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A free society must give up empire

September 2, 2014
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Robert P. Murphy Antiwar.com
by Robert P. Murphy  

"If Americans want a free society at home, then they must convince the U.S. government to give up its global empire. The militarized police recently on display in Ferguson was no freak coincidence: Antiwar activists and other civil libertarians have been warning for decades that an aggressive US foreign policy would eventually destroy domestic liberties. Americans can’t ask their government to subjugate foreigners with bombs but bow to their own wishes at the ballot box." (08/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o8w6d4j  

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The “lost” lie

September 2, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"It’s been several months now since IRS stooges testified under oath at congressional hearings that Lois Lerner’s infamous emails were 'lost' when her computer crashed. You know -- all those pesky documents which would prove once and for all the nature and extent of her criminal wrongdoing in the matter of IRS targeting of conservative political groups to deny them tax exempt status. But we know that when government agents testify under oath they’re too often lying under oath." (09/02/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-lost-lie_69.html  

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Class theory, part 1: Modern conservative class analysis

September 2, 2014
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Anthony Gregory Future of Freedom Foundation
by Anthony Gregory  

"Nowhere has the class analysis implicitly embraced by the Tea Party been more explicitly described than in the work of Angelo Codevilla, whose American Spectator article 'America’s Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution' explicitly pits the minority ruling class against the majority 'country class.' Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh wrote the introduction to Codevilla’s book that expanded on this theme, The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do about It (Beaufort Books 2010). In it Limbaugh calls the Tea Party 'the modern equivalent of our founding revolutionaries ... [who] need a political mechanism in order to revolt against and replace the ruling class.'" (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kya3zmw  

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Same as it ever was: Slavery and the state

September 2, 2014
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Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"So I often read the writings and scribblings of the nineteenth century abolitionists in America and come away confused by the lack of taking their sophisticated arguments about the ownership of other humans to the obvious conclusion. While they fought mightily against chattel slavery, they tend to give a Gallic shrug to taxation and regulation slavery or not even address the implication of their introspection. The harnessing of individual time, resources and volition in the fields in perpetuity with the deed to their lives held by the plantation owner certainly puts a finer point to slavery but the more 'civilized' variations on human ownership in modern nation-states begs the questions." (08/28/14)

http://zerogov.com/?p=3596  

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Obama has no Middle East strategy? Good!

September 2, 2014
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US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) LewRockwell.com
by Ron Paul  

"A lack of strategy is a glimmer of hope." (09/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nhewxyj  

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The upright and locked position

September 2, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Last Sunday, United Airlines diverted a Newark-to-Denver flight to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after two passengers got into an argument. It started when a 47-year-old man used a device called the Knee Defender to prevent the 48-year-old woman in front of him from reclining her seat. According to the Associated Press, a flight attendant told the male passenger that United does not allow the bracket-like gadget. He refused to remove it. The female passenger then threw water at the male passenger, which probably didn’t thrill the passengers seated next to him (He was in the middle seat.). The airliner’s crew decided to arrive in Denver with two fewer passengers." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oushfxo  

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Inequality and the USA: A nation in denial?

September 2, 2014
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Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati  

"Every August, for most of the last four decades, top central bankers from around the world have been making their way to the Wyoming mountain resort of Jackson Hole for an invitation-only blue-ribbon economic symposium. This year’s Jackson Hole hobnob, once again hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, last week attracted the usual assortment of central bankers, finance ministers, and influential business journalists. But this year’s gathering also attracted something else: protesters." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qxgyrjh  

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The Ron Paul endorsement buying scandal is a reminder of the inherent evil of politics

September 2, 2014
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Liberty Chat
by Kevin Boyd  

"While morally, I don’t exactly have a problem with political campaigns blantantly paying off politicians and celebrities for their endorsement because to be honest I don’t trust these people to begin with. Having said that though, what somebody in the Paul campaign did is illegal and they should’ve known better." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k6tyuum  

