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Wednesday December 17th, 2014
The War on Drugs Was Born 100 Years Ago posted 12/17/2014, 9:46 AM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
When I went to the Oxford Union debates this past summer I was told by a veteran of the debates that I must have a joke in order to win over the audience. My attempt to win over the British audience was a success, but unfortunately my opening remarks are too close to the truth and in retrospect, are really not that funny:
Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you for the opportunity to debate the War on Drugs in this forum. Mr. Chairman, as you probably know, the War on Drugs was not a response to calls from experts, it was not in response to recommendations from the medical community, or even the law enforcement community. Mr. Chairman, the War on Drugs was started by the agitation of racists, bigots, religious fanatics, believers in eugenics, extremist politicians, and power hungry diplomats. In other words, Mr. Chairman, the average ordinary American.
The War on Drugs was initiated by legislation that was passed not to help drug addicts and protect the innocent, but rather was designed to control and marginalize minority groups and to push the United States into a leadership role in world diplomatic affairs.

The War on Drugs is 100 years old today. It kills thousands of people, destroys untold number of lives, and wastes hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Plus it prevents us from using three of the most miraculous plants on the planet, even for their “legitimate” uses.

The Harrison Narcotics Act

As written, the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 was legislation that established a tax and registration requirement on narcotics and cocaine. Politicians and journalists openly targeted Chinese immigrants, Southern blacks, and Mexicans with outrageous propaganda. The real priority of the legislation, however, was to comply with the first international drug control treaty, the International Opium
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Tuesday December 16th, 2014

What America Wannabe? posted 12/16/2014, 11:18 AM (LewRockwell.com)
[Category: Commentary]
What does it really mean when someone says "All I ever wanted to do is be a cop?"

Thomas Shea told reporters that back in 1974 after getting fired by the NYPD for shooting a ten year old in the back. Officer Walter Scott was also at the scene and was heard over the radio telling the kid to "Die, you little bastard."
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Judicial Deference to the Torturers posted 12/16/2014, 11:18 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger )
[Category: Commentary]
In case anyone is wondering whether any of the CIA's torture victims will be able to recover damages from CIA torturers, the answer is an unequivocal no. The federal judiciary decided a long time ago that it would not permit lawsuits brought by victims of the CIA or, for that matter, the U.S. military.

Among the best examples are two cases that came out of the Chilean military coup of 1973, a coup that was secretly engineered by the U.S. government, operating primarily through the
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Monday December 15th, 2014

Ross Ulbricht Should Be Freed in a Fair Trial posted 12/15/2014, 9:22 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
The criminal trial of Ross Ulbricht, the man alleged to be the "Dread Pirate Roberts" who started the darknet's Silk Road website, is coming up soon. As might be expected, the prosecution in the case are engaging in shady tactics, such as not permitting the jury to hear about Ross's own political views.

The website was started with a driving motivation of creating a free marketplace for people to use to exchange peacefully. If Ross shares this view, why is this not a relevant fact
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Friday December 12th, 2014

Government Save Us From "Overpriced" Chinese Food posted 12/12/2014, 5:27 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
This week's internet-fueled Outrage of the Week is the case of Harvard attorney Ben Edelman who has insisted on "notifying the authorities" to punish a small restaurant for "overcharging" the professor to the tune of four dollars. 

Boston.com reported on the case, posting the full email exchange. Now, the profess... (more)



Thursday December 11th, 2014



I Love Loosies and the People Who Sell Them posted 12/11/2014, 6:01 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn't intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who's boss on the streets of Staten Island -- and show him in a way he would never forget.

As a Facebook friend of mine put it, instead they showed him in a way he will never remember.

This pretty much explains the cops' reckless disregard for Garner's life that day, and it is what makes the grand-jury sham
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Make the CIA Release Its Chile Torture Files posted 12/11/2014, 5:57 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
With the long-awaited release of the U.S. Senate's Torture Report, it would be tempting to believe that the CIA's torture regime began after 9/11 2001.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Let's not forget the torture regime in Chile that began on 9/11 1973 and continued for years after that.

