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The awful state of Republican foreign policy debate

February 8, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Daniel DePetris said last week that Paul's exit from the race would hurt the quality of the foreign policy debate in the primaries .... The treatment of foreign policy and national security issues on Saturday in the eighth Republican debate showed just how true this is. Whether it was Cruz's insistence on defending his ignorant carpet bombing rhetoric, Trump's promise to bring 'a lot worse' than waterboarding back into use on detainees, or Bush and Rubio's silly belief that a Sunni Arab army can be conjured up to fight ISIS in Syria, virtually everything that the candidates said about foreign policy was either irresponsible or delusional or both." (02/08/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-awful-state-of-republican-foreign-policy-debate/  

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The curse and failure of identity politics

February 8, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Vincent Emanuele  

"I think we've all had enough of the bullshit: identity politics has been a curse to leftist movements in the U.S. for far too long. How could anyone argue otherwise? During the Obama years, leftists were chastised for their critiques, with many, including myself, being accused of racism. Racism, really? I've spent the last ten years of my life dedicated to progressive social movements, yet I'm a racist because I think that Barack Obama is an imperialist scumbag? Piss off ... Today, the same is happening in the context of Hillary Clinton's run for U.S. President. Any and all critiques of Hillary are deemed 'sexist' by HRC's bootlickers." (02/08/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/08/the-curse-and-failure-of-identity-politics/  

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Section 1332, where are you?

February 8, 2016
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R Graham  

"People are starting to get excited about another Obamacare work-around: The section 1332 waiver. This refers to a section of Obamacare that allows states great flexibility in how they deliver Obamacare within their borders. The curious thing about section 1332 waivers is that they can only be issued as of January 1, 2017. Why? Why not allow states to get section 1332 waivers as of October 2010, when Obamacare's first regulations took effect? Or January 2014, when the gushers of tax credits began to flow through the exchanges? Who knows? Maybe the administration just thought they needed a few years for the cement around Obamacare to solidify." (02/08/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/02/08/section-1332-where-are-you/  

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Mandatory depression is screening is a depressing thought

February 8, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans." (02/08/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-mandatory-depression-screening-depressing-thought  

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Peace is the keystone of liberty

February 8, 2016
posted by

Dan Sanchez Antiwar.com
by Dan Sanchez  

"The anti-war movement desperately needs libertarian leadership. And the libertarian movement urgently needs to be strongly anti-war. So in this essay I will offer some chief reasons for every libertarian to be 100% non-interventionist and actively engaged in the cause of peace." (02/08/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/dan_sanchez/2016/02/07/peace-is-the-keystone-of-liberty/  

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Healthy economic growth is our missing ingredient

February 8, 2016
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"This year's Republican presidential race has generated an unusual number of unusually bad ideas -- Donald Trump on Muslims, Ted Cruz on carpet bombing, Marco Rubio on male footwear. It has also has produced one of the best: Jeb Bush's 4 percent plan. No, that wasn't his desired share of the vote in the Iowa caucus, where he got less than 3 percent. It's his goal for annual economic growth, which he argues would 'restore the opportunity for every American to rise and achieve earned success.'" (02/08/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/08/healthy-economic-growth-is-our-missing-i  

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Hillary Clinton, double agent?

February 8, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rails against a 'political system hijacked by billionaires and special interests.' Billionaire George Soros just wrote a $6 million check to a pro-Hillary SuperPAC. 'Our democracy should work for everyone,' states HillaryClinton.com, 'not just the wealthy and well-connected.' Last week, we discovered Mrs. Clinton was paid a whopping $675,000 by Goldman Sachs, the politically-connected Wall Street investment firm, for three speeches after she left the State Department. Nice work if you can get it." (02/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/08/hillary-clinton-double-agent/  

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Joseph Schumpeter the “father” of capitalist “creative destruction”

February 8, 2016
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Today is Austrian-born economist, Joseph A. Schumpeter's, birthday. Born on February 8, 1883, he died on January 8, 1950. Schumpeter is famous as a leading 20th century formulator of the notion of the entrepreneur as dynamic innovator of change, and also as a master of the history of economic ideas." (02/08/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/joseph-schumpeter-the-father-of-capitalist-creative-destruction/  

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A new Cold War?

