Commentary

Border surveillance follies

January 29, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington  

"For more than a decade, the Department of Homeland Security has employed some of the same kinds of drones used by our military. The ostensible purpose of having unarmed Predator drones was to give U.S. Customs and Border Protection additional aerial surveillance capabilities along the Southern border. Homeland Security officials argued the drones were cost-effective and needed. As a cost-savings measure, the Obama administration proposed major cuts to the DHS drone program in 2010, but House Appropriations Committee leaders, who supported the program and felt the expansion should continue, shot that proposal down. They should’ve thought through that decision far more carefully." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6g8492  

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The petulant entitlement syndrome of journalists

January 29, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"When political blogs first emerged as a force in the early post-9/11 era, one of their primary targets was celebrity journalists. A whole slew of famous, multi-millionaire, prize-decorated TV hosts and newspaper reporters and columnists -- Tom Friedman, Tim Russert, Maureen Dowd, John Burns, Chris Matthews -- were frequently the subject of vocal and vituperative criticisms, read by tens of thousands of people. It is hard to overstate what a major (and desperately needed) change this was for how journalists like them functioned. Prior to the advent of blogs, establishment journalists were largely immunized even from hearing criticisms. ... What made the indignity so much worse was that the attacks came from people these journalists regard as nobodies: just average people, non-journalists, sometimes even anonymous ones. What right did they have even to form an opinion, let alone express one?" (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qepaldp  

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Mind your own business, Bobby Jindal

January 29, 2015
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The 'melting pot'is just another example of the ethnic essentialism and state-constituted monolithic national identity that has spread throughout most of the world since Napoleonic times. The model of international law Europe adopted with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 assumed as a norm that every individual must be the subject of a single, unitary, sovereign nation-state. Coupled with the rise of nationalism during the Napoleonic Wars, this norm was extended to include the requirement that every nation-state, ideally, have a single official ethnic identity." (01/28/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35317  

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The American Sniper was no hero

January 29, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Despite what some people think, hero is not a synonym for competent government-hired killer. If Clint Eastwood's record-breaking movie, American Sniper, launches a frank public conversation about war and heroism, the great director will have performed a badly needed service for the country and the world. This is neither a movie review nor a review of the late Chris Kyle's autobiographical book on which the movie is based. My interest is in the popular evaluation of Kyle, America’s most prolific sniper, a title he earned through four tours in Iraq." (01/28/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/american-sniper-no-hero/  

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Are the Koch brothers the worst humans in America?

January 29, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle
by Mark Morford  

"What would you get if you crossed a ruthless drug kingpin, a mafia crime lord, the willful blindness of the NRA, the combined CEOs of Monsanto, Exxon and RJ Reynolds and a couple scared old wolverines with God complex and a penchant for contaminating the world? Why, you’d get the brothers Koch, of course, David and Charles, easily the most unsavory, power-mad libertarian mega-capitalists in modern American history." [editor's note: This guy is sometimes a satirist first, columnnist second; this vitriolic collection of half-truths is not one of those times (as you can tell from the rhetoric in that last sentence) - SAT] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/la9p6zt  

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Why is day care scarce and unaffordable?

January 29, 2015
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"Social democrats want to nationalize childhood by having government fund and manage universal day care. Social conservatives want the family to be the day care, which is a lovely idea when it's affordable. Libertarians don't seem much interested in the subject at all. That leaves virtually no one to tell the truth about the only solution to the shortage and high price of day care: complete deregulation." (01/28/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/why-is-day-care-scarce-and-unaffordable  

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Blood sport justice?

January 29, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Putting Annette Bosworth, a caring doctor, a loving mother and a good, decent person, in prison -- or ruining her medical career -- serves only one purpose: to intimidate those people, like the doctor, who might dare step into the political arena against entrenched officials. Politics in America isn't supposed to be like this." (01/28/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/28/blood-sport-justice/  

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If elections matter for Greece, why not for America?