From 1970 to 1973, the CIA did everything it could to bring about a military coup in Chile, one designed to oust the democratically elected president of the country, Salvad
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Tuesday December 9th, 2014

Obama's Plan for Better Policing: The Good, the Bad, and the Body Cameras posted 12/09/2014, 2:21 AM (EFF.org)
[Category: Commentary]
You may be shocked to hear that EFF doesn't think technology is a solution to every problem. That includes problems with the police and with public safety. And, as we've pointed out when it comes to drones and other types of local surveillance, we think adoption of new technology requires communities to understand and discuss the pros and cons.

That's why we think President Oba
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Monday December 8th, 2014

Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion (feat. Larken Rose) posted 12/08/2014, 7:35 AM (Liberty or Death Media)
[Category: Commentary]


Warning: Graphic content.

A compilation of Larken Rose audio clips taken from various radio interviews. With English, Dutch and Polish subtitles.
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Friday December 5th, 2014

Leave Us All Alone! We Can't Breathe! posted 12/05/2014, 10:09 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The last words out of the mouth of strangling victim Eric Garner are actually a metaphor for how libertarians feel about the entire welfare-warfare state under which modern-day Americans have been born and raised.

Don't his words express precisely how we libertarians feel? Leave us alone, we say to the state. Get out of our faces. Get out of our lives. You're suffocating us. You're killing us -- literally, spiritually, financially, and economically.

Thomas Jefferson
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Thursday December 4th, 2014



Nathaniel Branden, Rest in Peace posted 12/04/2014, 8:21 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It was sometime in the late 1980s when I first met Nathaniel Branden, the objectivist psychologist and author who died yesterday at the age of 84. I went to see his speech being hosted by the Heritage Foundation. ... (more)


Wednesday December 3rd, 2014

Just Like The Stasi posted 12/03/2014, 11:17 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Don't you just love those Americans who celebrate how free they are under America's national-security state system?

I wonder if such Americans also celebrated how free people were who lived under East Germany's national-security state system.

I just read an interesting
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Monday December 1st, 2014

Why Not Pardon Drug-War Victims in Addition to Turkeys? posted 12/01/2014, 4:21 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Prior to Thanksgiving, President Obama continued the presidential tradition of pardoning two turkeys. Too bad he didn't use the occasion to also pardon every single victim of the U.S. government's decades-long failed and destructive war on drugs.

I'm referring, of course, to all the people who have been convicted of violating federal laws against the possession or distribution of drugs, especially those people currently serving time in some federal penitentiary. Those people have
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Due Process Versus Secret Courts posted 12/01/2014, 4:21 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
Due process is a set of legal requirements that protect the individual against abuse by the state. Examples are a person’s right to be notified of court proceedings in which he is involved and the right against self-incrimination. Due process is woven into the fabric of American society through both the Constitution and legal precedent.

Few practices are as damaging to due process as secret courts and secret law. From the abuses of the Spanish Inquisition to the English Star Chamb
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Wednesday November 26th, 2014

Taxpayers Near Ferguson Must Turn to Private Security posted 11/26/2014, 11:43 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Those who own private property in suburbs near Ferguson must hire private security for protection. Malls, shopping centers, and other valuables will be protected with private money. A story linked on Drudge today noted that the wealthy suburb of Clayton includes many private firms turning to private security, but apparently, private firms are being called in throughout t... (more)
PAPA JOHN'S Manager Defends Store From Looters -- With Bare Hands...


Virginia Is for Lovers of Liquor Monopolies posted 11/26/2014, 11:43 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
A Virginia court recently sentenced 26-year-old Daries Lamont Coles to five years in jail for violating Virginia's drug laws. He joins a long line of other people who have met a similar fate in the decades-long war on drugs.

