Commentary

Northern Ireland does something very stupid about prostitution

October 23, 2014
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Trafficking and exploitation are already illegal: making voluntary transactions between consenting adults illegal will not make their incidence any less. Far from it, driving currently legal activity underground will produce more of those already illegal activities rather than less. At the grander level this is horribly illiberal: the touchstone of any possible liberal society being that consenting adults, when their activities do not harm any non-consenting people, animals or things, get to do what they want. A society that decides to regulate adult sexual activity is not and cannot be described as liberal. It can be anything from Puritan to authoritarian but liberal it cannot be." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pz7s9s7  

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A matter of princely pull

October 23, 2014
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"Michael Bloomberg, the former dictatorial mayor of New York City, is a billionaire who uses his money as a weapon to limit people's life-choices. Frankly, I think the guy needs some serious couch-time. He has lately singled out the state of Colorado for New York-style gun laws, and has spent millions to accomplish that. The laws were passed, but to his utter chagrin and smoldering fury, the people of Colorado don't want to be disarmed, and have recalled or otherwise rendered inert his three key agents in the legislature who pressed the gun laws. Sixty of our sixty-two county sheriffs have refused to enforce them. Poor little billionaire." (10/19/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle793-20141019-07.html  

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No Ebola panic despite media hysteria

October 23, 2014
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Alan Caruba Heartland Institute
by Alan Caruba  

"One man has died of Ebola in the U.S. and he came here from Liberia. Two of the nurses that tended him are in intensive care and likely to survive. A third was thought to be infected, but wasn’t. That news has been sufficient to keep most Americans calm as the media has done its best to exploit Ebola-related news. The public absorbed the facts and came to their own conclusion." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mlhq2bn  

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What will it take to grow GDP? Part 2

October 23, 2014
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Tom Yamachika Hawaii Reporter
by Tom Yamachika  

"Last week we suggested that we look at growing our state’s economic position by concentrating on areas of our economy that we can control, like our tax rates. We examined the business tax climate rating the national Tax Foundation gave our state, and reviewed the areas where Hawaii received good ratings, namely corporate income tax, sales tax, and property taxes. Hawaii really got zinged in the areas of individual income tax and unemployment tax. Perhaps these two areas present the best opportunities to change the perception of our state as, well, something other than tax heaven This week we’ll look at individual income tax where the study placed us at #35." (10/22/14)

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/what-will-it-take-to-grow-gdp-part-2  

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This ain’t laissez-faire

October 23, 2014
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Newsweek calls drug-war violence in Long Island 'a harrowing example of free-market, laissez-faire capitalism.' To this, Cato Institute’s David Boaz objects that 'the competition between the local Crips and Bloods [is described] in terms not usually seen in articles about, say, Apple and Microsoft or Ford and Toyota.' Under a truly free market, the rights of buyers and sellers to peaceably trade are legally protected from theft and violence, and their contracts defended from fraud. Black markets, on the other hand, are made up of illegal exchanges, actively prohibited trade." (10/23/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/23/this-aint-laissez-faire/  

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But if it saves just one life!

October 23, 2014
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The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Sheila Stokes-Begley  

"How many times have we heard the plaintive cry from the anti-gun crowd? More gun/people control is needed to save just one life. You can tell how much life matters to the anti-gun crowd when the call for 'SWATing' of innocent open carry citizens is suggested and celebrated. Even when it results in the death of two innocent people. One of who died of a heart attack after watching another innocent man be gunned down by the police. And Mommies Demanding Atrocities celebrated their death. Yep, if it saves just one life. Whine on. And people take Mommies Demanding Atrocities seriously. SERIOUSLY? Why?" (10/23/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=174  

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The feds are dangerous but they can be stopped

October 23, 2014
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by  

Video. [Flash video] (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lkkas6h  

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Is Obama stalling until Republicans can bury the CIA torture report?

October 23, 2014
posted by

Dan Froomkin The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin  

"Senator Dianne Feinstein’s intelligence committee sent a 480-page executive summary of its extensive report on the CIA’s abuse of detainees to the White House for declassification more than six months ago. In August, the White House, working closely with the CIA, sent back redactions that Feinstein and other Senate Democrats said rendered the summary unintelligible and unsupported. Since then, the wrangling has continued behind closed doors, with projected release dates repeatedly falling by the wayside. ... Human-rights lawyer Scott Horton, who interviewed a wide range of intelligence and administration officials for his upcoming book, 'Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Foreign Policy,' told The Intercept that the White House and the CIA are hoping a Republican Senate will, in their words, 'put an end to this nonsense.'" (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/me2p82h  

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Why pro-war pundits are always wrong

