Commentary

Clinton bought by Wall Street? There is a test for that

February 9, 2016
posted by

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"Secretary Hillary Clinton has accepted millions in 'speaking fees' and campaign contributions from interest groups (most notably Wall Street firms) that she will be in a position to help or hurt as president. She promises that the money will not influence her if she takes office, but voters are understandably skeptical. Voters have been betrayed again and again by people who have become known as 'corporate Democrats.' These politicians made promises to help regular working people, then turned on them after elections and enacted policies that boost the monied interests (especially Wall Street and giant corporations) at the expense of the rest of the country. What can Clinton do to overcome the resulting voter skepticism? Are there concrete things she can do and commitments she can make now that can reassure voters that she will be able to represent the other 99 percent of us once in office? Are there ways she can show the public that she means what she says when she claims to be as 'progressive' as her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders?" (02/08/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160208/is-clinton-bought-by-wall-street-there-is-a-test-for-that  

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Who should decide?

February 9, 2016
posted by

Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance  

"Who are the real libertarians? Conservative Republicans who want to sucker libertarians to get their votes often describe themselves as libertarians or libertarian-leaning. Hollywood actors who favor the legalization of marijuana are sometimes referred to as libertarians -- no matter what else they believe. Here are fifty questions about who should decide certain things that people, as individuals or as business owners, do or might want to do. The answers should make it abundantly clear who the real libertarians are." (02/09/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/02/laurence-m-vance/real-libertarians/  

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Report: Encryption is no hurdle to targeting bad guys

February 9, 2016
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Oh, you poor feds. Don't panic! Really -- —that's the title of a new report from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Prepared by security and policy experts from inside and outside government, the authors cast a skeptical eye on Comey and company's warnings that they're wandering blind into a privacy-shrouded world -- and their demands for legal limits on people's ability to ward off snoops. ... It's not that encryption isn't being embraced by those with a serious aversion to folks looking over their shoulder .... But that's not as big a deal for most of the population as the 'going dark' crowd would have it." (02/09/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/09/report-encryption-is-no-hurdle-to-target  

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Homeschooling, socialization, and the new groupthink

February 9, 2016
posted by

BK Marcus Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus  

"'But what about socialization?' We who educate our children outside the school system confront an exhausting array of accusations posing as concerns, but the most puzzling -- and the most persistent -- is the socialization question. For years, I've taken it at face value: How, the skeptic seems to be asking, will your kids ever learn to be sociable if you keep them locked up at home all day? That very few homeschooled kids lead the lives of sheltered isolation implied by this question does not seem to assuage the questioner. There's something kids are assumed to receive from the process of group schooling -- especially from large, government-funded schools -- that helps them fit in better with society at large." (02/09/16)

http://fee.org/articles/homeschooling-socialization-and-the-new-groupthink/  

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What what, in the butt? Government.

February 9, 2016
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"What is the biggest concern facing Michigan? Some may say it's the poisoned water in Flint. Others may say it's the devastated economy in Detroit. The Michigan Senate has decided it's butt sex ..." (02/09/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/02/09/what-what-in-the-butt-government/  

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We can’t afford “free” college

February 9, 2016
posted by

Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki E Alger  

"There's no such thing as a free lunch, or free college. But that didn't stop President Obama from pushing it (again) in his final State of the Union Address, or presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a recent interview. The biggest problem with 'free college for all' is that college degrees would become as expensive and meaningless as many high school diplomas are today. American public elementary and secondary schools spend more than $13,000 per pupil per year on average -- slightly more than two-year colleges spend. That's hardly the kind of 'free' any of us can afford, even if public secondary schools were getting results -- which they do, of course, but the wrong kind." (02/09/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8673  

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Trump and Sanders: Why do so many Americans find them appealing?

February 9, 2016
posted by

Fox News Fox News Forum
by Peter Morici  

"America is witnessing a political Supernova (voter flirtation with Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders) because both political parties have failed ordinary folks. To listen to the Obama administration and its apologists in the media, Americans are witnessing the second age of Pericles. The economy has added jobs for 64 straight months, unemployment at 4.9 percent is approaching pre-recession lows, and nominal wages are rising again. Prairie muffins! During Ronald Reagan’s presidency, jobs growth was twice the pace President Obama has accomplished, and the official unemployment rate is so low because 7 million American men ages 25 to 54 have quit looking for work altogether and don’t get counted. No surprise, family incomes, after accounting for inflation, are down $1,650 on Obama’s watch, and the averages hardly tell the whole story." (02/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/02/08/trump-and-sanders-why-do-so-many-americans-find-them-appealing.html  

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A simple proof not all markets work well

February 9, 2016
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Most markets work well, but the market for ideas doesn't. Why not? Because ideas have massive externalities. The market for pollution works poorly because strangers bear almost all the cost of your pollution. The market for ideas, similarly, works poorly because strangers bear almost all the cost of your irrationality." (02/09/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/02/a_simple_proof_1.html  

