Commentary

America’s not ready for Hillary

April 24, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Institute for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"[I]t's not financial hijinks, tall tales about Bosnian sniper fire, shrugging deflections of responsibility for American deaths in Benghazi, or even her Nixonian, and undeniably criminal, actions in controlling, concealing and destroying official emails as Secretary of State that sound the death knell for her presidential aspirations. The real problem is that nobody seems to be able to think of any good reason why she should be elected president. Even among those Americans who are okay with politicians running their lives, there's no great stampede on to let THIS politician run their lives. Maybe that's because she so clearly relishes the idea." (04/23/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1126  

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Rand Paul, hawk or dove?

April 24, 2015
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W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W James Antle III  

"Since his election to the Senate in 2010 it's barely been an exaggeration to say that the Republican foreign-policy debate has been Rand Paul versus everyone else. While he has some likeminded colleagues, especially in the House, he is the single figure most associated with a break from the GOP's Bush-Cheney national-security legacy. The debate was kicked off by his father, former Texas congressman and two-time GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul. Many hoped that the son would expand the electoral base for what his father started. In the early stages of his own 2016 presidential campaign, however, Rand Paul has edged closer to the Republican foreign-policy consensus." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfo78bj  

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The Clintons, crony capitalism, and American foreign policy

April 24, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The income stream of the Clinton Foundation, which includes many millions of dollars from foreign governments and individuals with close links to foreign governments, has created a firestorm of controversy. A forthcoming book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, by Peter Schweizer, contends that, during her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton granted favors and concessions to governments that were generous in their donations to the Foundation that bears her name." (04/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lzsruwz  

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The real victim of “rape culture?” Free speech

April 24, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Jamie Palmer  

"In November last year, anti-rape activists at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, erupted in outrage when it was announced that libertarian feminist Wendy McElroy had been invited to take part in a debate about sexual violence. McElroy, as it happens, was herself the victim of a rape so violent it left her with permanently impaired vision. But she has since incurred the wrath of those who claim to speak for rape victims by vehemently disputing the existence of what radical feminists call 'rape culture.' Rape culture, McElroy has written, is 'a lie [which] has been successful in spite of reality' and is now being used to justify an illiberal and sinister attack on due process. Whether one agrees with this view or not, it ought to be obvious that transparent debate of this issue is not only legitimate, but vital. McElroy's activist opponents disagreed. The very expression of opinions like hers, they insisted, constitutes an intolerable threat to student safety. This dismal scenario is now being re-run following an invitation extended by Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians (OCRL) to feminist writer Christina Hoff Sommers." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kn7preq  

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Greece on the razor’s edge

April 24, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Richard Parker  

"The morning after Alexis Tsipras’s Syriza coalition won the Greek elections in late January, an old friend called from Athens. He’d been a senior figure in the Papandreou government that had struggled for nearly two years to stave off the collapse of the Greek economy, so he knew firsthand just how deadly the chalice now about to be passed to Tsipras was. He also knew Tsipras personally (Greece is a small country) as well as Yanis Varoufakis and other key figures who would be appointed to the new government. And he clearly understood what Tsipras aimed to do to quickly and decisively break 'the golden shackles' that had bound Greeks in a crushing web of debt: face down the creditors." (04/22/15)

https://prospect.org/article/greece-razors-edge  

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The Clinton scandal rabbithole

April 24, 2015
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The Nation The Nation
by Michelle Goldberg  

"The phrase 'Clinton rules' has two very distinct meanings. Bill and Hillary Clinton’s enemies use it to mean that the couple flout rules that apply to everyone else. In the early years of the blogosphere, however, liberals used 'Clinton rules' as shorthand for the way journalists regularly abandoned ordinary standards of evidence to breathlessly pursue Clinton pseudo-scandals, often cooked up by right-wing operatives. As the Daily Howler wrote in 2007, 'Under 'the Clinton rules of journalism,' you can say any goddamn thing you want -- as long as you say it about the Clintons.'" (04/23/15)

http://www.thenation.com/blog/205225/clinton-scandal-rabbit-hole  

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When cronies play cop

April 24, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by staff  

"Police and sheriff's departments all over the country use civilian volunteers to bolster their forces, usually allowing them to wear badges and uniforms and sometimes authorizing them to carry guns. If best practices are followed, this can be a smart way for cash-strapped departments to stretch their resources or to vet potential full-time hires. Every once in a while, however, things go bad. Seldom do they go as bad as they did in Tulsa on April 2." (04/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k7hu5kb  

