Commentary

Let Greece leave the Eurozone

July 1, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"The long and the short of it is that Greece's international creditors should end the bailouts and let the ungrateful and arrogant Greece default and exit the Euro currency. The major long-term ill-effect that this short-term disruption would generate would be on European pride in a common currency that should have never been concocted in the first place." (06/30/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7434  

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Life after Obergefell: Survival tips for the dismayed

July 1, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"First, if you oppose same-sex marriage, don't marry someone of the same sex. Pretty easy, right? This isn't as bad as you're trying to make it out to be. You're still perfectly free to be heterosexual and to marry someone of the opposite sex. Secondly, if you are a government employee involved in the issuance of marriage licenses and your religious beliefs keep you from issuing those licenses to same-sex couples, quit and go find work in the private sector. You're entitled to your religious beliefs. You're not entitled to a government paycheck for refusing to do your job." (06/30/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1971  

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The fight for the millennial voter

July 1, 2015
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Veronique de Rugy Reason
by Veronique de Rugy  

"Millennials have overtaken baby boomers as the single largest bloc in the country today. Their views are helping to drive changes in public opinion across a range of topics. But young people aren't consistently libertarian. A Reason-Rupe poll from spring 2014 found that while they're libertarian on social issues and immigration, millennials are not great when it comes to economic matters. Though a majority agree that government is ineffective and incompetent, they also think it should do more to 'help' people. As a result, they support a host of not-at-all-libertarian policies, such as the federal provision of health care." (for publication 07/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/06/30/the-fight-for-the-millennial-v  

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Crime and punishment in the “free world”

July 1, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"With 10,000 e-books on Robertson's computer, prosecutors homed in on 20 or so that not only failed to meet their strict literary standards but also -- they claimed -- connected him in some vague way to terrorist organizations. Robertson, known as Abu Taubah, is an Islamic scholar, and there was never any evidence introduced that showed the validity of such a connection. It was just a gratuitous effort to keep him in jail and throw away the key. But this time it didn't work." (07/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovc3yn3  

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“Can’t we all just be civil?”

July 1, 2015
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Well, apparently not. It's not that I'm unwilling, but when someone gets into their head that they are entitled to any bit of my life, liberty, or property -- and believes it's OK to violate me as long as they do it 'legally' and send others to pull the trigger for them -- then all this 'civility' is suicidal. You can't soft-peddle what it is they are advocating doing to you." (06/30/15)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2015/06/cant-we-all-just-be-civil.html  

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Marauding cops

July 1, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Policemen who perpetrate acts like those I am about to describe should be imprisoned. That's not an anti-police statement, it's a pro-law-and-order one. Anybody who vandalizes the property of innocent people and pointlessly terrorizes them, whether flashing a badge as prelude or not, should be arrested, prosecuted, convicted and punished." (06/30/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/30/marauding-cops/  

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Not that there’s anything wrong with that

July 1, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Silpa Kovvali  

"'The network thought this was an offensive show,' says lead actor Michael Richards in the DVD commentary for 'The Outing,' a famous episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, wherein Jerry and George are misidentified as a couple by a college reporter. 'And hence,' replies Jason Alexander, 'why the big line was borne, that became the catchphrase.' According to the costars, the line 'Not that there's anything wrong with that' was added to the show's script in response to concerns from above that the main characters' too-impassioned denials of homosexuality might not sit well with the gay community. In addition to making it more palatable, catering to this sensitivity made the episode funnier; the line elevated it to legendary." [editor's note: This is another thoughtful essay about the whole "victimhood/trigger warning" nonsense - SAT] (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovsosvo  

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Too little too late for Puerto Rico’s debt crisis

July 1, 2015
posted by

Frank Worley-Lopez The Canal
by Frank Worley-Lopez  

"A crisis like the one Puerto Rico currently faces can be used by opportunistic politicians like Garcia Padilla to get elected or for his opponents to get their electoral revenge. It can also spur movements like ours to change the way things are done in a real substantive way." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/naucw4f  

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Anthony Kennedy’s California roots shine through