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GOP candidates compete over who will commit most war crimes once elected

February 9, 2016
posted by

The Intercept The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain and Dan Froomkin  

"The spectacle of one Republican presidential candidate being identified by another as a 'pussy' for failing to sufficiently endorse an archetypal form of torture exemplifies the moral state of the current race for the GOP nomination. The Republican candidates have seemingly been competing with one another over who would commit the gravest war crimes if elected. In recent months, one or another has promised to waterboard, do a 'helluva lot worse than waterboarding,' repopulate Guantanamo, engage in wars of aggression, kill families of suspected terrorists and 'carpet bomb' Middle Eastern countries until we find out if 'sand can glow in the dark.'" (02/09/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/09/gop-candidates-compete-over-who-will-commit-most-war-crimes-once-elected/  

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Being a teenager is not a mental illness

February 9, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Ken McLaughlin  

"Teenage years can be extremely painful. It is the time we try to forge an identity, come to terms with our changing relationship with our parents, make and lose friends, negotiate puberty and become aware of our sexuality. It is through dealing with these conflicts and dilemmas that we are able to make the transition to adulthood. In other words, adolescent angst is a normal aspect of growing up. Rather than recognising this, there is a trend towards encouraging more and more children and adolescents to view their problems through a psychiatric and/or psychological lens, whereby a wide array of emotions and behaviours are given a diagnostic label." (02/09/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/being-a-teenager-is-not-a-mental-illness/  

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Fun’s over with Trump

February 9, 2016
posted by

Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"I watched several times the entire NSFW 1:53 clip of Trump calling Ted Cruz a p**sy for having constitutional qualms about waterboarding. It doesn't get any better when repeated. The thing that most people are talking about is his use of the vulgarity, which is pretty lowlife stuff coming from a man who wants to sit in the Oval Office. But by far the more disturbing thing was that he was calling Cruz this as a way of asserting his own willingness to torture people, and the Constitution be damned. And here's the thing: a mob in the audience started shouting, 'Trump! Trump! Trump!'" (02/09/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/fun-over-with-trump/  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 02/09/16 — Audrey Boerner: Is frac sand mining safe?

February 9, 2016
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"In today's episode of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Audrey Boerner from the Institute for Wisconsin's Health Inc. joins research fellow Isaac Orr to talk about the safety of frac sand mining." [various formats] (02/09/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/02/heartland-daily-podcast-audrey-boerner-is-frac-sand-mining-safe/  

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War on young women

February 9, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"According to a weekend CNN-WMUR poll in New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by eight percentage points. Among women. ... Not to worry, the faces of establishment feminism have been mobilized." (02/09/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/09/war-on-young-women/  

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Vice City, Mardi Gras, and government regulation

February 9, 2016
posted by

Learn Liberty
by staff  

"Learn Liberty has a new On Demand program, Vice City, that explains all the ways that the government kills our buzz. Professors Peter Jaworski, Aeon Skoble, and Daniel D’Amico take you on a journey of all things vice. You’ll learn about how deregulation of craft beers has helped revolutionize the entire industry, how alcohol laws do the opposite of what they intend, and how anti-smoking laws infringe on individual liberty." (02/08/16)

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/vice-city-mardi-gras-and-government-regulation/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=blog+16%2C+Vice+City%2C+Mardi+Gras%2C+It%27s+Fat+Tuesday%2C+2%2F9%2F2016&utm_campaign=blog+16  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 589

February 9, 2016
posted by

The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"It's considered bad form to criticize Milton Friedman -- why, you must be some kind of 'libertarian purist!' But if you can't be a libertarian purist on the Tom Woods Show, where can you be? Walter Block and I look at the good and the bad about Milton Friedman." [various formats] (02/09/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-589-milton-friedman-assessment-and-critique-with-walter-block/  

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2016’s economy begins with a whimper

February 9, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Haggith  

"January was the winter of our discontented stock market. It was the worst January since 2008, when the Great Recession officially began. It was, in fact, the worst January in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. According to Citigroup, Inc., it was also the worst January ever for credit markets. During many Fed tightenings, the stock market and overall economy improved for years afterward because the Fed stimulus had actually brought a temporary form of economic recovery. But rarely, if ever, has the mood turned dark so fast after the Fed officially announced that the recovery is sound and the life support can be removed." (02/09/16)

https://mises.org/library/2016s-economy-begins-whimper  

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Lesser evil voting and Hillary Clinton’s war on the poor

