Commentary

Defining dishonesty downward

May 27, 2015
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Don Boudreaux Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux  

"Kathleen Parker's May 15 Washington Post column is headlined 'Jeb Bush's unfortunate honesty.' The subhead reads 'He needs to emulate Hillary Clinton.' Parker's point is that if Bush wants a serious chance of winning the presidency, he must master the dark arts of dissembling and lying." (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oe2h37r  

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Gun rights, civil rights

May 27, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Zach Weissmueller  

"When a cop shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer, the death sparked protests, a militarized law enforcement response, and finally looting and destruction. But the Huey P. Newton Gun Club was ready. The Dallas-based group had formed in June 2014, more than two months before the shooting. Charles Goodson, the club's founder, started recruiting members after he learned that Dallas police officers had shot at 40 unarmed citizens over the past 12 years. 'We are proposing armed self-defense as it relates to the situation with black people here in America when it comes to dealing with police departments,' he explains." (for publication 06/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/30/gun-rights-civil-rights  

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A better Patriot Act

May 27, 2015
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Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"Critical parts of the USA Patriot Act are about to expire. The reauthorization bill moving through Congress, the USA Freedom Act, has sparked controversy on both sides of the political aisle and within the civil-libertarian community, rekindling debates that began more than a decade ago. Now is the chance to implement much-needed reforms, including reforms to a provision not expiring: the one authorizing National Security Letters (NSL)." [editor's note: I usually find Hall very perceptive, but on this issue I have to disagree -- the only worthwhile "reform" of the USA PATRIOT Act is complete repeal - TLK] (05/26/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7383  

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Heartland Daily Podcast, 05/26/15

May 27, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
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"In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Managing Editor of Environment & Climate News H. Sterling Burnett speaks with Lindsay Leveen. Leveen runs a groundbreaking, award-winning, news blog called Green Explored. Burnett and Leveen discuss Bloom Energy." [Flash video] (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2adn7f  

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After the election: Beware the politics of generationalism

May 27, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Jennie Bristow  

"While I cringed along with everyone else at Miliband's hubris, what most intrigued me about the 'Ed Stone' was the content of these six pledges -- in particular, pledge five, which promised Labour voters 'a country where the next generation can do better than the last.' This pledge seemed simultaneously banal and inflammatory. In any society that considers itself progressive, or even vaguely dynamic, of course people want life for their kids to be better. But making the generation question so central to political pledge-making presumes a conflict between the older generations, who had it quite good, and the younger ones, who can only hope for better. The other political parties sang from the same hymn sheet." (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nomcvwe  

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Institutions of the state ARE institutions of slavery

May 27, 2015
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The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"It is increasingly obvious that all the institutions of the state, from the smallest special district’s organizations to those at the state and federal level (and increasingly at the international level), are nothing but institutions of slavery: organized gangsterdoms that exercise control over people to some degree similar to that of traditional slavery in America before 1865 and in societies throughout ancient history. Stories this week demonstrate this." (05/27/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=7156  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 05/27/15

May 27, 2015
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
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"Today's episode of the Freedom Report discusses what happens when someone wants the law to save them from their stupid decisions." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p53x76g  

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The price of Freedom[TM]

May 27, 2015
posted by

Paul Rosenberg Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"Somehow, and I had no idea how, I found myself face to face with a man I first mistook as a mobile home salesman. But he wasn't trying to sell me a double-wide; he was trying to sell me a gaudy package labeled Freedom[TM]. He stood in front of me, smiling too much and waiting for me to comment on the beauty of his product. 'Tell me about this Freedom of yours,' I finally squeezed out. 'And why does it have the trademark symbol on it?' 'That's because our freedom is the best kind.' 'So, freedom isn't just freedom?' 'Heavens no,' he assured me." (05/26/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/the-price-of-freedom  

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The Libertarian Angle, 05/27/15

May 27, 2015
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
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"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob talks about Memorial Day and motivation behind U.S. foreign policy." [Flash video] (05/27/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/76471/  

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Comebacks require leaving

May 27, 2015
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Brian Nicholson  

"For as much as empire persists, it goes rather unmentioned by virtually anyone outside of Left opposition to it, which has (unfortunately) little weight in the US at all. Those who support US hegemony & keep it going have learned over time to use code words & feelgood lies to avoid having to actually discuss the intended outcomes they shoot for. Well, today Robert Kaplan of the Center for a New American Security (really) decided to ignore that memo, putting a piece at Foreign Policy titled 'It's time to bring imperialism back to the Middle East.'" (05/26/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/37932  

