Commentary

The American Revolution was not a party

December 18, 2014
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"From the perspective of those who defend the Tea Party and condemn the Ferguson rioters, it’s wise to stick to defending the Tea Party specifically, because the Sons of Liberty, a loosely knit group of protestors involved in the Tea Party, and often led by Samuel Adams, were notorious for mob violence, albeit violence that was more politically effective and better-focused than most. The Tea Party is perhaps remembered so fondly because it was among the least violent of the major protest actions perpetrated by the Sons of Liberty." (12/18/14)

http://mises.org/library/american-revolution-was-not-party  

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Film review: Brother, can you spare a euro?

December 18, 2014
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In These Times In These Times
by Michael Atkinson  

"Even if you don’t think you’ve seen a film by Belgian brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, you have, sort of. The astringent and breathless style they pioneered in their 1996 breakout film, La Promesse -- realist, handheld, raw, off-kilter, always in motion, ready to explode—has been coopted by indies from Bucharest to the Catskills. Even American TV shows (from The Wire on down) echo their work. The best of the copycats range from Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, from 2007, to Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 heartstopper, A Separation. It’s a style fitted perfectly to the Dardennes’ stories, which are always that of brutally simple dilemmas brought about by socioeconomic crisis." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k3tnx3o  

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Serial: The limits to reasonable doubt

December 18, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by David Bowden  

"While the British media have been whipping themselves into a sanctimonious frenzy over the Cereal Killer cafe in Shoreditch, there is a free American Serial much more worthy of your attention. The podcast spin-off from the hit radio show This American Life has been slowly building an audience since it began airing just over two months ago -- over five million listeners are eagerly awaiting the final instalment tomorrow night (BBC Radio 4 started broadcasting the show last week). It is essential listening for anyone interested in the principles of justice, reasonable doubt and judgement." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pjol2bx  

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ESEA: What should reauthorization look like?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Brittany Wagner  

"The ESEA was created in 1965 as a part of Lyndon B. Johnson's 'War on Poverty.' The statute funds state primary and secondary education. Currently, Missouri school districts receive about 10 percent of revenue from the federal government. The ESEA has been reauthorized every five years, and each presidential administration has left its mark on the original act." (12/17/14)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2014/12/esea-reauthorization-look-like.html  

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How naive is Elizabeth Warren?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Nick Gillespie The Daily Beast
by Nick Gillespie  

"Unfortunately, Warren's populist outrage and calls to break up Citigroup and other mega-banks are ultimately misguided, naive, and contradictory. Like too many progressives, she’s against cronyism except when she's for it -- and she's supremely confident that if only she and her rag-tag band of reformers were calling the shots, government regulators would never, ever bend to the will of special interests. Good luck with that." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nbbmsrc  

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Bob McCarthy on The Scott Horton Show

December 18, 2014
posted by

The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Bob McCarty, author of The Clapper Memo, discusses the strange developments in Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue's lawsuit against the FBI, based on their refusal of his FOIA requests for videotapes and documents relating to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/17/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/12/17/121714-bob-mccarty/  

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A nice example of scientific ignorance

December 18, 2014
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"Someone in an online discussion posted a link to what was claimed to be an experimental demonstration of global warming by a young student. It was presented by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Clean Air Conservancy. ... The real problem is that the experiment does not demonstrate the greenhouse effect." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2ps2d8  

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How can Rubio & Congress muck up the Cuba shift?

December 18, 2014
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The Nation The Nation
by George Zornick  

"President Barack Obama announced a new era in US relations with Cuba Wednesday morning in which diplomatic ties will be reopened, along with a US embassy in Havana, while business and travel restrictions are eased. These changes can be accomplished by executive order -- but the next president could reverse them, and only Congress can lift the embargo. The permanence and depth of Obama’s policy shift thus remains in doubt." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nqwq4xn  

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Lame duck: Goodbye and good riddance

December 18, 2014
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Last night, the Senate adjourned for the year, thus bringing to an end to the 'lame duck' session of Congress. The major piece of legislation passed in the lame duck was the 'Cromnibus' spending bill." (12/17/14)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/lame-duck-wrap/  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 12./18/14

December 18, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the news that Sony Pictures and major theatre chains have caved to demands made by hackers and decided not to show the Seth Rogen and James Rogen film The Interview." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nljyv34  

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Whitewashing CIA torture

December 18, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ramzy Baroud  

"The logic that torture is a 'stain' on US history is the heart of the problem, since it blocks an honest reading of whatever 'values' Washington actually stands for." (12/18/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/12/18/whitewashing-cia-torture/  

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The Rare Report, 12/17/14

December 18, 2014
posted by

The Rare Report The Rare Report
by  

"In this episode of The Rare Report ... Jose Rodriguez says Pelosi knew all about torture back in 2002 should those in congress be held accountable? Jeb Bush actively explores running in 2016 Do we really want another Bush? Congress passes 'Cromnibus' why is this bad for America?" [Flash audio or MP3] (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kbployx  

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Don’t let the terrorists win

December 18, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"I don't really care who's behind it, and I hope Sony Pictures and the cowardly theater chains dropping The Interview change course, quick. ... I'll go see it precisely because of the alleged terrorist threats accompanying the prospect of its release. Damned if I'm going to acquiesce to censorship as a terror tactic or to terror as a censorship tactic. Whoever's making the threats, please listen carefully: Fuck you and the horse you rode in on." (12/18/14)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2014/12/dont-let-terrorists-win.html  

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Why Texas is the poster child for failed democracy

