Commentary

Politics 2016: Who will stand up to the War Party?

September 2, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"For anyone with hopes of changing our foreign policy of relentless aggression, the presidential candidates now parading their wares before the public are truly a depressing sight. The Republicans are vying with one another for the 'honor' of being the most warlike, and even Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) -- son of the resolutely anti-interventionist Ron Paul, surely one of the most effective and militant critics of American foreign policy -- has joined in the contest. All the GOPers have taken aim at President Obama's deal with Iran: Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, two of the loudest, are organizing a September 9 rally on Capitol Hill opposing the agreement. On the Democratic side of the aisle, the picture doesn't look much better." (09/02/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/09/01/the-test-of-war/  

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You keep using that word: Monopoly edition

September 2, 2015
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"Monopoly is one of those words that gets thrown around too loosely. The word monopoly means, 'exclusive control by one group of the means of producing or selling a commodity or service.' So monopoly actually defines a condition that only exists under government interventionism. But the word, like so many other words, has been twisted by the State. Today monopoly implies any company that has become extremely large. Case in point, Google .... Google isn't a monopoly. In fact it’s not even close to being one. Every single product and service it provides is also provided by others." (09/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3g45ef  

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You can’t say that, Chrissie

September 2, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Ella Whelan  

"Hynde's comments were shocking because the prevailing narrative around sexual assault and rape has been so one-sided. If you don't play the victim, then you're part of the problem, runs the dominant train of thought. It is as if victimhood has become a sort of brand: students who have been sexually assaulted get photoshoots in broadsheets, petitions in their names and t-shirts made in their honour. The reaction to Hynde's comments shows just how stifling this victim-heavy atmosphere has become." (09/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nt8h92p  

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A choice not an echo … please

September 2, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by SH Chambers  

"I would be surprised if Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton became the nominees of the two major parties in 2016. Not shocked, mind you, but surprised. We've seen stranger things. Consider Jesse Ventura. But the prospect of a 'Trump v. Clinton' ballot makes me uneasy -- in part, because they both seem so ideologically ambiguous. While I know they must differ ideologically, I'm not quite sure how." (09/01/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1455  

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The Libertarian Angle, 09/02/15

September 2, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob and guest co-host Richard M. Ebeling talk about the current debates among current candidates in the presidential race." [various formats] (09/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oo4ugfw  

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Scott Alexander on labor economics: Point-by-point reply

September 2, 2015
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"To recap my last post, Scott Alexander's critique of libertarian labor economics amounts to a critique of mainstream labor economics itself. If Scott were in my labor economics course, I could spend hours of classtime responding to his thought-provoking critique. Since he's not, I'll do it here." (09/02/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/09/scott_alexander_3.html  

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Rational thoughts on immigration

September 2, 2015
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"The simple, unavoidable, inescapable ethical fact is that people have always wandered, even to the Moon. Theirs is a fundamental right -- barring private property -- to go anywhere they like on the face of the planet, and under the Zero Aggression Principle, nobody has a right to stop them. Which explains why the most corrupt xenophobic former libertarians are urging abandonment of the Zero Aggression Principle, the most profound and useful philosophical principle ever devised." (08/30/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle836-20150830-02.html  

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Religious liberty: Some unsolicited career advice for Kim Davis

September 2, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Religious liberty is an important thing. Important enough, I think, that we shouldn't willfully twist its meaning. No, religious liberty does not entitle Kim Davis to a continuing government position with a very nice paycheck for declining to do the job she was elected to do and promised to do. Kim Davis is not a martyr for religious freedom. She's a layabout, a no-show, collecting a paycheck for work she refuses to do." (09/01/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2826  

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The LAVA Flow Podcast, 09/01/15

September 2, 2015
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The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast
by  

"This fortnight's episode gives us a case in my home state of a clear violation of our right to defend ourselves, What's in the News with Creepy Uncle Joe, a new Ancap App on Cell411, and herding cats, talking about the Freecoast Festival in New Hampshire." [various formats] (09/01/15)

http://thelavaflow.com/tlf019-the-shall-be-infringed-edition/  

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How about closed borders between the states?