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Why Jeb Bush’s super PAC plan is potentially illegal

April 24, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Fred Wertheimer  

"Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is preparing to push the role of the individual-candidate super PAC to new, brazen heights. The Bush campaign is reportedly planning to reverse the role of Bush’s campaign committee and the 'independent' super PAC supporting him -- so that the super PAC would essentially become Bush’s campaign committee. The reason for this audacious move is simple: super PACs can be funded with unlimited donations, while a candidate’s campaign is limited to contributions of $2,700 per donor per election. A relatively small number of millionaires and billionaires could pay for Bush’s race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The only problem is that the Bush scheme, as reported, would be illegal." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k2gmm7l  

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Proof that conservatives actually hate markets

April 24, 2015
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"Conservatives are supposedly all about markets. Markets should decide, not voters. But when it comes to the law of supply and demand for government debt, they go blind. ... Here is the argument. There is a huge demand for U.S. government bonds. There is so much demand that interest rates are exceptionally low. You almost have to pay the government to hold your money. Remember the 'law of supply and demand'? When there is a huge market demand for something, isn’t that supposed to mean that more of that thing should be produced? Shouldn’t government be supplying more bonds?" [editor's note: The stupid ... it HURTS! - TLK] (04/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mvar7gt  

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Our anger, ourselves

April 24, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Sady Doyle  

"Relatively late in She's Beautiful When She's Angry, Mary Dore’s documentary of Second Wave feminism, one woman makes a revealing statement: At the time they were organizing, neither she nor any of the radical women she worked with knew much about the history of the suffragettes. The women of the Second Wave were building a movement with no understanding of who had won them the right to vote." (04/23/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17848/our-anger-ourselves  

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Freedom and the omnipotent power to assassinate

April 24, 2015
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"As a kid growing up, did you ever think you'd live under a government that had the omnipotent power to assassinate you and every other American citizen? If you heard about some communist regime or other totalitarian government wielding the omnipotent power to assassinate its own citizens, you wouldn't be surprised. But I'll bet that the vast majority of Americans never thought they would end up living under a governmental structure that had that sort of power over the citizenry." (04/23/15)

http://fff.org/2015/04/23/freedom-omnipotent-power-assassinate/  

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The FBI used to have integrity. Now agents lie, cheat, and break the law.

April 24, 2015
posted by

Andrew P. Napolitano Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"Does the FBI manifest fidelity, bravery, and integrity, or does it cut constitutional corners in order to incriminate? Can the FBI cut the cable television lines to your house and then show up pretending to be the cable guy and install listening devices? Can FBI agents and technicians testify falsely and cause the innocent to be convicted, incarcerated and, in some cases, executed?" (04/23/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/23/not-your-grandfathers-fbi  

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Truncating your utilitarian analysis

April 24, 2015
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Gene Callahan La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan  

"We should not want to treat human babies as a commodity whether or not we 'gain utils' by doing so. But that is not the only problem with Abby Hall's 'analysis' of the issue. She also severely truncates her utilitarian analysis. First of all, she treats the number of 'unwanted' babies as being unmoved by a legal market for children. Coming from a crew of people who can never stop telling us that 'incentives matter,' this is a rather shocking omission. Of course, once they know they can legally get a new car or a trip around the world for the infant that is whining at 3 A.M. and keeping them up, a lot more mothers are going to 'realize' that they don't want their babies. In fact, it won't take long before poor mothers see that they have years of good-paying work ahead of them, becoming pregnant again and again." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjuf9by  

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Disquieting developments

April 24, 2015
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason  

"My father served in the Army Signal Corps, under General Patton, and participated in the liberation of one of the Nazi concentration camps. He and his fellow Signal Corpsmen photographed what he saw. As a young boy I found some of those grisly photos tucked away in the garage. They left an impression on me that lasts to this day -- to this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day, to be exact, when I decided to take some time to discuss the current state of anti-Semitism." (04/22/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1404  

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Let’s clear up the liberal mess