February 8, 2016
posted by

spiked
by Tara McCormack  

"Now, it may well be the case that Russia has given money to Front National or Golden Dawn or UKIP or Jeremy Corbyn for all we know. After all, funding other nations' opposition parties has always been bread-and-butter work for foreign powers, including the US secret service -- it funnelled money into the so-called Colour Revolutions and armed groups in Ukraine and the Middle East. I've no doubt Russia does it, too. However, the idea that Putin is behind the current refugee crisis and the longer-term political problems in the Eurozone is simply ludicrous. Not even the flimsiest understanding of the history of the past decade could support such a proposition." (02/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/a-new-cold-war/18006  

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Opposing the plutocracy means opposing the warfare state

February 8, 2016
posted by

Gary Chartier Center for a Stateless Society
by Gary Chartier  

"[Bernie] Sanders isn't a hawk. He opposed the invasion of Iraq and interventions in Libya and Syria. But he's not a consistent non-interventionist or opponent of the national security state. He favored the invasion of Afghanistan. He's even said he favors prosecuting courageous whistleblower Edward Snowden. And he's missed out on an obvious opportunity to challenge the warmongers precisely as a way of reducing economic inequity. The war-making budget, totaling in the vicinity of $1 trillion (when Pentagon allocations are combined with interest payments and appropriations for military-related activities in other departments), is a huge source of revenue for the wealthy and well connected." (02/07/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43310  

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When in Rome: “Criminal consequences” for Assange’s tormentors?

February 8, 2016
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Prior to this ruling, Assange's persecutors might have been able to plausibly claim legal uncertainty as an extenuating circumstance. That defense is no longer available. Assange's continued confinement after the ruling constitutes the knowing and intentional commission of several prosecutable war crimes." (02/06/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4595  

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Justice, not amnesty, for “illegal immigrants”

February 8, 2016
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"It speaks volumes that the dirtiest word in the Republican and conservative lexicon is amnesty. At a minimum, it exposes as a flagrant lie the claim that Republicans and conservatives want to expand liberty and limit government power. One cannot consistently praise the principle, central to the supposedly beloved Declaration of Independence, that 'all men [that is, persons, not only Americans] are created equal' while also demanding that the government control some people's freedom to move. One also cannot claim to be a champion of liberty and limited power while calling for measures to prevent people without papers from finding work or making a home in the United States." (02/05/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/02/tgif-justice-not-amnesty-for-illegal.html  

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Don’t make women register for the draft. Just end draft registration for everyone.

February 8, 2016
posted by

Christopher A Preble Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble  

"Top military brass made headlines this week when they called for expanding the Selective Service System -- as close as we come, these days, to a draft registry -- to include women. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the Army chief of staff, and Gen. Robert B. Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, both framed the issue as a matter of fairness: All eligible U.S. citizens should be included, Neller said, 'Now that the restrictions that exempted women from [combat jobs] don't exist.' But a better idea than requiring women to register is to do away with Selective Service altogether, for women and men. When it comes to the draft, or any lingering vestige of it, it's time for Congress to end it, not mend it." (02/05/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dont-make-women-register-draft-just-end-draft-registration-everyone  

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The great candidate debate shows: Walking the fed carpet

February 8, 2016
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"The presidential candidate debate After-Shows sound like something you would hear on Entertainment Tonight or Extra or Access Hollywood. They're like B List pundits commenting on the designer duds worn by the celebrities posturing in front of the cameras at the endlessly self-indulgent award shows. Critiquing the debate shows has become more like recapping the Oscars or the Grammys, except the presidential pretenders aren't walking the red carpet." (02/07/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-great-candidate-debate-shows-walking-the-fed-carpet  

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Rubio only looks foolish when he tries to out-trump Trump

February 8, 2016
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by Raul Reyes  

"On Wednesday, President Obama made history, visiting an American mosque for the first time during his presidency. Appearing at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, the president described U.S. Muslims as part of 'one American family.' Although he received a warm welcome from those in attendance, the president reserved part of his message for non-Muslims, when he cautioned against bigotry. 'And so if we’re serious about freedom of religion -- and I’m speaking now to my fellow Christians who remain the majority in this country -- we have to understand an attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths,' he said. Obama’s visit drew front-page coverage on newspapers from New York to London to the Middle East." [editor's note: Yep, the rest of the time MR just looks psychotic - SAT] (02/05/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/05/marco-rubio-president-obama-mosque-speech-religious-diversity-column/79829972  

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A frolic in Fort Collins

February 8, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"Last week, the 66-year-old gravity furnace in our otherwise cozy little 1949 tract home failed us and apparently can't be repaired for lack of parts. It was like a relative dying. We found some nice folks to eject the old warp-core and install a new, technologically superior model without destroying us financially, and piggyback central air-conditioning on it so I don't have to take my usual summer 'sabbatical' any more (I can't think when it gets much above 85 degrees). A humidifier will save my wonderful collection of musical instruments (mostly guitars) until I've recovered from my 2014 stroke (I get microscopically better every day) and I can play them again. I will play them again." (02/07/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle858-20160207-02.html  

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Enormous, humongous December; record yearly trade deficit

February 8, 2016
posted by

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"The U.S. Census Bureau reported Friday that the December goods and services trade deficit was an enormous, humongous $43.4 billion. Imports were up, exports were down. The cause was a 'stronger' dollar, decreased demand around the world thanks to 'austerity' policies that take money out of economies, and, of course, our job-killing 'free trade' policies. The 2015 goods and services deficit added up to $531.5 billion. This was $23.2 billion (4.6 percent) more than 2014. The goods and services trade deficit with China was a record $365.7 billion in 2015. That represents a billion dollars worth of jobs shipped to China every single day for a year." (02/06/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160205/enormous-humongous-december-and-record-yearly-trade-deficit  

