Commentary

World leaders shut eyes to Venezuela’s hunger games

May 19, 2016
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PanAm Post PanAm Post
by Antonella Marty  

"Venezuela is tearing itself apart but no one is speaking up. There isn't a single Latin American president raising his or her voice against starving Venezuelans suffering under the country's communist, Chavista regime. In Venezuela, poverty, death, and 'hungerism' prevail, the inevitable consequence of communist, socialist or Marxist ideologies." (05/19/16)

https://panampost.com/antonella-marty/2016/05/19/world-shut-eyes-venezuela-hunger-games/  

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When is living in terror defined as living in harmony?

May 19, 2016
posted by

Mary Theroux Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux  

"The authors of the new Independent Institute book, Nature Unbound, assert that 'human beings are an integral part of the natural order and merit no less consideration than Earth's other treasures.' To those who do not realize what a radical notion this is in today's mainstream environmentalism -- which views human beings as wholly foreign to 'nature' -- I offer Exhibit A: a recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle headlined, '1st Indian Inhabitants Lived in Harmony by the Bay.' Reading the story, one wonders at the author’s definition of 'harmony.'" (05/19/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/05/19/when-is-living-in-terror-defined-as-living-in-harmony/  

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Donald Trump wants to talk to Kim Jong-Un. Is that really so bad?

May 19, 2016
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"No surprise, Trump's proposal to talk is controversial. The Bush administration's Michael Green called a Kim-Trump meeting 'a very bad idea.' Green complained that Kim won't negotiate away his nukes, but that actually is a reason to establish bilateral contact. Green also worried that addressing the North would reduce the confidence of South Korea and Japan in America's nuclear umbrella. However, the prospect of U.S. allies going nuclear might encourage Pyongyang to deal and China to take a harder line toward the North." (05/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/donald-trump-wants-talk-kim-jong-un-really-so-bad  

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Surrender Bernie

May 19, 2016
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Tim Campbell  

Cartoon. (05/19/16)

http://www.cagle.com/2016/05/surrender-bernie/  

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They’re “NOT in jail for possession of marijuana or any other harmless, non-addictive, plant-derived substance”

May 19, 2016
posted by

Vin Suprynowicz Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"America has the highest incarceration rate in the world except for some little island in the Indian Ocean -- 716 per 100,000. That means America now imprisons 2.3 million people. We've got 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but 22 percent of the world’s jail and prison inmates, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies. In 2007, taxpayers spent $74 billion keeping those people locked up, and inadequately fed and cared for. Why?" (05/19/16)

http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=3126  

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Clinton’s hawk-in-waiting

May 19, 2016
posted by

Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi  

"The other day, a question popped up on a Facebook thread I was commenting on: 'Where is Victoria Nuland?' The short answer, of course, is that she is still holding down her position as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. But a related question begs for a more expansive response: Where will Victoria Nuland be after January?" (05/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/clintons-hawk-in-waiting/  

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Senator’s inquiry into Facebook’s editorial decisions runs afoul of the First Amendment

May 19, 2016
posted by

Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Sophia Cope  

"Allegations that Facebook's 'trending' news stories are not actually those that are most popular among users drew the attention of Sen. John Thune (R-SD), who sent a letter of inquiry to Facebook suggesting that the company may be 'misleading' the public, and demanding to know details about how the company decides what content to display in the trending news feed. Sen. Thune appears particularly disturbed by charges that the company routinely excludes news stories of interest to conservative readers. Congressional inquiries usually come with the tacit understanding that Congress investigates when it thinks it could also legislate. Yet any legislative action in response to the revelations would run afoul of the First Amendment." (05/19/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/05/senators-inquiry-facebooks-editorial-decisions-runs-afoul-first-amendment  

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Hillary Clinton’s race problem

May 19, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser  

"When Hillary Clinton was endorsed by Will Quigg, a grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan in California, many observers were skeptical that the statement of support for the presumptive Democratic nominee was genuine. Indeed, some went so far as to argue that the very public backing of Clinton by a white supremacist of Quigg's standing was a diversionary tactic designed to either smear Clinton or distract attention from former grand wizard David Duke's endorsement of Donald Trump, which the presumptive Republican nominee failed to disavow. Regardless of whether the support of Clinton was genuine or not, the fact of the matter is that Clinton policies have indeed been unconscionably destructive for Black Americans, and other people of color." (05/19/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/19/hillary-clintons-race-problem/  

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Conservatives trend liberal over Facebook

