Commentary

Forget economic patriotism — it’s time for economic freedom

August 29, 2014
posted by

John Engle Heartland Institute
by John Engle  

"America is finally starting to pay the price for its broken corporate tax regime. The recent increase in so-called tax inversions, in which American corporations seek lower tax rates via mergers with companies based in foreign countries. Tax inversions result in American firms effectively becoming foreign businesses, something many politicians on the left have come to fear and despise. At least 47 American tax inversions have occurred in the last decade, but it was not until this month that they started making serious headlines." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jvmpgur  

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States, cartels and the anarcho-capitalist opposition

August 29, 2014
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David S. D'Amato Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David S. D'Amato  

"The anarchist, having established that the state is a war on and the principal obstacle to a free and peaceful society, suggests the 'utopian' notion of simply not permitting a glorified mafia to prey on the innocent. Anarchism, therefore, is hardly a provocative, pie in the sky notion, and is hardly the straw man put up by its statist opponents. Neither is it advocacy for chaos and lawlessness, which much better describe a system in which justice is meted out arbitrarily and unevenly, in which American citizens can be murdered without due process, and constitutional protections reveal themselves as the impotent parchment guarantees they are." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgbq8ox  

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Halbig v. Burwell: A technicality could change your life

August 29, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) became law in early 2010. Arguably, it is the single greatest assault on the right of individuals to control their own bodies that America has seen in decades. Few matters are more intimate than medical choice; it includes decisions about giving birth, having sex and the time to die. Obamacare is a Kafkaesque mass of regulations that usurp these choices in the guise of providing them. Obamacare nationalizes the body of every American and assumes the power to determine life or death." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ox4pe9u  

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Protecting us from umbrellas and cameramen

August 29, 2014
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"No reports of shots fired. Only ONE of the thousand cell phones on campus indicated threatening behavior. Just one caller who saw a man carrying what might be a rifle … or a stick … or a broom … or … an umbrella on a day when it just might rain. So one looney can call out an entire swat team with no corroborating evidence, no investigation, no scouting party. That is much like the community fire departments sending out every truck and team in the county to find it is just a back yard barbeque happily, innocently grilling burgers. At least when the firemen arrived, they wouldn’t hose down the neighborhood." (08/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nb6363m  

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Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show

August 29, 2014
posted by

The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Jason Ditz, editor for Antiwar.com, discusses the latest news on Ukraine and the media’s spin on Russian intervention." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/27/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/08/27/082714-jason-ditz/  

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Interview: Libertarian ants and statist cockroaches

August 29, 2014
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"There are many ways of communicating the libertarian message of freedom to people who may have given it little thought. One way is to describe their current status as little more than mindless worker ants in a colony ruled by statist cockroaches. But suppose the ants rebel against their enslavement? What would that be like? Stephen Aaron Grey addresses that question in his book Ant Farm: A Novel About What’s Bugging Society, on sale August 30." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k5gh7ub  

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Aunt of dead San Francisco girl already faces life sentence

August 29, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon charged the aunt of a 2-year-old killed by a hit-and-run driver with felony child endangerment. Loyresha Gage, 25, didn't run over her niece Mi'yana Gregory as the toddler stood alone in a crosswalk after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 15; an unknown hit-and-run driver hit the child. Yet it is Gage who has been charged with a felony. If convicted, she faces years in prison. I cannot be alone in my first reaction to this story." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ola4hwu  

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Carswell defects!

