Commentary

If you vote — or don’t vote — complain

October 31, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"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? If anything, those who DO vote are the ones giving up their rightful prerogative of complaint." (10/30/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/33124  

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The free market kicks it some Ebola ass

October 31, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"The Ebola hysteria raises questions about how a free society would handle contagious diseases. Critics of freedom argue: libertarian principles, like the right against involuntary confinement, means that half the people on the planet could literally die from a lack of centralized state control. Left to their own devices, average people cannot solve their own problems. The opposite is true." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nusko5o  

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Seven reasons to vote for the Libertarian Party

October 31, 2014
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Nicholas Sarwark Reason
by Nicholas Sarwark  

"Why should libertarians vote for the Libertarian Party? The short answer is that 'libertarian' is right there in the name. If that's good enough for you, thank you for your vote for our candidates, you can stop reading now. But if you're one of those 'small l' libertarians who want to know why you should vote for the Libertarian Party candidate instead of the candidate with the D or R by their name who is closest to your views, read on." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qzpalvn  

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How cronyism worsens income inequality (and freed markets reduce it)

October 31, 2014
posted by

Steven Horwitz Future of Freedom Foundation
by Steven Horwitz  

"The ability of some to get wealthier through political connections does trouble many on the political left, but they often argue that with better elected officials, or more ethical businesspeople, or limits on campaign contributions, we could dramatically reduce this sort of cronyism. What their argument misses is that as long as government gives out goodies, private-sector actors will find ways to get their hands on them. If you really want to take the money out of politics, you need to make it harder for politicians to hand out money." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owevoch  

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Saving the GOP from modern Know-Nothingism

October 31, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh  

"Many in the GOP are jockeying for the soul of the party ahead of an anticipated 2014 midterm election victory. Social conservatives are eager to reassert their influence after repeated defeats over gay marriage. Fiscal conservatives make the case for a greater emphasis on runaway spending. And then there are the nativists, who contend that the future of the Republican Party lies in opposing immigration reform. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, for example, said last month that, 'Immigration could be to 2016 what ObamaCare was to 2010.' Not if history is any guide. Consider the experience of California and Texas." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q2jeh57  

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New voting restrictions could swing election

October 31, 2014
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The Nation The Nation
by Ari Berman  

"On Monday, October 27, eight activists with Moral Monday Georgia occupied the office of Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp, holding signs that read 'Let Us Vote.' There are 800,000 unregistered African-American, Hispanic and Asian eligible voters in Georgia. This year, the New Georgia Project registered 85,000 of them. After the applications were submitted, Kemp subpoenaed the group's records and accused them of voter registration fraud. It turned out that only 25 of the forms were fraudulent and the group was required by law to turn them in regardless. Despite the scant evidence of voter fraud, 40,000 new voter registration applications have yet to be processed in the state, according to the New Georgia Project." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kftfvxc  

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The chickenshit lobby is mad as hell

October 31, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Chickenshit Lobby, otherwise known as Israel’s amen corner in the US, is mad as hell -- but just how mad are they? I don't know the answer to that question, but as the prospect of a peace agreement with Iran looms larger, those whose job it is to protect the President need to take this potential threat seriously. As we've seen recently, the White House isn't exactly an impregnable fortress. In the meantime, it’s time to start reevaluating the 'special relationship' in light of an Israeli leader who talks about the 'grassy knoll' while denouncing an American president." (10/31/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kyzeenw  

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Regcession — why most Americans aren’t feeling Obama’s “vigorous recovery”

October 31, 2014
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Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"President Obama is trying, according to CNN, to 'convince voters of a vigorous recovery that a majority still doubts.' Describing comments the president made on October 2 at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, CNN calls his attempt, the 'political problem inherent in having to describe an economic recovery that many Americans still aren't feeling.' The coverage points to polling data that shows the public still sees that the economy is 'poor' -- with 56 percent disapproving of how Obama has handled the economy. Perhaps people are beginning to sense what a new documentary makes clear. We may not officially be in a recession, as some numbers have ticked slightly up, but people, as CNN pointed out, aren't feeling it." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ptglq7u  

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GOP: They’re all Randians now

