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How I imagine an anarchist defense agency

April 15, 2014
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Seth King  

"This article is not for pacifists. I do have great respect for pacifists and would enjoy reading articles similar to this one outlining strategies and tactics for anarchist pacifist defense agencies. Sadly, I’ve come across very few, if any, that employed outside of the cage thinking. Maybe I’ll write one myself one of these days. Also, this article is not concerned about the basics of why private defense agencies are needed or why they would not turn into governments themselves. This article is strictly about the nuts and bolts and assumes that the reader is already on board with the philosophy." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pd3bg9f  

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Post Rwanda: Investing in atrocity prevention

April 15, 2014
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Reuters
by Pam Omidyar  

"In the 20 years since the horrific 1994 genocide in Rwanda and its terrible spillover into the Congo, it has been clear that the global community remains ill-equipped to address such human-made catastrophic tragedies. While many have worked to heal Rwanda, crises of unfathomable mass violence have continued to unfold in places like Sierra Leone, the former Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Syria. In each case, the international community has failed to live up to a global commitment to prevention, protection and accountability for mass crimes. War and mass violence not only halts development, it reverses it." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lbr85aa  

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Everyone on our streets is part of the problem

April 15, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Jon Carroll  

"I know that pedestrian deaths are up in San Francisco. I give the benefit of the doubt to the pedestrians, who, after all, paid a heavy price for being on the same street as large cars. But I don't know that all the pedestrians were blameless. I have seen pedestrians move out from between two parked cars and step into traffic. I have seen pedestrians try to cross four lanes of traffic at mid-block. I have seen them talking on phones and thus rendered oblivious to their surroundings. Sometimes a driver is just an innocent bystander. Sometimes the result is tragedy. Too, there are drivers who seem unaware of the weight and power of their machines. Driving is so easy and often so quiet that it lulls them into a false sense of security." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mbhrnea  

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The Paycheck Fairness Act is the wrong solution

April 15, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Rebecca Schieber  

"On April 9, the United States Senate failed to move forward The Paycheck Fairness Act for a third time. The Act would change the language of the Equal Pay Act and disallow employers to use 'factors other than sex' to deny women fair pay. The GOP voted as bloc against what Democrats called an obvious choice. The conclusion? The Republican Party STILL hates women. As a Republican woman who allegedly hates myself, I want to highlight the rash and colorful language (spattered with untrue numbers) that the Democratic Party uses to claim they support us, the American women." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ot5azlh  

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Let a thousand home businesses bloom

April 15, 2014
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy Foundation for Economic Education
by Wendy McElroy  

"Imagine you’re out of work. But you’ve got capital in your talents, your home, and your family and friends. You might try to start a microbusiness at home to earn a little extra income and make ends meet. That is, unless you live in certain U.S. states." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mnuzxfg  

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Another phony budget debate

April 15, 2014
posted by

US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) Campaign for Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Anyone watching last week’s debate over the Republican budget resolution would have experienced deja vu, as the debate bore a depressing similarity to those of previous years. Once again, the Republicans claimed their budget would cut spending in a responsible manner, while Democratic opponents claimed the plan’s spending cuts would shred the safety net and leave vital programs unfunded. Of course, neither claim is true." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nm2mlw2  

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Who owns the Bundy Ranch?

April 15, 2014
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"Sometimes there is just no way to fix a past wrong. What are you going to do? Obsess over it and hate everyone and everything until perfection is achieved? As I have said multiple times in the past, at some point you just have to wipe the slate clean and forgive past offenses and say 'Never again!' That, or you'll never have any peace." (04/14/14)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/04/who-owns-bundy-ranch.html  

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Encouraging news about honeybee health

April 15, 2014
posted by

OpenMarket.org
by Angela Logomasini  

"After hives suffered considerable losses in some places in Europe, the EU took a knee jerk response by banning a class of pesticides that makes food production more affordable. Ironically, the ban is supposed to ensure agricultural productivity by protecting these pollinators, but elimination of crop protection products may undermine food production, and it’s not likely to solve colony collapse disorder." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q5hpg8r  