September 2, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Here is an idea to consider, based on the protectionist and anti-immigration positions held by leading GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and many of his fellow conservatives: Let’s end the system of open borders between the respective states of the Union and impose the same type of controlled system of trade and immigration that Trump favors for America’s international borders." (09/01/15)

http://fff.org/2015/09/01/closed-borders-states/  

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Hillary Clinton’s emails: Why it doesn’t matter what’s in them

September 2, 2015
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Fox News Fox News Forum
by Paul Goldman  

"The State Department released a new batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails Monday evening, totaling many thousands of pages. Her defenders will be searching through the electronic missives to find vindication, her critics parsing every key stroke to prove wronging, at least politically. The former first lady's strongest backers, aligned with the Democratic Party, believe the email controversy is based on partisanship, not principle. They believe she is being subjected to a double standard. Her most dogged attackers, aligned with the Republican Party, say the real truth is the opposite, that she is the one benefiting from a double standard, claiming anyone else would have been forced to quit the presidential race. What then is the truth about her emails?" (08/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqgwm9h  

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E-cigarettes not a path to smoking

September 2, 2015
posted by

Jeff Stier Heartland Institute
by Jeff Stier  

"In an editorial calling for regulations which would put obstacles in front of adults who seek to quit smoking by switching to e-cigarettes, The Sun's editorial board relies on a powerfully debunked innuendo and preposterous logic ('Teens and e-cigarettes,' Aug. 23). The basis for the paper's concern that e-cigarettes cause teens to smoke cigarettes is entirely unfounded. In fact, the small survey the piece cites acknowledges that an association between teen experimentation with e-cigarette use and subsequent smoking is not causal. In fact, teens who are likely to try e-cigarettes are the very teens already at risk for trying smoking, accounting for any association." (09/01/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/09/e-cigarettes-not-a-path-to-smoking/  

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Bernie Sanders lays down 2016’s new electoral math

September 2, 2015
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John Nichols The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Democratic candidates for president flew to the Twin Cities last week to make their pitches to members of the Democratic National Committee. They did not come to debate (a missed opportunity highlighted by Martin O’Malley, in a fiery speech decrying the DNC’s constricted debate schedule) but to sell themselves to the men and women who devote their waking hours to figuring out how to elect Democrats. For Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner and a veteran of DNC gatherings going back to the 1970s, the point of the visit was to reinforce traditional understandings of electability. For Bernie Sanders, a longtime independent who has emerged as Clinton’s most serious challenger for the party’s 2016 nod, the point was to expand the understanding of who is and who might be electable." (09/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouasgx5  

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The Tom Woods Show, 09/01/15

September 2, 2015
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"Opponents of free trade insist that job opportunities and living standards have declined as international trade has expanded. Is that true? Professor Don Boudreaux joins us for a rebuttal." [various formats] (09/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgwb69d  

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Leonard Read: The spiritual economist

September 2, 2015
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeremy Shearmur  

"To this day, the most influential of FEE's publications may be Leonard Read's 'I, Pencil.' It is widely used in introductory courses in economics and social philosophy. It offers a striking way to introduce students to a market-based perspective. And yet, its origins in the mind of Leonard Read were a mystery to almost everyone -- until now." (09/01/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/leonard-read-the-spiritual-economist/  

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Now that it’s being sued, “red light” Columbia cozies up to free speech

September 2, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Alex Morey  

"In an ironic twist, Columbia University -- long branded a 'red light' institution by FIRE for policies that restrict free speech on campus -- asked a federal judge to dismiss a high-profile Title IX lawsuit against the university on Friday, invoking the First Amendment. Columbia cited its deep commitment to the ideals of free speech in arguing it could not have stopped then-student Emma Sulkowicz from publicly accusing plaintiff Paul Nungesser of being a serial rapist and then carrying her mattress around campus in a for-credit act of performance art. Nungesser said Columbia's failure to intervene on his behalf amounted to university-sanctioned, gender-based harassment that made him a campus pariah." (09/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8h3q3v  

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Five things to know about Congress taking on the Iran nuclear deal