Meanwhile, the State of Virginia is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (VABC), a monopoly agency that has the exclusive privilege of selling liquor to people in Virginia.

The Virginia judge
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Tuesday November 25th, 2014

We Are the Enemy: Is This the Lesson of Ferguson? posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
If you dress police officers up as soldiers and you put them in military vehicles and you give them military weapons, they adopt a warrior mentality. We fight wars against enemies, and the enemies are the people who live in our cities—particularly in communities of color.—Thomas Nolan, criminology professor and former police officer

Should police officer Darren Wilson be held accountable for the shooting death of unarmed citizen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Augu
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Why It's Impossible to Indict a Cop posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Nation)
[Category: Commentary]
How to police the police is a question as old as civilization, now given special urgency by a St. Louis County grand jury’s return of a “no bill” of indictment for Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in his fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. The result is shocking to many, depressingly predictable to more than a few.

Can the cops be controlled? It’s never been easy: according to one old sociological chestnut, the monopoly on the legitimate use of vi
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The Internet Memory Hole posted 11/25/2014, 10:26 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Imagine you are considering a candidate as a caregiver for your child. Or maybe you are vetting an applicant for a sensitive position in your company. Perhaps you’re researching a public figure for class or endorsing him in some manner. Whatever the situation, you open your browser and assess the linked information that pops up from a search. Nothing criminal or otherwise objectionable is present, so you proceed with confidence. But what if the information required for you to make a reasoned as... (more)


Pop Art and Intellectual Property posted 11/25/2014, 10:25 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the most iconic painters of the 20th century was Roy Lichtenstein, a New York based artist who, alongside Andy Warhol, came to fame as one of the defining voices in the American Pop Art movement. Pop Art was based around the idea of taking popular and lowbrow images, such as those found in advertising, and transforming them into high art. Warhol famously did this by painting large scale representations of Campbell's soup cans and hanging them in galleries. It was a concept that had never ... (more)


Monday November 24th, 2014

Why Does The Media Ignore Straightforward Police Executions? posted 11/24/2014, 9:43 PM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]
The news is in, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

There's so much to say about this case.

First and foremost, the media loves focusing on marginal cases like this, as opposed to straightforward police executions such as the murder of 20-year-old Jonathan Cuevas, a young man wh
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Cops Are Cowards posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Larken Rose)
[Category: Commentary]


It would be nice if the mythology about "the brave men and women of law enforcement," and the image of police that you see on TV and in movies, in some way resembled reality. But it doesn't.


Thank the Troops for Their Service to Islam posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Americans are often exhorted to thank the troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan for defending our rights and freedoms. Yet, I have never heard anyone thanking the troops for fighting and dying for Islam.

Why not?

Yeah, I know what interventionists are already saying: "Jacob, are you crazy? Our troops don't fight and die for Islam. They're Christian warriors! They're over there defending our rights and freedoms by killing Muslims before they come over here a
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There is No Right to be Forgotten posted 11/24/2014, 8:28 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The freedom of information offered by the internet has had drastic implications for liberty. To the benefit of individuals, it reduces information asymmetries with business and increases transparency in government. It allows us to make more informed decisions, where ignorance has long been the justification for all manner of government intervention programs.

On the other hand, the internet has created a whole slew of privacy worries, with vast accumulations of data that can easily
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Friday November 21st, 2014

Perpetual Lies About Freedom and Democracy posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
When U.S. governments take Americans into war, we hear them justify it as a fight for freedom. Often they rationalize it as an anti-tyranny fight, a pro-peace fight and a pro-democracy fight.

Freedom appeals to Americans. It is a core American value, even if it's not honored in practice here at home.