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AGW, considered as a black swan

April 14, 2014
posted by

David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"It occurred to me, after considering a response by Lovejoy and a comment on the Google+ version of my post, that not only was such a black swan event possible in the context of climate, one had occurred. AGW itself is a black swan, a cause of rapid warming whose probability cannot be deduced by looking at the distribution of climate change from the period 1500 to 1880." (04/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/npo3f6s  

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Germany’s mysterious recovery

April 14, 2014
posted by

Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"In the past 10 years Germany as gone from being the "sick man of Europe" to the star of the eurozone. This partly reflects the strong job creation that preceded the recession, perhaps due to the labor market reforms of 2003. However the post-2007 performance is even more amazing. There was almost no increase in unemployment during the recession, and the unemployment rate has fallen to relatively low levels during the recovery." (04/14/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/04/germanys_myster.html  

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Oh how we laughed all those years ago

April 14, 2014
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Many years ago, just after Boris Yeltsin had abolished rationing and freed up food prices, I was in Russia when a little old granny was interviewed just before Easter. She wanted to know why egg prices were going up just before everyone wanted them to dye for the Easter festivities. Oh how we laughed about that, for of course the miracle of supply and demand means that when more people want something prices will rise. Not that we could expect someone subjected to 70 years of communism to quite get that. This isn't something that's going to happen in our much more sophisticated age and place of course." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/od4kur6  

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The real losers of the Cuba-USA standoff and consulate shutdown

April 14, 2014
posted by

The Canal
by Alexandra Woodfin  

"Roadblocks in commerce, travel, and international relations between the United States and Cuba are not new. When the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington suspended visas in February, the Miami Herald warned that 'family visits to the island, as well as academic, educational, sports, cultural, scientific, and other exchanges between Cuba and the United States, could be impacted.' The hiccuping visa system just became personal, as a Cuba study abroad program at my university was officially cancelled on Monday, April 7. Understandably, the professors were not comfortable recruiting students for a program that wasn’t guaranteed to happen." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q55tdzs  

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Remaining unconvinced

April 14, 2014
posted by

Skyler J. Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J. Collins  

"In a January 2014 column titled 'Down with Conviction!' I argued that if one is committed to the pursuit of truth, conviction should be avoided. At least one question remained, what if logic, observation, and experience overwhelmingly supports the truth of something, is it still necessary to avoid having a conviction of it? I think so, but to understand why, let's invert things." (04/14/14)

http://www.everything-voluntary.com/2014/04/remaining-unconvinced.html  

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Violence it indeed is

April 14, 2014
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Violence is not a nice word, and violence unleashed on people engaged in mutually agreeable actions is not a nice thing. But the fact that violence is disagreeable doesn’t give Mr. Wegener any basis for saying that his preferred means for achieving his (allegedly) noble end does not involve the threat of violence. It does." (04/14/14)

http://cafehayek.com/2014/04/violence-it-indeed-is.html  

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Bleeding heart utilitarian libertarianism

April 14, 2014
posted by

Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman  

"Utilitarianism cares only about the consequences of institutions, not the intentions of their designers and participants. If a law intended to help the poor actually harms them, utilitarianism would oppose it. On the other hand, if self-interested activity serves the public interest via the invisible hand of the market, utilitarianism would support it." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pg862hz  

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Gay rights, intolerance and racial parallels

April 14, 2014
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Reason Reason
by Cathy Young  

"Many advocates of gay equality explicitly say they want all opposition to same-sex marriage to be treated exactly like racism: as shameful and contemptible. But such a hardline attitude is not necessarily a pathway to progress. For one, when a large segment of the population sees its cultural values not only displaced but ostracized and stifled, its hostility to social change is likely to become more bitter. In such a climate, it won’t seem too paranoid for religious groups to fear that even civil same-sex marriage will infringe on their freedom." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n33apxs  

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Bundy Ranch: Round one to the good guys

April 14, 2014
posted by

Idaho LIberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"These people dropped everything, drove to an obscure ranch in Nevada and were told over BLM loudspeakers, Go away. We will shoot you. We will kill you. They stayed. They approached the line. They crossed the line. What kind of people are these? The kind I want in my community, that’s for sure." (04/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lrt6h7h  

