Commissar Avakian's War Against Property Rights
William Norman GriggOct 26 1
Until April of this year, Christopher Penner was an entrepreneur. Now, despite the fact that he has never committed a crime against persons or property, he is an indentured servant.

For several years, Penner owned an embattled but marginally successful nightclub in Portland, Oregon. Today, according to his attorney, Jonathan Rademacher, Penner has a job managing a bar owned by somebody e
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Presstitutes At Their Work
Paul Craig RobertsOct 26 2
The Western media has only two tools. One is the outrageous lie. This overused tool no longer works, except on dumbshit Americans.

The pinpoint accuracy of the Russian cruise missiles and air attacks has the Pentagon shaking in its boots. But according to the Western presstitutes the Russian missiles fell out of the sky over Iran and never made it to their ISIS targets.

According to the presstitute reports, the Russia air attacks have only killed civilians and blew
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Remember When U.S. Officials Loved Assad?
Jacob G. HornbergerOct 23
President Obama and his mouthpieces in the mainstream press are outraged that Russian President Vladimir Putin is partnering with Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad in the global war on terrorism. "Doesn't Putin realize that Assad is a dictator?" they exclaim. "Why doesn't Putin instead work with the U.S. to oust Assad from power? they ask.

Putin's position is that Assad is a great partner in the global war on terrorism and, therefore, should not be ousted from power. Putin and Assad sa
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The Complexity of Violent Crime and The Role of State-Sanctioned Killing
Ryan McMakenOct 23

White People Are Good With Cows, Brown University People Are Bad With Free Speech
PopehatOct 23

Trump Vs. Jeb
Justin RaimondoOct 23

Please, Dear Leader -- Ban Firearms by Decree
William Norman GriggOct 22 9
Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, gun confiscation advocate and Director of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport in New York, may be the authentic embodiment of contemporary totalitarian leftism. She might be LARPing – that is, Live-Action Role-Playing – in the character of a self-lobotomized ideologi... (more)

Thoughts On The American Empire and Its Decline
Michael S. RozeffOct 22 1
The American Empire is deteriorating. It's been going downhill for decades. The descent is likely to continue, alleviated irregularly by policies that retard the decline or even reverse it for a time.

The general pattern set by declines of previous empires is occurring in this country. There have been at least 215 empires in the last 5,000 years. They have all declined and fallen, as will the American Empire.

The IDEA that there is an American Empire is not widely
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The Assassination Complex
The InterceptOct 22 1

A Tax I Can Support
Mises InstituteOct 22 1

Do Blue Lives Matter More?
Larken RoseOct 21
The pattern of blacks being killed by American police gave rise to the "black lives matter" campaign, which gave rise to the "police lives matter" campaign in response. But there is a fundamental difference between the two. The implication in the first campaign is that black lives matter as much as any other lives (which of course is true), whereas many of those repeating the mantra of  "police lives matter" seem to believe that the lives of badge-wearers matter more than the lives of ordinary p... (more)

The Meaning of Canada
The BeaconOct 21 1
It is not yet clear if the political sea change that has taken place in Canada will also be ideological. Under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, the 43-year old neophyte who has never held an executive post, the left-of-center Liberals have unseated Stephen Harper's Conservatives with an overwhelming parliamentary majority that no poll or commentator had predicted. They will have virtually a free hand to govern.

But there are two proble
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How The State's "Justice" System Cultivates Predators Like Ibn Hunter
William Norman GriggOct 20 2
On occasion, government-employed police can solve a crime of violence – assuming that the act is captured on video, the offender makes a point of mugging for the camera in close-up, and the clip is disseminated to a large social media audience. Closing the case is even easier when the assailant is a veteran of the criminal... (more)

The Real Ben Carson: A Welfare/Warfare Statist
Laurence M. VanceOct 20 1
It happens every four years. Candidates for president issue books to sucker people to vote for them using the written word just like they sucker people every day to vote for them using the spoken word.

