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The Trump campaign: A pre-mortem

July 24, 2016
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jon Harrison  

"The Trump campaign went into the Republican convention virtually tied with Hillary Clinton in most national polls. Whether the show in Cleveland helped or hurt Trump will be known in coming days, but poll numbers in July mean nothing for November. And in November Trump will go down, possibly in a landslide. To this point Trump has shown an almost magical ability to overcome obstacles (many of them self-generated) that would have destroyed any other candidate for the presidency. On the road to Cleveland he vanquished no fewer than 16 rivals, including some of the biggest names in the GOP. Yet it seems clear that he has no more chance of stopping Hillary than Merlin had of stopping King Arthur's marriage to Guinevere." (07/23/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1580  

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Free Talk Live, 07/23/16

July 24, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"Hillary Clinton Leaked Emails Hit Internet :: Pollster Call Excludes Libertarians :: Iraqi Dinar and Investing :: Bayonet :: Blind Reading :: Clueless ATF :: DNC Doing Naughty Things With Media :: Gary Johnson :: Cruz and Trump :: Wasted Vote Syndrome :: Pro Life Mark :: Libertarian Frustrations :: NH Liberty Movement :: Misrepresenting Libertarianism." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/23/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-07-23  

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Free Thoughts Podcast, 07/22/16

July 24, 2016
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by  

"Jonathan Rauch joins us for a discussion on the current political landscape in America. Why are we seeing so many renegade political actors these days?" [various formats] (07/22/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/how-american-politics-went-insane  

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Turkey and the war on Afghanistan

July 24, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Glenn Greenwald asks a provocative question: Would Turkey be justified in assassinating or kidnapping a Turkish citizen named Fethullah Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Gulen of being a terrorist who helped orchestrate the recent military coup attempt in Turkey. What causes Greenwald to ask such a question? The situation is strikingly similar to the events leading up the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, a brutal occupation that has taken the lives of countless Afghan citizens and that continues to this day, 15 years later." (07/22/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/22/turkey-war-afghanistan/  

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How police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns

July 24, 2016
posted by

Collective Evolution
by Alexa Erickson  

"Confrontation, sporadic violence, and arrests during protests continue to follow the surge of racially biased shooting in the United States. People are angry, confused, and above all, terrified of law enforcement. They have lost faith and trust in the justice system of a nation which prides itself on racial equality. ... This year alone, 569 people have been killed by US police. Many of the circumstances have proven these killings to be unjustified, and many others have made media headlines for their clear racial profiling." (07/15/16)

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/07/15/how-police-handle-violence-in-countries-where-officers-dont-carry-guns/  

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The hollow men

July 22, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Jeffrey Goldberg  

"The neediness of politicians has always fascinated me; the pathological desire for relevance; the plasticity of belief in the service of self-aggrandizement; the depths plumbed in order to stave off insignificance, which can be as frightening as non-existence itself. One of my favorite politicians, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is almost morbidly needy. His desire for attention made him into a brilliant retailer, mainly of himself, but also of his ideas, and intermittently, of his state. His neediness made him greatly entertaining. But it also caused him to betray his own principles. I recognize that it took millions of Republican primary voters to bring America to this frightening moment, a moment in which a preposterous grifter of authoritarian bent whose mental health is the subject of pervasive and anxious speculation, has become a major-party nominee for president. But it was men like Christie who were indispensable in the creation of this moment. Donald J. Trump could have been stopped." (07/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/the-hollow-men/492320/  

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Nero fiddles, Twitter burns

July 22, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"When Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a blogger for the conservative news website Breitbart.com who used the Twitter handle Nero, Yiannopoulos reacted with characteristic modesty. He told The New York Times the ban launched 'the beginning of the end for Twitter.' Oddly, Yiannopouolos may be right. In February, the social media platform announced its 'Trust and Safety Committee.' With Orwellian overtones, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, 'Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety.' The San Francisco startup invites all comers to post their thoughts by name or anonymously. The more outrageous the tweets, the more attention they attract. Unbowed, Twitter HQ gets all sanctimonious when trolls get nasty." (07/21/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/07/21/nero-fiddles-twitter-burns-n2195531  

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Who’s the boss?

