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Parasite panic

July 24, 2014
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Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Have you ever spotted a fat, juicy, satisfied blood sucking tick firmly attached to your dog, and pulled it off with a pair of tweezers watching its legs flailing about wildly before you dispatched it? That's what parasites do when you suddenly deprive them of their hosts. They panic. And that's just what the alarmed parasitical politicians in Washington are doing today as they rush to decide what to do about America's corporate 'hosts' that are fed up with over taxation and are moving overseas to avoid it." (07/24/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/07/parasite-panic.html  

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“Economic patriotism”: The last refuge of a tax scoundrel

July 24, 2014
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Joel Schlosberg and Thomas L. Knapp  

"It is true that the corporate-state alliance has been strained by the panoply of neoliberal economic policies. But 'globalization' requires doing away with borders only very selectively, when it suits corporate purposes. The American superstate and its international 'trade partners' are more than willing to ignore borders when corporations benefit by moving goods from low-cost labor centers to high-profit sales centers. But that same state and those same partners consider borders of paramount importance when it comes to capturing the tax revenue that pays for all the perks their corporate symbiotes depend on for their continued existence." (07/23/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/29571  

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Americans say country is “more divided.” Maybe it’s not divided enough.

July 24, 2014
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"About two-thirds of Americans say the country is more politically divided than it was four years ago, with blame going equally to the president and Congress. Fortunately, our countrymen have a plan for addressing these divisions: they plan to vote this November, presumably to enact their vision of the good life into law and stuff it down the throats of the folks on the other side of the divide." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ko5xfnj  

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What rights do we have?

July 24, 2014
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Tibor R. Machan The Daily Bell
by Tibor R. Machan  

"As Locke and quite a few others before him -- in what is called the Natural Law tradition of ethics and politics -- maintained, our basic rights are supposed to be natural and thus not created or granted (as privileges would be) by people, including governments. Governments or lawmakers are themselves supposed to be bound by these rights to conduct their administrative and other duties without violating them." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n4vpvl3  

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No, Millennials are not all libertarians

July 24, 2014
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The Nation
by Alex Holt  

"I was 9 years old when President Clinton was impeached. I distinctly remember the news anchor’s discomfort when he tried to explain that he was interrupting regular programming to begin coverage of the Senate’s consideration of perjury charges. When I asked my dad what the president had done and why everyone was mad at him, he told me that Clinton had 'kissed another woman,' and married people weren’t supposed to do that. To me, it didn’t seem like a big enough deal to warrant canceling Saturday morning cartoons. A few years later, I watched the Supreme Court pick our president after we learned just how poorly a ballot could be designed." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ns9slvu  

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DC forgets about the debt

July 24, 2014
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Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Although it is expected to top $17.6 trillion by August 1, the national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently. Out of sight may indeed mean out of mind, especially in Washington, but that hardly means the problem has gone away -- as a new report from the Congressional Budget Office makes clear." (07/23/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dc-forgets-about-debt  

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Hillary’s Sister Souljah moment

July 24, 2014
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Our Future
by Robert Borosage  

"The 2016 election is two-and-one-half years off, but already Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, is getting pummeled. Her book tour, designed to provide soft interviews burnishing her record as secretary of state, has been plagued by missteps. She’s criticized for having no 'big idea,' for being out of touch after earning enough in the last year to be part of the .001 percent, even for underwhelming book sales. Her foreign policy hawkishness has stirred the embers of progressive doubts. Worse, she seems on the wrong side of the divide between the Wall Street and the Warren (after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, darling of progressives) wings of the Democratic party. The adversarial press seems a lot more 'ready for Hillary' than Hillary is for the fray." (07/23/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20140723/hillarys-sister-souljah-moment  