August 29, 2014
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Keir Martland  

"I have made the following prediction in the past (Sean will testify to this): that the next leader of the Conservative party will be a man, very much like David Cameron in appearance, who calls himself a 'libertarian.' This is based on my four years as a Tory boy in Greater Manchester Conservative Future. In the youth wing of the Conservative party, there are few who do not now call themselves Thatcherites, classical liberals, or libertarians. The trouble is, they use these words interchangeably." (08/28/14)

http://libertarianalliance.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/carswell-defects/  

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Those wacky socialists and their “borders”

August 29, 2014
posted by

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

"It's like dogs' territoriality gone berserk -- where a hypothetical barking dog thinks it can claim everything around him, including half a continent, as his own -- no matter the other dogs living there." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/madqcvo  

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Who’d a-thunk it? Employers respond predictably to a hike in the minimum wage

August 29, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"San Jose, CA, recently raised ... its minimum wage. One result is that an employer reduced the size of the annual bonuses that she pays to her employees. (NPR has the story; this particular part starts at around the 3 minute, 25 second mark in the audio version of the report. Note that these particular workers are among the lucky ones. While the higher minimum wage didn’t help them, it didn’t hurt them -- or at least not very much." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q5unvup  

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It’s too difficult to be a dirtbag anymore, unfortunately

August 29, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Marc Guttman  

"I recently enjoyed watching '180 Degrees South,' a film about Jeff Johnson’s journey to Patagonia, Chile to climb Corcovado Volcano, surfing along the way and retracing Yvon Chouinard’s and Doug Tompkins’s 1968 trip. Yvon, in the film, says, '(Jeff’s) just a dirtbag. He could live out of his car, climbing in the Valley … He’s just hustling his way along so he can stay on the road. He reminded me a lot about how I used to be … Life was pretty easy in the ’60s. I mean you could buy an automobile for 15 bucks and live out of your automobile and camp out.' Yvon’s right, and it disappointed me, because life should be much easier now." (08/28/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/31000  

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The church’s call to steward God’s mission in the world

August 29, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Stephen J. Grabill  

"Although Christians across denominational lines often use stewardship language to describe our calling to live out God’s mission in the world, what we mean theologically by 'stewardship' varies greatly across religious traditions. Some think stewardship is tithing; others think it means volunteering or living a simple lifestyle. Still others identify stewardship with environmental conservation, social action of some kind or another, charitable giving, or making disciples through evangelism." (08/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nglpfoe  

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Another bad war in Iraq

August 29, 2014
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel claimed the Islamic State is a threat 'beyond anything that we've seen.' Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey called it an 'apocalyptic' group that will 'have to be defeated.' The hysteria confirms that the U.S. government can turn any enemy into a rampaging Godzilla posing an imminent threat to our survival. In reality, this one is a fringe insurgency with maybe 10,000 fighters who are stretched thin and outgunned by the Iraqi military." (08/28/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/28/another-bad-war-in-iraq  

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Perry’s indictment: Crime and punishment, Texas-style

August 29, 2014
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Reuters
by Suzanne Garment  

"It's a big country, where states have their own legal peculiarities, political cultures and definitions of what makes a debilitating political scandal. Take Texas, for example, where the Republican governor, Rick Perry, has been indicted for abuse of office. In the past 25 years, we’ve seen politicians and government officials increasingly treat scandal less as catastrophe and more as just another cost of doing business. Perry, however, has taken this to a completely new level: He is wearing his indictment as a badge of honor and has smoothly returned to his 2016 presidential campaign without missing a beat." (08/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojr255o  

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Peace through strength

August 29, 2014
posted by

Come Home America Come Home America
by Eoghan Hartigan  

"Peace through strength is a favourite maxim of the Neoconservative movement in the United States. They make the rather unusual claim that lots more guns and ammo will make the world a safer place. There is, however, one problem: this claim has all the purity of excrement." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kgf6utm  

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Price transparency lowers healthcare costs

August 29, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"A study recently published in Health Affairs describes how price transparency drove down the cost of MRIs by almost twenty percent from 2010 to 2012. Compared to patients who did not have the advantage of transparent pricing, patients who knew what their MRI procedure would cost saw a cost reduction of $220 per procedure. Further, price transparency was associated with a significant shift from hospitals to outpatient facilities." (08/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qg8qepn  

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Toldjaso

August 28, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"So who's at fault in Ferguson? That's for the courts in Missouri to decide? What lessons do the events there have to teach the rest of the nation? That's a different story, and perhaps one worth exploring. Sadly, they all sound like 'I told you so.'" (08/24/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle785-20140824-04.html  