When politicians use freedom to justify war, they are making an emotional, not a reasoned, appeal. Why? It's because freedom, while a good thing, is never alone a suffi
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On Media Outlets That Continue to Describe Unknown Drone Victims As "Militants" posted 11/21/2014, 10:01 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
It has been more than two years since The New York Times revealed that “Mr. Obama embraced a disputed method for counting civilian casualties” of his drone strikes which “in effect counts all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants…unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving them innocent.” The paper noted that “this counting method may ... (more)


Thursday November 20th, 2014

Congress Is Irrelevant on Mass Surveillance. Here's What Matters Instead. posted 11/20/2014, 9:16 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
The “USA Freedom Act”--which its proponents were heralding as “NSA reform” despite its suffocatingly narrow scope--died in the august U.S. Senate last night when it attracted only 58 of the 60 votes needed to close debate and move on to an up-or-down vote. All Democratic and independent senators except one (Bill Nelson of Florida) voted in favor of the bill, as did three tea-party GOP Senators (Ted C... (more)


The Biggest Threat to Democracy and Freedom posted 11/20/2014, 9:15 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
By all objective standards, Egypt’s government is a military dictatorship and a brutal one at that. Having ousted the democratically elected president of the country, Egypt’s national-security establishment has not only taken control over the reins of government, it is the government. In order to fortify its grip on power over the Egyptian people, it has done what dictatorships do: intimidate, incarcerate, torture, and kill those who dare to question or criticize the existence of the dictatorshi... (more)


The Coercive State Is the Bill Cosby of Global Society posted 11/20/2014, 9:15 AM (Glen Allport)
[Category: Commentary]
The Internet has been on fire lately with allegations that 77-year old Bill Cosby drugged and raped more than a dozen women over the years. Yikes.... (more)


Wednesday November 19th, 2014

Who Trusts This Government to Regulate the Internet? posted 11/19/2014, 7:25 AM (Activist Post)
[Category: Commentary]
The principle of net neutrality is easy to understand and support; to treat the delivery all data equally. This has been the status quo. Works great. Few oppose that, but supporting the principle of net neutrality is not the same thing as supporting the government's plan to enforce that principle.

The alleged problem that the government claims needs fixing is that Internet service providers (ISPs) want to charge different rates to websites for different levels of data usage, often
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The United States Lost the Cold War posted 11/19/2014, 7:24 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall, Americans remain more convinced than ever that the United States won the Cold War.

The Cold War brought us a national-security state, which consists of an enormous military establishment, a vast military-industrial complex, an empire of foreign and domestic military bases, ever-growing military budgets, and the ever-increasing militarization of American society.
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Tuesday November 18th, 2014

Too Dumb for Democracy? posted 11/18/2014, 5:58 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Should Americans feel bad that we are the second-most-ignorant country in the world? (Italy is number one.)

Our penultimate status made the news recently, after research group Ipsos MORI announced the results of the first international study "to look at the gap between perception and reality" on questions of social policy. The issues included teenage pregnancy, immigration, and unemployment.

The result of the study, a
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Political Relativity and the Infinite Cynicism of Prohibitionists posted 11/18/2014, 5:57 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The evil singularity called “government” warps space-time in such a way that those closest to it are exempt from law’s effects — not merely the moral law, mind you, but some aspects of the laws of physics, as well.

Last June, Boise, Idaho resident William James Esbensen, who operated a medical marijuana co-op in Ontario, Oregon, was found guilty of receiving “proceeds” from marijuana sales, under a law that was no longer in effect. During the trial, prosecutor William Dugan — act
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One-Dimensional Thinking on Drug Legalization posted 11/18/2014, 5:55 AM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
The libertarian movement is often dismissed as consisting of a bunch of hippy stoners who just want to take drugs and do whatever they want. Of course, this is an unfair and untrue generalization that ignores the centuries of political philosophy, ethics, and economic thought that underlie the modern definition of libertarianism, yet it is not hard to see why this misconception persists. Popular libertarian outlets like Reason Magazine prioritize marijuana legalization, and libertarian figures i... (more)


Thursday November 13th, 2014

Social Pressure Triumphs Again posted 11/13/2014, 8:59 PM (Logan Albright)
[Category: Commentary]
Google Glass is basically dead.