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John Blundell, 1952-2014

July 24, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"I learned last night, from an e-mail sent by Walter Grinder, that John died earlier in the day yesterday. As I read Walter’s e-mail, a deep sadness descended upon me (as, I know, it descended upon many others) -- sadness not only for John's wife Christine and their two sons, Miles and James, but for John's many friends who will never again enjoy his charm, good humor, and dry wit. And sadness, too, for the liberal cause. John was that rare person who combined extraordinary organizational, managerial, and fund-raising skills with a profound knowledge of -- and devotion to the principles of -- classical liberalism and libertarianism." (07/23/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/07/john-blundell-1952-2014.html  

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Nationalize the Ivy League

July 24, 2014
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In These Times
by Chris Lehmann  

"Higher education in the United States is the scapegoat of first resort for the country's lagging indicators of prosperity, individual achievement and civilizational excellence. The American university had it coming. It has pillaged the pedagogy of the liberal-arts tradition in favor of corporatized research, trustee courtiership and legacy big-donor admissions. And contrary to the myth that a degree from an elite college is a port of entry to access the American good life, higher learning accelerates the scourge of economic inequality. For all the resources and pious rhetoric showered on the American university as an engine of opportunity and upward mobility, the numbers tell a different story." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nwyr2lw  

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Israel, looking for hope in a sea of bad faith & despair

July 24, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side?" (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owcooxm  

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What if democracy is a fraud?

July 24, 2014
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Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P. Napolitano  

"What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?" (07/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oq3llhq  

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$18 billion in job training = lots of trained unemployed people

July 24, 2014
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Reuters
by Peter Van Buren  

"President Barack Obama told Americans in his July 19 weekly address that every worker deserves to know that 'if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one.' A nice sentiment -- and politically safe. It’s just the wrong answer. Those 'better jobs' don’t exist, and training doesn’t create jobs. Despite all that, every year the U.S. government spends billions of dollars on job training, with little impact. In 2007, then-candidate Obama visited Janesville, WI, location of the oldest operating General Motors plant in America." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q48r6cn  

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Surge to the border: Crisis or reunion?

July 24, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Why isn't Mexico doing more to deter unaccompanied minors from Central America from traversing Mexico to cross the U.S./Mexico border? If this is a humanitarian crisis, then shouldn't Mexico be taking in its neighbors? Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade met with The Chronicle Editorial Board on Tuesday, so I had a chance to ask him." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pv6wuzs  

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The perpetual crises of the welfare-warfare state

July 24, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"It's fascinating to see people get all bent out of shape over the latest immigration crisis. I mean, what planet have they been living on? It's as though they're shocked -- just shocked -- that another immigration crisis would befall our nation. And then they go into extreme fits of anger, anxiety, angst, and depression over the crisis. I don't get it. We libertarians have been pointing out that crises are an inherent part of the welfare-warfare state apparatuses ever since such apparatuses were made a part of America's governmental system in the 1930s and 1940s. Haven't people been listening?" (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgebo2z  

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Dazed and confused

July 24, 2014
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Casey Given  

"Since March, no fewer than four major studies on millennials' political attitudes have been published, prompting media confusion about young people's seemingly contradictory attitudes about the role of government. Headlines like 'Millennials' Political Views Don't Make Any Sense' and 'This Poll Proves That Millennials Have Totally Incoherent Political Views' graced popular websites like The Atlantic and Vox. Such headlines should be expected considering the Herculean task at hand. Aggregating the political beliefs of a group as numerous and multifarious as an entire generation is so difficult it can seem like a fool's errand." (07/22/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/dazed-and-confused  

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Finally: Legit Libertarian criticism from mainstream media

July 24, 2014
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Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Gerson and libertarians are right that government benefits when so-called 'legalize and tax' libertarians work together. Government always spends more than it collects, which sets up an endless cycle of taxing, collecting, overspending and searching for yet new taxes ... Making every victimless activity legal but taxable may be a goal of government but not of libertarians." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/os58hf9  

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A qualified defense of goldbuggery and some related observations on the regressive effects of inflation

July 24, 2014
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Steven Horwitz Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Steve Horwitz  

"With currency and deposits redeemable in gold, customers and other banks can take any excess balances of such liabilities to the issuer for gold. Should any bank produce more money than its customers wish to hold, those customers will either bring it back to the bank directly for redemption or they will spend it, where it will most likely end up in the possession of a different bank. The other bank will not want to hold stocks of a competitor’s money. Instead, it will prefer to redeem it for gold or reserves at the bank directly or at a clearinghouse, either of which will impose a cost on the competitor by taking away the gold or reserves it needs to create loans. This process of 'adverse clearings' ensures that if any bank creates too much money, it will pay an economic price for it in the form of reduced reserves." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/on6xmzd  

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Has the Affordable Care Act slowed the growth of health care spending?

