Commentary

The nation is running out of undecided voters

May 2, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Andrew McGill  

"[T]his is usually when campaigns enter naptime; by May, both parties normally have a presumptive nominee and are busying themselves with chair arrangements at the conventions. But as 2016 has already shown, this is An Election Like None Other. If Cruz and Kasich want a chance at winning the nomination, they have to seriously wow voters in these last handful of primaries. They're clearly taking their best shots. But here's the thing: Bold, decisive campaigning only works if there are enough voters left who actually care. There's still wiggle room in Indiana, where polls say somewhere around 6 percent of voters are undecided. But if I were one of the candidates, I'd be worried about a different figure: the percentage of people who made up their minds more than a month before the election. That number looks decidedly worse." (05/02/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/undecided-voters-ted-cruz-donald-trump-indiana/480639/  

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Drop the Just War Theory

May 2, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mairead Maguire  

"We are all conscious of the growing militarization of our societies and countries and the myth being perpetrated that militarism, nuclear weapons and war, are acceptable. I hope that Pope Francis calls Catholics not to join the military and so reminds them that killing cannot be with Christ." (05/02/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/02/drop-the-just-war-theory/  

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The marketplace delivers more data

May 2, 2016
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Bartlett Cleland  

"When examined individual by individual capitalism can be challenging if one thinks that regardless of one's industry and talent that all should be monetarily equal. However, if viewed appropriately,one can see that the marketplace works in delivering benefits to many when the marketplace has a demand." (05/01/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/05/the-marketplace-delivers-more-data/  

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When in Rome

May 2, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Americans concerned with government corruption really should study Italy. Why? 'You know Italians,' septuagenarian Elio Ciampanella was quoted in the New York Times last week. 'If there is a law, they will try to find ways to go around it!' But it is not just ordinary citizens -- the people -- who are evading bad laws. It is government workers who won't do their jobs, and who engage in a wide range of corrupt deals and shady incompetence." (05/02/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/05/02/when-in-rome/  

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What the primaries mean

May 2, 2016
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Donald Trump has wildly exceeded electoral expectations at every stage of the election. But betting markets still say he has but a 20% chance of winning the presidency. Isn't Trump's record of success after success strong evidence that he's far more popular than normal measures suggest? ost obviously, couldn't there be preference falsification at work on a mass scale? Maybe, but there's a simpler story. Trump has an enviable track record in the Republican primaries. But hardly anyone votes in those primaries!" (05/02/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/05/what_the_primar.html#  

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The EU — a CIA covert operation

May 2, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The upcoming British referendum on whether to stay in the European Union (EU) represents the culmination of a long term project by the United States to destroy the concept of national sovereignty in the Old World and replace it with a supranational entity with ironclad links to Washington. Whether that longstanding ambition has succeeded will be decided on June 23 -- which is why President Barack Obama made a special trip to the Mother Country to give them a little lecture on the alleged evils of nationalism and the goodness of the EU." (05/02/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/05/01/eu-cia-covert-operation/  

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Iraq: The interventionist hellhole

May 2, 2016
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"When Vice President Joseph Biden traveled to Iraq a few days ago, he did it, as always, under a shroud of secrecy. The mainstream press was asked in advance to keep the trip secret and dutifully complied. Biden declined to spend the night in Iraq, staying only 10 hours before whisking away to Italy, where presumably he slept safe and sound. Why all the secrecy? Why didn't Biden stay in Baghdad a few days, walk the streets, do a little shopping, visit with the people, and tour the country? After all, isn't this the country that the U.S. government invaded and regime-changed under the military rubric 'Operation Iraqi Freedom?'" (05/02/16)

http://fff.org/2016/05/02/iraq-interventionist-hellhole/  

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Free Talk Live, 05/01/16

May 2, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"Court: No Legal Obligation to Provide Quality Education :: May Day :: Bovine Growth Hormone :: Destroying Desire to Learn :: Tenured Bad Teachers :: Lack of Accountability :: California Appeals Court Upholds Tenure for Public School Teachers :: Open Air Urinals Causing Controversy :: Naked Gardening Day :: 13 Year Old Shot Over BB Gun :: Sports Authority Shutting Down :: James in AZ :: Smaller Businesses vs Online." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/01/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-05-01  

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Father Daniel Berrigan’s legacy of resistance

May 2, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Nathan Goodman  

"On April 30th, Father Daniel Berrigan, an anti-war activist, Jesuit priest, author, and poet, passed away at the age of 94. Since the Vietnam War, Father Berrigan spoke bravely against American imperialism. But his opposition to US military interventions abroad went beyond speech. Father Berrigan bravely and repeatedly engaged in direct action to resist America's war machine. In 1968, Father Berrigan joined eight other anti-war activists to break into a draft office. They took 378 draft files from the office and used napalm to set them aflame in protest. They disrupted an unjust process by which young men were forced to fight a war of aggression in Vietnam. In lighting these records on fire with napalm, they used the empire's own weapons to destroy its bureaucratic paperwork. Together, they were known as the Catonsville Nine." (05/01/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44793  

