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Freedom demands better people!

October 29, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Adam Kokesh  

"When a child is born, he or she is in a state of zero autonomy, completely dependent and incapable of making decisions far beyond his or her own bodily functions. Most people only partially grow out of this state and maintain a degree of subversion to the authorities of their lives. In a sense, we all do this to some degree to the extent that we allow the emotional manipulations and bullying of others to compromise our respect for our own individual will. Those of us who embrace the moral message of freedom tend to treat ourselves with more respect." (10/26/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle794-20141026-03.html  

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Democracy lite: All form and no substance

October 29, 2014
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Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati  

"The most revealing moment of our ongoing 2014 election season? That may have come last week in a Florida gubernatorial debate when former governor Charlie Crist, now a Democrat, and current governor Rick Scott, a Republican, went mano a mano over who 'has led a more privileged life.' Crist (net worth, $1.2 million) pronounced that Scott’s lavish 'oceanfront mansion' lifestyle had him out of touch with average Floridians. Scott (net worth, over $132 million) countered that he had grown up in a much more hardscrabble home than Crist." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oh8emra  

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Convicted felons must be guilty, right?

October 29, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Quenton King  

"Many people believe that only guilty people go to prison. They reason that if you are truly innocent, there is no way that police, prosecutors, juries, and judges will find you guilty. Evidence shows that this assumption is completely false. According to the Innocence Project, in the United States alone, there have been 318 exonerations, or people freed upon new evidence being found, after spending years in prison. The number of people wrongly imprisoned is even higher if you consider the many citizens who have no chance of achieving justice because they don’t have anyone to fight for them." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p4m6qep  

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Distorted education attack ads hide the facts

October 29, 2014
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Vicki Alger Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger  

"Political campaigns across the country are heating up -- thanks in no small part to all the hot air surrounding accusations about alleged 'cuts' to education funding. ... If the rationale behind the political ad campaigns were true, students in top spending states would outperform those in cellar-dweller spending states -- but that's not the case ..." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qfqfnc5  

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Government projects and subsidies: What are the alternatives?

October 29, 2014
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Art Carden EconLog
by Art Carden  

"Repeat after the economics profession: resources are scarce, and they have alternative uses. Thomas Sowell has said that this is the first rule of economics. He has also said that the first rule of politics is to ignore the first rule of economics, and this is perhaps nowhere more obvious than in discussions of state and local development policy." (10/27/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/10/government_proj.html  

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On anger, dogs and shoes

October 29, 2014
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Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"Modern proponents of forgiveness cite its personal healing value. Forgiveness, they say, doesn’t mean that you excuse a bad thing someone else did, and it certainly doesn’t mean you lay yourself open to being clobbered all over again. Forgiveness, they say, isn’t about the other person at all. It’s about you living at peace with yourself. About putting grudges and anger behind you. This all makes a certain amount of philosophical, spiritual sense. Anger and brooding are unpleasant. They don’t feel good and don’t improve us as people. Yet it seems to me that there’s something huge left out of all the urgings toward forgiveness." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ov78xnt  

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Slow economic growth is the new normal apparently

October 29, 2014
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Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"No one is saying that there’s not a case for regulation: there’s always a case for every regulation, obviously. There’s also a smaller class of regulations where the case made for it is valid: where it’s worth whatever growth we give up in having the regulation in order to avoid whatever peril it is that the regulation protects us from. But this doesn’t mean that all regulations have a valid case in their favour: and one darn good reason against many of them is that we’re giving up too much economic growth as a result of the cumulative impact of all of those regulations." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lofxpzj  

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To protect and perve

October 29, 2014
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"While there will always be bad people abusing authority within any society, the worst part about this incident is the fact that the cops are likely to barely receive any punishment at all despite the fact the 'behavior constitutes felony computer theft' according to the Contra Costa district attorney's affidavit. In contrast, if it was a child prodigy who was trying to do some good for society, like Aaron Swartz, he would be hunted down like a rabid dog and threatened with a century in jail until he committed suicide." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m7hj2f8  

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Either liberty or the IRS

October 29, 2014
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Richard W. Rahn Cato Institute
by Richard W. Rahn  