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The left’s ridiculous Burger King freakout

September 2, 2014
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Reason Reason
by David Harsanyi  

"Burger King plans to merge with Canuck coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons and base the company's headquarters in Canada, where it will enjoy the kind of reasonable corporate tax structure that Democrats continue to obstruct here in the United States. And the move has provoked a fresh round of moral panic, faux patriotism, and confusion." (08/29/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/29/burger-king-fires-up-the-left  

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Why we’re so blase about global warming

September 2, 2014
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Reuters
by Jack Shafer  

"If you don’t regard global warming as a serious problem, your company is growing. According to the survey jockeys at Pew Research Center, the percentage of Americans who think global warming is 'very serious' or 'somewhat serious' has declined since 2006 (from 79 percent to 65 percent). While a firm majority still considers global warming to be very or somewhat serious, the numbers show that public alarm over the topic has receded over a period during which the scientific, journalistic, and political consensus on the topic has surged the other way. Over the same 8-year period, fewer respondents agree that the earth is warming and fewer agree that human activity causes warming." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pa4yfg3  

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State-provided security ridiculous

September 2, 2014
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"People claim government must provide security -- by which they usually mean police and military -- because security is much too important to leave to the market to provide (which they confuse with leaving it to chance), or to do without. Yet, nothing is more important than air. Being so vital, shouldn’t we let government inspect, bottle, and ration air to make certain we all get our safe and clean fair share? We’d pay higher taxes for that, right?" (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nj2wjgr  

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Defeat ISIS by letting Syria loose

September 2, 2014
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Obama administration officials proclaim that the Islamic State’s isolated experiment in 7th century Islam to pose a dire threat to America. After promising to strictly limit the military mission in Iraq, the president is preparing to expand the war to Syria, where the administration is working to overthrow the Assad government -- which now blocks Islamic control over the entire country. Instead, the administration should encourage other nations, starting with Syria, to kill ISIS radicals." (08/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pxgjo9d  

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Jorge Luis Borges: Argentina’s misunderstood anarchist

September 2, 2014
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The Canal The Canal
by Adam Dubove  

"Borges was a true citizen of the world, a cosmopolitan, and a unique figure in the world of literature. Capable with the pen, he created alternative realities and memorable characters. His unique political philosophy, however, set him apart from other artists of his era. Borges defined himself as a Spencerian anarchist, one who does not believe in the state but in the individual." (09/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m2lqec9  

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Social laws, part 5

September 2, 2014
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George H. Smith Libertarianism.org
by George H. Smith  

"'[S]ociety is more than the sum of individuals of which it is composed.' So wrote an ardent defender of sociology in 1922. Seven years later the same theoretician expressed his disagreement with those who challenged 'sociology's right to exist.' Contrary to its many critics, sociology is able to justify theorems that 'have the character of scientific laws.' The laws of sociology are 'causal propositions. 'They express that which necessarily must always happen as far as the conditions they assume are given.' It may surprise some libertarian readers to learn that these comments were written by Ludwig von Mises, a methodological individualist and staunch critic of positivism." (08/29/14)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/social-laws-part-5  

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Fools seeking more foolishness

September 2, 2014
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The Price of Liberty
by Bradley Harrington  

"When choosing to make a journey, it is clear to all of us that a game-plan would be required: Maps, reference points and an overall course of action. When it comes to our political journeys, however, such attention to detail seems to fly out the window -- and what we end up with is the results of last Tuesday’s Wyoming primary elections." (08/30/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5493  

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Obama’s “catastrophic defeat” in Ukraine

September 2, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney  

"Barack Obama has pushed Ukraine to the brink of political, economic and social collapse. Now he wants to blame Russia for the damage he’s done. It’s absurd. Moscow is in no way responsible for Ukraine’s descent into anarchy. That’s all Washington’s doing, just as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria were Washington’s doing. If you want to blame someone, blame Obama." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qc27ndn  

