03/11/2015, 6:35 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Ever since the advent of the Cold War, U.S. officials have told us that it was necessary for the United States to adopt the totalitarian structure known as the national-security state in order to combat communist totalitarianism.

We are now witnessing a similar spectacle with respect to President Obama's exercise of dictatorial powers to deal with the socialist regime of President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela. Obama's justification for his embrace of dictatorial powers would undoub
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Tuesday March 10th, 2015

The Foundations of Our Extinction posted 03/10/2015, 6:36 AM (Butler Shaffer)
[Category: Commentary]
The human failing I would most like to correct is
aggression. It may have had survival advantage in
caveman days, to get more food, territory or partner
with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to
destroy us all. 

 – Stephen Hawking


The central premise of much of my writing over the years has been that the psychopathic nature of the political establishment has reached a critical mass. Like the nuclear weapons that so represent
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Monday March 9th, 2015

Why Your Average Pleb Supports The State: 911 Fast Food Calls Edition posted 03/09/2015, 7:34 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]
It's always baffled me how quick your average schmuck is to call 911 over petty disputes. Readers will know this frequently leads to the caller themselves getting "accidentally" shot.

You'd think the average schmuck would think twice before calling an armed gunman to "help" them, but no, they don't, and nowhere is this more clear than in this entertaining comedic playlist from YouTube
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My Conversation with Ross Ulbricht posted 03/09/2015, 7:34 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
On my way out from a dinner, I saw Lynn Ulbricht, Ross's wonderful and devoted mother, standing in the corner, talking on the phone. She waved me over.

"It's Ross on the line. Would you like to speak with him?"

Wow, big breath. Yes, of course. She handed me the phone.

Within seconds, I heard his voice. We had a quick conversation. I expressed my support and passed on the support of thousands of others. His voice was clear, with a pretty tenor intonat
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Private Enterprise versus Free Enterprise posted 03/09/2015, 7:33 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
The United States Export-Import Bank is scheduled to expire at the end of June 2015, and the elected representatives of both parties are tripping over themselves to reauthorize it, citing the importance of exports and strong private enterprise to the American economy.

“I’m a very strong supporter of the Ex-Im Bank, because it is a tool for us to be competitive in o
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James Corbett On How He Became An Anarchist posted 03/09/2015, 7:31 AM (YouTube)
[Category: Commentary]


James Corbett of "The Corbett Report" explains how the awakening process that he underwent while diving deep into research eventually lead him to the belief that "the only valid basis for human interaction among adults is voluntary participation".


Saturday March 7th, 2015

Please Don't Thank Me for My "Service" posted 03/07/2015, 5:18 AM (Military Watch Man)
[Category: Commentary]
This essay is a confessional, if you will. There are numerous points I would like to make in this proclamation, yet, if you only take away one thing, please, don’t ever thank me for my “service.” For when you thank me for my service, you are thanking me for being a dupe, an unconscious human being, engaged in the enterprise of state sanctioned murder to an “other, over there.” The only military service worthy of thanking is the principled defense of oneself and one’s loved ones from an immine... (more)


Compare O'Reilly's JFK Lie to Those of the National Security State posted 03/07/2015, 5:16 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
As I pointed out in my blog post of February 15, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly is in hot water over a lie he issued on a matter relating to the JFK assassination.

O'Reilly has repeatedly claimed that he was knocking on the front door of a man named George de Mohrenschildt, who h
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Thursday March 5th, 2015

Striking at the Root of Foreign Crises posted 03/05/2015, 9:10 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
As the United States jumps from foreign crisis to foreign crisis, it's important that we recognize that there is a root cause of all these crises. The reason it's important is that if Americans ever want to get off the crisis merry-go-around, there is a way to do it -- by striking at the root of the crises.... (more)


Wednesday March 4th, 2015

Would a Bigger Police State Win the Drug War? posted 03/04/2015, 8:38 PM ( Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Most everyone would agree that China is not a free society. It is ruled by a brutal communist regime, one that has absolutely no regard for civil liberties and such criminal-justice principles as due process of law, trial by jury, right to counsel, and habeas corpus. When the state wants to go after someone, there are no institutional barriers that stand in its way.

China has something else: the war on drugs, the same war that the U.S. government has been waging for decades.
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United States of Fear posted 03/04/2015, 8:37 PM (The Beacon)
[Category: Commentary]
"[F]irst of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory."

Many people will recognize these as the words of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After taking t
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America Must Reject Netanyahu's War Cry on Iran posted 03/04/2015, 8:37 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington this week to prepare the American people for war against Iran. Backed by American neoconservatives, the Israel lobby, and assorted other war hawks, Netanyahu insists that Iran intends to build a nuclear weapon and thus is an "existential threat" to Israel. He has no confidence that President Obama will negotiate an agreement that once and for all will end Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions.

