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Christmas isn’t the capitalist wet dream

December 21, 2016
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Aria DiMezzo The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo  

"I've seen a lot of posts and articles in the past few days from libertarians and other capitalists that suggest that Xmas is some kind of Uber Capitalist Celebration, like it's just this zenith of capitalist ideas and a wonderful, grand thing. In the interest of religious friends, I want to draw a distinction between Xmas and Christmas, because I'm not sure they're the same thing. Christmas is a holiday about love, family, and friendship -- regardless of where it may have its roots. Xmas is a holiday tied to Black Friday and is directly at odds with family and friendship because of this." (12/21/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/12/21/christmas-isnt-the-capitalist-wet-dream/  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 807

December 21, 2016
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
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"The thick vs. thin libertarianism debate: Have I been wrong all this time? Entrepreneur and blogger C. Jay Engel joins me to discuss." [various formats] (12/20/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-807-the-thick-vs-thin-libertarianism-debate-have-i-been-wrong-all-this-time/  

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Free Talk Live, 12/20/16

December 21, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"Chris from Think Penguin Joins Us :: Technology and Privacy :: Are Digital Devices Worse than Heroin for Children? :: Ralph on Race :: Facebook Addiction :: Rooting Phones :: NES Addiction :: Adult Video Game Addiction :: Antigovernment Sarah." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/20/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-12-20  

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The Libertarian Angle, 12/21/16

December 21, 2016
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about the choices that president-elect Donald Trump has been making for his cabinet." [various formats] (12/21/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-trumps-cabinet-picks-part-3/  

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Ten fundamental laws of economics

December 21, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Antony P Mueller  

"In the midst of so many economic fallacies being repeatedly seemingly without end, it may be helpful to return to some of the most basic laws of economics. Here are ten of them that bear repeating again and again." (12/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/ten-fundamental-laws-economics  

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Cultivate the ego, spread freedom

December 21, 2016
posted by

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"The primary tool of libertarians has been logical deduction (I know a bunch of statists are laughing about this but in this case logical is in the eyes of libertarians, not you guys). Libertarians, myself included, have tried to point out the bloody history of statism, economic consequences of central banking, terrible toll of the drug wars, and other pitfalls of centralized power. What has this gotten us? Jack shit. I would submit that logical deduction doesn't work, at least not initially, to spread the message of freedom. Why? Since I cannot read another person's mind I cannot provide a definitive answer. However, I can offer speculation based on experience and observation. In my experience, the biggest thing statism has going for it is that it preys on fear. Fear is a powerful tool. If you can wield it successfully you can influence people's actions." (12/20/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/12/20/cultivate-the-ego-sp  

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The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 52

December 21, 2016
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The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast
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"Merry Capitalistmas! Is the free market the reason for the season? What's in the News with stories on job security for judges, federal government hacking states, e-cig updates, good cop fired, Obamacare, and the IRS. Also, a Muh Roads segment on a city in Georgia that is privatizing all the things, and a Statists Gonna State segment on CEO pay." [various formats] (12/20/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/merry-capitalistmas-edition-tlf052/  

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Economists are skeptics, not cynics

December 21, 2016
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Gary M. Galles Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles  

"Since Oscar Wilde defined a cynic as 'A man who knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing' in Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), economists have often been called cynics, commonly as justification for ignoring them whenever they oppose someone's latest political diagnosis or panacea. However, one cannot dismiss economists as mere cynics who can safely be ignored. A better description would be that economists tend to be justified skeptics of claims, and government prescriptions based on them, that are at odds with economic principles." (12/20/16)

https://fee.org/articles/economists-are-skeptics-not-cynics/  

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Killings in Berlin explain the Middle East

December 21, 2016
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The Libertarian Institute Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni  

"No, this commentary is not in reference to the terrible terrorist attack on Dec. 19 in Berlin, in which an Islamic fanatic drove a truck into a crowd, killing 12 and injuring 50. Rather, it's in reference to killings that happened in Berlin in 1921 and 1922 -- killings that help to explain why the Middle East is such a dangerous, volatile region today and why the West is victim to attacks by Islamists. ... The killings that took place in 1921 and 1922 were actually three assassinations. The assassins were Armenians from Turkey, and the assassinated were three Young Turks, which was the name of the Muslim leaders of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. The three Young Turks had been given asylum in Germany after the war when it came to light that they had sanctioned the Armenian genocide, a genocide that had resulted in the deaths of between 700,000 and one million Armenians." (12/20/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/killings-berlin-explain-middle-east/  

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Break the state: A New Year’s resolution for the ages

