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Piling on the NFL

September 18, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Michael Reagan  

"Domestic violence just doesn’t happen on elevators. And it’s not just committed by former NFL running backs. But don’t tell that to the people who’ve been calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to quit over his fumbling of the Ray Rice case." (09/18/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/09/piling-on-the-nfl/  

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Why do progressives have an Archie Bunker view of globalization?

September 18, 2014
posted by

Benjamin Domenech Heartland Institute
by Benjamin Domenech  

"Of course, progressives do have a justified reason to hate globalization for the same reason that federalism proves frustrating: because it puts their tax and regulatory theories to a real world test and exposes them to competition. This requires prohibitions on entry and escape -- when companies want to leave, or imports want to enter, the progressives' only response can be using government force to prevent that from happening lest it expose the destructive policies for what they are." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ny53vcf  

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Liberalised markets are the cure for destitution

September 18, 2014
posted by

Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Leon Louw  

"In a recent debate with Financial Mail editor Tim Cohen, Cosatu's Patrick Craven said that what promarket people 'don't understand' is that, if minimum wages are raised to R4,500 a month, workers will spend more, enabling employers to pay and employ more, and so on, en route to jobs and prosperity for all. He's right, we don't understand. Why are they so conservative? R10,000 would be better. R1m even more so. It would turn us into a nation of millionaires who could send aid to Europe and the US to end their financial crises. The idea is nonsense. Such folly turned Zimbabwe into a nation of impoverished trillionaires. What Craven 'doesn't understand' is that money is not wealth." (09/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qerv9no  

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The People’s Republic of South Norwood

September 18, 2014
posted by

Charlotte Bowyer Adam Smith Institute
by Charlotte Bowyer  

"Inspired by the Scottish Independence movement and frustrated by the disdain with which local government treats the area, local heroes The South Norwood Tourist Board held a (definitely absolutely legitimate and totally binding) referendum for the community: Should South Norwood remain with Croydon Council, unite with an Independent Scotland, or declare their independence? The public spoke, and voted to boot out their uncaring and overbearing masters to go it alone with a whopping 53% of the vote. It’s hardly surprising that the downtrodden population of South Norwood had enough of Croydon Council, who have simultaneously ignored pleas to clean up and invigorate the area, whilst clamping down on displays of frivolity and fun." (09/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ke9lp2v  

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The defining challenge of our time

September 18, 2014
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by George Leef  

Review of Why Liberty -- Your Life, Your Choices, Your Future, edited by Tom G. Palmer: "With this short, easily read, yet intellectually powerful book, Tom Palmer continues his work of making libertarianism the philosophy that will appeal to and animate young people around the globe." (09/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n55rdju  

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The dawn of the surveillance state

September 18, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary McGath  

"We think of mass surveillance as a product of modern technology -- applying computing power to scoop up communications and metadata in bulk. But large-scale spying on Americans got its real start in 1917, when the United States entered World War I. The government wanted to build up an apparatus to crush all criticism." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lywfrus  

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How real libertarians guarantee everyone’s incomes

September 18, 2014
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"The Cato Institute recently offered a 3,209 word essay titled 'The Pragmatic Libertarian Case for a Basic Income Guarantee' via its Cato Unbound website. It describes how 'libertarians' can scramble onto the European socialist bandwagon called BIG: Basic Income Guarantee, in which government sees to it that everyone lives at the expense of everyone else through 'Income Equality,' the coercive redistribution of all non-ruling class people's money. The first question to ask is what Cato means by 'libertarian' these days." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ps3ukks  

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The ISIS conspiracies

September 18, 2014
posted by

Reason Reason
by Jesse Walker  

"How a century's worth of anxieties about America's southern border are affecting the latest foreign-policy crisis." (09/17/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/17/the-isis-conspiracies  

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The universal citizenist

September 18, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"In the past, I've argued that Steve Sailer's citizenism is a moral travesty. Advancing the interests of your in-group should always play second fiddle to respecting the rights of out-groups. But recently, he presented what sounds like a universal argument for citizenism .... Charitably interpreted, Sailer's saying something like: 'Citizenism isn't just great for us; it's great for mankind. Vigorous pursuit of national self-interest leads to great global outcomes.' An interesting claim, but is there any reason to believe it?" (09/17/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/09/the_universal_c.html  