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My new private community …

September 2, 2014
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Gene Callahan La Bocca Della Verita
by Gene Callahan  

"I just bought a small house in a private community in the Poconos that I am fixing up to either sell or rent. The experience with the community government has been interesting. First of all, the idea that because I bought in the community I explicitly agreed to all its rules no more true or false than if I had bought a house in an ordinary 'statist' town." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q74p9s7  

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The Apocalyptic Renaissance

September 2, 2014
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Scott Thomas Outlar  

"Not long ago I was struck by a Revelation. While considering the Dire State of Affairs our world currently resides in, and why it is that things have reached such strange proportions of mass insanity, I realized that most people don’t truly want freedom. They are comfortable in the slave/master relationship. This is why it has proven to be so difficult throughout the ages to form a society based on individual rights and responsibilities." (08/30/14)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/08/30/the-apocalyptic-renaissance/  

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Hoaxes, hype and hysteria

September 2, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"While Americans were barbecuing over the Labor Day weekend, the Usual Suspects were busy cooking up new wars, from Iraq to Ukraine. While this is nothing new -- after all, evil never sleeps -- one thing I did notice: the stunning lack of imagination on their part. It was, in effect, the equivalent of a bunch of summer reruns: tired formulaic retreads that weren’t all that convincing in the first place." (09/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nwhpaal  

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Distributive justice, wet rain

September 1, 2014
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EconLog EconLog
by Anthony de Jasay  

"Since we do not recognise dry rain, we would not choose to talk of 'wet rain' when we mean rain. Embellishing it with 'wet' would ring the alarm bell of logic telling us loudly and clearly that something has gone wrong. The exact nature of the wrong is made clearer in examples that are less obviously absurd. People talk solemnly of 'impartial justice,' as if 'partial justice' were not a contradiction in terms. Treating it implicitly as a notion that is not non sensical permits the demagogue selectively to accept or reject outcomes of the judicial process to promote his political agenda." (08/14)

http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2014/Jasaywetrain.html  

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NetCompetition’s FCC comments — don’t preempt state muni broadband laws

September 1, 2014
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Scott Cleland Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland  

"There are two core reasons the FCC should not try to preempt State muni-broadband laws. 1. The Supreme Court has already indicated it would be unconstitutional. 2. It would be anti-competitive, the opposite of the FCC’s statutory purpose and legal mandate." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kwk6hbw  

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Market Basket: Should we cheer the “benevolent boss?”

September 1, 2014
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In These Times
by Julia Wong  

"Lots of executives may claim to think of their employees as family. But it’s the rare boss who actually treats his workers as well as his blood relatives. The 25,000 employees of Market Basket, a chain of 71 New England grocery stores, see company president Arthur T. Demoulas as that boss. At least, that’s the story one gets from the press coverage of the bitter power struggle and chain-wide strike that has been front-page news in New England all summer. Ousted in June, Demoulas regained control of the company this week in what’s being hailed as a victory for workers. But is it?" (08/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pccaecl  

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Philip Giraldi on The Scott Horton Show

September 1, 2014
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Philip Giraldi The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the US government’s attempt to squash a lawsuit against the non-profit group United Against Nuclear Iran, funded by billionaire Thomas Kaplan, which is vigorously trying to torpedo a deal on Iran’s nuclear program." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/28/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/08/28/082814-philip-giraldi/  

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QandO Podcast, 08/28/14

September 1, 2014
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QandO Podcast QandO
by  

"Michael defends piracy and Dale loses hope." [MP3] (08/28/14)

http://www.qando.net/podcast/Observations20140828.mp3  

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Oklahoma: Losing federal waiver, winning back rightful control over education

September 1, 2014
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Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"By this school year all American students were supposed to be proficient in reading and math according to the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the latest iteration of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). By 2011 it was clear that no state was even close, so the US Department of Education made states an offer far too many thought they couldn’t refuse ..." (08/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q26moo2  

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