December 21, 2016
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"Weapons training is critical but don’t forget that rebellion is fed by logistics and mature operating systems for strategic narrative and vision for cooperating resistance organizations. The reason this is critical is that most successful revolutions in human history are cooperative venture among a variety of loosely confederated interest blocs. Witness the Committees of Correspondence during the First American Revolution and the current webs of resistance intrigue across the Middle East. Real revolution starts between your ears and using your transmission means for your family. Friends are a choice so be careful because Mordor has a vast and deep informant network where they buy the loyalty of people for a price that would be embarrassing if revealing to friends, families and neighbors of the snitch." (12/20/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4945  

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A public service

December 21, 2016
posted by

Creators Syndicate
by Dr. Thomas Sowell  

"Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited -- if that is the word -- with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association's 'fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out.' Nobody has suggested any such thing. Data collected over many years -- but almost never seeing the light of day in the New York Times or the rest of the mainstream media -- show many thousands of examples of people defending themselves with a gun each year, without having to pull the trigger." (12/20/16)

https://www.creators.com/read/thomas-sowell/12/16/a-public-service  

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What’s next for Cuba?

December 21, 2016
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Alvaro Vargas Llosa Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa  

"At the age of 85, Raul will not be around to make decisions much longer. But anyone who thinks this is the beginning of a meaningful political transition is sorely mistaken. Fidel's brother believes in combining limited market reforms with one-party rule -- the 'Vietnamization' of the Cuban model. He may not be Fidel, but he commands enough authority to make sure nothing funny happens under his watch. What is much less clear is what will happen after Raul Castro is gone. No apparatchik wields enough power to ensure the perpetuity of the system." (12/19/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8949  

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Our warped understanding of “leadership” and the Middle East

December 21, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"We often hear from hawks that the U.S. is in 'retreat' and that it is not as involved in this region as the people there want it to be, but as far as public opinion is concerned there is no truth to this. No matter the country of origin, almost no respondents cited 'too little U.S. leadership' as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the region, and hardly any cited it as the second greatest obstacle. In most of the countries surveyed, 'too much U.S. interference' is viewed as the first or second greatest obstacle. There is simply no evidence that there is popular dissatisfaction with a lack of U.S. 'leadership,' nor is there proof of broad support in any of these countries for greater U.S. involvement in the region." (12/20/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/our-warped-understanding-of-leadership-and-the-middle-east/  

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Trump’s cabinet is a coup waiting to happen

December 21, 2016
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The Nation The Nation
by William J Astore  

"A republic -- or should I say, former republic? -- founded on civilian control of the military needs true civilians as a counterweight to militarism as well as military adventurism. Recently retired generals are anything but that; they're not even speed bumps on the road to the next set of misbegotten military 'adventures.' They are likely to be only one thing: enablers of and accelerants to military action. Their presence in the highest civilian positions represents nothing short of a de facto military coup in Washington, a coup that required no violence since the president-elect simply anointed and exalted them as America's security saviors. But here's a question for you: If these men and their three- and four-star colleagues couldn't win decisive military victories while in uniform, what makes Trump and the Washington establishment think they’ll do any better while wearing mufti?" (12/20/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-cabinet-is-a-coup-waiting-to-happen/  

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How to choose the right Bitcoin wallet for your needs

December 21, 2016
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Bitcoin.com
by Kevin Helms  

"Knowing how to best safeguard your bitcoins can be tricky since many different solutions exist for various needs such as privacy, simplicity, and long term storage." (12/20/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/choose-right-bitcoin-wallet-needs/  

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Once again more than a little misleading from Shelter

December 21, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Shelter tells us that all those nasty building companies are just buying land to sit on it. To watch it rise in value without their having to do any actual building of houses. Landbanking that is .... There is a basic logic problem with the initial allegation of course, which is that a company needs income and income is gained here by actually building a house that someone then buys. There won't be any profits or dividends unless something is actually sold." (12/20/16)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/once-again-more-than-a-little-misleading-from-shelter  

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Why our coercive system of schooling should topple

December 21, 2016
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Everything Voluntary Everything Voluntary
by Peter Gray  

"Decades ago, schools were tolerable primarily because they didn't take too much of young people's time. Children and teens had much time after school, on weekends, and all summer long for self-directed pursuits. But over the years, the school system has intruded increasingly, and ever more disruptively, into children's and families' lives. The length of the school year has increased (it now averages 5 weeks longer than in the 1950s). The number of years of required attendance has increased. The amount of homework has increased immensely, especially in elementary schools. Recesses have been reduced, or even been eliminated. ... Children now often spend more time at school and at homework than their parents spend at their full-time jobs, and the work of schooling is often more burdensome and stress-inducing than that of a typical adult job. A century ago we came to the conclusion that full-time child labor was child abuse, so we outlawed it; but now school is the equivalent of full-time child labor." (12/20/16)

http://everything-voluntary.com/coercive-system-schooling-topple  

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Eyes wide shut: Flying blind in an age of atrocity

December 21, 2016
posted by

Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd  

"The end result of every Islamist terrorist attack is: 1. Heightened authoritarian powers for governments. 2. Demonization of law-abiding Muslims. 3. More money for war-profiteers, since more war is always the ultimate response. None of these outcomes advance the attackers' cause in any way save one: more repression, demonization and war can lead to more 'radicalisation' of the people being repressed, demonized and bombed. Thus the responses, which are always the same, always reward the perpetrators of these atrocities by giving them the only thing they can get from the attacks: recruitment tools." (12/20/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/eyes-wide-shut-flying-blind-in-an-age-of-atrocity-20122016.html  

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Did monetary offset cause the Great Recession?