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Danger ahead

February 8, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"I've been critical of Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign for waffling on the libertarian anti-interventionist position on foreign policy: however, he never gave an inch on the surveillance issue. With him out of the race, we hear only the Orwellian nonsense emanating from people like Ted Cruz, who now says he supported Rand's legislation to roll back Big Brother because he wants more surveillance. And of course the others, including Hillary Clinton, are just as bad. Bernie Sanders stands alone in opposing the National Security Agency's spying on the American people, but he has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, let alone the White House, and will eventually be endorsing Mrs. Clinton -- whose record on civil liberties and Internet freedom is appalling. These two issues -- war and civil liberties -- are inextricably linked: the more we invade the world, the more our rulers will demand the authority to police the home front, in the name of 'defending' the country. It's a dynamic that will continue to roll on, and that signals danger ahead." (02/07/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/02/07/danger-ahead/  

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You’re libertarian or you’re not

February 8, 2016
posted by

Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"Libertarianism is filled with wolves in sheep's clothing. People with anti-liberty ideals, when they share some pro-liberty ideals with libertarians, believe we share all their ideals. We don't. In fact, their anti-liberty 'values' are disgusting. I know there are also those who claim to be 'conservative' or 'liberal' who can't meet the minimum measure to fit the bill. Regardless of where you stand, I'm sure you can relate to the problem of wolves in sheep's clothing among any group." (02/04/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/02/04/mcmanigal-youre-libertarian-or-youre-not/  

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 02/05/16: Socrates on trial

February 8, 2016
posted by

Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by  

"Brian Wilson from Combat and Classics joins us for a discussion on the trial of Socrates, as told by his student Plato in the Apology." [various formats] (02/05/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/socrates-trial  

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Rubio’s a robot, and other Republican revelations

February 8, 2016
posted by

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson  

"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie achieved his apotheosis in Saturday night’s Republican debate, settling happily into a role he was born to play. Christie is the bad cop in the interrogation room, slapping the detainee so silly that he’ll break down and say anything. His victim Saturday night was Florida Senator Marco Rubio, whom Christie accused not just of being an unready, callow youth, but of giving the same canned speech over and over again. Rubio was so rattled that he responded to Christie’s attack by delivering the same canned answer, verbatim, three times in the span of about a minute. It was not an effective reply." (02/07/16)

http://prospect.org/article/rubio%E2%80%99s-robot-and-other-republican-revelations  

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Yet more on the alleged “losers” from free trade

February 8, 2016
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"International trade produces no more losers, even in the short run, than does any other change in economic activity. To fall into the trap -- seemignly correct, but wholly inconsistent with the way that we typically treat domestic economic phenomena -- of agreeing that trade has 'losers' is not only to be incorrect, but to pave with this incorrectness the path to policies that do indeed create genuine losers." (02/07/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/02/yet-more-on-the-alleged-losers-from-free-trade.html  

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Zoning and Zen

February 8, 2016
posted by

Reason Reason
by Robby Soave  

"Three years ago, tragedy struck Renee Bierbaum of Palmetto, Florida. Her husband was killed in a motorcycle accident, leaving her a widow with an 11-year-old son. Consumed by grief, she eventually found solace by practicing yoga -- and decided to quit her job and become a full-time instructor. 'When he died, I realized the brevity of my life,' she says. 'I hated what I was doing.' Now Bierbaum is a certified yoga instructor and the proud owner of an expansive yoga pavilion in her backyard. Her business is on hold, however, because the county government won't let her teach yoga -- on her own property -- unless she coughs up $7,000 for a permit." [editor's note: And it gets even worse -- some idiot claims to own something called "culture" and accuses her of trying to steal it - TLK] (for publication 03/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/07/zoning-and-zen  

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Condom-nation hits middle schools

February 7, 2016
posted by

Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"The San Francisco Unified School District's board is poised to expand its Condom Availability Program for high school students into middle schools. The school district no longer offers Algebra I as an eighth-grade course -- Algebra I has been folded into a two-year, eighth-grade and ninth-grade class that is supposed to be more comprehensive. But the board is ready to bring a high school program to middle school by handing out condoms to sixth-graders. What could possibly go wrong?" (02/07/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/02/07/condomnation-hits-middle-schools-n2115593  

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Consent under deceit, or why fraud is aggression

February 7, 2016
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"I don't think anyone would consider consent under duress as a valid form of consent. If I threaten to kill you or harm you in some way if you don't consent to something, then the integrity of your consent has been compromised in a major way. That you meet my demand willfully and with volition cannot translate into legitimate permission because I have taken away your ability to choose freely. ... The validity of consent as a result of deceit is not so clear cut, but I consider it the basis for any argument that fraud is a form of aggression." (02/05/16)

http://www.everything-voluntary.com/2016/02/consent-under-deceit-or-why-fraud-is.html  

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