January 29, 2015
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John Nichols The Nation Blog
by John Nichols  

"Elections are supposed to have consequences. When countries establish electoral processes that are sufficiently free and functional to ascertain the clear will of the people and -- when those votes are cast and counted in an election that draws a solid majority of eligible voters to the polls -- that will should be expressed as something more than a New York Times headline or a Fox News alert. It should be expressed in leadership, law and governance. That governance should be sufficient to address poverty, tame inequality and conquer injustice." [editor's note: I applaud the use of "governance" here, which is the true societal venue; however, part of this article conflates that with "government" - SAT] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kt3q6ek  

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Three myths about homeschooling

January 29, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Anne Butcher  

"Having someone ask you 'but if you're homeschooled, how do you make friends?' is like the unofficial initiation into the homeschooling community. In many places, homeschooling networks develop in order to make more social and academic opportunities available. I attended a homeschool prom, a homeschool graduation ceremony, sang in a homeschool chorus and attended various other events for homeschooled students. I've had people talk to me at other social functions who said they were surprised to find out I was homeschooled because I was outgoing and talkative. I've met homeschooled students who were socially awkward, but I've met plenty of public school students who were too. I've never heard anyone say 'they’re so antisocial, I guess you can blame their public school.'" (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m4tj4go  

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The beginning of the end for Venezuela’s Al Capone

January 29, 2015
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Joseph Humire  

"An economy crippled by inefficiency and streets flooded with crime have long marred Caracas and the rest of Venezuela. Over the years, corruption has paved the way for organized crime to overrun the Bolivarian Republic, and as the rule by law became the rule by men, one man has stood atop the racket: Diosdado Cabello Rondon. Cabello is best known as the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, but has also earned his reputation as the 'Al Capone' of Venezuela and one of the top kingpins in Latin America. On Tuesday morning, Venezuelans awoke to a silver lining when US authorities announced they had secured a high-value informant to testify against Cabello: his bodyguard, Lieutenant Commander Leamsy Salazar." (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kwpfpvz  

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Carceral feminism and the libertarian alternative

January 29, 2015
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown  

"Libertarian feminism is 'part of an honorable individualist tradition in America,' as Sharon Presley wrote here recently. But to many in 2015, it seems either an oxymoron or a lost cause. In part, this stems from the path popular feminism has taken through the latter part of the 20th century and on into this one; many now see feminism as an ideology demanding state action (an association that may have been true in recent practice but is far from natural or necessary). And, in part, this stems from a lack of awareness, promotion, or concern around gender issues in the modern libertarian tradition." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mdq7fro  

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Perfect, the enemy of the good

January 29, 2015
posted by

MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Think back on the early days in your experience, with guns or much of anything else. What was the best influence, the worst? Did you find a mentor who would both encourage and challenge you? Or did you have to discover what was best for you on your own? Did someone’s sneering, patronizing bad attitude almost cause you to turn away? And how did that influence your attitude toward new people later on? Some food for thought, maybe." (01/28/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6883  

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Handcuffs, leg shackles and tasers: The new face of punishment in the public schools

January 29, 2015
posted by

John W. Whitehead The Daily Bell
by John W Whitehead  

"At least 500 students are locked up in some form of solitary confinement every day, whether it be a padded room, a closet or a duffel bag. In many cases, parents are rarely notified when such methods are used. On any given day when school is in session, kids who 'act up' in class are pinned facedown on the floor, locked in dark closets, tied up with straps, bungee cords and duct tape, handcuffed, leg shackled, tasered or otherwise restrained, immobilized or placed in solitary confinement in order to bring them under 'control.' In almost every case, these undeniably harsh methods are used to punish kids for simply failing to follow directions or throwing tantrums. Very rarely do the kids pose any credible danger to themselves or others. Unbelievably, these tactics are all legal, at least when employed by school officials or school resource officers (a.k.a. police officers) in the nation's public schools." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k77ob7q  

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For healthy middle class, bring back the long-term career

January 29, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Lynn Stuart Parramore  

"It’s time to start thinking about revitalizing the long-term career if we don’t want its partner, the middle class, to vanish into thin air. In an age of galloping inequality, it’s worth remembering that middle-class people, rather than the rich, lead the way to growth and prosperity. ... To achieve this, people need stable sources of income and a hope for the future. They require a sense of trust that smooths the transactions in both business and life. They must have an understanding that when they invest their hard-won skills and knowledge, there is a long-term payoff." [editor's note: Meet part of the problem! Actually, the move toward entrepreneurship and autonomy (instead of wage-slave reliance on corporati) is the real hope for liberation, for those who want it - SAT] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kc28y92  

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Drone crash

January 29, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler  

Cartoon. (01/27/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/drone-crash/  

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Moving money around won’t make us richer

January 29, 2015
posted by

Peter St. Onge Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Peter St Onge  

"One of the great debates today between left and right is whether government stimulus is worth it. The left says 'yes, early and often.' And the right says 'only in the right circumstances.' Unsurprisingly, both left and right are completely off -- stimulus is the quickest way to impoverish an economy. To see why, we'll start with America's most famous burglar, Richard Nixon." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kr6tmyt  