July 22, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"This week, Republicans have chosen Donald Trump to be their standard-bearer. Next week, Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate. But the only candidate on your ballot to take the U.S. Term Limits pledge is Gary Johnson, the Libertarian." (07/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/21/29773/  

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Abolish the Department of Education

July 22, 2016
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Wendy Mcelroy Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy  

"The Department of Education (DOE) is one of the most destructive federal agencies because it attempts to control the flow of ideas and information by controlling public schools, including higher education. If a school does not comply, then it gets no federal money. Educators who rebel outright, such as home-schooling parents, are reined in by an ever-tightening net of regulations. Defining people's thoughts and beliefs is the ultimate form of social control." (07/21/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/abolish-department-education/  

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Parental responsibility and the Internet

July 22, 2016
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"My eight year-old daughter loves the internet. While I see how much it is helping her learn so many things, and increasing her reading ability enormously, I know there are dangers. I have to watch and make sure she doesn't give out personal information, or her location. And have explained why it isn't something I want her to do. I ask her to let me know if anyone gets 'too interested' in her -- although her interaction seems to be limited (so far) to posting comments on Youtube videos. ... I know it is my responsibility to watch out and protect her. I see some parents who seem to resent that necessity, and fall back on 'parental blocking' and such, but it's a job I willingly take on." (07/21/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/07/parental-responsibility-and-internet.html  

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Unaccountable police unions endanger minorities and everyone else

July 22, 2016
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Over the last two weeks, the nation has weathered two horrific retaliatory slayings of police officers, first in Dallas and then in Baton Rouge. In his funeral oration for the slain Dallas officers, President Obama lamented many reasons for the rising 'cycle of violence' between law enforcement and minority communities: Poverty, unemployment, underinvestment in schools, lack of rehab programs, easy availability of guns, and more. Meanwhile, after the Baton Rouge ambush, Donald Trump yet again blamed the breakdown of 'law and order' in inner cities. Surely there is at least some truth to all of this. But there's another critical reform to America's criminal justice system that is little talked about, but very important: Hidebound police unions that block elementary transparency and public accountability at every level." (07/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/21/unaccountable-police-unions-endanger-min  

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Clinton must go bold (and go left) for VP

July 22, 2016
posted by

Richard Eskow Our Future
by Richard Eskow  

"Word is that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice on Friday, and rumors that she’s going with a 'safe' pick should worry Democrats. In this political climate, a search for “safety” could put her candidacy in serious danger. The GOP chose Mike Pence as its vice presidential nominee in part because his extremist views will reassure the Republican base. Pence is also a seasoned politician whose nomination is meant to reassure voters who worry that presidential nominee Donald Trump has no experience in statecraft or governance." [editor's note: And neither does Hillary, but ... gee, seems like someone running does ... - SAT] (07/20/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160720/why-clinton-must-go-bold-and-go-left-for-vp  

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Turkey’s elected dictator

July 22, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Alon Ben-Meir  

"Even before the failed military coup, Turkey's President Erdogan governed like a dictator who had the last word on all state matters. The botched coup was nothing but, as he put it, 'a gift from God' to purge what is left of Turkey's democracy and cleanse the army and judiciary in order to ensure the total subordination of all institutions to his whims. For Erdogan, being elected was akin to being granted a license to trample and dismantle all democratic tenets to consolidate his powers and promote his Islamic agenda. As a shrewd and highly skilled politician, Erdogan painted the coup as an assault on democracy, which was supported by a chorus of Western powers, knowing full well that Turkey under Erdogan is anything but a democracy." (07/21/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Turkey-s-Elected-Dictator-by-Alon-Ben-Meir-Dictator_Turkish-President-Recep-Erdogan-160721-533.html  

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Libertarian thoughts on foreign policy

July 22, 2016
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by  

Talk featuring Keir Martland of the Libertarian Alliance. [Flash video] (07/21/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/21/libertarian-thoughts-on-foreign-policy-2/  

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The “doc fix” is in

July 22, 2016
posted by

John R. Graham National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham  

"In March 2015, an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The so-called 'doc fix,' a component of MACRA, was an attempt to fix the very flawed method Medicare uses to pay doctors and other health professionals. Unfortunately, MACRA is fiscally irresponsible and increases the federal government's control over how clinicians practice medicine, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham ..." [summary -- full paper available as PDF download] (07/22/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26575  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 698

July 22, 2016
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
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"What's going on at the Republican Convention, and in the 2016 race? What should we think of Trump and the Giuliani/Christie convention? And what's likely to happen in November? Murray Sabrin joins me for the inside scoop." [various formats] (07/21/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-698-a-libertarian-look-at-the-republican-convention-2016/  

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The GOP will be the Party of Trump for a long time

July 22, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Jeet Heer  

"On February 27, 2016, then-candidate Marco Rubio tweeted, 'Donald Trump will never be the nominee of the party of Lincoln and Reagan. #NeverTrump.' Even back then, the senator’s words rang hollow since Trump was trouncing Rubio in the polls. With Trump officially accepted on Tuesday as his party’s nominee, and endorsed by countless party leaders including Rubio, the tweet looks even more delusional. Party of Lincoln? Party of Reagan? The GOP hasn’t been that for years. It was slowly transforming even before the demagogic businessman began his run for office. Now, the process is complete. The Republican Party has become the Party of Trump, and it will never be the same." [editor's note: The next step would be to form two parties out of the GOP, leaving only one war wing to be dismantled next week - SAT] (07/20/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135293/gop-will-party-trump-long-time  

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The “28 pages” explained

July 22, 2016
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Larisa Alexandrovna Horton  