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In support of Burger King

August 28, 2014
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Bruce McQuain QandO
by Bruce McQuain  

"I’ve never really been much of a Burger King fan, but guess what I’m having for lunch today? Why? Because Burger King has given us an opportunity to point out one reason why our economy is lagging. And, as usual, it has to do with government policy." (08/27/14)

http://www.qando.net/2014/08/27/in-support-of-burger-king/  

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The general welfare clause is not about writing checks

August 28, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey  

"Yes, promoting the general welfare falls among the responsibilities of the federal government, but it must do so within the scope of the specific powers delegated. During the ratification debates, anti-federalists who opposed the Constitution, voiced fears that people like Abrams would come along and assert that the term 'general welfare' granted unlimited power to the federal government. Supporters of the Constitution swore it would not. Even Alexander Hamilton, the framer most in favor of expansive federal power, conceded as much in Federalist 83." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mvo9drc  

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Washington Post op-ed page wants more war (again)

August 28, 2014
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The Nation
by Reed Richardson  

"To read the Washington Post’s op-ed page at the end of this summer is to have a distinct sense of deja vu. Just like this time last year, Post pundits gnash their teeth and warn us that Obama’s foreign policy is broken and the U.S.’s reputation around the world is shot, but that the best way to definitely fix both is for our country to start bombing Syria." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/put6s5f  

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Why Republicans can’t solve their woman-voter problem

August 28, 2014
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The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"I'll give Republicans credit for this: they keep trying to figure out why their party remains unappealing to large and important groups of voters. They've been mulling over their problem with Latino voters for some time, and now Politico has gotten a hold of a study commissioned by some GOP bigwigs to figure out why women keep giving more of their votes to Democrats. ... The last time a Republican presidential candidate won a majority of women's votes was 1988, and it's hard to see it happening again soon unless there's a huge blowout. While it's all well and good to investigate the issue to try to understand it in as much detail as possible, I have some bad news for Republicans: This isn't a problem they're going to be able to solve." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nff26dw  

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Who owns the “right to recline?” The airline

August 28, 2014
posted by

David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"It is true that airlines offer the ability to pay extra for legroom. Even I, by the way, a man who is only 5'5" tall, sometimes pay for this legroom, especially if I'm planning to work and I don't want the recliner in front of me to prevent me from having my computer on the tray table. But that they offer extra legroom and get takers says nothing about which people value the space more. Remember that the problem occurs when someone reclines into an area where the person suffering from the recline has not paid extra for legroom." (08/28/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/08/who_owns_the_ri.html  

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None of your beeswax

August 28, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Jeff Koterba  

Cartoon. (08/27/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/08/none-of-your-beeswax/  

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Cameron vs. the “wild west” web

August 28, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Rossa Minogue  

"In an interview with the BBC on the same day as the announcement, Cameron said 'we can’t go on having the government making decisions like this which ignore the impact on the family.' He continued: 'As for my own children, I am sure there are times when they have been disappointed because they haven’t been able to do something or see something. But that is part of what being a parent is about -- being able to deploy the use of the word 'No.''On this point, at least, Cameron is correct: it is the responsibility of parents to decide what their children see online. But as much as Cameron wants to dress up his plans to regulate the internet as 'helping' parents, he is in fact intruding on the exercise of parental authority, acting in loco parentis to decide what children can and can’t watch." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pxjzle9  

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Libertarians, victim blaming and structural racism

August 28, 2014
posted by

Steven Horwitz Future of Freedom Foundation
by Steven Horwitz  

"The events in Ferguson, Missouri have opened up yet another national conversation on race. This time, however, something is different. The images of a mostly white police department dressed in military outfits using military weaponry and vehicles while attempting to control a largely black crowd protesting the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer has opened the door for libertarians to talk about the intersection of the militarization of the police, the war on drugs, and race. What is promising about this opportunity is that it gives libertarians a way to talk about race that does not fall into the trap that snares so many conservatives as well as too many libertarians: blaming the victim." (08/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qds3s26  

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