"Officials of the Obama administration and the IRS have demonstrated time and time again that they are willing to misuse their powers for partisan political purposes. Now, in essence, the court has said it is OK, provided they promise not to do it again. If there are no consequences for bad behavior, one would be naive to believe it will not be repeated." (10/27/14)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/either-liberty-or-irs  

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Election foreplay

October 29, 2014
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"Of the 316,128,839 people in the USofA, we are supposed to believe there are only a handful who are qualified to be President Of The US (POTUS). The media monopoly parades this handful in front of us for a couple of years while they jostle, squirm and wriggle to be near the top of the cheerfully-decorated slime pot when the final 12 month show begins. In its first century, there were unlimited political parties. Loyalties shifted with the people, times and events. That was difficult to control and manage for those who wished such power. While liberty thinks of that as A Good Thing, those who would rule found it a problem to be solved. Solve it they did, while liberty slept." (10/28/14)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2014/10/28/election-foreplay/  

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Why is “For the Life of the World” such a valuable and popular film for expanding our audience at Acton?

October 28, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Kris Alan Mauren  

"'For the Life of the World,' a seven-part series, seeks to examine the bigger picture of Christianity's role in culture, society, and the world. Often think tanks and free-market organizations are really good at telling like-minded individuals and organizations what they want to hear but sometimes fail at casting a vision to draw people to our ideas. 'For the Life of the World' specifically calls people to move beyond the self and to something greater than this world. The series powerfully depicts the deeper meaning of the resources God gives us for a holistic understanding of economy." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m3zbc3l  

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Dear Gary Johnson, I’d rather you a governor than a plaintiff

October 28, 2014
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Liberty Chat
by Ian Cioffi  

"What is more valuable to the Liberty Movement? Winning a Governors race or getting a 3rd party in the Presidential Debates? Former Governor Gary Johnson could have a legitimate shot at becoming Governor of New Mexico again, if he were to run. He has name recognition, and could be on the ballot as a Republican, given that he was once a Republican governor. This would allow him to skip the battle for ballot access, and focus his time & money on winning the election." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pzpwpfe  

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21st century technology, 19th century worker protections

October 28, 2014
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In These Times In These Times
by Amanda Armstrong  

"This summer, the California legislature passed two bills designed to protect workers and consumers caught up in the growing temp and 'sharing' economies. While improvements upon the status quo, these legislative reforms, recently signed into law by Governor Brown, exclude some of the most vulnerable workers from the protections they provide. Most significantly, the bills do not establish protections for those working in the sharing economy, including those driving for Uber and Lyft. The state continues to classify these workers as 'independent contractors,' thus denying them workers’ compensation benefits and other labor rights." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nslbgbc  

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The crime of helping the sick

October 28, 2014
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Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"Dealing with the outbreak where it started, [medical professionals] say, is the best way to contain it. Telling doctors that traveling to help the sick will have them forcibly detained upon their return home, could have a chilling effect on their travel plans. The other risk factor is that they might attempt to cover their tracks, going to and from West Africa through another route, and not disclosing their exposure when they arrive back in the US. Either course of action could expose the US and the rest of the planet to a greater threat of spreading the virus. Politicians, however, are not doctors. They don't respond to medical needs, they respond to public opinion. Doctors and law enforcers, unfortunately, respond to politicians whether the orders are medically sound or not. While news outlets spend all their time scaring the crap out of the public, politicians try to capitalize on that fear for their own benefit and elevation to higher seats of power." (10/27/14)

http://www.christophercantwell.com/2014/10/27/crime-helping-sick/  

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Smartphones vs. taxi drivers

October 28, 2014
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Brian Doherty Reason
by Brian Doherty  

"Regulators and entrenched interests scramble to cope with the e-hailing revolution." (for publication 11/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/10/28/smartphones-vs-taxi-drivers  

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The war on Halloween

October 28, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Pat Bagley  

Cartoon. (10/27/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/the-war-on-halloween/  

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Nader on Hillary: “corporatist militarist” and “menace to the USA!”

