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Liberal governor, divided government

July 26, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Rachel M Cohen  

"In February, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, first-term Democratic Governor Tom Wolf readied himself for his second budget address. These were not normal times for Pennsylvania politics: The state had been operating without a budget for eight months, an unprecedented crisis as the Republican-controlled General Assembly fought with the governor’s office over issues of taxation, spending, and pension reform. As the impasse dragged on, school districts and nonprofit organizations across the state were forced to borrow money, lay off employees, and reduce social services. 'My fellow Pennsylvanians: Our Commonwealth is in crisis. A crisis that threatens our future,' Wolf declared from the podium. 'This crisis is not about politics at all. This is about math.'" (07/25/16)

http://prospect.org/article/liberal-governor-divided-government  

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The UBI in non-ideal theory and ideal theory

July 26, 2016
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kevinvallier Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier  

"Phil Magness has complained, at length, on Facebook that proponents of a universal basic income (UBI) like myself have failed to grasp with various 'public choice' problems that would surely plague the functioning of the UBI. Presumably people would distort the use of the UBI in ways that are counterproductive. I've seen other libertarians raise worries that the UBI involves 'handouts' and something for nothing. I think these objections are mistaken and I think I can demonstrate as much if you distinguish between two reasons libertarians might endorse a UBI: in ideal theory and non-ideal theory." (07/25/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/07/the-ubi-in-non-ideal-theory-and-ideal-theory/  

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Baker’s Dozen [TM] reasons for civil unrest to explode

July 26, 2016
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Doom and gloom cause us to fear 'the worst' and for many people, that is going to lead directly to massive civil unrest, ranging from 1968 style protests to armed uprisings and revolts. Obviously politicians, bureaucrats, military theorists and contractors for all of the above spend a lot of time thinking about these things. Here are thirteen reasons ('potential causes') it might all go into the toilet if the balloon goes up, at least according to the powers that be." (07/25/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9368  

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Disorder on the Democratic left

July 25, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by David Dayen  

"'The progressive left is ascendant in this country!' bellowed Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, delivering the closing keynote of Netroots Nation in St. Louis earlier this month to mostly fellow Bernie Sanders backers. 'Your activism is driving this moment and will drive the next year.' For most of the 2016 primaries, that’s how it’s looked: Sanders’s improbably effective insurgent campaign not only brought in millions of young progressives, it pushed Hillary Clinton further and further left on a succession of key issues. Ellison and his cadres have reason to celebrate their newfound influence over the party. But a one-two punch on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has many wondering anew: Is the left really driving the moment, or about to get run over again?" [editor's note: My guess is the latter - SAT] (07/25/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135451/disorder-democratic-left  

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Awaiting Act II of the charade called “democracy”

July 25, 2016
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Bruce McQuain QandO
by Bruce McQuain  

"So, Democratic voters, you really thought you had a role in all of this? Bwaahaaahahaha. You hadn't a chance of deciding. Your vote was simply part of the stage props necessary in the attempt to keep the facade of 'democracy' alive. The Superdelegates picked long before the first vote was cast had already decided the contest. You were window dressing." (07/25/16)

http://www.qando.net/2016/07/25/awaiting-act-ii-of-the-charade-called-democracy/  

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“Sustainability” is fishy

July 25, 2016
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"While the absence of property rights in oceans and other large bodies of water, and in uncaught fish, might well lead to overfishing (that is, to a genuinely unsustainable manner of acquiring fish for human consumption), the very essence of a fish farm implies property rights in the fish stocks. And where there are property rights there is sustainability. A fish farmer is no more likely to allow his stock of fish to be depleted than is the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh to allow his horse to be slaughtered for sport, or than are you to allow the cost of motor oil to prevent you from ever changing the oil in your your car." (07/25/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/07/41127.html  

