Commentary

Twenty-five years later: A look back at “the other good war”

August 3, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"[B]y late May of 1991, when I returned home from my tour of duty as a Marine infantry NCO, the war seemed an unqualified success. Saddam's forces had been routed with fewer than 300 Americans killed and only 800 wounded. Parades were held. Medals were awarded. Returning troops in uniform got free beer at airport bars. Yes, really -- I drank my Budweiser on layover at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. And I drank the Kool Aid that followed, too: Desert Storm had blown away the dark cloud cover of Vietnam and looked set to go down in history as a 'good war' not unlike World War II. How quickly many of us, myself included, forgot that World War II had led to 45 years of 'cold war' with 'hot' interspersions in Korea and Vietnam, turning America into a permanent garrison state." (08/02/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2450  

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Realism versus nonintervention

August 3, 2015
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Joseph R. Stromberg Future of Freedom Foundation
by Joseph R Stromberg  

"Foreign-policy realists have been around for time out of memory, but the unbearable follies of post–9/11 U.S. foreign policy have dramatically increased their prestige. A current short list of realists would include Andrew Bacevich, Steven Walt, Ivan Eland, and Ted Galen Carpenter (perhaps also Daniel Larison of American Conservative). These realists seem like sanity itself compared to our entrenched, bipartisan American war party, full of big plans for the world and short on restraint. But while we may thank such realists for their service to our country, we must nonetheless differ with their doctrine." (07/31/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/realism-versus-nonintervention/  

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In Washington, war is peace

August 3, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Intercept has an article on the 'U.S. Institute of Peace,' a government agency founded in 1984 supposedly dedicated to promoting 'nonviolent resolution of conflicts': author Lee Fang is shocked -- shocked! -- that USIP chairman Stephen J. Hadley, a former national security advisor to George W. Bush, wants to arm Ukraine so as to impress Putin with the sight of 'body bags of Russian soldiers who have been killed.' Yet the USIP has long been a site of neoconservative infection inside the national security bureaucracy." (08/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pq4sjha  

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Debate on debates continues

August 3, 2015
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"The first presidential candidate debates are right around the corner, and the large number of GOP candidates has inadvertently helped supporters of minor party and independent candidates in the debate on debates. Because there are currently 17 candidates seeking the Republican Presidential nomination, Fox News will hold two debates on August 6. One debate will have either 10 or 11 candidates, and the other debate will have the other GOP hopefuls." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (08/02/15)

http://fpp.cc/debate-on-debates-continues/  

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Free Talk Live, 08/02/15

August 3, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Dr. Ed Gogek joins us to advocate continued criminalization of cannabis. :: Recriminalizing Alcohol? :: Harm Reduction :: Pot to Heroin? :: No Bad Drugs Just Bad Users? :: Responsible Users :: Alcohol Prohibition :: Synthetics :: Opiate Addiction :: Space Rockets :: Addicts." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/02/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-08-02  

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Success shouldn’t depend on government favors

August 3, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by Chris Rufer  

"This weekend I will join hundreds of entrepreneurs, including Charles and David Koch, at the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce meeting in California. Before the negative media coverage begins, I would like to explain what we stand for. We believe, and history has shown, that nothing is more effective than free markets at promoting happiness, health, and prosperity -- not just for the few, but for everyone in society. ... We grew because we listened to our customers and created products that people wanted, products that made people’s lives better. This is the essence of a free society. People benefit themselves by benefiting others, a simple concept with revolutionary results." (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhpw3aj  

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An Excerpt from Blade of p’Na

August 3, 2015
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

An excerpt from L. Neil Smith's upcoming novel, Blade of p'Na. (08/02/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle832-20150802-02.html  

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Where do we draw the line? Abortions and other forms of murder

August 3, 2015
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"In a real, moral human society, as a number of people have pointed out over the millennia, the major factor governing human behavior and discouraging things like murdering baby in or partially in the womb, killing anyone, stealing anything, would be a combination of tradition, teaching and acceptance of personal responsibility and accountability, and withdrawal of contact from those who violate the accepted standards of behavior, based at least mostly on the idea of 'no aggression' or as I prefer, the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Yeah, it wouldn't be a perfect world anymore than this one is, but a darn sight better one. We'd still have people killing and beating others and stealing from them and enslaving them, but we wouldn't be making the rest of us support it and tolerate or even endorse it." (08/02/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7623  

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Today’s rules violate natural law

August 3, 2015
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"A 'law' that violates your right to live as you see fit, earning money however you wish, using your property as it best serves you -- as long as you don't violate the person or property of another -- is not a real law. It is only a counterfeit rule. It shouldn't be enforced against anyone, no matter who their friends are or what connections they have. No matter who complains about them." (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/no65tgq  