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An amendment takes Congress back in time

September 18, 2014
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy  

"Two strategies before Congress seek to ratify a constitutional amendment that was introduced in 1923. The core of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) lies in its statement, 'Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.' The ERA has stumbled for decades. One reason: depending on how 'equal rights' are defined, the amendment becomes controversial. It has come to include demands for class entitlements or legal privileges rather than a focus upon protecting traditional and individual rights." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ptfw7rj  

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How to make ISIS fall on its own sword

September 18, 2014
posted by

The Guardian [UK]
by Chelsea E. Manning  

"Attacking Isis directly, by air strikes or special operations forces, is a very tempting option available to policymakers, with immediate (but not always good) results. Unfortunately, when the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing and even more fighting that goes back decades. This is exactly what happened in Iraq during the height of a civil war in 2006 and 2007, and it can only be expected to occur again." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/leurmbt  

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Avoid classic blunder: Stay out of religious wars in Middle East

September 18, 2014
posted by

Reuters
by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman  

"Muslims in the Middle East are fighting wars of religion. Like the carnage between Protestants and Catholics that haunted Northern Ireland during the last third of the 20th century, there is little anyone can do until local peoples crave peace so intensely they are willing to cultivate it. History shows that outside meddling only intensifies sectarian fury. Stopping internecine war begins at home. President Barack Obama imperils Americans by trying to excise an abscess that can be cured only from the inside out. The decision to re-engage in Iraq, and the wider Middle East, also contradicts the president’s other, bigger objective: to exit the nanny business." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lqwokkb  

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Richard Epstein’s faulty case for intervention

September 18, 2014
posted by

David Henderson Antiwar.com
by David R. Henderson  

"My Hoover Institution colleague Richard Epstein recently argued ('Rand Paul's Fatal Pacifism,' Defining Ideas, September 2) for an interventionist foreign policy. Although his attack is on Senator Rand Paul, it is much broader than that. He claims that libertarians are 'clueless on the ISIS threat' and that 'libertarians often have the illusion of certainty.' I'm a libertarian and I’m not clueless. I'm positive that I have no illusion of certainty. Indeed, the fact that we cannot have certainty argues, as I will show, against Professor Epstein's proposed interventionist foreign policy and for a humble foreign policy." (09/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kkptgdv  

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ISIS, fear and anti-American terrorism

September 18, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"When I say that it’s ridiculous for grown men and women to be cowering in fear over ISIS, that’s not to say that there isn’t a danger of retaliatory terrorist attacks here in the United States. On the contrary, I think the possibility of retaliatory strikes, especially here on American soil, is a virtual certainty. You cannot go out and bomb people and not expect that the survivors aren’t going to retaliate." (09/17/14)

http://fff.org/2014/09/17/isis-fear-and-anti-american-terrorism/  

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On Constitution Day, a reminder that political & economic chaos a good thing

September 18, 2014
posted by

Fox News Forum
by Lawson Bader  

"I am tired of pundits blaming our political and economic ills on politicians’ inability to get along. If lawmakers would only 'get together and work things out,' their line of thinking goes, the economy would improve, unemployment would evaporate, and Americans could move on with their more prosperous, more fulfilled lives. Progressives have a point when they argue that refusal to compromise on principle helped to end slavery, gain women the right to vote, and extend civil rights protections to all Americans. How, they ask, can you compromise on moral questions? And the question posed to that infamous gathering in 1789 was decidedly a moral one. Our Founders did not pledge to each other their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor simply to read Shakespeare while sipping low-tax East India Company tea." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l64sx6p  

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Stockholm syndrome, Syrian ransom

September 18, 2014
posted by

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

"The video of a Syrian captor beheading American freelance journalist James Foley 'has done more damage than any ransom ever could,' former Iranian hostage Sarah Shourd warned on CNN recently. Foley’s parents have been vocal about their frustration in knowing that their son remained a hostage as European countries like France paid a reported average of $3 million-plus to free their citizens. The family wants to establish an organization to provide information to other families, presumably to get around a no-ransom policy." (09/17/14)

 

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Challenging the motives behind war

September 18, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson  

"War is hell, they say. War is a dirty business. You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. The countless despicable metaphors used to describe war are intended to distract people from what war really is: Non-punishable mass murder. Unfortunately, no matter how reckless, depraved, ill-informed or misconceived American war-making becomess, the war-makers are never held to the same standards as run-of-the-mill murderers." (09/17/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/31804  