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Putin for president 2016

July 25, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds  

"Call it the Putin Election if you want, because we have two candidates leading the pack who seem, in one way or another, likely to prove congenial to Vladimir Putin. On the Democratic side, we have Hillary Clinton, whose secret private-server emails are almost certainly already in the hands of Russian intelligence (probably along with several other nations’ spy services as well). What that means is Putin can embarrass Hillary (or worse) whenever he wants. We’re getting a small foretaste of that in the release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails this weekend. The emails show dirty tricks aimed at Bernie Sanders, including a plan to go after his lack of faith. They also show the DNC and Clinton folks getting awfully chummy with some allegedly professional journalists, and putting pressure on news organizations." (07/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/25/wikileaks-emails-dnc-putin-bernie-hillary-trump-blackmail-guccifer-russian-column/87524386  

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How campus censorship is conquering the world

July 25, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Wendy Kaminer  

"Progressive speech policing has moved off campus, in a trend as alarming as it is unsurprising. College and university speech codes conflating allegedly offensive speech and discriminatory conduct date back a quarter of a century. They partly reflect hostility toward unwelcome speech spawned by popular therapies of the 1980s, which equated verbal and physical abuse, and by the feminist anti-porn movement, which equated pornography with rape and declared misogynist speech a civil-rights violation. By now, generations of students have been taught that unwelcome speech isn’t speech but discriminatory 'verbal conduct;' these days, it's even condemned as violence." (07/25/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-campus-censorship-is-conquering-the-world-free-speech/  

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Colombia: Government puts investment at risk by violating property rights

July 25, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post
by Phillip Stevens  

"The transformation of Colombia's economy over the past few years has been, in a word, remarkable. Outward-looking policies have helped to attract foreign business and investment, creating more jobs and raising wages for Colombians. Unfortunately, recent events in the health sector represent a real threat to continued economic progress. Since the early 2000s, Colombia has pursued policies that have successfully opened its markets, including the signing of preferential trade agreements with the likes of the United States, the European Union and the European Free Trade Association, privatization of some state-owned enterprises, and reforms to the public sector. Perhaps most importantly, a strong respect for the rule of law and a respect for property rights in the country have contributed substantially to fueling investor confidence." (07/25/16)

https://panampost.com/editor/2016/07/25/colombian-government-puts-investment-at-risk-by-violating-property-rights/  

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The Bob Zadek Show, 07/24/16

July 25, 2016
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Bob Zadek The Bob Zadek Show
by  

"Christina Sandefur, executive Vice President of the Goldwater Institute, is a co-drafter of the Right to Try initiative and has been pivotal in getting these laws passed around the country. She joins Bob to make the case to the remaining 19 states -- including California." [various formats] (07/24/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/7/22/christina-sandefur-on-the-right-to-try-initiative  

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Sorry not sorry

July 25, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Months ago, Sen. Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to step down, noting her closeness to the Clinton campaign and angered by what his campaign perceived as unfair treatment. To which, Wasserman Schultz had smugly responded, 'Spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.' It seems Sanders had a lot better understanding of what the DNC does than she thought. Thanks to WikiLeaks, the American people have also gotten in the know." (07/25/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/25/sorry-not-sorry/  

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Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 98

July 25, 2016
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Johnny Rocket Launch Pad Johnny Rocket Launch Pad
by  

"This week we have the youngest guest ever on the show, and a political prodigy! This week we welcome radio host of the Remso Republic and self-defined 'conservatarian' Remso W. Martinez! This week we go into depth about the homeless problem in America, and how do we fix it? Is this country lazy, or do we need more tough love?" [various formats] (07/25/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-98-remso-w-martinez/  

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What to make of Tim Kaine’s TPP reversal

July 25, 2016
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"In a representative democracy, the idea is that the representatives should support the preferences of their constituencies. This is what is happening with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, Tim Kaine has reversed his position from supporting TPP to opposing it. He had praised TPP as recently as Thursday. He has changed his position on TPP, and good for him for doing so. Kaine had to change his position immediately after being chosen as Clinton’s VP pick. This is what happens when people organize and make their voices heard. This is the power of the progressive movement. This is the new Democratic party: recognizing reality, and starting to listen to the voices of working people again." (07/25/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160725/what-to-make-of-vp-pick-tim-kaines-tpp-reversal  