One of the latest "presidential" books is by retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson. The book is his second salvo, since he authored with the same publisher last year One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future.

I was goi
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Ron Paul: Debt Ceiling Debate: Don’t Mention Warfare/Welfare State!
Ron PaulOct 20
The US Treasury's recent announcement that the government will reach the debt ceiling on November 3 means Congress will soon be debating raising the government's borrowing limit again. Any delay in, or opposition to, raising the debt ceiling will inevitably be met with hand-wringing over Congress' alleged irresponsibility. But the real irresponsible act would be for Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

Cutting up its credit card is the only way to make Congress reduce spending. Any
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7 Ways Police Will Break The Law, Threaten, or Lie to You to Get What They Want
The Free Thought ProjectOct 19 9
Because of the Fifth Amendment, no one in the U.S. may legally be forced to testify against himself, and because of the Fourth Amendment, no one's records or belongings may legally be searched or seized without just cause. However, American police are trained to use methods of deception, intimidation and manipulation to circumvent these restrictions. In other words, cops routinely break the law--in letter and in spirit--in the name of enforcing the law. Several examples of this are widely known,... (more)

The New Cultural Marxism and the Infantilization of College Students
Thomas DiLorenzoOct 19 4
When socialism finally collapsed all around the world in the late '80s/early '90s the academic Marxists did not just throw in the towel and face reality.  Indeed, not one of them has ever apologized for providing intellectual support for some of the worst mass murderers in world history -- Stalin, Mao, Castro, and the rest of the communist/socialist gangsters.  Instead, they reinvented themselves in several different ways, including posing as "environmentalists," and as "cultural Marxists."
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"Death of a Patriot" - Peter Schiff on his Father Irwin's Passing
Peter SchiffOct 19 3
My father Irwin A. Schiff was born Feb. 23rd 1928, the 8th child and only son of Jewish immigrants, who had crossed the Atlantic twenty years earlier in search of freedom. As a result of their hope and courage my father was fortunate to have been born into the freest nation in the history of the world.  But when he passed away on Oct. 16th, 2015 at the age of 87, a political prisoner of that same nation, legally blind and shackled to a hospital bed in a guarded room in intensive care, the free n... (more)

The Phone Is Perfect. Now We Hate It
Jeffrey TuckerOct 19 2
Apple just rolled out its high-definition voice protocol. It sounds like the person is standing next to you. You can hear everything, even slight breathing inflections. It's amazing.

That new technology gives it an edge over the competition. And there's plenty of it. You can make voice calls on the Facebook app, on Google Plus, on Skype, and probably one hundred other applications. And get this: they are all free.

The last time I made a Facebook audio call from my
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Putin Is Defeating More Than ISIS in Syria
New Eastern OutlookOct 17 3
Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin, a little more than a year ago, in July 2014 were the focus of attention in Europe and North America, accused, without a shred of forensic evidence, of shooting down an unarmed civilian Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine. The Russians were deemed out to restore the Soviet Union with their agreement to the popular referendum of Crimean citizens to annex into the Russian Federation and not Ukraine. Western sanctions were being thrown at Russia by both ... (more)

Sanders and His Followers Are Not Outliers
Mises InstituteOct 15 3
Depending on one’s point of view, Bernie Sanders either held his own or boosted his chances against perceived front-runner Hillary Clinton in Tuesday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate. His message clearly resonated with the live audience, particularly his statements about raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, global warming, and government-mandated paid childcare leave.

Progressives are emboldened by Sanders, who reportedly draws upward of 20,000 people at eve
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The Only Politician I Would Ever Vote For
InformationLiberationOct 14

He wasn't in any of the debates, but his name is Mr. Stubbs, he's a cat, and he's been the mayor of a small town in Alaska for the last 18 years.

Legend has it he was voted in after the populace became disgusted with their corrupt political class,
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The Dirty Business of Government Trash Collection
Mises InstituteOct 14 2
I moved to Auburn, Alabama, in January 2013. I love Auburn.