July 1, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson  

"In his characteristically bumptious manner, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia lamented the lack of geographic diversity among his colleagues last week in his opinion dissenting from the Court’s same-sex marriage ruling. There are no justices from the South or West, he harrumphed -- a judgment he then qualified, in deference to the fact that the author of the majority opinion, Anthony Kennedy, is Californian, with a verbal wave of the hand. 'California does not count,' he wrote, as a real Western state. Actually, as the region that’s home not just to California but also to Washington, Oregon and Hawaii, the American West is probably more in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage than any region but the Northeast. Still, a case can be made that Kennedy’s jurisprudence has often been shaped by his California-ness, and seldom more so than in the past week." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pl8urd2  

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Why decentralism? Beyond left and right

July 1, 2015
posted by

David S. D'Amato Libertarianism.org
by David S D'Amato  

"As I have attempted to show in the previous two installments, decentralism defies the popular conceptions of both the political right and left. The right will identify with the decentralist resistance to big government and the growth and power of executive branch bureaucracies, as well as decentralism's stress on respecting the sovereignty of smaller political units. The left will also appreciate the decentralist emphasis on the merits of localism, especially apropos of economic and environmental sustainability, and the principled opposition to big business dominance of politics and culture." (06/29/15)

 

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Murtaza Hussain on The Scott Horton Show

July 1, 2015
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Murtaza Hussain The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Murtaza Hussain, a journalist with The Intercept, discusses the real story behind the Fort Dix Five terror plot and the sentencing of the alleged plotters to life in prison despite extremely flimsy evidence of a crime." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/29/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/06/29/62915-murtaza-hussain/  

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How the Federal Reserve could help give you a raise

July 1, 2015
posted by

William Greider The Nation
by William Greider  

"The stock market is jittery from one day to the next because nervous investors want to know when the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates again. When it does, there is widespread fear that the inflated stock prices might crater. Savvy players would like to get out just before the music stops. But the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank whose economists like to focus on broader public concerns, has asked the Fed quite a different question. When will wages start rising for working people? The fragile recovery has been terribly lopsided so far. Improving economic activity is generating new jobs at a healthier clip and corporate profits are robust. But wages are still stuck in recessionary doldrums. Perhaps that is why Middle America remains so gloomy. Its battered finances are not recovering, and in some ways things are getting worse for many families." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oeffuws  

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Greece on the slippery slope

July 1, 2015
posted by

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"You can bet on the banks. You can bet on the fiat dollar. You can bet on stocks or stocks cleverly disguised as 'mutual funds.' But understand THAT is one bet. That assumes the central bankers love you and will care for you. Based on no evidence whatsoever." (06/30/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/06/30/greece-on-the-slippery-slope/  

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Will Obama’s new hostage policy actually work?

July 1, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David Rohde  

"Minutes after that private meeting [with former hostages and families], Obama held a press conference at which he unveiled Presidential Policy Directive 29, a reorganization of how the U.S. government responds when Americans are taken captive overseas. Obama publicly declared what FBI officials have privately said for years: He promised that American families who pay ransoms would not be prosecuted for providing material support to terrorist groups. He said government negotiators would, for the first time, engage in direct talks with kidnappers. And he pledged that U.S. intelligence officials would try to maximize -- instead of curtail -- the amount of intelligence information shared with families." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oa4zqwc  

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Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 06/29/15

July 1, 2015
posted by

Peaceful Anarchism
by  

"Please enjoy part 2 of my recent conversation with Leslee Frost. Herein we discussed Internet is Spontaneous Order, barriers to entry, we are government argument, ruling by fear, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, tribalism, Democracy: the new religion, false dilemma logical fallacy, Fascistic Chess Club, Anarchy is social cooperation, the Market for Liberty, Voluntary Society speculations, the virtue of selfishness, planned obsolescence, reputation is the self-correcting mechanism of the Free Market, everyone is winging it, nihilism and much more!" [MP3] (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj975uu  

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Obama could fix dark money, but would rather just yell at Republicans about it

July 1, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Jon Schwarz  

"President Obama has been denouncing 'dark money' since 2010, when he declared it 'a threat to our democracy.' And he's right to be concerned: Dark money -- in the form of donations to politically active nonprofit organizations that do not have to disclose their donors -- now amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars each election. If he actually wanted to do something about it, he could -- without any involvement by Congress. He could issue an executive order requiring corporations that do business with the federal government to disclose their dark money contributions and those by their top executives." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nr79lqd  

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And Christie makes 16: Why are so many people running for president?

