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Monday March 30th, 2015
The Right to Discriminate Against Ellen Pao posted 03/30/2015, 6:29 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Silicon Valley executive Ellen Pao is licking her wounds after a jury ruled against her last week in her gender-discrimination suit against former employer Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, & Byers. Pao had accused the firm of not promoting her because she's a woman. The jury ruled against her by finding, as a factual determination, that she was not the victim of gender discrimination.

But the obvious question arises: Why should such a case even have to reach a jury to determine the factual validity of Pao's allegations? Why shouldn't the firm have the right to discriminate against her for whatever reason it wants, including the fact that she is a woman? The firm is the owner of the business, isn't it? Why isn't it free to do what it wants with its own money?

Let's assume that John has $10 million in cash in the bank. Does Jane have the right to require John to use his money to open up a business so that she will be hired? I think most people would say that that's ridiculous -- that Jane certainly has no such right. It's John's money. If he wants to keep it in cash, that's his right. If he doesn't want to use it to start up a new business, that's his right.

Let's say that John decides to go ahead and use his money to start a new business, one that he intends to run all by himself. Does Jane have the right to require John to hire her? I think most people would say: Of course not. John has the right to run his business all by himself. It's his money, after all. Jane has no right to a job in John's business. She has no right to force him to give some of his money to her in return for labor services that he isn't interested in purchasing.

Let's assume that John decides to hire five people in his new business. Why shouldn't the selection of those five people be up to him? It's his money, isn't it? It's his business, isn't it? Why should Jane be able to force John to hire her if that's not what he wants to do? If she w
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Friday March 27th, 2015

The Power of State Indoctrination posted 03/27/2015, 5:28 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Conservatives just don't get it. They complain about Common Core, saying that the federal government shouldn't be involved in education.

Fair enough. No problem with that position.

But the problem with conservatives is that while they want to get the federal government out of education, they steadfastly want state and local governments to continue "educating" children. Conservatives fail to see that indoctrination comes not just with federal control over education b
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Thursday March 26th, 2015



How The US Government and US Military Became Murder, Inc. posted 03/26/2015, 4:23 PM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
Andrew Cockburn has written a must-read book. The title is Kill Chain: The Rise Of The High-Tech Assassins. The title could just as well be: How the US Government and US Military Became Murder, Inc.

The US military no longer does war. It does assassinations, usually of the wrong people. The main victims of the US assassination policy are women, children, village elders, weddings, funerals, and occasionally US soldiers mistaken for Taliban by US surveillance operating with the visu
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Extradition Hypocrisy posted 03/26/2015, 4:23 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
A murder case in Italy stands to expose the U.S. government's hypocritical stand on extradition, the legal process by which one country forcibly turns over a person within its jurisdiction to another country to stand trial for a criminal offense committed in the latter country.

Let's assume that John Doe, a citizen of Country A, is accused of murdering a person in Country B when he was traveling there. If there is no extradition treaty between the two nations, Country A has no leg
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Wednesday March 25th, 2015

The Only Truly Compliant, Submissive Citizen in a Police State Is a Dead One posted 03/25/2015, 3:41 PM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
"Do exactly what I say, and we’ll get along fine. Do not question me or talk back in any way. You do not have the right to object to anything I may say or ask you to do, or ask for clarification if my demands are unclear or contradictory. You must obey me under all circumstances without hesitation, no matter how arbitrary, unreasonable, discriminatory, or blatantly racist my commands may be. Anything other than immediate perfect servile compliance will be labeled as resisting arrest, and expose ... (more)




Time to Replace the Boy Scouts? posted 03/25/2015, 3:38 PM (Roger Young)
[Category: Commentary]
Are the Boy Scouts still an institution worthy of involvement in the development of young boys? Do they still teach the foundational values of individual responsibility and self-reliance?

Texas Blogger, Kent McManigal recently encountered some modern day Boy Scouts while out camping. After talking to some of these Scouts, he relates his disappointment at how few useful skills these Scouts had been taught. He offers an alternative organization to be formed- The “Browncoat S
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The Silk Road Back to Leviathan? posted 03/25/2015, 3:38 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
“The Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment,” writes Henry Farrell in Aeon magazine, “but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings.”

Ross Ulbricht was recently convicted on seven charges related to being “Dread Pirate Roberts” (DPR), the mastermind behind Silk Road. The charges in h
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Hillary Clinton Is a Conservative Republican posted 03/25/2015, 3:38 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
Although she is no longer first lady, a U.S. senator from New York, or Secretary of State, and has not officially announced her candidacy to be the Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton can't seem to stay out of the news. Conservatives love to hate Hillary almost as much as they love to hate Obama.

And rightly so.

Most lately it has come out that she used a private server for all of her e-mails when she was President Obama's secretary of state from 2009
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Orwell and Kafka Do America: How the Government Steals Your Money--"Legally," Of Course posted 03/25/2015, 3:34 PM (Charles Hugh Smith)
[Category: Commentary]
Due process and rule of law have been replaced with "legalized" looting by government in America.

Did you know that the government of Iran steals your cash if they find more than loose change in your car? They don't arrest you for any crime, for the simple reason you didn't commit any crime; but it isn't about crime and punishment--it's about"legalizing" theft by the state.