September 2, 2015
posted by

Ed Krayewski Reason
by Ed Krayewski  

"Congress has just a little over two weeks to vote to approve or disapprove the deal struck between Iran and the P5+1, the U.S., U.K., China, Russia, France, and Germany, over Iran's nuclear activities. The deal was a result of years of negotiations, hinged on coordinated international sanctions. The U.N. Security Council has already approved it, but supporters of the deal view the Congressional vote as the most important hurdle. If Congress votes to disapprove the bill, President Obama will have 12 days to veto the Congressional action, and then Congress will have 10 days to try to override that video. As time runs out, here are some aspects of the process to keep in mind ..." (09/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oy2tro6  

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Peak obedience

September 2, 2015
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Paul Rosenberg Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"Warnings about Peak Oil have circulated widely in recent years, and if accurate, they are important. Peak oil, however, pales in comparison to something that's happening right in front of us ... and something that is a good deal more dangerous: Peak Obedience. If that concept strikes you as odd, I can understand why: We've all been living inside of an obedience cult. (And I choose these words carefully.)" (09/01/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/peak-obedience  

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Adam Smith’s ethics: Propriety and social censure

September 2, 2015
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Paul Mueller  

"Smith claimed that people naturally sympathize with others. Sympathy begins with imagining ourselves in the position of another. Often we are moved by the plight of those around us -- or of those on the silver screen ..." (09/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8uurwq  

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Buying sex should be legal: How the Rentboy shutdown stigmatizes sex workers & makes them more vulnerable

September 2, 2015
posted by

Salon
by Stefan Vogler  

"Legalizing sex work means bringing it out of the shadows & off the streets -- and giving workers vital protections." (09/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfs4wgr  

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How capitalism turns love into addiction

September 2, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Lynn Stuart Parramore  

"Can something as basic as love become an addiction? Artists have always said so. Now, scientific researchers find that intense preoccupation with a love object lights up the brain with chemicals in ways that can be as compelling as shooting up. But unlike the pipe, the blackjack table or the online escort service, intense romantic attachments are a culturally sanctioned mode of escape. Members of Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (there are 21 live meetings in New York City this week alone), celebrity confessors like Alanis Morissette and a growing number of researchers indicate that the pursuit of love has never been so agonizing." [editor's note: When I wrote songs regularly, my big challenge was to write a non-dysfuncitonal love song. IIRC, I penned about two of them over 20 years - SAT] (08/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyw7f2u  

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Turning points

September 2, 2015
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Madsen Pirie  

"There have been turning points in the development of humankind. Some would point to the ability to make fire and the effect it had on people's diet and survival chances. Undoubtedly the development of agriculture about 12,000 years ago and the domestication of grains and livestock enabled humans to become a settled species and to store value against adversity. For most of the time men and women have been on this planet they have lived a meagre existence at subsistence level, vulnerable to storms, drought and crop failure. Something happened about three centuries ago that changed that for an increasing proportion of Earth's population. It was undoubtedly a turning point when people began to use some of their resources as capital to generate wealth." (09/01/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/turning-points/  

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Should libertarians vote Republican?

September 1, 2015
posted by

Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance  

"Constitutional conservatives, Reagan Republicans, and other conservative Republicans have no use for libertarians -- except when it comes time for another election. Then they want the votes of libertarians. Although they shy away from the term 'libertarian' in non-election years, they will describe themselves as libertarian-leaning when they want to sucker libertarians to vote for them on election day. There are two things that these libertarian-leaning Republicans can't stand. The first is not voting and the second is voting for a third party." (09/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyygv42  

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How to lose a winnable election

September 1, 2015
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The American Spectator
by David Catron  

"It's probably not necessary, as one GOP pollster has claimed, for the 2016 Republican nominee to win 40 percent of the Hispanic vote to reach the White House. It is, however, obvious that the nominee will have to do far better than the 27 percent received by Mitt Romney. And that's never going to happen if the Republican nominee advocates deporting 11 million Hispanics, including many who were born here, while vowing to eliminate birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment. In other words, if the GOP is myopic enough to nominate Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton will be the next president." (08/31/15)

http://spectator.org/articles/63926/how-lose-winnable-election  

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Hurrah for the nanny state

September 1, 2015
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Otherwise we would be helpless to resi[s]t phony mayonnaise and stop our children from drinking to[o] much soda. The ever vigilant folks at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has [sic] discovered a new threat they must protect us from: organic mayonnaise." (09/01/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/hurrah-nanny-state  

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