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Tobacco “carve-out” dispute tells all we need to know about TPP

August 3, 2015
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Dave Johnson Our Future Blog
by Dave Johnson  

"Administration officials are desperately trying to wrap-up Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in the next few days or so. If they can get it done right now, it enables a timeline for pushing it through Congress by the end of the year -- before the public can rally opposition, and before the Presidential campaign season could bring heightened attention to the deal. One key sticking point in the negotiations is a proposed 'carve-out' to prevent tobacco companies from being able to sue governments and block anti-smoking regulations. The tobacco companies are trying to block this carve-out because it 'sets a bad precedent' of allowing governments to protect their citizens. This sounds astonishing, but it’s for real." (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3pvl3l  

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Production versus plunder, part 18: The re-conquest

August 3, 2015
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Paul Rosenberg The Daily Bell
by Paul Rosenberg  

"It takes more than raw power to run a successful state; people must believe that laying their wealth at your feet is a righteous thing to do. This week, we'll look at a big part of how this idea came to Europe." (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nw837j5  

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Reparations perpetuate government injustice

August 3, 2015
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Joel Valenzuela  

"The cause of reparations is back in vogue. Self-proclaimed representatives of peoples from around the world are claiming that other races owe them for past injustices, payable in cold hard cash. Justice must be done, no matter how much time has elapsed since the atrocities, or how little, if any, relation people alive today have to the original perpetrators of injustice." (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owvvkym  

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There’s nothing academic about campus rape

August 3, 2015
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J. Saunders  

"'The price of a college education should never be the risk of a sexual assault,' Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told a Senate hearing Wednesday. Too many colleges don't treat rape, she observed, as 'the violent felony that it actually is.' Her solution is the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act, or CASA, which would require college campuses to designate confidential advisers to victims of sexual assault and establish rules for campus investigations of sexual assaults. Gillibrand means well; there's no question about it. But Congress telling American universities how they should handle campus rape truly is an instance of the blind leading the blind." (08/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nunqsgf  

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Racism [sic] on camera

August 3, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier  

"If you’ve regularly watched the nightly news over the past few years, you might think that the recent arrest and jail-cell death of Sandra Bland in Texas is part of a growing wave of police abuse of black citizens. Some news reports have even called it an epidemic of police violence against African Americans. But the harsh reality is that there has been no sudden upsurge of racial profiling, arrests, beating, and killing of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers. Rather than an abrupt recent rise in police mistreatment of black Americans, we’ve become more aware of the problem, in part because more incidents of police abuse are being captured on camera." [editor's note: Despite attempts to paint this as "racist hate crime," it has far more to do with blatant abuse of power, which knows no color - SAT] (07/30/15)

http://prospect.org/article/racism-camera  

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Yes, we really do need to start paying kidney donors

August 3, 2015
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Markets are going to exist where human desire is great enough. It happens with sex, it happens with drugs, it is happening with organ transplants. In all three we argue that said market will be safer, will work better, if the activity itself is legal so that regulation, if that's necessary, is possible. Insisting that these things are illegal is part of what makes them so dangerous." (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oplzkky  

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How childcare actually causes poverty in America

August 3, 2015
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Michelle Chen The Nation
by Michelle Chen  

"Is the most precious thing in your life worth more than a poverty wage? Activists are pushing for a $15 hourly base wage for preschool teachers and childcare workers. Many are currently college grads earning poverty wages, which have basically stagnated for nearly twenty years. The raise would be a major step toward providing livable wages for the service working families can’t live without. As the Fight for 15 movement gains momentum for fast food and retail workers, advocates are asking, if the people who prepare your lunch deserve a living wage, surely don't the people preparing our toddlers for school?" [editor's note: Rebuttal comments on this (esp. the last sentence) are most welcome - SAT] (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nmq343g  

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Aged, yet immortal

August 3, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen  

"In a summer dominated, as usual, by the return of superheroes bursting onto the screen in all their 3D glory, a quieter, more cerebral superhero has also graced the cinema. Mr. Holmes follows the fabled Sherlock (Ian McKellen), now 93 years old, to his retirement cottage by the sea, where he cares for a hive of bees and is cared for by a housekeeper, Mrs. Munro (Laura Linney) and her young son Roger (Milo Parker), who idolizes the famed detective. I use the word 'graced' deliberately, for this is a graceful, elegant story beautifully filmed by Tobias A. Schliessler and worthy of honoring the supersleuth’s memory." (07/31/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1443  

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Maybe it’s time to give up the Oreos