The innovative technology from the largest, most exciting tech firm out there was supposed to usher in a brave new world of wearable computers, revolutionize communication and take humanity the next step down the inevitable road towards cyborghood.

It was also, if you listened to a different set of sources, going to destroy any hope of privacy, wreck our attention spans, cripple inter-personal interaction, undermine trust, and basical
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Tuesday November 11th, 2014

Worship the Veterans Day posted 11/11/2014, 5:50 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
Veterans Days is misnamed.

It was originally termed Armistice Day--a day to commemorate the signing of the armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that ended fighting on the Western Front in World War I, "the war to end all wars." After World War II, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day as a tribute to all U.S. soldiers who fought for the government in some unnecessary foreign conflict.

But that is not why it is misnamed.

Alt
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Let's Rid America of Veterans posted 11/11/2014, 5:50 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The reason there is a large contingent of veterans in the United States is twofold: (1) because of the many foreign wars waged by the U.S. government in this century and the last and (2) the radical restructuring of America's governmental system into a national-security state, one that consists of an enormous permanent standing army, a vast empire of overseas and domestic military bases, a military-industrial complex, a CIA, and a NSA.

Our 19th-century American ancestors didn't ha
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Friday November 7th, 2014

The Political Sterility of Jon Stewart posted 11/07/2014, 5:34 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Political satire has a long and honorable history: Aristophanes, William Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift; W.S. Gilbert; George Orwell; Tom Lehrer, David Frost, and That Was the Week That Was; George Carlin; Spitting Image, Yes, Minister; the Smothers Brothers; the early Saturday Night Live, Dave Barry, The Onion, South P... (more)


Surprise: The Drug War Isn't About Drugs posted 11/07/2014, 5:17 PM (Kevin Carson)
[Category: Commentary]
On the morning of November 6 the US Federal Bureau of Investigation trumpeted its takedown of the Silk Road 2.0 website and the arrest of  alleged operator Blake Benthall.

In so doing the FBI demonstrated, once again, that the War on Drugs has nothing to do with anything its propagandists claim it’s about. If drug criminalization is a public safety issue — about fighting violent crime and gangs, or preventing overdoses and poisoning — shutting down Silk Road is one of the dumbest
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How Many Muslim Countries Has the U.S. Bombed Or Occupied Since 1980? posted 11/07/2014, 5:11 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
Barack Obama, in his post-election press conference yesterday, announced that he would seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) from the new Congress, one that would authorize Obama’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria--the one he began three months ago. If one were being generous, one co... (more)


Ted Rall: What Really Went Wrong at First Look Media posted 11/07/2014, 5:11 PM (Ted Rall)
[Category: Commentary]
Just over one year ago, billionaire eBay cofounder Pierre Omidyar issued one of the most dramatic announcements America’s beleaguered journalists had experienced in their lifetimes. After decades of closing newspapers, shrinking newsrooms, vanishing foreign bureaus and the near extinction of investigative report... (more)


Thursday November 6th, 2014

For Once, SWAT Operators Didn't Terrorize Kids posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Exchanging one set of costumes for another of a more benign variety, a dozen SWAT operators from the Toledo Police Department posing as superheroes performed for sick children at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital.

“It was cool,” said Officer Matthew Slaman, who dressed as the Adamantium-enhanced mutant Wolverine. “It was a lot of fun to see their faces light up, and h
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Election 2014: The Good News and Bad posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
The 2014 midterm election delivered both good news and bad. The good news is that the losers lost. The bad news is that the winners won.