October 31, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"In public opinion, the battle over the Affordable Care Act has come to a stalemate. Depending on how you ask the question, a majority of the public disapproves of the law, but a majority also doesn't agree with Republicans that it should be repealed. On the simple approval question, poll results look just about the same as they did five years ago, which is remarkable given all the fighting over it and everything that has happened, good and bad, in its implementation. But there's something remarkable in this new article in the New England Journal of Medicine that we really need to take notice of, because it represents a significant shift in how some Americans think about healthcare." (10/30/14)

http://prospect.org/article/theyre-all-randians-now  

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Bust you for it now, tax you for it tomorrow

October 31, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"'I'm going to be burning weeds today -- the right kind, that is,' Bill Esbensen wryly informed me as we met at his abandoned rental property. He was careful to obtain the required permit before igniting the assembled yard debris. Since he will be on probation until June 2016, Bill could wind up in prison for even the most trivial ordinance violation, the people running what passes for the 'justice' system in Oregon's Malheur County have an incontinent lust to send him there. A few weeks earlier, in a courthouse a few blocks away from the rental home in Vale, the Malheur County DA's office briefly considered confiscating the property before deciding that it wasn't worth the effort. The two-story house had been remodeled to contain a greenhouse and a 'grow room' for the production of marijuana." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ob5df3j  

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Secret manuals show the spyware sold to despots and cops worldwide

October 31, 2014
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Cora Currier and Morgan Marquis-Boire  

"When Apple and Google unveiled new encryption schemes last month, law enforcement officials complained that they wouldn't be able to unlock evidence on criminals' digital devices. What they didn't say is that there are already methods to bypass encryption, thanks to off-the-shelf digital implants readily available to the smallest national agencies and the largest city police forces -- easy-to-use software that takes over and monitors digital devices in real time, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. We're publishing in full, for the first time, manuals explaining the prominent commercial implant software 'Remote Control System,' manufactured by the Italian company Hacking Team." (10/30/14)

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/10/30/hacking-team/  

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Unsettling climate science

October 31, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Steve Murphy  

"Not even scientific uncertainty will stand between John Kerry and an historic treaty enshrining his name." (10/30/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1325  

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We need iPads

October 31, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Every once in a while somebody explains that 'we' don't need this or that product, however great it may be and however great the demand for it. For example, a tech reviewer dubs Apple's latest iPad models 'largely unnecessary,' given last-year models almost as capable. The charge of unnecessariness is surely false when we're talking about customers who do want the most cutting-edge technology and can put it to good use. But it's false in a broader perspective too -- unless we suppose that all advances in human civilization beyond the level of the hut and the bearskin are 'largely unnecessary' to human survival and well-being." (10/30/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/30/we-need-ipads/  

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Hysteria epidemics

October 31, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Jeff Darcy  

Cartoon. (10/29/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/voter-id-4/  

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Trying to silence Bill Maher in cradle of free speech

October 31, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"'The students at the University of California at Berkeley represent a diverse array of students from all walks of life,' begins the student petition. Somehow you just know that before the end, the document would demand that the administration muzzle someone -- for the sake of diversity. The spirit of far-left censors trumps exposure to novel ideas. Hence the new student group: Stop Bill Maher from Speaking at UC Berkeley’s December Graduation, which almost prevailed. 'It is the responsibility of the University of California to protect all students and uphold a standard of civility,' quoth the petition, which has gathered close to 4,000 signatures. Protect students from a comedian? O brave new university that has such delicate flowers in it." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mrq9unh  

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Jeffrey Tucker on The Scott Horton Show

October 31, 2014
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Jeffrey A. Tucker, CEO of Liberty.me and publisher of Laissez-Faire Books, discusses Murray Rothbard’s take on the politics of Christian and secular millennialism and eschatology." [Flash audio or MP3] (10/29/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/10/29/102914-jeffrey-tucker/  

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AMA answers and a poll

October 31, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by  

KN@PPSTER, aka Tom Knapp, answers reader questions on politics, e-cigarette vaping, etc. [Flash audio] (10/31/14)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2014/10/ama-answers-and-poll.html  