It's been nearly ten years since The Wall Street Journal profiled the Mises Institute and claimed that Auburn was an ideal spot for studying libertarian ideas and the Austrian tradition. I don't know how much has changed since then, but I arrived in Auburn expecting a free-market sanctuary, a veritable haven where the ideas of Menger and Mises and Hayek were i
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The MH-17 'Report'
Paul Craig RobertsOct 14 1
When I read that the report on the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine was being put in the hands of the Dutch, I knew that there would be no investigation and no attention to the facts.

And there wasn’t.

I did not intend to write about the report, because Washington’s propaganda has already succeeded, at least in the Western world, in its purpose of laying the blame on Russia. However, the misrepresentation of the Dutch report by Western media, such as N
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The Hot War in The City
Jeffrey TuckerOct 14 1
I'm sitting in the car with my Uber driver and he points to some construction on the road. We are driving through the clogged streets of downtown Manhattan.

"See that construction? It's been that way for 10 years," he notes, pointing to a big mess of blockages and torn up asphalt that is causing traffic to crawl. "Every day, 100 guys show up, drinking coffee, talking on their phones, having fun, and two guys, two Mexicans, are working on something. But nothing ever changes. The co
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How Do You Prepare a Child For Life in The American Police State?
The Rutherford InstituteOct 13 3
“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

In an age dominated with news of school shootings, school lockdowns, police shootings of unarmed citizens (including children), SWAT team raids gone awry (leaving children devastat
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The Poison Apple Called TPP
Jeffrey TuckerOct 13 1
Let's say you have a trade deal that completely eliminates 18,000 existing tariffs between 12 countries that are otherwise hectoring each other with punishing trade barriers. To a person with a brain, this sounds amazing. Unless you are a luddite, a nativist, or a unionist, there seems to be every reason to support it. Trade is good. Global commerce is good. Fewer trade barriers are a good thing.

But let's say that this same treaty binds all 12 signatory nations to an egregious im
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Do You Own Your Body?
Laurence M. VanceOct 13 1
If there is one thing that the smelliest, most down-and-out, most destitute, most forsaken homeless guy who sleeps under a bridge has in common with Donald Trump it is that they both own their own bodies. That may be all the homeless guy owns, but he owns it free and clear and should be able to do what he wants with it.

And so should we--as long as our activities are peaceful, our interactions are consensual, and our associations are voluntary.

Your body belongs to
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No Justice, No Peace
Justin RaimondoOct 13

A Paradise Lost
Strike the RootOct 13

Who Exactly Is Government Helping?
The FreemanOct 12 2
Almost everyone believes that government is an essential institution, necessary to protect us from those threats we cannot counter on our own. But even if we accept that justification, it rarely describes what American government actually does, whether at the local, state, or federal level.

What exactly is the government protecting -- and from whom?

Local Protection from Food Trucks

Late last year, Rachel Kennedy wanted to bring a Cub
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Ron Paul: Politicians Exploit School Shooting While Ignoring Bombing Victims
Ron PaulOct 12 4
Following the recent Oregon school shooting, many politicians rushed to the microphones to call for new gun control laws. President Obama even called on gun control supporters to “politicize” the shooting, while some members of Congress worked to establish a special commission on gun violence.

The reaction to the shooting stands in stark contrast to the reaction to the US military’s bombing of an Afghanistan hospital run by the international humanitarian (and Nobel Peace Prize win
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Charles Murray's Tepid Radicalism
Mises InstituteOct 12 1
Charles Murray thinks that government has become arbitrary and tyrannical. In doing so, it has betrayed the “Madisonian” heritage of America, which strictly limited the power of the government to interfere with individual liberty. “As I [Murray] got into the book, I discovered I had to find a label less cumbersome than ‘people devoted to limited government’ … my first impulse was to call us Jeffersonians, but Jefferson was well to the libertarian side of the spectrum, and I wanted to include adv... (more)

The Mistake of Only Comparing US Murder Rates to "Developed" Countries
Mises InstituteOct 12 2

A Decisive Shift in The Power Balance Has Occurred
Paul Craig RobertsOct 12 1
The world is beginning to realize that a seachange in world affairs occured on September 28 when President Putin of Russia stated in his UN speech that Russia can no longer tolerate Washington’s vicious, stupid, and failed policies that have unleashed chaos, which is engulfing the Middle East and now Europe. Two days later, Russia took over the military situation in Syria and began the destruction of the Islamic State forces.

