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Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show

July 30, 2014
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The Scott Horton Show
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"Jason Ditz, editor at Antiwar.com, discusses President Obama’s efforts to change the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) so he can dramatically broaden the war on terror." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/28/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/07/28/072814-jason-ditz/  

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How partisanship could save Iran diplomacy

July 30, 2014
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The Nation
by Ali Gharib  

"Over the past two weeks, on the heels of an announced extension to nuclear talks with Iran, Republicans in the Senate introduced two measures that could erect obstacles in reaching and implementing a final agreement with the Islamic Republic. One of the efforts, led by Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, would mandate congressional approval before a nuclear deal could be struck. Another, spearheaded by the Senate’s most ferocious Iran hawk, Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, would strip President Barack Obama of his ability to waive Iran sanctions -- something the president might need to do in order to hold up the American end of the bargain and give Iran relief. What’s most notable about these efforts, however, is their distinctly Republican nature. Both are co-sponsored by a bevy of GOP hawks, with no Democrats having yet signed on." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k2s7asb  

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Oliver, Chappelle & Rock: Hard truths

July 30, 2014
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Reuters
by Chloe Angyal  

"Until a few weeks ago, I’d met very few Americans who could name the prime minister of my homeland, Australia. But that was before John Oliver’s show Last Week Tonight, on HBO, ran a short segment about him. Suddenly, Americans I met were joking about Tony Abbott, the social conservative best known for being photographed in Speedos and telling people to vote for him because his daughters are so good-looking. Oliver’s recurring segment, 'Other Countries’ Presidents of the United States,' profiles various world leaders (France’s Francois Hollande has also received the Oliver treatment) and handles them with the same comic contempt with which the show treats American politicians." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kakkww4  

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National monuments, about land or territory?

July 30, 2014
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Wendy Mcelroy The Hill
by Wendy McElroy  

"Eight bills with a purpose similar to S. 2608 failed in the House during the 112th session (2011 to 2013). The congressional monitoring site GovTrack.us gives S. 2608 a 7 percent chance of getting out of committee and a 2 percent chance of becoming law. Why so many doomed bills about national monuments? There are at least three reasons: executive orders are a flash point between the Republicans and Democrats; there is battle between Congress and the executive branch over the separation of powers; and, November elections are nigh." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kxtms8v  

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The “entrepreneurial” state is anything but

July 30, 2014
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tyler Kubik  

"History is replete with examples of entrepreneurs outcompeting the State. Markets are imperfect mechanisms, to be sure, but what must be remembered is that the alternative, government, is often far worse." (07/29/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6823/The-Entrepreneurial-State-is-Anything-But  

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Is Common Core on the ropes?

July 30, 2014
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Opponents of rigid and controversial Common Core education standards just may be winning the battle. That pending victory is something Reason has pointed out in the past, as we've urged that libertarians should cheer for such an outcome, and work instead for expanded flexibility in education, and more consideration for the diversity of the kids on the receiving end of educrat ambitions. It's impassioned moms who are defeating Common Core, suggests Stephanie Simon at Politico, overwhelming 'sedate videos' and 'talking points.'" (07/29/14)

http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/29/is-common-core-on-the-ropes  

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Introduction to nullification

July 30, 2014
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Maharrey  

"Broadly speaking, nullification includes any act or set of acts that serve to render a federal action null, void or simply unenforceable within the borders of a state. Madison and Thomas Jefferson first formalized the principles of nullification in the Kentucky and Virgina Resolutions of 1798 in response to the Alien and Sedition Acts." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pfd5zuw  

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Rand and the drowning child

July 30, 2014
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"Most people judge that we must save the child here; it would be wrong not to do so. Now, what does ethical egoism say about this case? Remember, there might be a large gap between what Rand thinks egoism implies about this case versus what egoism actually implies." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lck8pjy  

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Is the French public debate evolving?