Journalist Mike Barnicle says he's never seen an election in which the people feel so distant from the government. I wish his diagnosis were right, but I suspect it is not. True, voter turnout likely set no records for a midterm, but this doesn't indicate alienation as much as disgust with the particular cast of incumbents. Who wouldn't be disgus
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A Small Victory for Freedom posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the most ridiculous things about the government's war on drugs is that it classifies marijuana in the same category as dangerous drugs such as heroin, thus making marijuana worse than morphine, cocaine, methamphetamine, and phenobarbital.

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). As a Schedule I drug, marijuana supposedly meets the following criteria:

1. The drug or other substance has a high p
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Lew Rockwell On The Great News From the 2014 Elections posted 11/06/2014, 2:27 PM (LRC Blog)
[Category: Commentary]
"Two-thirds of the people eligible to vote didn’t. Since only 1/3 of the people voted for the regime, shouldn't it be democratically dissolved? And notice that we have to go to Al Jazeera to get the truth. The cheerleading State media of the US are silent."


Wednesday November 5th, 2014

The Biggest Obstacle to Freedom posted 11/05/2014, 2:14 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Expressing their obvious contempt for the overall situation in America, voters played their latest game of musical chairs by putting Republicans back in charge of Congress.

It won't make any difference at all. That's because the Republicans who have been installed into power are as statist as the Democrats they are replacing.

What really matters with respect to a free society is not a new set of statists to replace an old set of statists. That's one of the things th
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Friday October 31st, 2014

If You Vote — or Don't Vote — Complain posted 10/31/2014, 1:11 PM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
So here we go again. Another biennial US election season draws to a close and here come the solemn multi-partisan invocations of civic duty: Exercise that franchise. Pull that lever, push that button, mark that box. The future of western civilization depends on you. And if you don’t vote, don’t complain.

Question: If I don’t drive around my neighborhood at 3am blasting Metallica out my car window at 140 decibels, am I boorish or hypocritical to complain about those who do?
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Tuesday October 28th, 2014

How Far Can the P2P Revolution Go? posted 10/28/2014, 10:35 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
How far can the peer-to-peer revolution be pushed? It’s time we start to speculate, because history is moving fast. We need to dislodge from our minds our embedded sense of what’s possible.

Right now, we can experience a form of commercial relationship that was unknown just a decade ago. If you need a ride in a major city, you can pull up the smartphone app for Uber or Lyft and have a car arrive in minutes. It’s amazing to users because they get their first taste of what consumer
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Thursday October 23rd, 2014

The Index Card of Allowable Opinion posted 10/23/2014, 7:37 AM (Thomas E. Woods, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
I think most people know what I mean when I speak of the gatekeepers of permissible discussion. On the left, sites like ThinkProgress and Media Matters smear and attack those uppity peons who stray from the ideological plantation that the Washington Post and the New York Times oversee. On the right it's neoconservative sites like the Free Beacon, who have built a nice little cabin on that plantation, and who rat out anyone who tries to run away. Why, we don't hold any of the dangerous views of t... (more)


Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Should Government Have the Power to Quarantine? posted 10/22/2014, 6:30 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Earlier this spring, when awareness of Ebola was just beginning to dawn, a case of infection appeared in the town of Harbel, Liberia. The biggest employer in the area is Firestone. The company immediately set up a quarantine area of its hospital for the infected woman, who soon died. They distributed hazmat suits to workers. They researched everything they could, built a treatment center, and set up a comprehensive response. Transmission stopped. Even now, the only cases seen in this area come f... (more)


Obama Appointee Supports Individual Rights posted 10/22/2014, 6:29 AM (Randall Holcombe)
[Category: Commentary]
I've been critical of the Obama administration in the past, so it's nice to find something positive to say. This article says that President Obama's new acting head of the Justice Depa... (more)


Tuesday October 21st, 2014

Let the Market Contain Ebola posted 10/21/2014, 5:50 AM (Thomas L. Knapp)
[Category: Commentary]
American politicians’ attempts to create panic over a potential Ebola outbreak in the United States seem to have failed. Family and other contacts of US “patient zero” Thomas Eric Duncan completed a 21-day quarantine with no new cases appearing in that pool. Two nurses who treated Duncan are now symptomatic, but this seems to be a matter of early protocol failure (in any new health care situation i... (more)


Tuesday October 14th, 2014

The State as a Royal Scam posted 10/14/2014, 8:31 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“I am from Windows Support–”

“No, you’re not,” I told the Indian-accented fellow on the other end of the phone. “You’re about the tell me that my computer is sending error messages on the internet, correct?”