"The classified 28 Pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11 report have finally been made public, although in redacted form. It took fourteen years for the public to see this document, which was classified by the Bush Administration. The 28 Pages make it clear that the hijackers had handlers who were reporting to, funded by and taking directions from figures at the highest levels of the Saudi government. But to understand why that conclusion follows inescapably from the revelations in these pages, it is essential to know how these lines of control work, both in intelligence agencies in general and within the Saudi royal family in particular. Together with what is already known, this document is explosive." (07/21/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/larisa-alexandrovna/2016/07/20/28-pages-explained/  

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The Jason Stapleton Program, 07/21/16

July 22, 2016
posted by

The Jason Stapleton Program
by  

"I'm not quite sure what all the fuss is about but last night Ted Cruz gave what I thought was a very well delivered speech about liberty and the American idea. At the end of the speech he told everyone NOT to stay home in November but get out and vote your conscience. For that, he was nearly booed off the stage." [various formats] (07/21/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/ted-cruz-mayhem-and-fox-fights-for-its-life/  

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The hyperbole of backlash

July 22, 2016
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Tyler tries to cure my immigration backlash confusion, but not to my satisfaction. The overarching flaw: He equivocates between two different versions of 'backlash to immigration.' Version 1: Letting in more immigrants leads to more resistance to immigration. Version 2: Letting in more immigrants leads to so much resistance to immigration that the total stock of immigration ultimately ends ups lower than it would have been. Backlash in the first sense is common, but no reason for immigration advocates to moderate. Backlash in the second sense is a solid reason for immigration advocates to moderate, but Tyler provides little evidence that backlash in this sense is a real phenomenon." (07/21/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/the_hyperbole_o_1.html  

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Labour’s woman problem

July 21, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Joanna Williams  

"Theresa May would not have been my choice for prime minister. When she was home secretary I disagreed with almost every policy she enacted. But at a time when many other political leaders couldn't resign quickly enough she at least had the guts to put herself forward for the top job and see her leadership bid through to conclusion. The more Labour women come to see themselves as too fragile to handle the rough and tumble of political life, and unable to cope with the general public, the less likely it is we'll get a female Labour leader." (07/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/labours-woman-problem-angela-eagle-leadership/  

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Solar eclipse?

July 21, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Joan Fitzgerald  

"The United States does not like to engage in explicit economic planning. Direct government pursuit of industrial objectives violates both our professed belief in free markets and our global commitment to liberal trade devoid of national favoritism. Nonetheless, the U.S. has been willing to use something close to economic planning when it comes to transitioning to both photovoltaic (PV) power installation and production of solar cells -- a transition that markets won’t make on their own because of the current pricing advantage enjoyed by carbon-based fuels." (07/20/16)

http://prospect.org/article/solar-eclipse  

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Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 68

July 21, 2016
posted by

Peaceful Anarchism Peaceful Anarchism
by  

"Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined by Merrick VanLandingham, of the RadicaLogic Podcast, and Shane Buell. Herein we discussed applying Bastiat's seen/unseen to potential false flags, the Cloward-Piven strategy, the [H]egelian dialectic, divide and conquer tactics, the Rothschilds and central banking, generational institutionalism, teaching card tricks to chickens, jingoism, and more!" [various formats] (07/21/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-68-merrick-vanlandingham-and-shane-buell/  

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Ma Bell suppressed innovation for thirty grueling years

July 21, 2016
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by William Frezza  

"'Oh, for the days of Ma Bell!' is not a lament we're likely to hear. And for good reason. Before the breakup of AT&T, America’s telephone system was a government-sanctioned monopoly characterized by stagnant service offerings, high costs, and a glacial pace of consumer-facing innovation. Take it from me. I spent the early years of my career toiling for Ma Bell's crown jewel, Bell Labs. So it was distressing when a federal appeals court engaged in a bit of 1970s nostalgia last month by upholding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ill-conceived net neutrality rules. Under the new FCC rules, Internet service will increasingly be regulated like a public utility, rather than a competitive market. The likely result? Reduced investment in online communications infrastructure, reduced competition, and innovation slowing down to a crawl." (07/21/16)

https://cei.org/content/ma-bell-suppressed-innovation-thirty-grueling-years  

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FTC cracks down on sponsored content

July 21, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matthew McCaffrey  

"Like most consumer protection regulation, the FTC's standards are extremely patronizing. They assume most people are too disinterested or ignorant to bother investigating the goods and services they buy. The implication is that without the FTC and other regulatory authorities, consumers would persistently buy dangerous or fraudulent goods; hence the need for government to ensure product quality. However, this is simply not the case. Consumers are usually eager to know if they're being duped, and no one likes paying for poor-quality merchandise. In fact, competitive markets persistently develop new institutions consumers can use to express their opinions and thus hold entrepreneurs to high standards." (07/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/ftc-cracks-down-sponsored-content  

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