February 9, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ben Burgis  

"I voted for Jill Stein in 2012, and I'll do so again as a matter of course if Hillary is nominated in 2016. I'm cautiously optimistic that a non-trivial fraction of those currently Feeling the Bern may do the same, just as a spillover effect from Ron Paul's liberatarian-ish Presidential campaign in 2012 seems to have contributed to the unprecedented million votes received by Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in the 2012 general election. I would argue that breaking the stranglehold of the two-party 'duopoly' on American politics is clearly in the interests of working people -- not to mention the interests of all the people in the third world who live in fear of American bombs. As OACW union leader Tony Mazzocchi was fond of saying, 'The bosses have two parties. We need one of our own.'" (02/09/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/09/lesser-evil-voting-and-hillary-clintons-war-on-the-poor/  

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The research pirates of the Dark Web

February 9, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Kaveh Waddell  

"There's a battle raging over whether academic research should be free, and it's overflowing into the dark web. Most modern scholarly work remains locked behind paywalls, and unless your computer is on the network of a university with an expensive subscription, you have to pay a fee, often around 30 dollars, to access each paper. Many scholars say this system makes publishers rich -- Elsevier, a company that controls access to more than 2,000 journals, has a market capitalization about equal to that of Delta Airlines -- but does not benefit the academics that conducted the research, or the public at large. Others worry that free academic journals would have a hard time upholding the rigorous standards and peer reviews that the most prestigious paid journals are famous for." (02/09/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/02/the-research-pirates-of-the-dark-web/461829/  

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Interview with Dr. Benn Steil

February 9, 2016
posted by

Cobden Centre
by Max Rangeley  

"Dr. Benn Steil is senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is also the founding editor of International Finance, a top scholarly economics journal, and lead writer of the Council's Geo-Graphics economics blog. Prior to his joining the Council in 1999, he was director of the International Economics Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London." (02/09/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/02/interview-with-dr-benn-steil-director-of-international-economics-at-the-council-on-foreign-relations/  

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Free Talk Live, 02/08/16

February 9, 2016
posted by

Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"The Silk Road Case :: Lower Receivers :: Corrupt Silk Road Secret Service Agent Busted Attempting Escape from US One Day Prior to Prison Sentence :: Silk Road Moderator Sentenced to Time Served :: Could Ketamine Treat Depression :: Liberty Forum :: Why are drugs illegal? :: MDMA, Psilocybin, Nicotine :: Ron Paul Says Ted Cruz Less Libertarian than Sanders :: Prophetic Vision :: Driving While High :: NJ Ralph for Trump :: Still Voting for Rand?" [Flash audio or MP3] (02/08/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-02-08  

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The Libertarian Angle, 02/09/16: History of economic thought, part 4

February 9, 2016
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"In this segment, Richard Ebeling and Jacob Hornberger discuss the rise of the Austrian school of economic thought and its contributions." [Flash video] (02/09/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-history-of-economic-thought-part-4/  

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ObamaCare’s Robin Hood scheme and the socioeconomics of health

February 9, 2016
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick  

"Obamacare is a bad deal for most people by design. Most individuals have few health concerns. For instance, about half the population spends less than $500 annually on medical care. For a decade prior to the ACA I often heard liberal public health advocates chant the imbecilic phrase, 'health coverage won't be affordable until everyone has coverage.' What they meant by that was if insurers were required to cover money-losing customers at rates that did not reflect their costs, new regulations would have to force healthier individuals to purchase coverage that was overpriced compared to their health costs. Thus, at its core Obamacare is a wealth redistribution scheme." (02/08/16)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/ohamacares-robin-hood-scheme-and-the-socioeconomics-of-health/  

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Policy science kills

February 9, 2016
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"The climate-change debate has many people wondering whether we should really turn over public policy -- which deals with fundamental matters of human freedom -- to a state-appointed scientific establishment. Must moral imperatives give way to the judgment of technical experts in the natural sciences? Should we trust their authority? Their power? There is a real history here to consult. The integration of government policy and scientific establishments has reinforced bad science and yielded ghastly policies. There's no better case study than the use of eugenics: the science, so called, of breeding a better race of human beings." (02/08/16)

https://fee.org/articles/policy-science-kills/  

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Imprisoning the messenger

February 9, 2016
posted by

Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"Those behind the prosecution of the Planned Parenthood/StemExpress sting videographers might be surprised by the stunning parallels with an earlier case: that of pioneering investigative journalist William T. Stead, imprisoned for exposing the horrors of human trafficking of girls into forced prostitution more than 130 years ago." (02/08/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/08/imprisoning-the-messenger/  

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Dangerous speech: Would the founders be considered domestic extremists today?

February 9, 2016
posted by

John W. Whitehead Tenth Amendment Center
by John W Whitehead  

"Not only has free speech become a four-letter word -- profane, obscene, uncouth, not to be uttered in so-called public places -- but in more and more cases, the government deems free speech to be downright dangerous and in some instances illegal. The U.S. government has become particularly intolerant of speech that challenges the government's power, reveals the government's corruption, exposes the government's lies, and encourages the citizenry to push back against the government's many injustices." (02/08/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/02/08/dangerous-speech-would-the-founders-be-considered-domestic-extremists-today/  

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