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Self-care for activists

October 31, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Elizabeth Tate  

"Being an activist is emotionally draining. Trying to get people into the same place on the same day can be like herding cats; People will argue with you constantly, and sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, you aren’t making a difference. Sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it to be in the movement anymore. This is normal and natural. Anyone who works long hours and sometimes doesn’t see results can relate. For activists, it can be even harder because it’s something we so fervently believe in that brings us so much exhaustion. This is why, like with all things, it’s important to remember that you always come first." (10/29/14)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2014/10/29/self-care-for-activists/  

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The awful truth about free speech

October 31, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Mick Hume  

"Almost everybody in Western society with more than two brain cells to rub together supports freedom of speech. Or so they say. Blasphemers might be sentenced to death in Islamic states, and the internet might be censored to death in China. But in the UK, US and elsewhere in the West, we still enjoy freedom of expression. Or so we think. So how is it then that, everywhere from Twitter to television, from the theatrical stage to the football stand, in student bars and in serious debates, free speech is under siege? It seems that our hard-won historic liberty is often being given up without a serious fight, and even offered up for sacrifice." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/km9kr6z  

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Election on Tuesday: Who’s running?

October 31, 2014
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"I’ve commented before on all the political spam I’m receiving in my email, most of it from the Democratic party (dccc@dccc.org). In many of their pleadings, they claim they are running against the Koch Brothers. (I like how they capitalize both their name and the B in Brothers.) And who’s running against the Koch Brothers? It appears that Hillary Clinton is." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plpjsdn  

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The state-level plan to nullify federal gun control

October 30, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Scott Landreth  

"Want to stop federal gun control but don’t know where to start? Interested in solutions from the founding fathers? Looking for model legislation to get things done? The new ShallNot handbook for legislators and grassroots activists is the tool you need to protect the 2nd Amendment from federal abuse. The ShallNot handbook serves as a guide to how the states can preserve the Second Amendment whether the politicians in Washington D.C., or the special interests that support them, want us to or not." (10/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qzujc3e  

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Israel doesn’t care what Obama thinks

October 30, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Dimi Reider  

"When a senior U.S. official calls Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 'chickenshit,' you know the Israeli-American relationship has reached a new low point. The putdown was reported in The Atlantic just days after the Israeli defense minister’s request to meet with U.S. national security officials was rebuffed. Adding insult to injury, the rebuff was leaked to the press. While the White House distanced itself somewhat from the mudslinging, it did not retract any of the more substantive claims about U.S. discontent with Netanyahu’s policies. Still, however embarrassing this spat is, it will barely make a dent in the U.S.-Israeli 'special relationship.'" (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l8b9ke7  

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Investment security today

October 30, 2014
posted by

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"Many investors balance their portfolios with gold. That is good. If I had a LOT of investment capital, I would probably do some of that too. However choosing between the two, silver has industrial use while gold has little. Over 1,000 years, silver to gold ratio is 17:1 while during the paper-market exchange it is now 71:1. Those and other reasons make silver the much stronger bet of the two." (10/29/14)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2014/10/29/investment-security-today/  

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Which package would you subscribe to?

October 30, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"When you sign up for cable TV service, or a satellite dish TV service, you can choose between a few 'packages' they offer. You pay a set price for a lot of channels you don't want in order to get the few you do want. That's exactly like 'taxes' and The State. You may be under the belief that you want government to tax everyone so you can have roads and 'safetyness.' But you can't choose to only pay for those items; you must also pay for the salaries of congressvermin, and for welfare (but I repeat myself)." (10/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n866ajz  

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What is it about Gigi Bowman (that has the GOP so afraid)?

October 30, 2014
posted by

Liberty Chat
by Edward Weaver  

"Why all of this effort to prevent one woman, an everyday mom, real estate agent and substitute teacher from just being on the ballot and giving the people of Long Island an additional choice this coming November? Is the GOP that afraid of a simple lady who admits to not knowing as much as her opponent about politics (a man who's been in the same office nearly twenty years), who admits that she never thought she would be where she is today, running for office. Who's said more than one time that she plans on using the office as a pulpit from where she can tell the people about what’s really going on in the halls of government -- their tax-paid for government -- because she knows the views she holds are not in line with 'the way things work' and it's likely she would not get much support for the goals she will have in mind? But maybe that is their very problem with her. Maybe this is why they're afraid." (10/30/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/10/gigi-bowman-gop-afraid/  

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