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Killing with robots increases militarization of police

July 25, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Marjorie Cohn  

"The killing of Johnson is evidently the first time domestic law enforcement has utilized an armed robot to kill a suspect. It will not be the last. Police departments are becoming increasingly militarized, using assault weapons, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and ear-splitting sirens known as LRADs. Much of this equipment is purchased from the Pentagon at a significant discount. But the answer to our national epidemic of racist police killings is not to further militarize law enforcement." (07/25/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Killing-with-robots-increa-by-Marjorie-Cohn-Killing_Militarization_Police-Abuse-Of-Power_Robots-160725-499.html  

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Free Talk Live, 07/24/16

July 25, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Did Mark get robbed or scammed in Vegas? :: Ricky to Reverse Engineer a Bank Takeover? :: Voting :: Protesting :: Auto Fatalities :: Activists Raided During RNC :: Cell 411 :: Human Trafficking :: Ademo Freeman from Copblock.org Joins Us :: Copblockers' Backpacks Stolen :: Alex Jones Jumps Shark :: Chalking :: Drug Testing :: Muslims Protest Violence in DC :: Prostitution." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/24/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-07-24  

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It’s time to privatize foreign policy

July 25, 2016
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Richard M. Ebeling Foundation for Economic Education
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has caused an uproar in American foreign policy circles by challenging existing forms of U.S. participation in a variety of military and political alliances in Europe and Asia, including NATO. But in spite of impressions in the media, Trump is not an isolationist, but an extremely aggressive advocate of American interventionism. The self-proclaimed 'master of the deal' is not calling for America to withdraw from the world. Instead, Trump wants to renegotiate the terms under which the United States entangles itself in global affairs." (07/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/it-s-time-to-privatize-foreign-policy/  

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Hillary Clinton’s dangerously coherent foreign policy

July 25, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Thaddeus Russell  

"To Clinton and other inheritors of Wilson's calling, Trump's specific sins are what some have crudely called isolationism. Rather than seek U.S. military dominance as a means to extend American influence, Trump has insisted that other nations bolster their militaries and defend themselves, which Clinton dismissively reduced to a demand to 'let more countries have nuclear weapons.' ... What Clinton offers instead of Trump's 'truly dangerous path' is a foreign policy built upon the classically Wilsonian idea that America 'is an exceptional country' that is the 'last, best hope on earth.' She promises to 'secure American leadership' and to prove, through diplomacy and military action, that 'our country represents something special, not just to us, [but] to the world.' Unfortunately, presidents with these coherent ideas have been the most dangerous of all." (07/25/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/25/hillary-clintons-dangerously-coherent-fo  

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Donald Trump’s war on Islam, beheld live from the Cleveland floor, part 2

July 25, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Mattathias Schwartz  

"Few have explained the essence of Make America Great Again with the clarity of Grandpa Simpson. 'I used to be with it,' he said, to his son Homer and his son's friend Barney, having caught them rocking out in front of a mirror. 'But then they changed what it was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me.' Then came the curse: 'It'll happen to you.' Grandpa Simpson's words echoed the two questions that Rudy Giuliani asked on Day 1: America! What happened to it? Where did it go? I looked to the delegates for answers." (07/24/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/24/donald-trumps-war-on-islam-beheld-live-from-the-cleveland-floor-part-two/  

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Io, Saturnalia!