October 23, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Charles Davis  

"There is no shortage of men and women -- but mostly men, typically white -- willing to write 800- to 1,000-word editorials on the need for Decisive Action or Continued Resolve in Whereverthehellistan. Some of these people are historians, some are journalists, but all have attained material success in the field of arguing about war without ever once having to go through the trouble of being right. It is a full-time profession where it undeniably pays to be wrong and speak to power only what power wants to hear, with American advocates of mass killing from El Salvador to Iraq some of the last in their homeland to earn a living wage. Damning the individuals is good, wholesome fun, but the problem is the systemic reward." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k6fzsel  

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The antimilitarist libertarian tradition

October 23, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation/Liberty.me
by  

"FFF vice-president Sheldon Richman’s monthly webinar at Liberty.me." [Flash video] (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mjmx84f  

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Bipartisan corporate welfare

October 23, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"The conventional wisdom says that corporate welfare is the exclusive province of Republicans, always eager to do the bidding of their corporate donors. And, indeed, there are far too many examples of Republicans confusing 'free markets' with 'good for business.' Still, there are more than enough examples to show that corporate welfare is a bipartisan sin." (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lx8ejws  

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How Paul Krugman learned to stop worrying and love income inequality

October 23, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Joel Schlosberg and Thomas L. Knapp  

"Amazon's existence lowers book prices for readers in multifarious ways, from selection competition to electronic editions to its online marketplace for used copies. Yet Amazon has simultaneously diminished the cost for anyone to publish and sell books and earn money. By offering an alternative to the genuine near-monopoly of capital-intensive big publishers, Amazon distributes those lower prices and that new revenue more evenly among readers and authors. Hachette and Krugman know they can’t turn back the clock that produced Amazon’s burgeoning marketplaces, preferring to benefit from them, but are convinced Amazon owes them a walled garden, sparing them price competition with the rabble. They want Amazon to preserve their income inequality at the expense of its customers." (10/22/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/32825  

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Review: Hoppe’s “Immigration and Libertarianism”

October 23, 2014
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Ben Stone Bad Quaker Dot Com
by  

"Ben Stone reviews the article 'Immigration And Libertarianism' by Hans-Hermann Hoppe." [Flash audio or MP3] (10/21/14)

http://www.badquaker.com/archives/3198  

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Obama still does a good imitation of Bush

October 23, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"We really should be used to this by now. After almost six years in office, President Obama is far more like George W. Bush in national-security matters than he led the American people to believe." (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qbxbzny  

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Hollow justice and courts of order in an age of government-sanctioned tyranny

October 23, 2014
posted by

John W. Whitehead LewRockwell.com
by John W. Whitehead  

"Justice in America makes less sense with each passing day. A Michigan couple that has been raising chickens in their backyard as a source of healthy food for their family could get up to 90 days in jail for violating a local ban on backyard hens. A Kentucky prison guard who was charged with 25 counts of sexual abuse against female inmates, trafficking controlled substances, and 50 counts of official misconduct walks away with no jail time and seven years’ probation. A 53-year-old Virginia man is facing 20 years in jail for kidnapping, despite the fact that key evidence shows him to be innocent and his accuser a liar, yet the courts claim they’re unable to do anything about it. Meanwhile, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent refusal to hear the case of Jones v. U.S.,judges can now punish individuals for crimes of which they may never have been convicted or even charged." (10/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ofaz2z3  

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Saunders’s one-stop election shop

October 23, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Jerry Brown's going to win his second bid for re-election -- and that's OK. Given the state's blueness, Dao Gov is probably the best governor the state can get. Still, it's not a bad idea to send Brown a message that voters don't want him to turn too far to the left by voting for Republican Neel Kashkari. Below I include a column on the one debate between Brown and Kashkari, and a column about Brown's sense of loyalty, such as it is." [editor's note: Some of this is just conservative GOPism, but Ms. Saunders deserves a hearing for the bulk of her pro-liberty work (and there are no libertarians in the mix now anyway, thanks to the "top two" law!) - SAT] (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nv4wfqn  

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Robul Hoque: Sentenced for a thought crime

October 23, 2014
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Rossa Minogue spiked
by Rossa Minogue  

"Until this week, Amazon's decision to put racism warnings on old episodes of Tom and Jerry looked like it would be the frontrunner for the most absurd cartoon-related overreaction of the year. Not anymore. That position has been stolen by the UK courts' decision to give a nine-month suspended prison sentence to Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old man from Middlesbrough, for possession of Japanese-style manga images and anime cartoons." (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mefd7jw  

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Obama learning LBJ lesson: Guns or butter, not both