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Obama’s latest war is a gift to Rand Paul

September 18, 2014
posted by

Liberty Chat
by Ian Cioffi  

"Ah, remember that Nobel Peace Prize? As President Obama winds down his 2nd term, he ramps up another endless war. It’s not all bad news though. This was is actually great news for Senator Rand Paul. This latest war will likely last well into the Republican Primaries next year. Despite Rand’s sometimes hawkish rhetoric, he’s still seen as a dove compared to the potential Republican Presidential nominees. Congress is terrified to call this latest war, a war, because of just how unpopular war is in America right now." (09/17/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/obamas-latest-war-gift-rand-paul/  

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Is ObamaCare working?

September 18, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"es, according to Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein, and the Commonwealth Fund. But all these folks were cheerleaders for the Affordable Care Act from day one. Sarah Kliff, another Obamacare supporter, estimates that health reform has enabled about 5 million people to become newly insured. But that’s only about 10 percent of the uninsured. What happened to the mandate that required that everyone have health insurance this year or face a fine?" (09/16/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5085  

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Scotland’s referendum on austerity

September 18, 2014
posted by

The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Thursday’s Scottish referendum vote is often framed in terms of the politics of nationalism –- and the desire of a people for self-determination. And of course there have always been, and there still are, impassioned Scottish nationalists. But the reality that becomes overwhelmingly clear in the last hours before the referendum vote (which polls suggest will see an exceptionally high turnout and a close finish) is that this process is being shaped by the politics of austerity. This is highlighted by the campaigning of supporters of a 'yes' vote and, increasingly, this is being acknowledged in the last-minute promises being made by British Prime Minister David Cameron and the most fervent foes of a Scottish break with the United Kingdom." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l7xwjud  

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Peter Van Buren on The Scott Horton Show

September 18, 2014
posted by

The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Peter Van Buren, author of We Meant Well, discusses Obama’s authority (or lack thereof) to start another Iraq War, and why the outcome won’t be any better this time." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/16/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/09/17/091614-peter-van-buren/  

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Celebrating Constitution Day in the age of Obama

September 18, 2014
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"This is Constitution Day; the official White House photo for the occasion is on the left. Obama issued a proclamation for the occasion that is knee-deep with his usual Statist hokum. Obama declared: 'Our Constitution… secures the privileges we enjoy as citizens, but also demands participation, responsibility, and service to our country and to one another.' But the Bill of Rights was not a 'Bill of Privileges.'" (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l9o8lof  

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Adventures in pre-hermitting

September 18, 2014
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"I’m a writer. I’m just a writer. I think and I dream and I write. Once upon a time, that was what writers did, and it’s certainly what most of us writer-types are designed to do. But these days, even minor writers like me are expected do everything from incessant self-promotion to studying techniques for boosting sales on Amazon. Which is weird. We also become just a little bit public property. Which is possibly even weirder, though it’s always gone with the territory." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/plyomef  

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Just what America needs, more Senators who can handle themselves in a firefight

September 18, 2014
posted by

The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Let's be honest: the job of a United States senator does not involve much in the way of gunplay. There's a lot of speechifying, a lot of talking, a lot of trying to stay awake in hearings, and a whole lot of fundraising. But shooting in the course of your duties? Very little, if any at all. I suppose it's possible that we might one day see something like a scene out of a G.I. Joe movie, where terrorist commandos take over the Capitol building and the only thing standing between them and the fall of the United States of America is Barbara Mikulski and her .50-cal Desert Eagle, putting down bad guys like poison-pill amendments at a subcommittee markup...but probably not. Which is part of the reason why I love ads with candidates shooting stuff so much." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mn8968e  

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Why the Pentagon should care about Scotland’s referendum

September 18, 2014
posted by

Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford  

"Scottish voters contemplate whether to withdraw from their 307-year-long union with the rest of the United Kingdom on Sept. 18, U.S. policymakers have their own problem to ponder: What will be the ramifications and potential costs of Scottish independence for U.S. foreign and security policy? To citizens of a country that celebrates its independence from Britain every July 4, there’s nothing threatening about Scottish independence. But policymakers are worried." (09/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mcxflf5  

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