July 24, 2014
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Andrew J. Rettenmaier, Thomas R. Saving and Zijun Wang  

"For years, health care spending has outpaced economic growth. However, in 2012, health care spending as a share of the economy declined slightly for the second year in a row, based on official government statistics released at the outset of 2014. This news was greeted in some quarters as evidence that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was beginning to bend the cost curve downward. But do these reports actually indicate that the ACA is curbing health care growth, relative to the growth of the rest of the economy? In fact, the recent slowing of health care expenditures is one of several similar slowdowns. Further, data for 2013 and the first part of 2014 indicate that the trend is already reversing and health care expenditures are rising." (07/23/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ib146  

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The secret government rulebook for labeling you a terrorist

July 24, 2014
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The Intercept
by Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux  

"The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither 'concrete facts' nor 'irrefutable evidence' to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept." (07/23/14)

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/07/23/blacklisted/  

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Let’s not pay our debts because … “I choose Argentina”

July 24, 2014
posted by

The Canal
by Belen Marty  

"I was taught that when someone asks to borrow money, it must be returned. Right? Is there anything different going on if the borrower is the state and not an individual?" [editor's note: Yes, there are two differences. The first difference is that the only way the state can pay back the money is to steal it. The second difference is that the lender knows this. If you want the loans you make repaid, don't knowingly loan to criminals. If you knowingly loan to criminals, don't whine afterward when the criminals act like criminals to your injury rather than to your profit - TLK] (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lza79zn  

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How to start reforming the Federal Reserve right now

July 24, 2014
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown  

"An essential component of monetary reform should be setting interest rates free. This means no more official pegging or guidance of short-term interest rates and no attempt to manipulate in various ways long-term interest rates. Markets can do a better job of discovering the neutral rates of interest (across different maturities) and positioning market rates at any time relative to these so as to guide the economy along an equilibrium path than any set of well-informed and even well-meaning Fed officials. This is all on the big assumption that the reformers can design a monetary system around a suitable firmly placed pivot." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/llxkxmm  

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A light goes on in my head — “immigration”

July 24, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Government -- the State -- can own no property or anything else, since it possesses nothing it did not either steal or 'buy' with stolen money, and thieves don't own the stolen property they possess. Government has zero 'authority' to control who you let on your property. So, 'immigration' is a non-issue. You either trespass or you don't. I am against trespassing. I am also against government pretending it has authority over other people's property (which is theft)." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfrttpk  

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Everything Voluntary Podcast, 07/23/14

July 24, 2014
posted by

Everything Voluntary Everything Voluntary
by  

"Episode 031 is the third part of the on-going Economics 101 mini-series, on the topics of production, consumption, and exchange." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pxrwdsd  

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Are Iran sanctions costing you a job?

July 24, 2014
posted by

Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Your sanctions on Iran make it harder for American families to feed themselves. NIAC reports that sanctions cost the American economy $100 billion and over 600,000 lost jobs between 2008 and 2012! And for WHAT? There's no clear evidence Iran wants to build a nuclear weapon. Your own intelligence agencies said so." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lbzrwaj  

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To protect (and create) American jobs, we need less government

July 24, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley  

"Why is the bipartisan contingent concerned about the cheap Korean steel dumping? American job loss. ... They are diagnosing a real problem -- foreign countries dump all kinds of oft-subsidized products here. But they are prescribing the wrong long term solution. To truly fix this -- for the world and forever -- we need less government. Both here and abroad." (07/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nerawu2  

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