October 23, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Robert Dallek  

"President Barack Obama has lost his hold on a majority of Americans, according to recent polls. Though more than two years remain in his term, the popular appeal that propelled him to win the 2008 and 2012 elections may be beyond recovery. It is sadly reminiscent of what President Lyndon B. Johnson experienced in the mid-1960s after winning the 1964 presidential election by one of the largest landslides in U.S. history. This is not to suggest that history is repeating itself. There are too many differences between Johnson and Obama (both the men and their presidencies) to argue that. Yet, as Mark Twain said, history may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme." [editor's note: Despite the fawning over both tyrants, and the atrocities they perpetrated, this is a fairly good analysis of their similarities - SAT] (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nsd4dub  

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Why liberals love (and trust) NPR

October 23, 2014
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"The Pew Research Center has one of its ginormous studies out today, this one about polarization and media use, and as usual it's full of interesting stuff. I want to make a point about news in general and NPR in particular, and then after that, for those who care about these things, I have a methodological point to make about how we measure ideology. One of the distinct things about the Pew results is that conservatives love, love, love Fox News, while no single news outlet has the same kind of near-universal use among liberals. ... But the really interesting difference emerges when they ask which sources people trust" [editor's note: I wake up to NPR, catch up on it while driving, and avoid ALL TV news (except Stewart & Colbert, for chuckles) - SAT] (10/22/14)

http://prospect.org/article/why-liberals-love-and-trust-npr  

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Let’s get back to robbing Peter: The welfare state and demographic decline

October 23, 2014
posted by

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Dylan Pahman  

"Convincing NGOs that their Malthusian policies are doing more harm than good may be difficult enough. Convincing the young, educated, and heavily in debt in developed countries that they need to have more children to pay for benefits that we may not be able to afford when they need them is harder still. It has become increasingly more difficult to convince them even to get married. In light of this, some would blame Millennials, and perhaps that is not always unmerited. But such sentiment could just as easily be seen as blaming the victims. Devalued educations, high debt, and high underemployment make up the inheritance they have received. A bit of pessimism about their future prospects is understandable." (10/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lretetk  

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Local surrealist Cory Gardner

October 23, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Michael Keefe  

Cartoon. (10/21/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/local-surrealist-cory-gardner/  

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LGBT libertarianism: Queer and free

October 23, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Will Smith  

"I’m an outspoken libertarian. I’m also bisexual. To my surprise I have, on multiple occasions, stood and watched people's faces contort in befuddlement as they try to reconcile these two aspects of my life. Many of my friends and colleagues in the LGBT community have stared at me, completely floored, as they ask me how I can possibly defend a party that hates gays. How can I work with people that want to take away my rights? This disconnect stems from a basic misunderstanding about libertarianism." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ndkrv44  

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Land of the free — 1 in 3 Americans are on file with the FBI in the US police state

October 23, 2014
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"The sickening transformation of these United States into an authoritarian police state with an incarceration rate that would make Joseph Stalin blush, has been a key theme of my writing since well before the launch of Liberty Blitzkrieg. One of the posts that shocked and disturbed readers most, was published a little over a year ago titled: American Police Make an Arrest Every 2 Seconds in 2012. In the event you never read it, I suggest taking a look before tackling the rest of this piece." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kfpd6kn  

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My tiny cosmopolitan apartment

October 23, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Joseph S. Diedrich  

"I live in a studio apartment, so my kitchen is my living room is my bedroom. The other day, I was staring out my sole window when something startled me. (And it wasn't the subwoofer two floors up.) It was my coffee. While sipping from my mug, I glanced at the bag of beans. It read, 'Origin: Ethiopia.' Next, I read the text on the bottom of my laptop: 'Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.' I looked down at my necktie: 'Bruno Piatelli. Roma.' This little exercise became a game. From what other far-off places did my stuff come?" (10/22/14)

http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/my-tiny-cosmopolitan-apartment  

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Does democracy let “the poor” dominate?

October 23, 2014
posted by

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"Hong Kong’s leader/chief executive Leung Chun-ying slammed pro-democracy protesters, saying that democracy would allow the poor too much of a voice. Leung said that a Chinese-style government appointed from the top allows for more business-friendly policies. I suspect Leung’s comments echo the view of elites worldwide. This week The New York Times reported on Leung’s comments, writing, 'Mr. Leung’s blunt remarks reflect a widely held view among the Hong Kong elite that the general public cannot be trusted to govern the city well.'” [editor's note: When "demoncrazy" (my term) is allowed to run unchecked (with no zone of sovereignty around peaceful individuals), it's a curse, not a blessing. However, in this case, Leung is full of the usual crap - SAT] (10/22/14)

http://ourfuture.org/20141022/does-democracy-let-the-poor-dominate  

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