July 25, 2016
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The Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan  

"Ah, Brexit! What is there left to say that not already been said, most of it either out of folly or falsehood? As regards the overall political backdrop to this lightning bolt of mass discontent, the only thing that is clear is that there is no clarity -- neither within Britain nor without. If, as the Good Book tells us, a house divided against itself cannot stand -- hard hats on, people!" (07/25/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/07/io-saturnalia/  

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Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 07/23/16

July 25, 2016
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Peaceful Anarchism Peaceful Anarchism
by  

"Please enjoy my recent conversation with Dale Brown. Herein we discussed what is public safety, VIPERS Threat Management philosophy, diffusing tense situations, acting without fear, his humble beginnings, movie that have inspired him, preventing conflict, perverse incentives of law enforcement, always record everything, sovereign immunity, cannabis myths, crack myths ..." [MP3] (07/23/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/dale-brown-founder-of-vipers-detroit-threat-management-center-private-security-agency/  

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Allen Dulles: Architect of America’s secret government

July 25, 2016
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Michael Swanson  

"The state of crisis created by Cold Warriors such as the Dulles brothers continues today in the war on terror. Some defenders of the national-security state, such as those who disapprove of the Talbot book, treat attempts to explore its hidden history as an act of disloyalty. But that makes no sense unless being loyal means denying reality and upholding myths. The national-security state justified a rule of secrecy in the name of plausible deniability to protect the president and its own officials from the rule of law and public opinion. Allen Dulles claimed he needed to do that to wage the Cold War. But when you create exceptions to the rule of law, you create an opening for corruption, violence, and political instability." (07/25/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/allen-dulles-architect-americas-secret-government/  

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Down with “leadership”: Against the election

July 25, 2016
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Tom Woods Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thomas E Woods, Jr.  

"The opening lecture of Mises University 2016. Recorded at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 24 July 2016." [various formats] (07/24/16)

https://mises.org/library/down-leadership-against-election  

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In defense of torrents

July 25, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"With much fanfare from the Department of Justice, the alleged operator of the largest torrent site, Artem Vaulin, was arrested in Poland and the website was seized. ... The DOJ is seeking to extradite Vaulin, who is Ukrainian, from Poland to the United States where he is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of criminal copyright infringement for allegedly operating the website Kickass Torrents (KAT). ... there are a lot of similarities between the Silk Road and Kickass Torrents. First off, three simple facts of the Silk Road case: Ross Ulbricht created a website; people used the website to sell things that other people wanted to buy; Ross Ulbricht was sent to jail for the rest of his life. Now, three three simple facts of the KAT case: Artem Vaulin allegedly created a website; people used the website to share digital copies of things that other people wanted; Artem Vaulin could be sent to jail for the next 20 years." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/24/16)

http://fpp.cc/in-defense-of-torrents/  

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The non-aggression principle takes libertarianism worldwide

July 25, 2016
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Garry Reed HubPages
by Garry Reed  

"The original Old World European definition of 'libertarian' meant 'anarchist' and was used in such phrases as 'libertarian socialism' and 'libertarian communism' to differentiate those philosophies from 'state socialism' and 'state communism.' The fundamental answer here is 'So what?' The Modern American Libertarian Movement definition of 'libertarian' is premised on the non-aggression principle (NAP) that rejects physical coercion, intimidation and fraud and embraces voluntary interactions among all people. Simply put, libertarianism cannot be understood without reference to the non-aggression principle." (07/22/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/The-non-aggression-principle-takes-libertarianism-worldwide  

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Obama astonishes Sean Hannity by noting the world is less violent than it used to be

July 25, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"'If you had to choose a moment in history to be born, and you didn't know ahead of time who you were going to be, you'd choose now,' President Obama remarked in a speech last week, 'because the world has never been less violent, healthier, better educated, more tolerant, with more opportunity for more people, and more connected than it is today.' Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity, an avid Donald Trump supporter, was astounded .... 'The world's never been safer than today. Really?' ... Yes, really. Obama has made similar remarks before, and what he's talking about is the fact, documented by Steven Pinker in his book The Better Angels of Our Nature, that humans are, broadly speaking, less likely to die violent deaths than ever before in recorded history. Contrary to what Hannity apparently thinks, that long-term trend -- which includes deaths by war, genocide, terrorism, and other forms of mass killing as well ordinary homicide -- is unaltered by whatever Fox News report happens to be uppermost in Hannity's mind at any given moment." (07/24/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/24/obama-astonishes-sean-hannity-by-noting  

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