July 1, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by David Greenberg  

"As of Tuesday, with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie squeezing into the clown car that is the race for the Republican presidential nomination, 15 men and one woman are competing to carry the GOP standard. Never before under modern nomination rules have so many plausible contenders been in the mix. ... So why is the 2016 race so crowded? The key reason is that the authorities who used to be gatekeepers have lost power." [editor's note: The only positive side-effect of which would be if the "gatekeepers" preventing alternatives to the two War Party wings from gaining ballot status also lost power - SAT] (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nz6gggv  

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Reimagining surface transportation reauthorization

July 1, 2015
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Marc Scribner  

"Many transportation policy observers estimate that stagnating revenues and increases in fuel efficiency will cause the current fuel tax–reliant Highway Trust Fund to implode sometime within the next 15 years. Until that implosion, fuel taxes will become extremely regressive, as the wealthy would avoid the taxes with new, highly fuel efficient or all-electric vehicles, shifting the fuel tax burden to the working poor. This is an outcome no one wants to see." [summary -- full paper available as PDF download] (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pagfcgx  

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Have millions of deaths from America’s “war on terror” been concealed?

July 1, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jack Balkwill  

"The mass media in the US have covered up the most important fact in America's ongoing wars: the number of people slaughtered. Even before the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, the mainstream media served as cheerleaders for the bloodshed, spreading the major lies that led us to war. As a combat vet still shocked by what I saw almost 50 years ago in Vietnam, where we earlier slaughtered millions in another war based on lies, I decided to look into what is happening in the current wars. I discovered that as many as seven million innocents may have been slaughtered in Afghanistan and Iraq." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oz6ztal  

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The new front in the global war on drugs

June 30, 2015
posted by

Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"The effort at banning synthetic psychoactive drugs is not likely to work any better than previous crusades to ban marijuana, cocaine and other substances -- or the U.S. experiment with alcohol prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s. The reality is that a percentage of people will want to experience chemically induced pleasure regardless of the number, nature and severity of laws against such behavior. Indeed, people have used an array of ostensibly legitimate products, including glue and paint thinner, to achieve the desired experience. Trying to outlaw all chemical highs is akin to a dog chasing its tail." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pgazb3b  

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Unjust ICE deportation leaves child fatherless

June 30, 2015
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by Kirsten Powers  

"Melissa Furlow Lawrence met her future husband, Garfield Lawrence (who goes by his middle name, Kenault), when he joined her fifth-grade class in Front Royal, Va., as an immigrant from Jamaica. Their long friendship turned into romance her senior year in high school, and according to Melissa, 'We were never apart again.' That was true for a decade, until the night Melissa, then 27 and nearly eight months pregnant, received a call that changed her life." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oouoo3t  

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The threat posed by a cashless society

June 30, 2015
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Robert Henderson  

"We are in danger of sleepwalking into a cashless society. More and more purchases are made by electronic means , through standing orders, direct debits, debit cards or credit cards. Debit and credit card purchases already account for over a third of UK GDP and more than three quarters of retail purchases (up from 46% in 2003), while card and computer purchases have just overtaken UK cash sales. The next logical step towards a cashless society is to have laws which allow private businesses and any public body which charges for its services to refuse cash payment. Denmark is seemingly taking the first tentative steps along that road." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/obdnb75  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 06/30/15

June 30, 2015
posted by

Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"Caity Greene, Dan Greene and, to a far lesser extent, Michael W. Dean discuss The 10 worst personality types you encounter at work. Also the old movie The President's Analyist and the new TV show Humans." [various formats] (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvs82bn  

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Frederic Bastiat deserves a posthumous Nobel

June 30, 2015
posted by

Lawrence W. Reed Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed  

"If a posthumous Nobel Prize were to be awarded to just one person for crystal-clear writing and masterful storytelling in economics, no one would be more deserving of it than Frederic Bastiat (June 30, 1801–December 24, 1850). He set the standard over a century and a half ago." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnuf38m  

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Why we must fight economic apartheid in America

June 30, 2015
posted by

Robert Reich Our Future
by Robert Reich  

"Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the Court’s third decision -- on housing discrimination. In a 5-4 ruling, the Court found that the Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires plaintiffs to show only that the effect of a policy is discriminatory, not that defendants intended to discriminate. The decision is important in the fight against economic apartheid in America; racial segregation [is] on a much larger geographic scale than ever before." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qe93vvc  

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