Perhaps among Obama’s advisors there are a few who are
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Meth Isn't An Argument For Drug Prohibition. It Demonstrates Prohibition's Failure.
Radley BalkoOct 12 2

The Impulsiveness of US Power
Paul Craig RobertsOct 09 2
Washington's impulsive use of power is a danger to America and to the world. Arrogant Washington politicians and crazed neoconservatives are screaming that the US must shoot down Russian aircraft that are operating against the US-supplied forces that have brought death and destruction to Syria, unleashing millions of refugees on Europe, in Washington's effort to overthrow the Syrian government.

Even my former CSIS colleague, Zbigniew Brzezinski, normally a sensible if sometimes mi
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A Major Win For The Opponents of The 'War On Drugs'
Cop BlockOct 07 4
The War On Drugs.

It's no secret that most people are tired of war on drugs. In fact, one police department is refusing to arrest drug offenders – offering help instead of incarceration. So many lives have been ruined by this ‘war'. Teenagers have been shot and killed by police over the mere suspicion of having marijuana. Tens-of-thousa
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33 Heroes Are Possibly Dead and No One Cares Because They Aren't Cops
The Free Thought ProjectOct 07 2
The sinking of the cargo ship El Faro off the Bahamas on October 1 gave the public a tragic reminder of the largely unappreciated dangers of commercial shipping, which is vital to the consumer economy. All thirty-three crew members -- twenty-eight Americans and five Polish nationals — were apparently lost in the space of... (more)

This Has Become Routine
Paul Craig RobertsOct 07 3
In his comment on the mass shootings at the Oregon community college, President Obama said: "This has become routine."

So have police shootings of unarmed and unresisting Americans.

So have numerous other undesirable and deplorable happenings, such as the foreclosure on the homes of millions of Americans, while the "banks too big to fail" are bailed out with trillions of dollars, and such as foreign policy lies that have destroyed seven countries, bringing the US an
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I Wish Nobody Was Bombing Syria
Ron PaulOct 07 3
The US regime change policy for Syria has been a catastrophe. More than 200,000 killed and an entire country reduced to rubble at least partly because President Obama decided that “Assad has lost his legitimacy.” How is it that the president of a country 6,000 miles away has the authority to decide whether another leader belongs in office or not? What if Rouhani in Iran decided that Obama had lost his legitimacy for killing a number of American citizens by drone without charge or trial? Would we... (more)

'Neutralizing' John Lennon: One Man Against The 'Monster'
The Rutherford InstituteOct 06 7
“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”—John Lennon (1969)

John Lennon, born 75 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon.

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CNN and The NYT Are Deliberately Obscuring Who Perpetrated The Afghan Hospital Attack
Glenn GreenwaldOct 06 2

The Future Is Decentralized
Mises InstituteOct 06

The Menace of Egalitarianism
Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.Oct 05
A sharp Martian visiting Earth would make two observations about the United States–one true, the other only superficially so. On the basis of its ceaseless exercises in self-congratulation, the US appears to him to be a place where free thought is encouraged, and in which man makes war against all the fetters on his mind that reactionary forces had once placed there. That is the superficial truth.

The real truth, which our Martian would discover after watching how Americans actual
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How Trump Became Trump and What That Means for the Rest of Us
Nomi PrinsOct 05

Build It and They Will Come
Laurence M. VanceOct 05

College Campuses Are Not Gun-Free Zones
The BeaconOct 02 2
Wishing for something to be true does not make it true. Declaring an area to be gun-free is wishful thinking. I know campuses are not gun-free zones because I see news reports of campus shootings.