April 24, 2015
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Edwin van de Haar  

"Liberalism as a political idea has become far too complicated. It appears there are as many liberalisms as there are liberals. To name just a few: libertarianism, classical liberalism, bleeding heart liberalism, economic liberalism, political liberalism, social liberalism, high liberalism, minarchism, objectivism, anarcho-capitalism, and of course neoliberalism. In international relations theory you can also find neoliberal institutionalism, liberal internationalism or embedded liberalism, while no doubt additional liberalisms can be found in other academic subjects. Clearly this all amounts to an incomprehensible liberal mess, which needs to be sorted out." (04/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oy6cbh7  

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Refuse ground war with Islamic State

April 24, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner  

"Conservative calls for more muscular intervention to destroy Islamic State have grown louder and will only grow more frequent as the 2016 campaign heats up. Although the American public has identified the Islamic militant group as a critical threat and wants something done, another U.S. ground war is the wrong answer. War is unnecessary and would be disastrously costly and counterproductive." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxnsszj  

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Policing the police

April 23, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler  

Cartoon. (04/22/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/policing-the-police/  

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How The Guardian milked Edward Snowden’s story

April 23, 2015
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OpEdNews.com
by Julian Assange  

"The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man (Guardian/Faber & Faber, 2014) by Luke Harding is a hack job in the purest sense of the term. Pieced together from secondary sources and written with minimal additional research to be the first to market, the book's thrifty origins are hard to miss." (04/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mfn66eo  

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Markets get around silly regulations

April 23, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood  

"Advocates of free markets often bemoan all the regulation that firms are subjected to under modern neoliberalism. One thing they forget is that this is a sign that capitalism has won, not that it has lost! The debate now is about restraining or editing or improving capitalism, and never about overthrowing it. All the major officially anti-capitalist countries are gone or anti-capitalist only by name and not by nature. But another thing you often see them overlook is how markets work their way around regulations and can effectively neuter them." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lur3djt  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 04/23/15

April 23, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by  

"In today's edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of Budget & Tax News Jesse Hathaway talks with TechFreedom president and founder Berin Szoka. Hathaway and Szoka discuss activists' next target: your cell phone data plan." [Flash video] (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ooudl5p  

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A new, freer sector

April 23, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Wyoming just made it legal for farmers to sell directly to local customers, in such venues as farmers' markets -- without government inspection and conformity to the usual, clunky set of regulations that apply when selling to other businesses for resale. The bill, recently signed into law by the governor, also allows neighbors to sell homemade foods to one another informally and at special community events like bake sales. An obvious win for freedom." (04/23/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/04/23/a-new-freer-sector-2/  

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State regulation and the Necessary and Proper Clause

April 23, 2015
posted by

TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"The Necessary and Proper Clause in the Constitution is commonly used to justify unconstitutional federal authority, and William Baude at the University of Chicago Law School believes a stricter interpretation of the clause is in order -- albeit the feds still get to decide the interpretation." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyhg7kn  

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An idea for better transit in Missouri: Raise fares

April 23, 2015
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Joseph E Miller  

"Public transportation in Missouri's major cities is heavily subsidized; taxpayers cover more than 80 percent of total costs in Saint Louis and Kansas City. The main culprits of these subsidies are high costs and low utilization. For example, most bus routes in Saint Louis roll around the city nearly empty. But a contributing factor to this problem is fares, which remain inexpensive in both cities." (04/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odvbqkh  

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Tax myths conservatives believe

April 23, 2015
posted by

Reformed Libertarian
by Brian Jacobson  

"I think there are many times on this site when we are just preaching to the choir or yelling down an echo chamber. I am hoping, or at least guessing, that (at least) some people may be surprised by some of this, especially since these are usually part of the conservative schtick. Here are three conservative myths about taxes ..." (04/22/15)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/tax-myths-conservatives-believe/  

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GOP establishment queen Mitch McConnell introduces Patriot Act reauthorization with zero NSA reforms

April 23, 2015
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"McConnell is amongst the most freedom hating, constitution trampling Republican members in the Senate, sharing this distinction with John McCain and Lindsey Graham. What makes McConnell far more dangerous is his position as Senate Majority Leader." (04/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvejcsd  

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