Thus the prime minister's object
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Monday March 2nd, 2015

The Absurdity of "Reform" in DC posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
In the 1930s, peasants who were starving because of the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew!” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew!” And the solution is the “evidence-based” reform movement which will magically beget a new era of good governance.

Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy is the title of a new book written by Ron Ha
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Friday February 27th, 2015

Net Neutrality: Triumph of the Ruling Class posted 02/27/2015, 3:56 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
A triumph of "free expression and democratic principles"? How stupid do they think we are?

It's been painful to watch the gradual tightening of government control in the name of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission's decision to rewrite the rules and declare the Internet as a public utility seals the deal. It cartelizes the industry and turns a "Wild West" into a planned system of public management — or at least intends to.

All the rest is a veneer
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Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats? posted 02/27/2015, 3:52 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
The FBI and major media outlets yesterday trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30,... (more)


Thursday February 26th, 2015

If You're Not "Sovereign," You're Servile posted 02/26/2015, 7:02 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Like most epithets of its kind, the expression “sovereign citizen” is more frequently used than defined. One of the many luxuries the Regime provides for itself is the option of defining criminal categories so vaguely that no organizational alignments are necessary. In this way, one... (more)


Domestic Fear Is the Price of Empire posted 02/26/2015, 7:02 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
If you find no other argument against American intervention abroad persuasive, how about this one? When the U.S. government invades and occupies other countries, or when it underwrites other governments’ invasions or oppression, the people in the victimized societies become angry enough to want and even to exact revenge — against Americans.

Is the American empire worth that price?

We should ask ourselves this question in the wake of the weekend news that al-Shabaab,
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The Net Neutrality Scam posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web?

In the past twenty years, access to the internet has only beco... (more)

Regulators OK 'net neutrality' rules for Internet providers...


The National-Security State's ISIS Racket posted 02/26/2015, 1:40 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The official enemy de jour that has everyone all riled up and scared is ISIS. If U.S. forces don't bomb ISIS, the argument goes, ISIS will take over Iraq, and Syria, and Lebanon, and Europe, and Asia, and Latin America, and then the United States. If the bombs don't fall on ISIS, before long Americans will be speaking Arabic and their children will be studying the Koran in America's government schools.

It's all just one great big racket -- a racket based on "national security," a
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"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken


Tuesday February 24th, 2015

Gun Control, Death, and the Drug War posted 02/24/2015, 2:31 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Twenty-five year old Terry Gillenwater will not be holding up any more pharmacies. That's because he was shot dead while committing an armed robbery at the Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, West Virginia.

Gillenwater entered the pharmacy wearing a mask, pulled out a gun, and aimed it at the people behind the counter. What he didn't know was one of those people, pharmacist Don Radcliff, had a concealed-carry permit and was armed. Radcliff immediately took out his pistol, aimed it at G
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Against Forced Vaccination posted 02/24/2015, 2:28 PM (Gary Chartier)
[Category: Commentary]
The prospect of compulsory vaccination should trouble people even if they think the practice can be defended in principle as a kind of self-defense.

The burgeoning women's liberation movement of the 1960s emphasized a theme with a prominent American pedigree, powerfully expressed by John Locke, who helped to inspire the Declaration of Independence: the right to own your own body is the most basic of all rights. Proponents of voluntary vaccination stress this right.

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Monday February 23rd, 2015

A Modest Proposal: Mandatory Military Service for Congress posted 02/23/2015, 1:57 PM (Chad Nelson)
[Category: Commentary]
If it seems like only months ago that America’s warmongers were claiming there would be no need for US boots on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), that's because it was. When the politicians initially decided to promote IS to the position of threat du jour, they promised that threat could be eliminated without sacrifice of American lives. Defeating IS would require only indirect measures, such as "support" for "our partners" in the region like "Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian... (more)


Regulate the Dating Market posted 02/23/2015, 1:57 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
This year’s Valentine’s Day was disastrous — not just for me, but for many ex-couples. But as I sat there on Sunday nursing my broken heart, I realized what’s wrong with romance today: not enough regulation.