August 3, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Marilyn Katz  

"I may have to give up one of my longest-standing indulgences: the dunking of an Oreo cookie in cold milk (whole is preferred). I don’t do this lightly, as I have been dunking those deliciously wicked rounds of chocolate and what I choose to believe is cream since I’ve been three. Why give them up? Because this week, Irene Rosenfeld, the head of Mondolez (the food conglomerate based in Illinois that has Nabisco in its portfolio), a woman touted for breaking the glass ceiling upon becoming the head of Kraft Foods and then its spin off, announced that rather than invest $130 million in modernizing the plant in Chicago, where Oreos have been lovingly produced for the past 100 years, she will instead move the jobs to a new factory in Mexico. The result: a loss of 600 well-paying and community-sustaining jobs on Chicago’s Southwest Side." (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oo6ctld  

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Nuns and ghouls

August 3, 2015
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Do you want to truly be 'pro-life' in a non-hypocritical way? Then reject the power and control of government, take responsibility for your own life, for the care and well-being of your own family, for helping your friends and neighbors and fellow church members, and help end this corrupt and hypocritical system which murders the innocent from conception to old age, and which destroys the opportunities for all to have a better life NOT at the expense of others." (08/01/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7624  

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Sowing division

August 3, 2015
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"Westerners are fond of speculating on a partition of Iraq. To those of us who only know Iraqis by 3 labels, and know nothing about the complexities within those groups or the messiness of border regions, it sounds attractive on the surface. And, for their part, the Iraqis seem to have already done a bang-up job of dividing their country into an independently-operated Kurdish state, a Shia Arab state run from Baghdad, and a Sunni Arab state in the north and west. So I can sort of see why Westerners talk about ratifying this. But, since I know nothing about the internal divides and historical divisions within the Sunni Arab and Shia Arab communities of Iraq, and almost nothing about the internal divides within the Kurdish community of Iraq, its not a proposal that I can confidently endorse." (08/02/15)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2015/08/02/18773  

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A bankrupt candidate for a bankrupt nation

August 3, 2015
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Mises Canada
by Doug French  

"What would a Trump presidency look like? 'Classy,' they said 'a presidency of hope.' One gentleman even said 'it'd be nice to see the debt clock go the other direction.' Maybe he's got a point, after all, if Trump knows how to do anything it's stop a debt clock. He has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009. As Forbes reports, these bankruptcies were connected to over-leveraged casino and hotel properties in Atlantic City. He's never filed personal bankruptcy, 'an important distinction when considering his ability to emerge relatively unscathed, at least financially,' writes Clare O'Conner. Trump did take some financial lumps before learning to gamble with other people's money without risking his own resources." (07/30/15)

http://mises.ca/posts/blog/a-bankrupt-candidate-for-a-bankrupt-nation/  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 08/01/15

August 2, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"Dianna Keiler & Christian Saucier and Ben Stone the Bad Quaker! Woot! Christian tells about his adventures going to a Toby Keith concert. He explains that there exists a vast untapped pool of government hating county music fans, waiting to be turned into libertarians." [various formats] (08/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9nflnc  

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Of badges and blasphemy

August 2, 2015
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Sheriff Doug Rader of Missouri's Stone County complains that he is being 'attacked' for a 'patriotic gesture' -- decorating his department's patrol vehicles with the motto 'In God We Trust.' By focusing on a largely symbolic controversy, both the sheriff's defenders and detractors are ignoring a more tangible threat -- the sheriff's insistence, typical of his profession, that citizens render immediate, unconditional obedience to law enforcement officers as duly appointed ministers of violence on behalf of the divine State." [editor's note: I used to live in Stone County; no, I'm not surprised - TLK] (07/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/npvgd6f  

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Does gun control work?

August 2, 2015
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Danny Lewis  

"Gun safety is not achieved by government, but by the individual. The 2nd Amendment exists so gun safety is in the hands of the people to protect themselves. Violent criminals will always exist, no matter how many government regulations there are. Gun control hinders law abiding citizens from being able to protect themselves from the violent criminals." (07/30/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/gun-control-work  

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Still won’t stand with Rand

August 2, 2015
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Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"Last week I published a piece on Rand Paul. In particular, I argued that Paul or any other 'libertarian' political figure would not generate the changes desired by those who value liberty. The responses to this post have been numerous. Many people agree with me. For others, it's as though I backhanded their mothers in suggesting that Rand Paul isn't the savior of America or its politics. I'd like to offer some additional reflections on a possible 'President Paul' or any other libertarian or free market candidate and address some of the more frequent comments and questions regarding the piece." (08/01/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/08/01/still-wont-stand-with-rand/  

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