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Health insurance is illegal

May 27, 2015
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Warren C Gibson  

"Health insurance is a crime. No, I'm not using a metaphor. I'm not saying it's a mess, though it certainly is that. I'm saying it's illegal to offer real health insurance in America. To see why, we need to understand what real insurance is and differentiate that from what we currently have." (05/26/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/health-insurance-is-illegal  

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Suicide: The only question that matters

May 27, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Do you own yourself, or does the state own you? With respect to suicide, this is the only question that matters. To continue living, or not to do so, is the most basic, primal decision each of us makes every minute of every day of our lives. If you own yourself, then by definition the decision to continue living or to end your life -- for any reason, at any time, with or without the assistance of others, in any manner that doesn't violate others' rights -- is yours alone to make. Anyone claiming a right to take that decision out of your hands is by definition claiming ownership of your life." (05/26/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1512  

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The LAVA Flow Podcast, 05/26/15

May 27, 2015
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The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow
by  

"In this fortnight's episode: I talk about minarchism versus anarchism, and why we should all just get along, What's in the News, and a great interview with 2016 presidential candidate, Darryl W. Perry." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (05/26/15)

http://bit.ly/1AvHLI2  

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Anti-immigration conservatives hit a new low

May 27, 2015
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A. Barton Hinkle Reason
by A Barton Hinkle  

"[Cesar] Vargas' parents brought him to the United States from Mexico more than a quarter-century ago, when he was 5. He went to school, then to college, and then to law school, making honor lists along the way. He interned with the New York Supreme Court. When the court considered his application to join the bar, it rated his performance 'stellar.' But his status as an unauthorized resident alien got in his way. Vargas aspired to join the military. 'This country has given me so much, I do want to be able to give back,' he recently told NPR. A provision in the latest defense-authorization bill would have taken a small -- very small -- step toward letting him. It would have expressed the sense of Congress that the Pentagon should study the question of whether unlawfully present immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children should be allowed to enlist in the armed forces someday. Cue the exploding heads. When they discovered the provision, conservative Republicans threatened to derail the entire $612 billion defense measure." (05/25/15)

http://bit.ly/1es2K4V  

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Is the public the people, or the state?

May 27, 2015
posted by

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"When I first heard the term 'public health' sometime in my youth, I thought it was about protection from dangers that could harm anyone and everyone: contaminated air, water, or land; contagious diseases. I thought public health had something to do with the public! Turns out, when most people talk about public health, they refer to what people choose to ingest or smoke. Unhealthy choices, they say, will drive up health care costs. But whose health care costs?" (05/26/15)

http://bit.ly/1cYZ0qy  

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Stop calling the TPP a “trade” agreement

May 27, 2015
posted by

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"This is a message to activists trying to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Stop calling the TPP a 'trade' agreement. TPP is a corporate/investor rights agreement, not a 'trade' agreement. 'Trade' is a good thing; TPP is not. Every time you use the word 'trade' in association with the TPP, you are helping the other side. 'Trade' is a propaganda word. It short-circuits thinking. People hear 'trade' and the brain stops working. People think, 'Of course, trade is good.' And that ends the discussion. Calling TPP a 'trade' agreement lets the pro-TPP people argue that TPP is about trade instead of what it is really about. It diverts attention from the real problem." (05/26/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150526/stop-calling-tpp-a-trade-agreement-it-isnt  

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Free Talk Live, 05/26/15

May 27, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Ross Ulbricht's Letter to the Judge :: Boston Stong Dumps Water Outside Studio :: The Silk Road Helped Humanity :: Is Ross Ulbricht honestly sorry? :: Listening Methods :: Jimmy Arrested at ChuckECheese :: TX Biker Shootout :: Prosecutors' Demand For Ulbricht's Sentence :: Death Penalty :: Dumpster Diving Tips." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/26/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-05-26  

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Radical democracy

May 27, 2015
posted by

Notes On Liberty
by Fred Foldvary  

"Going to its roots, democracy is kratos, rule, by demos, the people. Pure democracy is the rule by all the people, not just some of the people. The only way to implement absolute democracy is for each participant to voluntarily agree to the governance structure, and be able to exit when one no longer agrees. Democracy can be divided into mass democracy versus 'cellular' or small-group democracy." (05/26/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/05/26/radical-democracy/  