October 28, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story
by Eric W. Dolan  

"Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader slammed two of the major contenders for the White House in 2016. 'Hillary [Clinton] is a corporatist and a militarist,' he said during an recent interview with We Are Change. 'Do we want another corporatist and militarist? She thinks Obama is too weak. He doesn’t kill enough people overseas. So she’s a menace to the United States of America. What we need is people (regardless of whether they are libertarians or not) that pull back on the empire and make Wall Street subordinate to main street.' ... Nader wasn’t too fond of Clinton’s potential Republican rival, Rand Paul, either." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p56txpx  

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The government we deserve

October 28, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"This may be the most expensive midterm election in history, but it isn't necessarily the dumbest. That's not because it's smart in any way, just that elections in America are always dumb. To take just one tiny data point, the hottest Senate race in the country may be in Iowa, where everything turns on just how mad the Democratic candidate got when his neighbor's chickens kept crapping in his yard. Madison and Jefferson would be so proud. Commentators with brows set high and low periodically try to redeem a public that falls for this kind of stuff, with varying degrees of success." (10/28/14)

http://prospect.org/article/government-we-deserve  

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Students must fight for the right to chant

October 28, 2014
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spiked spiked
by Elas Makouezi  

"From the banning of pro-life groups to the ongoing war on lads, 2014 is already shaping up to be a vintage year for campus censorship. And, in a late entry to the most ridiculous clampdowns of 2013, comes the University of Nottingham, where a group of freshers have faced heavy penalties for an obscene chant." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nzqzsre  

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Regulatory barriers are holding back investing and lending opportunities for crowdfunding

October 28, 2014
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Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau  

"When most people hear the word 'crowdfunding,' they think of sites like Kickstarter and IndieGogo, where users can fund a new project and get souvenirs such as T-shirts or a sample of the product being funded. These innovations should be applauded, but they only scratch the surface of crowdfunding's vast potential. Viewed broadly, crowdfunding could bring together investor and entrepreneurs, allowing them to bypass 'middle men' such as Wall Street banks. As I noted previously in Forbes, if a crowdfunding project currently were to offer funders a piece of the potential profits, instead of T-Shirts or other trinkets, it would run into a brick wall of Great Depression-era Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules that subject a promise of a share of a business's future earnings to regulation as a 'securities offering.'" (10/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ltc67no  

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IRS re-unleashed

October 28, 2014
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"IRS personnel often behave as if they may assault our rights (e.g., to our bank accounts) with impunity, so long as they occasionally defer to our protests by announcing temporary or cosmetic reforms. Others in government cooperate in letting the agency run riot. Perhaps because they agree that the IRS (maybe themselves, too) should enjoy virtually unlimited power over us. Or perhaps simply because they, like the rest of us, are scared of the IRS." (10/28/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/28/irs-re-unleashed/  

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Will black voters help protect abortion rights in Tennessee?

October 28, 2014
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The Nation The Nation
by Dani McClain  

"Voters in Tennessee will soon decide whether to change the state’s Constitution to allow lawmakers to impose new restrictions on abortion. Tennessee, a kind of oasis in the South for abortion rights, has strict privacy protections enshrined in the Constitution, preventing passage of the onerous anti-choice regulations that have passed legislatures elsewhere. Amendment 1 sets out to change all that. How black Tennesseans vote on Amendment 1 may prove to be decisive. Seventeen percent of Tennessee’s population is African-American. In the state’s most populous cities, Memphis and Nashville, that percentage jumps to 63 and 29 respectively." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nlo7hcz  

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Is the REAL ID Act being implemented under your nose?

October 28, 2014
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Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Bribed by hard-to-trace Homeland Security grant money, some states are reversing their opposition to REAL ID .... In other states, unelected bureaucrats are implementing REAL ID ... in defiance of state law!" (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/khqd5gp  

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It’s actually not rich people’s fault that some people are poor

October 28, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Michael Lee  

"One of the most petty and childish narratives advanced by those on the left today is that some people are only poor because others are rich. This narrative is usually designed to scare you into believing income inequality is a huge problem, and that the only way to solve it is by taxing the rich at absurdly high rates." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pvs2vgl  

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More politics means more conflict

October 28, 2014
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Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"While partisan divides have always been non-trivial in American society, fifty years ago, they were regarded as generally weak. In addition, during the nineteenth century, partisan divides were important, but were less important than other issues such as the North-South or urban-rural divide, ethnic origin, and religion. Such non-political variables have long been recognized as a determinant of one’s political affiliation, and rightly so. But now one’s political affiliation may be working in reverse, determining what states people live in, what neighborhoods they choose, and with whom they associate in general." (10/28/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6939/More-Politics-Means-More-Conflict  

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