So the government toadies don't charge you with a crime or arrest you--they just steal
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Bush's and Maduro's Power Grabs posted 03/25/2015, 3:34 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The Venezuelan legislature has just granted President Nicolas Maduro’s request for emergency powers to deal with the crisis posed by President Obama’s recent decree that Venezuela poses a grave threat to U.S. “national security” and Obama’s imposition of sanctions on Venezuelan officials.

Not surprisingly, U.S. conservatives are ridiculing Maduro for exaggerating the threat posed by the U.S. national-security state and using it as an excuse for assuming extraordinary powers.
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Tuesday March 24th, 2015



Yik Yak Suddenly Blasts into the Mainstream posted 03/24/2015, 3:57 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Ted Cruz thought he had a captive audience when he spoke at the campus of Liberty University. Ten thousand students sat there attentively, all required to attend as part of the discipline of campus life.

Floating above the crowd, in a way that no one could see, was a different world of information. Students were using Yik Yak to make fun of the guy, mocking his every sentence. Some smart cookie among the media picked up on it and reported it. It's politics so the revelation beca
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I Hate Mount Rushmore posted 03/24/2015, 3:57 PM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Ninety years ago this month, on March 3, 1925, Congress authorized the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Commission, and thus began the effort to take a perfectly good mountain and ruin it with the faces of a bunch of politicians.

The idea was conceived as nothing more than a tourism gimmick. That is, it was supposed to draw tourists to South Dakota. And it has certainly accomplished this goal. Countless tourists stream into the Black Hills every year to shell out ten bucks or so (
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Monday March 23rd, 2015

How Big Is Government in the United States? posted 03/23/2015, 1:12 PM (Robert Higgs)
[Category: Commentary]
How big is government in the United States? The answer depends on the concept used to define its size. Although many such concepts are available, and several are used from time to time, by far the most common measure, especially in studies by economists, is total government spending (G) as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Using official data available at the online repository maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and data available online for
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Before IE Dies Completely, Remember the Browser Wars posted 03/23/2015, 1:11 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Without much fanfare, this month Microsoft announced that it is phasing out its notorious Internet browser called Internet Explorer. In all the news stories about this, the main focus has been on how it has been outcompeted by Chrome, Safari, and Firefox, among many other browsers on the market. In addition, mobile applications are making gigantic gains over web browsing in general.

Indeed that is true.

On the platforms I've managed, I watched as IE went from 95%
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Friday March 20th, 2015

Cold War II: This Time, The Commies Are In Washington posted 03/20/2015, 2:44 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The Regime in Washington is the only government asserting the supposed right to carry out summary executions anywhere on the face of the globe, so we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it also claims the right to impose “sanctions” on foreign citizens who publicly criticize it. On March 11, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added Russian academic Alexander Dugin to its roster of “individu... (more)


5 Signs the Government's Biggest War is for Your Mind posted 03/20/2015, 2:44 PM (The Anti-Media)
[Category: Commentary]
When most people think of destructive government wars, images of drone strike wreckage and murdered civilians come to mind.

But while organized, physical violence is a repulsive form of oppression, the state employs a variety of tactics to wage war on its own citizens. They are more subtle than batons and guns but far more effective than violence alone. They seek to conquer not bodies, but minds.

1) Over-Medication and the Drug War - Whether out of rabid gr
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The Well-Bred Zombies posted 03/20/2015, 2:43 PM (Butler Shaffer)
[Category: Commentary]
Art is individualism, and individualism is a disturbing
and disintegrating force. Therein lies its immense value
For what it seeks to disturb is monotony of type, slavery
of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to
the level of a machine.

- Oscar Wilde

For untold centuries, mankind has experimented with plant and animal life in an effort to produce organisms that might prove beneficial not only for human survival, but just
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Oil Boom and Government Glut posted 03/20/2015, 2:43 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
It’s a sweet thing when Uncle Sam becomes a mega-buyer of your product.

While the price of oil continues to plunge to record lows, drivers are celebrating, and oil executives are sweating it out. But never fear, the government is running to the rescue -- of the oil industry. The Department of Energy is planning to enter the market with a purchase of 5 million barrels. It’s necessary for national security, don’t you know.

Oil prices have fallen 55 percent in the
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Thursday March 19th, 2015

Another Nanny State Failure posted 03/19/2015, 12:14 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Advocates of the nanny state are undoubtedly suffering a bout of depression over their latest failure. According to the Los Angeles Times, a legal ban on fast-food restaurants in south Los Angeles has failed to reduce obesity.

In fact, it's worse than that. While obesity has increased in all parts of Los Angeles, the increase was largest in the section where the fast-food ban was in effect.
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Rand Paul, Revisited posted 03/19/2015, 12:13 PM (Justin Raimondo)
[Category: Commentary]
When likely presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) signed on to his Senate colleague Tom Cotton’s open letter to the Iranian leadership, a storm broke – among his own supporters. As Dave Weigel of Bloomberg News notes, it’s "a decision that has caused real fury in the libertarian base" that forms the core of Sen. Paul’s support. The Senator’s defenders soon moved to quell the burgeoning rebellion.... (more)


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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