July 30, 2014
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Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"[T]here is a growing cult of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, in France. This is in part due to the fact that Renzi is a young and attractive personality, thus very different from Monsieur Hollande, who is by now mostly famous for his gaffes, his 75% tax on top earners, and his love affairs. Renzi is hailed as some kind of reformist boy wonder -- in spite of the fact he hasn't done much, yet. My impression is that the remarkable result of Renzi at the European election, when his party won an amazing 40.8%, is seen as a demonstration that you could rejuvenate 'establishment parties' and somehow stop the 'populist wave' so apparent in France, with the Front National on the rise." (07/29/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/07/is_the_french_p.html  

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Civilization

July 30, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"Much has been written about civilization (actually, Civilization, all good Catholics genuflect and make the sign of the Cross) lately in TLE. Who am I to resist getting my two cents in?" (07/27/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle781-20140727-03.html  

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A Petition from the Booksellers

July 30, 2014
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray  

"Gentlemen, you are on the right track. Time and again you have shown your willingness to defend the humble French businessman against the ravenous forces of international competition. You have helped bind the rest of Europe into a common agricultural program that defends small French farmers against American multinationals and starving African peasants alike. You have saved our version of YouTube, Dailymotion, from being acquired by Yahoo!, ensuring that our youth can continue to enjoy clips of French actresses in their natural state. Your minister put it best when he told Dailymotion, 'You don’t know what you’re doing.' And you have saved our ski instruction industry by the arrest of foreign instructors who have the temerity to teach in English." [satire] (07/29/14)

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/a-petition-from-the-booksellers  

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Freedom is neither “left” nor “right”

July 29, 2014
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Richard M. Ebeling The Daily Bell
by Richard Ebeling  

"We live in a time when virtually all political parties and candidates stand for the same fundamental ideological idea: state interventionism and compulsory redistribution. This also applies to the mainstream media. Even many who say they adhere to a 'pro-market' view of things in fact turn out to be only more 'moderate' advocates of government regulations and welfare-state programs. This is why political labels have become increasingly meaningless." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kh4gxqn  

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Campaign finance: Even billionaires deserve free speech

July 29, 2014
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spiked
by Neil Ross  

"One of the great achievements of America’s First Amendment is that it has always aimed to protect freedom of speech without limitations. It doesn’t say you can speak freely as long as it isn’t too loud; it doesn’t say you can have free speech unless you are a billionaire; and it certainly doesn’t say you can speak freely so long as you don’t team up with others to find a way to fund your speech." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgt6yhg  

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Dodd-Frank is the new ObamaCare

July 29, 2014
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau  

"This month marks Dodd-Frank’s fourth anniversary. And as with many anniversaries, it sparks the question: What has changed? The answer is plenty, and not for the better. The president continues to sing Dodd-Frank’s praises. He recently called it 'an unfinished piece of business' that nevertheless has achieved some 'important stabilization functions.' But that’s just putting a brave face on it." (07/28/14)

http://cei.org/content/dodd-frank-new-obamacare  

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The Cold War never ended for the US national security state

July 29, 2014
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"While the Cold War ended in 1989 for most of the world, not so for the U.S. national-security state, the apparatus that was grafted onto our governmental system after World War II to fight the Cold War against the Soviet Union, which had been America’s partner and ally during the war. What better proof of that phenomenon than the continuation of the Cold War embargo against Cuba, the island nation 90 miles away from American shores that the Pentagon and the CIA have always been convinced is a beachhead in the worldwide communist conspiracy to conquer the United States and subject the American people to communist rule?" (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojrv46r  

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Apes Unlimited

July 29, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen  

"In 1968, at the height of the civil rights movement and the anti-war movement, a film emerged reflecting on the necessity for both. Although it was nominated for two Academy Awards (and won an honorary Oscar for Special Achievement in Makeup Design, which did not become an official category until 1981), the original Planet of the Apes is often dismissed as a campy sci-fi costume flick. Yet it addressed important issues about war, technology, and what it means to be human." (07/28/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1281  