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The Royal Age of Gotcha

May 2, 2016
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"I have always been extremely interested in 16th century England, a period when Europe was engaged in a great bloody struggle to become Western Civilization, the era of William Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, a time when praying from the wrong book (the one with the semicolon on Page 87, instead of a comma) could provide your enemies -- who didn't really give a rodent's rear about the theology involved -- with all the excuse they needed to have you shortened or incinerated at the stake. It was the Royal Age of Gotcha. By the 18th century, America's Founding Fathers, who gave us the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, believed we were beyond all that gotcha nonsense, but they were wrong; they had made a mistake." (05/01/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle870-20160501-02.html  

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Want to save the elephants and rhinos? Privatize ivory and horns

May 2, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"'Kenyan park rangers piled up thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns to burn on Saturday (April 30),' reports Reuters, 'sending a message to poachers and smugglers that their trade will be stopped.' Well, no. The message this operation sends to poachers and smugglers is 'we're driving the price up for you -- make hay while the sun shines.'" (04/30/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5791  

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Between rage, ridicule, and resignation

May 2, 2016
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LIving Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"This Looney Toon of a presidential election takes me back, gods forbid, to elections past. It takes me to Nixon-Humphrey, the previous absolute-worst political pairing in my lifetime. Before that, I was political, but only because my mom was political and I took after her. All Democrats were good, all Republicans were Eeeeevil, and John Kennedy was the best Democrat of all because he was handsome and a Democrat and he came to our town campaigning and I almost got to touch him. Life was simple. I was still too young to v*te when the major parties threw up Nixon and Humphrey. But it was the first time I knew something was rotten on both sides." (04/29/16)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2016/04/29/between-rage-ridicule-and-resignation/  

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Social Security and Medicare: Government bait-and-switch scams

May 2, 2016
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"All governments squat on the three-legged stool of coercion, intimidation and fraud. Ignoring that fact makes all other discussions moot. Whether some people choose to call the hoaxes that governments perpetrate 'welfare' or 'insurance' the reality is that both are the result of mandatory government redistribution that forcibly takes money from people who have earned it and gives it to people who have not earned it." (04/30/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/ss-and-medicare-government-bait-and-switch-scams  

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Donald Trump crosses a border

May 2, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Donald Trump had to squeeze through a hole in a fence to speak at the California Republican Convention on Friday. He said it felt like 'crossing the border.' Meanwhile, his supporters swaggered into the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport banquet hall as if they owned the place. Maybe they know something I don't, I shuddered. Before Trump's talk, I spoke with many party workhorses -- the folks who have sustained the GOP in challenging times. They tended to be skeptical of Trump's credentials as a Republican and of his chance of winning in November. Trump fans, for their part, were in their glory. Their faces glowed with the flush of expected triumph." (05/01/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/05/01/donald-trump-crosses-a-border-n2155899  

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Long past time to reject government

May 2, 2016
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"George Washington may have once said something along the lines of: 'Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -- it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.' Actually, he probably didn't say it. With quotes, though, it doesn't matter who said it as long as it's true. So, is it true? No. It most definitely is not true. When anyone claims government is a servant, they are lying in order to get you to accept the unacceptable." (04/28/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/04/27/mcmanigal-long-past-time-to-reject-government/  

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Who’s afraid of communism?

May 2, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Malcolm Harris  

"With the Berlin Wall barely a memory and Airbnb in Havana, American anti-communism is probably at its historical nadir. Bernie Sanders has proven the word 'socialism' doesn’t scare the next generation; a lot of us even seem to like the idea. ... During the April Democratic primary debate, the candidates were asked about NATO, and a curious thing happened. Donald Trump had called for European nations to contribute more to the organization’s budget; Bernie Sanders more or less agreed. But when it came her turn, Hillary Clinton praised NATO, calling it 'the most successful military alliance in probably human history.' Neither the moderators or Sanders pressed her on this point, but it’s a bizarre assertion, on par with some of Trump’s goofier statements." (04/29/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133132/whos-afraid-communism  

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Power or persuasion

May 2, 2016
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine  

"My title may suggest a Jane Austen novel, but I have something totally different in mind. I write about the politics not of amour, but of state. There isn't much love in our politics, and there probably never has been. But the bigger and more oppressive the government becomes, the smaller the space left in our society for love." (04/30/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1546  

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My political endorsement, as it were

May 2, 2016
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Robert Higgs Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs  

"I will not endorse any of the candidates seeking the Republican or Democratic Party nominations for election to the presidency nor any of those seeking a nomination by the minor parties nor any of those seeking nomination for election to lesser offices. Indeed, I will not endorse the election itself. Finally, I will not endorse the continued existence of the nation-state over which these aspirants seek to preside. Enough is enough." (04/28/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/28/my-political-endorsement-as-it-were/  

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Pentagon investigates itself, finds no war crimes committed in MSF bombing