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“Hurrican HUD” & the Baltimore riots

May 27, 2015
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"Baltimore's recent riots are not surprising in a city that has long been plagued by both police brutality and one of the nation's highest murder rates. Though numerous government policies and the rampaging looters deserve blame for the carnage, federal housing subsidies have long destabilized Baltimore neighborhoods and helped create a culture of violence with impunity. Yet just last week, Baltimore officials were in Washington asking for more." (05/25/15)

http://bit.ly/1FU3Imv  

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Hold bankers accountable for their crimes

May 27, 2015
posted by

Katrina vanden Heuvel The Nation Blog
by Katrina vanden Heuvel  

"Last week, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that five major banks were pleading guilty to criminal charges for what she described as a 'brazen display of collusion' to manipulate the currency markets. The banks (Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Barclays, and Royal Bank of Scotland Group) were hit with $5.6 billion in fines and penalties. Sensibly, the banks were forced to plead guilty, not simply pay fines in settlements where they neither admitted nor denied the changes. But the charges still were brought against banks, not bankers. No banker was held accountable. The personal fortunes of the bankers who profited were not touched. Shareholders, not bankers, will pay the fines." [editor's note: Remember when "fraud" was a crime committed by individuals instead of faceless corporations? Me neither ... - SAT] (05/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qb5ka7f  

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The NSA’s technotyranny: One nation under surveillance

May 27, 2015
posted by

John W. Whitehead LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead  

"As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this fourth branch came into being without any electoral mandate or constitutional referendum, and yet it possesses superpowers, above and beyond those of any other government agency save the military. It is all-knowing, all-seeing and all-powerful. It operates beyond the reach of the president, Congress and the courts, and it marches in lockstep with the corporate elite who really call the shots in Washington, DC. You might know this branch of government as Surveillance, but I prefer 'technotyranny,' a term coined by investigative journalist James Bamford to refer to an age of technological tyranny made possible by government secrets, government lies, government spies and their corporate ties." (05/26/15)

http://bit.ly/1GABv2M  

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Has child care policy finally come of age?

May 27, 2015
posted by

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Andrea Louise Campbell  

"The Democratic Party is now turning to a new agenda for parents: not just an expanded earned income tax credit and child tax credit, but also paid family leave, universal preschool, and free community college. President Barack Obama encapsulated the message in his 2015 State of the Union address when he asserted that 'affordable, high-quality childcare ... [is] not a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have.' He even made the children-as-social-good argument that’s been missing from the American discussion of family policy: 'It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or as a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.' The question now is whether, at long last, the United States will be ready to make progress on childcare policy." (05/26/15)

http://prospect.org/article/has-child-care-policy-finally-come-age  

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An attempt at a universal ethic, part 6: Answering objections

May 27, 2015
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"This series has been a delight to think and write about. I admit that I was a bit apprehensive at the beginning to get into this, but having done so it has been a weight lifted from my shoulders. In this final part I answer twelve objections that I received and hope my responses are sufficient." (05/25/15)

http://bit.ly/1Ev08Id  

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Tobacco control torturers

May 27, 2015
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Dick Puddlecote  

"I may be a hopeless believer in personal freedoms, but anyone who would even consider forcing someone to quit smoking when they are at a low ebb and incarcerated is on a par with vile moral Victorians who used to lock up unmarried teen mothers in asylums for making the wrong choices in life. Those who agree that it's a good idea should be hunted for sport, in my opinion." (05/26/15)

http://bit.ly/1HIHG3w  

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Greece: Can’t pay, won’t pay

May 27, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Mike Peacock  

"After many mixed messages in recent months, the Greek government seems to have alighted on one simple line: can’t pay, won’t pay. A growing list of senior members of the government have openly said Athens does not have the means to pay the International Monetary Fund and would prioritise paying civil servants and pensioners instead. 'We haven’t got the money. We won’t pay. It’s that simple,' Deputy Foreign Minister Nikos Chountis, who holds the European affairs portfolio, said. If so, a cash-for-reforms deal with the EU and IMF must be struck before payments totalling about 1.5 billion euros to the Fund fall due next month, or Greece will default." (05/26/25)

http://blogs.reuters.com/macroscope/2015/05/26/cant-pay-wont-pay  

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