“Sir, your computer is sending –”

“No, it isn’t,” I interjected before he could finish. “Tell me, does anybody still fall prey to this scam? I gr
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Monday October 13th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald TED Talk: Why Privacy Matters posted 10/13/2014, 6:33 PM (TED Talks)
[Category: Commentary]


Glenn Greenwald was one of the first reporters to see — and write about — the Edward Snowden files, with their revelations about the United States' extensive surveillance of private citizens. In this searing talk, Greenwald makes the case for why you need to care about privacy, even if you’re “not doing anything you need to hide."


Thursday October 9th, 2014

"Crush the Seed of Ishmael": A "Final Solution" to the "Muslim Problem" posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
We have reached a point in our nation's descent into psychotic tribalist fear where people of stature and apparent sobriety unabashedly use the expression “final solution” when discussing the existence of Muslims.

For ISIS “and those similarly motivated,” insists ret
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The State Has No Right To Do Anything posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (David S. D'Amato)
[Category: Commentary]
I often hear people make casual remarks like, "Well, the State has a right to collect taxes," "the State has a right to punish criminals," or "the State has a right to controls its borders." Inside, I am always somewhat horrified at how very easily these kinds of assumptions are made, at how obvious the truth of such claims seems to others. Such assumptions are simply a given for most people, not even on the table for debate, no one really speculating about where the State acquired all of these ... (more)


Will the CDC Save Us From Ebola? posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Disease pandemics are a dream come true for central planners. Hysterical over possible contagion, citizens clamor for government action, government quarantines, government coercion, and government planning. In these cases, large numbers of people want government to do what government does best: seize people and property, coerce, issue orders, and spend lots of money.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control presents itself as the answer to every pandemic. Nevermind th
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I'd say they're more likely to spread it for job security. - Chris, InfoLib


Left and Right Agree: War Is Popular posted 10/09/2014, 8:56 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Common wisdom would purport that those on the so-called "right" are and have always been hawkish and pro-war, while those on the proverbial "left" have always been the tree-hugging, peacenik, anti-war folks. For many conservatives, unfortunately, this is more or less correct. However, progressives have once again airbrushed their own past, which is about as anti-war as, well, war.

Much of this perception is relatively recent and primarily boils down to the Iraq War. The neocon
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Tuesday October 7th, 2014

What the Feds and Bernie Madoff Have in Common posted 10/07/2014, 2:56 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Through the years, Bernard Madoff, the convicted ponzi schemer who defrauded his investors, "generously" donated millions of dollars to charity -- cancer research, hospitals, theaters, schools, and more. At least one of these charitable organizations invested with Mr. Madoff, where the invested funds disappeared.

But Madoff is not the only one who gives money to people after first taking it from them. Today's political leaders win votes and plaudits by giving goodies to little Joh
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Saturday October 4th, 2014

Chris Kyle, Clint Eastwood, and a Film Trailer Heinrich Himmler Would Admire posted 10/04/2014, 7:20 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Clint Eastwood is one of the most gifted filmmakers in the history of the medium. Bradley Cooper is an extraordinarily capable actor. On the evidence of the teaser trailer for “American Sniper,” Eastwood and Cooper — who stars in the title role, and served as a producer — have produced a masterpiece of War Party propaganda.

Cooper stars as the late Chris Kyle, generally (and, perhaps, unreliably) considered to be the most lethal sniper in US military history.

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