December 20, 2016
posted by

Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"In the past, I've argued that tight money caused the Great Recession. But what caused the tight money? One answer is too much weight placed on inflation targeting, combined with a backward-looking approach to inflation. Consumer price inflation was quite high during the first half of 2008, due to rising oil prices and a weak dollar." (12/20/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/12/did_monetary_of.html  

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How to talk to your family about the police state this Christmas

December 20, 2016
posted by

Cop Block Cop Block
by Joshua Scott Hotchkin  

"Christmas is a time for families, feasts, gifts and drawn out arguments about politics and religion with people who you love. If it has come up often in the news the past year, it will probably come up at family Christmas get-togethers, for better or worse. And so this year it is entirely likely that the subject of policing in America will be one of those topics. Try to remain calm, listen attentively and then respond with irrefutable arguments. Below are some things your family are likely to say and believe about police, followed by facts and ideas to inform your responses to them." (12/20/16)

http://www.copblock.org/169361/how-talk-family-about-police-christmas/  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 806

December 20, 2016
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
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"Laura Blodgett, a homeschooling mom of 7, addresses the fears and misconceptions of homeschooling shared by friends and foes alike." [various formats] (12/19/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-806-homeschooling-shouldnt-intimidate-you/  

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Are “Russian hacks” the new “WMDs?”

December 20, 2016
posted by

Andrea O'Sullivan Reason
by Andrea O'Sullivan  

"The Russians have hacked our democracy! At least, that's been the chorus from much of the American media following anonymous reports on a secretive CIA assessment of the 2016 presidential election. Even President Obama has started to beat the drums of 'cyberwar,' announcing last Friday that the U.S. must 'take action' against the Russian government for 'impacting the integrity of our elections.' This is some tough talk given the very tenuous evidence offered so far about Russia's alleged influence. ... The vague assertions of the secret CIA memorandum have been repeated so assuredly and emphatically as to sometimes echo the jingoistic lead-up to the disastrous Iraq War. Keith Olbermann provided perhaps the most comical contribution to the new Russian scare, crawling out from under his American flag blankie to rave that 'we are the victims of a bloodless coup engineered by Russia.'" (12/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/12/20/are-russian-hacks-the-new-wmds  

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The wrong kind of bet with the wrong kind of money

December 20, 2016
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Graham Renz  

"A group of local businesspeople (SC STL) is trying to lure a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to the Gateway City. The only catch is that SC STL is asking Saint Louis taxpayers to cough up an extra $80 million in new taxes to support the venture. In addition, as the Business Journal reports, SC STL is also asking for $40 million from the state of Missouri. Altogether, SC STL hopes taxpayers will pick up $129 million of their projected $405 million in costs. ... The state just cut $50 million (including $40 million from Medicaid) from its budget due to shortfalls. So how can it afford to chip in $40 million for a sports stadium? And what could justify placing a new burden on taxpayers for a project that Governor-elect Eric Greitens recently described as 'nothing more than welfare for billionaires?'" (12/20/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/wrong-kind-bet-wrong-kind-money  

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Europe’s war on tobacco

December 20, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Bill Wirtz  

"Governments worldwide crack down on the consumption of tobacco. We know that smoking is bad for one's health, but governments manage to create a new set of health risks through their interventions. The War on Tobacco is amongst the most misguided doctrines in behavioral policy, and yet politicians continue to enforce it. The side effects on private industry as well as personal health have long been ignored by advocates for smoking-freedom. Nevertheless, these side effects exist." (12/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/europes-war-tobacco  

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There’s no such thing as the popular vote

December 20, 2016
posted by

The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo  

"It's fascinating that so much attention was paid not just on the Electoral College but on the people themselves. One day Democrats argue that the Electoral College should be abolished, that it isn't democratic, and that it's not right. Then the next they're lining up and begging the Electoral College to curtail the will of the people they represent. All of this confusion comes from the misunderstanding Democrats have, not realizing that we are fifty individual republics and there is no national popular vote; there are fifty elections on Election Day -- one in each state -- and the outcome of those elections determine who those states give their votes to." (12/20/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/12/20/wapo-is-insane/  

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