December 18, 2014
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Today, courtesy of Bush and others, Texas is supposedly a 'Red State' filled with zeal for the GOP and conservatism, but that is NOT the conservatism or old-liberalism of the founders like Austin and Houston and Crockett and Jones. And at the same time, the swelling influx of new immigrants, unwilling to adopt and adapt to American culture, much less Texan culture, push and pull Texas almost daily. Today, government from the city council and the county judge right up to the Statehouse in Austin is a government not just of nearly total control over every aspect of life (real or potential) but a government torn internally between the New Age Tranzi doctrines of people like the current mayor of Houston and many if not most of its school boards, administration, and staff, and the huckster 'conservatism' of people like Perry and Cruz and too many sheriffs and chiefs of police." (12/18/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6470  

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What about the detainees in US prisons?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"During this Christmas season we have been inundated with news stories about U.S. soldiers stationed overseas who are separated from their families. But there is another group of Americans who are separated from their families during the holidays -- and not because they are in some other country. What about the detainees in U.S. prisons?" (12/18/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/detainees-u-s-prisons/  

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The obscenity of respectable politics

December 18, 2014
posted by

Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"We often hear people sensibly suggest that we must respect the office -- especially the presidency -- if not the particular person currently occupying it. But as much as a president can be better or worse, their abilities make their personality almost irrelevant. A George W. Bush may do worse things than a Jimmy Carter. However, a civil liberties champion like Barack Obama can turn into a president with a kill list. And a small government-touting, Freeman-reading Ronald Reagan can be commander in chief of the militarized war on drugs. You can’t be corrupted without your consent, but the power in that office sure as hell helps ease the transition away from principles." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mqmvx7q  

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Normalizing relations with Cuba: Good policy

December 18, 2014
posted by

Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"President Obama announced that the United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, which is a good move for both countries. The economic impact of the policy will be limited, however, because the economic embargo the United States has imposed on Cuba can be removed only by Congress. This presents the obvious political roadblock of a lame duck Democratic president pushing up against a Republican Congress." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mufrdwr  

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Getting away with torture

December 18, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Aside from some PR stunts, the government will observe standard operating procedure. What we know for certain is that no one will be prosecuted. Top officials in the George W. Bush administration, and operatives all along the chain of command, broke American and international law. The U.S. government is a party to antitorture treaties, under which suspected transgressors are to be prosecuted. So Obama is flouting the law by not pressing for legal action, and torture victims have been denied redress in court. Moreover, the U.S. government never joined the International Criminal Court, so it obviously will not cooperate in any effort to bring American torturers to justice." (12/17/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/getting-away-torture/  

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No “better” government

December 18, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Is a local government really less intrusive than a national government? I don't think so. Washington DC (or even the state capital) is far, far away. They could pass any 'laws' they felt like, but without someone 'local' to impose those 'laws' on me, what power do they have? Yes, a 'law' saying I must mow my lawn in a particular way is actually more oppressive than a federal anti-gun 'law,' simply because, well, which one is more likely to be enforced against me?" (12/17/14)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/12/no-better-government.html  

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Stupid voters

December 18, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Milt Priggee  

Cartoon. (12/16/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/12/stupid-voters/  

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Is Barack Obama’s revival on the way?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Is Barack Obama about to have a revival? Peter Beinart argued the other day that he is, for three reasons: his actions on immigration have improved his standing among Hispanics, the economy is picking up steam, and there's a natural swing of the pendulum in press coverage as reporters tire of writing the current story after a while and look for change and new developments. An Obama comeback would fit the bill. I think Beinart is probably right, and the economy is the main reason; it swamps every other consideration in evaluating the president." [editor's note: Ironically, the alleged "recovery" (mainly confined to the very richest?) is mainly due to the lack of meddling, since the "reforms" were about social concerns, continuing wars -- and corporatist goals - SAT] (12/17/14)

http://prospect.org/article/barack-obamas-revival-way  

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Is government faithful to the Constitution?

December 18, 2014
posted by

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"When the government is waving at us with its right hand, so to speak, it is the government’s left hand that we should be watching. Just as a magician draws your attention to what he wants you to see so you will not observe how his trick is performed, last week presented a textbook example of public disputes masking hidden deceptions. Here is what happened." (12/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojnkxrl  

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The economic case for open borders

December 18, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"Recently, President Obama announced via executive order his plan to shield 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. This policy change will enable families with children to continue living together despite the parents’ legal status. While some opponents of illegal immigration argue that such measures merely condone law-breaking to the detriment of 'real' American citizens, an overwhelming body of evidence suggests otherwise. In fact, establishing fully open borders -- in which no legal restrictions are placed on people’s geographic mobility -- is one of the most economically beneficial policies a nation can pursue." (12/16/14)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2014/12/16/open-border-economics/  

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Against the state, for indigenous lands

December 18, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Valdenor Junior  

"Imagine that the title on your house would be recognized only if Congress approved it. Would you feel safer or less secure? This reality is already faced by millions of Brazilians who live in the favelas and have their possessions subjected to this political game. A game that should be extended to the indigenous peoples of Brazil, according to several congresspeople." (12/17/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/34198  

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The worst Christmas song ever

December 18, 2014
posted by

Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Stud of Religion and Liberty
by Jordan Ballor  

"At this point in the holiday season, whether we like it or not, we’ve all got Christmas melodies echoing through our heads. Everyone has a favorite or two; I particularly enjoy the smooth sounds of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. But there are plenty of annoying Christmas tunes as well. One song stands out for Christmas crapulence, however, and it has little to do with the catchiness of the song." (12/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/llbeolm  

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