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American hypocrisy in Ukraine

July 29, 2014
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"Much finger pointing has occurred on the downing of Malaysia flight MH-17 over separatist-held territory in Ukraine. The American media -- still reflexively anti-Russian even though the Cold War has been over for almost a quarter century and heaping blame on Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, since even before his annexation of Crimea -- has gone hog wild with recrimination after the downing of the aircraft. And Russia and Putin are easy targets." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mtgbdmp  

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Are all ethnic stereotypes racist?

July 29, 2014
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Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"An article one might assume is satire has been buzzing around social media claiming that hibachi restaurants are racist. The premise is solid by the standard of social justice fanatics, basically since the hibachi restaurants are using Japanese cultural perceptions for the amusement of their customers for economic gain, that’s racist. Judging by other language in the article, one can assume it’s a joke, and a really funny one at that, but I think it goes a long way towards showing the very real idiocy of these lunatics who hurl accusations of bigotry at everyone they oppose, regardless of merit." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kaavjhv  

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Libertarian Republic Podcast, 07/29/14

July 29, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic
by  

"There's a good chance this neocon on our podcast has called you libertarians a really mean name." [Flash video] (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lgvtdbh  

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Some questions (especially for students of formal economics)

July 29, 2014
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Suppose that consumers throughout history have grown their own apples. Apples were never produced for sale in markets by specialized apple growers; nor did any household that grew apples in its yard sell those apples to anyone. All apples that were consumed were grown by the individuals or households that consumed them. Suppose also that each household’s minimum cost today of growing apples, when reckoned accurately in dollars, is $15 per pound." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ook5c8d  

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Botched executions

July 29, 2014
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Cagle Post
by David Fitzsimmons  

Cartoon. (07/28/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/07/botched-executions-2/  

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In Gaza, children are pawns of war

July 29, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Cesar Chelala  

"In one of its latest attacks, the Israel Defense Forces killed ten people in a Gaza park, nine of them children. As the number of Palestinian dead soars over one thousand, most of them civilians -of which at least a quarter are children- one wonders how this kind of behavior can continue withoout a serious response from the US. That huge numbers of children should die in these attacks is a serious indictment of the Israeli military’s behavior, which has been condemned around the world." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k7unges  

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UN and its auspices bear responsibility for global warming hysteria

July 29, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner  

"Understanding how the issue of Climate Change originated and why green energy vs. carbon-produced energy sources is now being pushed by nations all over the world (including the U.S.), requires some historical knowledge. Social engineering has been the orchestrated role of the progressive-oriented United Nations since its founding in 1945, when 50 nations and several non-governmental organizations signed the U.N. Charter. Today almost every fully recognized independent states are member states in the U.N. If accepted for U.N. membership, member states must accept all obligations outlined in the Charter and be willing to carry out any action to satisfy those obligations." (07/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ltv5j6r  

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“It’s strictly business”: Inside the prohibition racket

July 29, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Beneath the lurid violence of narcotics enforcement can be found the gray, undistinguished local bureaucrats who are actually in charge of such task as stealing property said to be 'connected' to drug trafficking, caging the people from whom it was taken, and dividing up the spoils. Official transcripts from several meetings of Oregon’s Malheur County Commission provide useful insights regarding the retail-level business of that vertically integrated criminal enterprise." (07/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/orv8r5g  

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Liability lynching

July 29, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"As a civil liability trial lawyer for many years there is no doubt in my mind that the victims of negligent conduct on the part of civil wrongdoers should be fairly compensated for their damage. Generally speaking, we all have a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid negligently causing harm to others. We should therefore be held accountable for any damage if we violate that duty. But accountability has its limits and liability for damages caused by negligence should likewise be reasonable." (07/28/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/07/liability-lynching.html  

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