May 19, 2016
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Ryan Radia  

"Conservatives are hopping mad about Facebook allegedly manipulating its Trending Topics to discriminate against right-leaning news stories. And some want to do something about it. They should count to 10 and take a deep breath. Last Tuesday, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, South Dakota Republican, fired off a letter asking the company for answers about how it selects stories to feature and what it plans to do about the allegations. The anger among conservatives is understandable, given Facebook employees' tendency to donate to Democratic politicians and Silicon Valley's long-standing alignment with progressive causes. But this frustration doesn't justify federal meddling with Internet companies' editorial decisions -- whether through regulatory mandates or demanding letters from powerful politicians." (05/18/16)

https://cei.org/content/conservatives-trend-liberal-over-facebook  

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How the bros are undermining Bernie

May 19, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson  

"This year, Americans have flocked to Sanders's banner in numbers vastly exceeding any that a radical critic of capitalism has ever been able to claim. His indictment of Wall Street has resonated across the political spectrum; his proposals to break up the big banks, raise the minimum wage to $15, create tuition-free public colleges, and drive a wedge between the financial sector and elected officials have won wide acclaim, and enabled him to secure more than 40 percent of the votes in this year's Democratic primaries and caucuses. But now, what is arguably the most successful left campaign in the nation's history stands in danger of being undone by an infantile fraction of its own supporters." (05/19/16)

http://prospect.org/article/how-bros-are-undermining-bernie  

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Not drafting our daughters?

May 19, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Sometimes politicians have trouble making up their minds. During election years -- with the looming prospect of voters having a say -- their decision-making process becomes even more perilous. Take the idea of forcing young women to register for the draft. Young men must, under threat of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and the loss of government benefits -- all the way down to denying a driver's license to non-registrants in many states. So why not force women to sign up for forced military service? For equality!" (05/19/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/05/19/not-drafting-our-daughters/  

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On abortion, we trust women

May 19, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Ann Furedi  

"Until recently, who knew that abortion was still illegal in Britain? It's prohibited by the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which stipulates that any woman who induces her own miscarriage can be sentenced to life in prison. This applies from the moment a fertilised egg implants in her womb to the moment she gives birth. The 1967 Abortion Act, often described as the law that 'legalised abortion,' did nothing of the sort. Rather, it created exemptions to prosecution -- but only when the procedure was carried out by a doctor (not a nurse or midwife), in a specially licensed clinic or hospital, and then only if two doctors certified that the woman's reasons met certain conditions, and (except in exceptional circumstances) the pregnancy was under 24 weeks gestation. Any abortions that take place without this authorisation are illegal." (05/19/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/on-abortion-we-trust-women/  

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Don’t trash market forces

May 19, 2016
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"No job is more classically unskilled than that of 'garbage man.' Yet as wage rates rise, even for unskilled workers, it eventually pays firms to invest in labor-saving capital goods, such as mechanisms that dump the contents of individual garbage cans in to the backs of residential garbage trucks." (05/19/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/05/40846.html  

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James Madison and the simple truths of classical liberalism

May 19, 2016
posted by

Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Donald Kochan  

"Perhaps it is because liberty is an intuitive concept and because the state is foreign to human nature that the precepts of (classical) liberalism can be described succinctly. Whatever the reason, one need only spend a matter of a few hours to read and understand the fundamental tenets of liberalism." (05/19/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/james-madison-simple-truths-classical-liberalism  

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Anti-war is pro-American

May 19, 2016
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Mike Marion  

"The complete abandonment of Jefferson's foreign policy prescription has been devastating to Americans who value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Just in the time since WWII, over 100,000 American soldiers died in foreign wars and hundreds of thousands more were wounded. Twenty-two veterans kill themselves every day at more than double the civilian suicide rate (this number includes almost one active duty soldier suicide per day). Nearly 3,000 innocent Americans were murdered on 9/11/01, caught up in blowback from their government's foreign policy and the hatred it breeds. War has steadily eroded American liberty and has nearly eliminated the Bill of Rights." (05/19/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/anti-war-pro-american/  

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When you have property rights, you don’t need religious freedom

May 19, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"[T]he Little Sisters didn't like Obamacare's mandates that employers pay for abortions. This meant the Little Sisters had to either pay for abortion services through their employee-provided health care plan, or they had to pay substantial fines. On Monday, the Supreme Court told the lower courts to figure it out without violating the Little Sisters' religious views. This is being hailed by many observers as a victory for religious freedom. And yet, court rulings and statutes protecting religious freedom were not at all necessary to preserve their religious freedom. The Sisters would have been far better protected by a respect for ordinary property rights." (05/19/16)

https://mises.org/blog/when-you-have-property-rights-you-don%E2%80%99t-need-religious-freedom  

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In cosmopolitan Vienna, it’s easy to miss the anti-immigrant sentiment surging across Austria

May 19, 2016
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by Katha Pollitt  