Declaring an area to be a gun-free zone discourages law-abiding citizens from carrying guns there, but it encourages people who intend to commit crimes with firearms because it gives them some assurance they will not meet with armed resistance from law-abiding citizens.

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Antiwar Hero: Siegfried Sassoon
The FreemanOct 02

Why is Washington Against Russia Bombing ISIS and Al-Qaeda?
Daniel McAdamsOct 01 3
On Wednesday the Russian military became active in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria. Pursuant to a request from the Syrian government, Moscow first began deploying military equipment and trainers as well as humanitarian assistance. Then the Russian parliament approved the use of force, and force was indeed used on Wednesday.

The Obama Administration is not happy about this development.

The US has been bombing Syria for a year without permission from
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The Curse of American Exceptionalism
Thomas DiLorenzoOct 01
Nothing seems to cause one of the neocon talking heads to fall into a rage more than discussing a politician or political candidate who "doesn't believe in American exceptionalism!!"  Sean Hannity seems especially unhinged under such circumstances.  This is because "American exceptionalism" has long been the ideological underpinning of -- and justification for -- the American empire and all of its military adventures.  As shills for the American military/industrial complex and the empire that it... (more)

Debt Ceiling Circus Looms Ahead, Again
Jacob G. HornbergerOct 01

Obama Deifies American Hegemony
Paul Craig RobertsSep 30
Today is the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is not clear how much good the UN has done. Some UN Blue Hemet peacekeeping operations had limited success. But mainly Washington has used the UN for war, such as the Korean War and Washington’s Cold War against the Soviet Union. In our time Washington had UN tanks sent in against Bosnian Serbs during the period that Washington was dismantling Yugoslavia and Serbia and accusing Serbian leaders, who tried to defend the integrity of their country against... (more)

Governments Don't Kill, People Do
Laurence M. VanceSep 29 13
"When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don't care if they are shot themselves." - Herbert Spencer

Stalin and his government never starved a single Ukrainian. Hitler and his government never gassed a single Jew. Mao and his government never beat to death a single Chinese peasant. And even though the senseless, immoral, unnecessary, and unjust invasion and occupation of Iraq resulted in a pile of a million dead
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Crony Capitalism the Cause of Society's Problems
Richard M. EbelingSep 29

The Free Market: It's Like Uber, But for Everything
The FederalistSep 29

Catalonia Succession: What Would Lincoln Do?
Thomas DiLorenzoSep 28 3
Now that Catalonia has voted to secede from Spain, the U.S. government must be contemplating a response.  Fresh off the pope’s worshipful quoting of Abe Lincoln before Congress, and giving a speech from one of Abe’s own lecturns in Philadelphia, our politicians must be asking themselves (and answering):  What would Lincoln do?

The answer is obvious.  If he were the Spanish government, he could call up an army of at least a million men to invade Catalonia, bomb and burn its cities
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A Story of a Copsucker Turned Cop Blocker
Cop BlockSep 28

Are You American? You're Probably a Coward
Cop BlockSep 24 7
These days, Americans seem to be afraid of Every. Single. Fucking. Thing.

They are afraid of drugs. Americans are so afraid of drugs “ruining” people’s lives, that as a country, the United States has locked up more people than any other country in the world, both per capita, and in pure numbers. The United States constitutes about 4.4 percent of the world’s population, and has around 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. Some 31 million people have been arrested on drug related cha
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Here's Why Conservative Hopeful Ben Carson Couldn't be More Wrong on Islam
William Norman GriggSep 24 4
Dr. Ben Carson’s statement that Islam is "inconsistent with the values and principles of America" exhilarated the GOP’s conservative base while infuriating American Muslims and advocates of inter-faith outreach. The former commended Carson for taking a forthright stand against the supposed menac... (more)

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