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Not lovin’ it

January 29, 2015
posted by

Our Future
by Jim Hightower  

"McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Your know your business has what image consultants call 'quality perception issues' when your public relations team is fielding such questions as: 'Does McDonald’s beef contain worms?' Thornier yet for the world’s largest burger machine is its boneheaded response to the remarkable, ongoing rebellion by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour wage and the freedom to unionize without corporate retaliation. McDonald’s responded by -- guess what? -- retaliating." (01/28/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150128/not-lovin-it  

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Calling all true believers: The welfare state will NOT set you free

January 29, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jeff Fullerton  

"In the real world the Welfare State is not a check against our servility to the rich. It just institutionalizes it. Like one scholar said: the government protects old fortunes and makes new ones more difficult if not impossible." (01/25/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle806-20150125-05.html  

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Obama is wrong: We need more politics, not less

January 28, 2015
posted by

spiked spiked
by Neil Ross  

"The aversion to 'politics' and resulting lack of leadership among America's elite was startlingly laid bare by Obama in the SOTU. 'So the verdict is clear,' he said. 'Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics do not get in the way.' As long as politics do not get in the way: this is a remarkable thing for a president, or any other career politician or leader, to say. Obama is telling us not to engage in a battle of ideas, and urging us instead to work together to move to the middle ground, the safe space where we can all just get along and not question decisions." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q73cdjm  

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The wonderful evergreen clause

January 28, 2015
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by John Wright  

"Imagine you had a contract with your employer that could never be altered unless both you and your employer agreed to the changes. Imagine this contract was a windfall for you, giving you a four-day weekend, up to three months paid vacation each year, and the ability to retire early with a great pension. That might be great for you, but would it be fair? If you live in the Saint Louis Metropolitan Area, as a taxpayer you might be the employer bound to such an agreement. The beneficiary of this arrangement? Your local firefighters union." (01/28/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/01/wonderful-evergreen-clause.html  

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Governor Kasich: If you oppose ObamaCare you are a bad Christian

January 28, 2015
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Ohio Governor John Kasich is traveling around the country stumping for a balanced budget amendment. On one of his stops, he was asked how he could square his support for fiscal responsibility with his support for bringing Obamacare's Medicaid expansion into Ohio. Kasichs first explanation was that Ohio gets free money from DC to pay for the expansion. Of course, the money is not really free, since it comes from the taxpayers. ...So the free money argument is flawed but that is OK because Kasich has another excuse ... God supports Obamacare ..." (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nc3t67m  

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The terrifying political power of the upper middle class [sic]

January 28, 2015
posted by

Paul Waldman Washington Post
by Paul Waldman  

"The Obama administration has given up on its plan to remove the tax benefits of 529 college investment accounts, which under current law allow parents to put money away, then withdraw it to pay for their children’s education without paying any taxes on the profits. Republicans not only basked in what looked like a White House defeat, but were emphatic in their defense of the 529 tax break: John Boehner called the proposal 'a tax hike on middle-class families.' If you want to know whether an idea like this has any chance of getting support in Congress, the first question to ask is, who is going to be harmed? The 529 proposal was targeted at what may be the single most dangerous constituency to anger: the upper middle class." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ngublxh  

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Should we try to get more rape convictions?

January 28, 2015
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by DJ Webb  

"It is easy to think that England is not so bad -- we are basically free, even if we pay too much in tax. The counter-examples normally raised in libertarian circles usually include the way children can be taken away on a whim. Yet the real relationship of the state to the individual is much worse than this. We are sliding into a full-scale overturning of the Common Law, which the Queen swore to uphold, as did each judge in his judicial oath of office. Today we read that new guidance will require a man to prove in court that a woman said 'yes' to sexual intercourse. This entirely overturns the legal basis of crime, which is that you are innocent until proven guilty." (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8rrwyu  

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Voltaire reconsidered

January 28, 2015
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Voltaire never actually said, 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.' But Voltaire would probably embrace this line -- just like legions of other smart, well-meaning people. Interpreted poetically, it's a sublime human rights slogan. But interpreted literally, the Voltairean maxim is rather silly. Let's walk through its flaws step by step." (01/28/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/01/voltaire_recons.html  

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See me

January 28, 2015
posted by

Taste It Twice
by Avens O'Brien  

"I like to think many of us have numerous skills and assets to support the causes that we do. From writing, to charm, to good speaking skills. Having talent with photography or art, to a brilliant mind to think about complex issues and bring new light to them. Maybe you have some of these skills, naturally or with work, maybe you don’t. Physical attractiveness can be one of these things." (01/27/15)

http://tasteittwice.com/2015/01/27/see/  

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