May 2, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"After all these months of investigation, CENTCOM concluded 'this tragic incident was caused by a combination of human errors, compounded by process and equipment failures.' This is the same thing the Pentagon said after their initial investigation in November. And nearly seven months after the attack on the hospital in Kunduz, the official narrative still 'rests on the idea that the attacking warplane had taken off without [access to] a no-strike list, then had to dodge a non-existent missile, never corrected its targeting systems, and when ordered to attack a target at empty coordinates, chose to attack the 'closest large building' even though it was out of view of the troops who claimed to be under attack.'" [text, Flash audio or MP3] (05/01/16)

http://fpp.cc/pentagon-investigates-itself-finds-no-war-crimes-committed-in-msf-bombing/  

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The protest generation wants its education back

May 2, 2016
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"Protests in North Carolina against HB2, the state’s infamous 'bathroom law,' limiting protections for LGBT people, have made national headlines recently. But there’s another wave of protest actions going on in the Tarheel State you should know about. This movement is indicative of a national-level fight for education justice and civil rights throughout all of public education. In Chapel Hill some 100 people, mostly students, shut down a meeting of the state university system’s board of governors. The board chairman had to adjourn the meeting when about 20 protesters took over the agenda as soon as newly appointed systemwide President Margaret Spellings began to speak." (04/29/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160429/the-protest-generation-wants-its-education-back  

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Should anti-semitic calls for violence be illegal?

May 2, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Zach Weissmueller  

"Activists and prosecutors in the picturesque mountain town of Whitefish, Montana, believe police prevented a bloodbath when they arrested 29-year-old David Lenio. 'Best way to counter the harm #jewish #policies is causing [sic] is #ChapelHillShooting styling [sic] killing of #jews till they get the hint & leave,' one of his tweets read. In another, Lenio said he was 'not even opposed to shooting up a random school like that sandy hoax stunt only realer.' As University of California, Los Angeles law professor and Washington Post blogger Eugene Volokh points out, 'Speech can't be suppressed because of the ideas it expresses, no matter how offensive and wrong we might view those ideas to be." But that didn't stop authorities in Montana from locking Lenio up for five months over charges that would later be dismissed." (05/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/05/01/should-anti-semitic-calls-for  

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Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 05/01/16: Skylar Elizabeth

May 1, 2016
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Peaceful Anarchism
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"Please enjoy my recent conversation with Skylar Elizabeth. Herein we discuss talking about homeschooling in public, her journey to Voluntaryism and Peaceful Parenting, appeal to antiquity, corporal punishment, Genetically Modified Organisms, positive rights vs. negative rights, striking at the root, her turning moment, parental criticism, recognizing the government school bus, not recognizing authority, only hitting in self defense, restitution, voice immodulation disorder, what is unschooling, prison vs. government school, broken window fallacy, wasted potential, appeal to authority, pursuing unpopular interests, gender roles and more!" [Flash video] (05/01/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/skylar-elizabeth-voluntaryist-peaceful-parent-unschooler-and-founder-of-agorist-girl/  

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 78

May 1, 2016
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The KN@PP Stir KN@PPSTER
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"In this episode: Thanks for Asking! (Winston Smith and Libertarians for Trump); Schlosberg pushes me over the edge and I come unhinged; and so forth." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/01/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-78.html  

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How Milo’s callous sensationalism hurts us all

May 1, 2016
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Liz Wolfe  

"Over the past few days, libertarians have been commenting on Milo Yiannopoulos's YAL-sponsored speech at American University. The question is an important one and has generated palpable tension in the liberty movement: Should libertarians support Milo by giving him a platform for his sensationalist take on free speech advocacy? I don’t think so and here's why: He completely and utterly fails at exhibiting the personal responsibility element of free speech, which we should recognize as crucial. Free speech is worth defending and Milo is free to do that in whatever way he wants, but we, as a movement, have a responsibility to control our message and make sure the ideas of liberty are being communicated accurately and compassionately, in a way that helps others understand them further. On these points, Milo fails spectacularly." (04/29/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/04/29/how-milos-callous-sensationalism-hurts-us-all/  

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Trump isn’t always wrong on foreign policy

May 1, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Michael Harris & Kenneth Garner  

"One of the more unusual topics of this very unusual election year has been the hitherto uncontroversial issue of the U.S. commitment to NATO. Last month, in his characteristically blunt fashion, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump slammed NATO for being 'obsolete.' This week, as he swept closer to the GOP nomination, he softened that to 'outdated' but repeated his call for changes -- including making allies pay more. Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders similarly has argued that the United States should scale back its NATO commitments. These ideas have drawn ferocious criticism from the defense and foreign policy establishments, including the Pentagon and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Victor Davis Hanson, a historian at the Hoover Institute, acknowledged the salience of Trump’s argument but then backflipped to argue for the organization’s continued relevance anyway." (04/28/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/04/28/trump-sanders-nato-obsolete-column/83654614  

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