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The three languages of politics

April 14, 2014
posted by

Libertarianism.org
by  

"Arnold Kling joins us for a discussion on his book, The Three Languages of Politics. Kling says that progressives, conservatives, and libertarians all use different languages to justify their beliefs, and that this results in political polarization. Why is political rhetoric so harsh? Is there too much over-simplification in political rhetoric? Are libertarians guilty of this as much as anyone?" [Flash audio or MP3] (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q63kenx  

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The NSA’s Heartbleed problem is the problem with the NSA

April 14, 2014
posted by

Julian Sanchez Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez  

"The American intelligence community is forcefully denying reports that the National Security Agency has long known about the Heartbleed bug, a catastrophic vulnerability inside one of the most widely-used encryption protocols upon which we rely every day to secure our web communications. But the denial itself serves as a reminder that NSA’s two fundamental missions -- one defensive, one offensive -- are fundamentally incompatible, and that they can’t both be handled credibly by the same government agency." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kcuqwhj  

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April: Liberty month?

April 14, 2014
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"Yes, I know the month is half-over, but I’ve been mulling this over a while. Humans are weird (as if you didn’t know that) and we get all hyper over dates and anniversaries and seasons and feasts and the like. Virtually every government on the planet, from those idiots on the bank of the East River in NYC to the local weed and pest control district, delight in declaring the 'month of this' and the 'week of that' and more days than their are days in the year. That is just the way we are: dates and anniversaries and commemorations are important to us. They can remind us of good and bad things and encourage us to do things – to prepare for trouble and to deal with disaster and victory and defeat." (04/14/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=4229  

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April 15: Funding the empire

April 14, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant Mincy  

"Tax day is not a day of cooperation; it is a day of disappointment. It is a day that reminds us that the state cripples human potential. It is a reminder that the state is a constant hurdle to the resurgent market. It is a day that reminds us of the horrors and costs of central planning. Libertarianism offers a solution." (04/12/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/26265  

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Don’t reduce income taxes. Repeal them.

April 14, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The common conception among the American people, of course, is twofold: (1) we live in a free society notwithstanding the income tax and (2) our society would cease to exist without the income tax. Both concepts are ludicrous, as libertarians have long pointed out. Income taxation and a free society are irreconcilable." (04/11/14)

http://fff.org/2014/04/11/dont-reduce-income-taxes-repeal-them/  

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Defending the state?

April 14, 2014
posted by

Strike the Root
by Alex R. Knight III  

"I have to admit I’m rather perplexed by something I’m witnessing of late within the gun ownership community, and I’m going to do my best to try and dissect it. Here in Vermont, we’re fighting some proposed gun control laws, and one of the pillars of support for private gun ownership that is commonly deferred to is Article 16 of the Vermont Constitution, which reads, 'The people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the state.'" (04/09/14)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/defending-state  

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Washington, the great betrayer

April 14, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"America’s foreign policy of relentless aggression, utilizing both 'hard' and 'soft' power, has led to the creation of an entire industry engaged in the business of regime change. These 'private' companies and consultants are hired to carry out Washington’s wishes on the world stage: they create front organizations, carry out covert action schemes, and act as a conduit for US government propaganda worldwide -- and, by virtue of their political connections, they make a handsome profit doing it. This is crony capitalism with a foreign policy slant." (04/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oxrfgbv  

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Matt Drudge and information overload

April 14, 2014
posted by

Jeff Deist Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist  

"[S]ifting wasn’t always the most important part of learning. Getting information used to be the hard part of learning. Having access to information used to be the hard part. Just ask your parents about this time, a very dark period that actually represents the vast majority of human history: the pre-Internet age! But I digress. Now speaking of sifting through information, how many of you have heard of the Drudge Report? Well, the Drudge Report is a news aggregation website, which means its proprietor, Matt Drudge, is a sifter." (04/12/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6722/Matt-Drudge-and-Information-Overload  

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