"You know you're living in a bubble when no one you know voted for the far-right candidate and everyone's astonished when he wins. From my Viennese friends and the cheery young Greens handing out campaign literature at the upscale Karmelitermarkt farmers' market to the international scholars at Vienna's Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (where my husband is a fellow this year and I am a guest), everyone I spoke with before the first round of the Austrian presidential elections on April 24 confidently predicted victory for the Green candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen, who ended up with 21 percent. The first-place finish of Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party (35 percent) came as quite a shock. But then, living in Vienna, a multicultural world capital that has been governed by the Social Democrats for the last 71 years, one can easily lose track of the rest of Austria." (05/19/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/life-in-bubble/  

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Libertarianism and the Libertarian Party

May 19, 2016
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Scott Lazarowitz  

"Unlike the other 'Libertarians,' Perry has a clear understanding of libertarianism. ... But in the end, I don't know whether Perry's hard-core libertarian message is what today's American sheeple are ready for, even though that is exactly what they need to restore their freedom." (05/19/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/05/scott-lazarowitz/libertarianism-libertarian-party/  

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Remembering the Paris Commune

May 19, 2016
posted by

Roderick T. Long Center for a Stateless Society
by Roderick Long  

"This month marks the 145th anniversary of the violent suppression of the Paris Commune by the French national government. The Paris Commune remains a potent symbol for many people -- though what exactly it symbolizes is a matter of dispute. To conservatives, the Commune stands for a reign of terror and mob rule. For many radicals, including anarchists and Marxists (even though at the time, Marx himself opposed the Commune as a 'desperate folly' and urged would-be insurrectionists to work within the system), it signifies a community that importantly prefigures their own preferred social and political systems. The Commune wasn't quite any of these things." (05/19/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45016  

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The libertarian vs. the activist

May 19, 2016
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"Last month I read a pair of little news stories about animals in German menageries and what people have done, and not done, about them. These stories suggested certain analogies to human behavior that, when they occurred to me, appeared far-fetched. They may be so. But the stories kept coming back to me -- evidence, at least, that they spoke to some personal identification with the ideas they suggested. They may be suggestive to you, too." (05/18/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1552  

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Constitutional conservatism: Its meaning and its future

May 19, 2016
posted by

Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Samuel Gregg  

"Whatever the results of the 2016 presidential election, the process has raised hard questions about conservatism's future in America. Whether it is social conservatism, fiscal conservatism, or national-security conservatism, important setbacks for these causes have taken place across the board in the past nine years. Today the United States is less socially cohesive, less economically free, and less internationally secure than in 2007. Much of this state of affairs owes something to a particular political mindset that insists upon a very active -- in fact, activist -- role for the federal government, taking the form of extensive top-down intervention into the political, social, and economic order." (05/18/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/05/18/constitutional-conservatism-its-meaning-its-future  

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Free Talk Live, 05/18/16

May 19, 2016
posted by

Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Darryl's Whirlwind Presidential Tour :: Another FBI Fake Bomber :: Commie Sarah Doesn't Like Her Welfare Apartment :: Mean to Sarah? :: Apple Problems :: Libertarian VP Nomination :: Johnson Trying to Sink Own Campaign? :: Austin Ride-Sharing Update :: Real Terror Threats? :: Cannabis Innovations :: Oklahoma City Bombing :: NH Secession." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/18/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-05-18  

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The growing crisis of our education infrastructure

May 19, 2016
posted by

Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"You've probably heard about the fierce battle over school bathrooms raging across the country. It's an important story for sure because transgender students should not be blocked from entering facilities of their gender identity. But the current fight over gender equity shouldn’t take away from another bathroom battle taking place in our nation's public schools: whether students have access to a functioning bathroom at all." (05/19/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160519/the-growing-crisis-of-our-education-infrastructure  

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Conscripting liberty

May 19, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"I thought we put an end to military conscription more than 40 years ago after the disastrous conclusion to Vietnam War; I thought we had a volunteer military today; but no, we didn't do that exactly because young men between the ages of 18 and 25 are still required to register for the draft just in case their statist overlords want more warm bodies for sacrifice. And now for the very first time in United Statists history the authorities that be are scheming to do the same with women." (05/18/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/05/conscripting-liberty.html  

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Shame on the US Supreme Court for making a mockery of the First Amendment

May 19, 2016
posted by

John W. Whitehead LewRockwell.com
by John W Whitehead  

"Basically, the Supreme Court has historically had no problem with radical and reactionary speech, false speech, hateful speech, racist speech on front lawns, offensive speech at funerals, anti-Semitic speech in parades, anti-abortion/pro-life speech in front of abortion clinics, inflammatory speech in a Chicago auditorium, political speech in a private California shopping mall, or offensive speech in a state courthouse. So when activist Harold Hodge appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend his right to stand on their government plaza and silently protest the treatment of African-Americans and Hispanics by police, it should have been a no-brainer, unanimous ruling in favor of hearing his case. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court is not quite as keen on the idea of a robust First Amendment as it used to be, especially when that right is being exercised on the Court's own front porch." (05/18/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/05/john-w-whitehead/shame-supreme-creeps/  

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