The United States government has wisely chosen to regulate most other aspects of life, from what wage y
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Friday February 20th, 2015

Operation Iraqi "Freedom" posted 02/20/2015, 1:55 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The most important thing about Operation Iraqi Freedom is how it demonstrates how U.S. national-security state officials view the concept of freedom. In their minds, the 11 years of brutal occupation on the part of the U.S. military brought freedom to the Iraqi people. In fact, that mindset also pervades many Americans in the private sector, including veterans, who are absolutely convinced that the U.S. invasion, war of aggression, and occupation of Iraq brought freedom to Iraq.... (more)


Three Myths of Rape That Need Sunlight posted 02/20/2015, 1:52 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
A pivot point occurred within feminism on the issue of rape in 1975 when the book Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by Susan Brownmiller appeared. In its pages, Brownmiller attempted to chart the history of rape from the Neanderthal through to modern man, placing great emphasis on periods of war and crisis. Against Our Will reportedly gave rape its history. It became a founding document of the "rape culture," which further propelled the feminist movement from liberalism to political correctn... (more)


Thursday February 19th, 2015

Is a War of Aggression a War Crime or Not? posted 02/19/2015, 1:15 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Many people believe that during war American soldiers are required to obey any orders they are issued to them and that the citizenry should honor the troops for serving their country by loyally carrying out such orders.

Actually, however, every soldier is taught that, as a matter of law, he must disobey orders that are unlawful. If he obeys such orders, he is subject to being criminally prosecuted.

What are examples of unlawful orders?

The recent Worl
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Wednesday February 18th, 2015

Obama Destroyed Libya posted 02/18/2015, 10:56 AM (Ted Rall)
[Category: Commentary]
Barack Obama destroyed Libya.

What he did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. He doesn’t deserve a historical pass.
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Tuesday February 17th, 2015

How To Think Your Way Out Of The Police State In 7 Minutes posted 02/17/2015, 10:25 AM (Adam Kokesh)
[Category: Commentary]


Do you support the police? What do they do to keep you safe? These are harder questions for the average statist than you might imagine!


Obama's Dangerous Call for Collaboration posted 02/17/2015, 10:25 AM (The Beacon)
[Category: Commentary]
President Obama held a much-publicized White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford last Friday, culminating with his signing onstage a new executive order calling for “collaboration” between government and technology companies to fight cyber crime.

Tech executives from Google, Yahoo, and Facebook
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Friday February 13th, 2015

Ron Paul: Obama's Force Authorization is a Blank Check for War Worldwide posted 02/13/2015, 10:01 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
The president is requesting Congress to pass an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) resolution against ISIS. Congress has not issued a similar resolution since 2002, when President Bush was given the authority to wage war against Iraq. The purpose of this resolution is to give official authority to the president to do the things that he has already been doing for the past six years. Seems strange but this is typical for Washington. President Obama's claim is that he does not need ... (more)


Thursday February 12th, 2015

Why I'm Not Breaking Up with America This Valentine's Day posted 02/12/2015, 9:19 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“I love America and I hate it. I’m torn between the two. I have two conflicting visions of America. One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.”― Bono

Almost every week I get an email from an American expatriate living outside the country who commiserates about the deplorable state of our freedoms in the United States, expounds on his great fortune in living outside the continental U.S., and urges me to leave the country before all hell
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Wednesday February 11th, 2015

Brian Williams Helped Pave the Way to War posted 02/11/2015, 7:46 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
The scandal of the week is NBC anchor Brian Williams's shabby bid for self-glorification by falsely claiming he was in a U.S. military helicopter forced to land in the Iraqi desert after being hit by ground fire in 2003. Of course so-called news people shouldn't make up stuff to look good, but there's something much worse: uncritically passing along official lies intended to prepare the American people for war.

Williams, like nearly all of his mainstream media colleagues (with pre
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Tuesday February 10th, 2015

ISIS Fears posted 02/10/2015, 7:09 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
ISIS madness is what I call it. ISIS has become the newest fear that has taken over the lives of the American people. People are convinced that ISIS proses a grave threat to "national security." Unless it is stopped, the American people might have to start learning how to speak Arabic or terrorist.

The phenomenon is really no different from Saddam madness. People tend to forget that this same sort of thing occurred for 12 long years -- from 1991 to 2003, during the time that Sadda
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Ron Paul: Vaccine Controversy Shows Why We Need Markets, Not Mandates posted 02/10/2015, 7:07 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children’s parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new p... (more)


What a Free-Market in Vaccination Preferences Would Look Like posted 02/10/2015, 7:07 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
I’ve been asked if it’s possible to “let the market sort it out” on vaccines. I generally dislike that phrase because of it implies that markets are instigating agents, when in fact, markets respond to human desires and goals. Additionally, the phrase is also often followed by an irritating lack of detail as to how markets would actually “sort it out.” So let’s try to provide some detail.

Presumably, many human beings like to live and do business in places where people feel they a
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On Vaccination posted 02/10/2015, 7:07 AM (Christopher Cantwell)
[Category: Commentary]
Vaccines are in the news again, and as usual, the debate is less than productive. On one side we see people saying vaccines are ineffective and or dangerous. Perhaps a government plot to enrich crony capitalists, or even reduce the population. On the other side sits the witless oblivious masses, who accept whatever they are told by government and the medical establishment. They propose solutions ranging from forcing everyone to be vaccinated as the State deems fit, to “nudging” and providing bar... (more)


Monday February 9th, 2015

The Disastrous Marriage of Public Schooling and the National-Security State posted 02/09/2015, 5:37 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger )
[Category: Commentary]
Among the biggest disasters in U.S history has been the adoption of public (i.e., government) schooling and the national-security state and the subsequent marriage of these two governmental apparatuses.

Public schooling has inculcated a mindset of conformity, regimentation, and deference to authority within the American people. That was its purpose. That's why governments throughout the world, including those in communist regimes, take control over the education of children and in
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Who Will Decide Who Must Be Vaccinated? posted 02/09/2015, 5:37 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Last week’s USA Today article demanding that people who don’t use vaccines should all be jailed, pretty much tells you the end game for the compulsory-vaccine crowd. A central tenet of the article’s claims is that there are some people (i.e. cancer patients) for whom the risks associated with receiving vaccines is very high, and thus, the government s... (more)


Private Property the Only Solution to Vaccine Controversy posted 02/09/2015, 5:37 AM (Robert P. Murphy)
[Category: Commentary]
A measles outbreak in the U.S. has prompted a national debate over vaccinations, a debate that quickly turned ugly because both sides think they are protecting their children from harm. Some parents say that they should have the right to refuse vaccines if they think it is in their children’s best interest, while oth... (more)


Friday February 6th, 2015

American Sniper: A Model American posted 02/06/2015, 7:17 AM (Gerald Celente)
[Category: Commentary]
The votes are in and the decision is overwhelmingly clear. Chris Kyle--the Navy SEAL portrayed in the blockbuster movie purported killer of some 200 Iraqis during four tours of duty--is the people's choice.

From record ticket sales to major media accolades, from the halls of Congress to the White House, the nation has spoken: "American Sniper" is all-American. Chris Kyle--the most lethal killer in U.S. military history, a true hero, a brave warrior--has been anointed as a role mod
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Burning Victims to Death: Still a Common Practice posted 02/06/2015, 7:16 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
Unlike ISIS, the U.S. usually (though not always) tries to suppress (rather than gleefully publish) evidence showing the victims of its violence. ... (more)


Thursday February 5th, 2015

States, United States: America's James Bond Complex posted 02/05/2015, 5:53 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Today, American politicians of both major parties -- conservatives, "moderates," and so-called liberals alike -- insist that the United States is an "exceptional," even "indispensable" nation. In practice, this means that for the United States alone the rules are different. Particularly in international affairs, it -- the government and its personnel -- can do whatever deemed necessary to carry out its objectives, including things that would get any other government or person branded a criminal.... (more)


I Pledge Allegiance to Blind Nationalism posted 02/05/2015, 5:52 AM (The Beacon)
[Category: Commentary]
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Many of us will recognize these words as the "Pledge of Allegiance." As a child in elementary and middle school, I remember saying the Pledge--every single day--mumbling the words, hand over my heart, facing the flag placed at the front of the classroom. As a twelve year old, there was no greater ho
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How Markets Tell the Truth and Politics Tells Lies posted 02/05/2015, 5:50 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Have you ever tried to work with people you couldn’t depend on to tell you the truth? It isn’t pretty. Without the ability to rely on what you’ve been told (or the assurance that you’ve been told everything relevant), effective cooperation at almost every margin of choice is reduced. That’s because the foundation on which cooperation is built has been undermined.

As John Donne succinctly put it, “No man is an island.” In a modern economy, all of us are dependent on multitudes of s
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Wednesday February 4th, 2015

Adam Kokesh Interviews American Sniper Moviegoers posted 02/04/2015, 2:17 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]


Anti-war Iraq war veteran Adam Kokesh just released an new 'Man on the Street' video where he interviews a wide range of Americans to get their take on the movie American Sniper. What we learn is your average American has put no thought into determining their beliefs, but merely act as autonomous robots, choosing to believe what they were programmed to believe. The US invasion of Iraq wa
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The Chris Kyle Question posted 02/04/2015, 2:17 AM (Jack Kerwick)
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I confess to having been more than a bit shocked, and even mystified, to have recently found myself on the receiving end of some wildly baseless attacks by people, Iraq War devotees, who accused me of "tearing down" the late Chris Kyle, the subject of Clint Eastwood's latest blockbuster film, American Sniper.

I have written three articles on Kyle.  Unlike those who have derided him, I at no time and in no way uttered a single syllable to slander the man.  In fact, I have conceded
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