Commentary

The new academy

May 30, 2013
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant Mincy  

"Institutions of higher education are largely places of privilege that serve to keep people in their desired socio-economic status. Today, the academy is becoming increasingly influenced by special interests. As institutions such as MIT conduct war research (most notable during the Vietnam era) while others sell trustee land to oil and gas companies, it has become apparent that state and corporate interests have invaded our universities." (05/29/13)

http://c4ss.org/content/19302  

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Government violates rights in name of fighting terrorism

May 30, 2013
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Reason Reason
by A. Barton Hinkle  

"The Brandon Raub case highlights disturbing government behavior." (05/29/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ola4rll  

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Did Obama already break the new “drone rules?”

May 30, 2013
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The Nation
by Greg Mitchell  

"A new US drone strike has killed at least four in Pakistan near the Afghan border, with the alleged (now deceased) target a top Taliban leader, just days after President Obama announced new, seemingly restraining, 'rules.' Did this strike break them already? Critics had already warned there was little change behind the rhetoric, while others (most notably, an instant New York Times editorial) hailed it as a sea change. So how are media commentators responding today? I’ll present a range of view as the day goes on. it should also be noted: reports of such high-value kills often prove false." (05/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/nfk7jok  

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The streets of America feel different

May 30, 2013
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy The Libertarian Enterprise
by Wendy McElroy  

"The word zeitgeist occurred to me because walking down a street in America feels different now than it did ten years ago. It is not merely the surveillance cameras or the increased police presence. The atmosphere, the feel, is different." (05/28/13)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle722-20130526-07.html  

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Thirty-seventh Vice President of the United States

May 30, 2013
posted by

Liberty For All
by staff  

"Johnson (August 27, 1908-January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963-1969), a position he assumed after his service as the 37th Vice President of the United States (1961-1963). He is one of only four people who served in all four elected federal offices of the United States: Representative, Senator, Vice President, and President." (05/29/13)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=9060  

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Pravda, Inc.

May 29, 2013
posted by

Liberale et Libertaire Liberale et Libertaire
by dL  

"Often is said that we as Americans are the most heavily propagandized people in the history of civilization. But the distinguishing factor of our propaganda is that we actually believe it. The difference between Pravda and Pravda, Inc is that under the Soviet Pravda model, when the walls came down, the people cheered their destruction. But under Pravda, Inc, if our walls came tumbling down, we would dress in sackcloth and ashes and mourn our eternal intent to rebuild the damn things." (05/28/13)

http://rulingclass.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/pravda-inc/  

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The protected predator class

May 29, 2013
posted by

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by Will Grigg  

"Any incidental contact between a Mundane and the sanctified personage of a police officer -- including the act of breathing on an officer -- can be prosecuted as 'battery.' This would apply to cases in which a woman is desperately trying to prevent an officer from violating her sexually: A victim who puts up resistance in such circumstances can expect to be violently subdued, arrested, and charged with 'assaulting an officer.'" (05/25/13)

http://tinyurl.com/os56jwe  

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Bitmessage may replace email

May 29, 2013
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Seth King  

"What is so revolutionary, though, about Bitmessage? It provides easy message encryption by default. It anonymizes both the sender and recipient of messages. It fights spam like no other, and because of its distributed nature it cannot be shut down." (05/26/13)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2013/05/26/bitmessage-may-replace-e-mail/  

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Why John McCain wants to aid Syrian terrorists

May 29, 2013
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"In short, McCain doesn’t know s%^*t about foreign policy: he has been wrong, wrong, wrong about absolutely everything. So it isn’t merely ironic that he is leading the charge in demanding we intervene in Syria -- it’s downright crazy. What’s puzzling is why anyone is listening to him." (05/29/13)

http://tinyurl.com/p6zga9c  

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Obama debates the war on terror with himself

May 29, 2013
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The president criticizes his own abuses of executive power." (05/29/13)

http://tinyurl.com/nwucf4c  

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23 things we’re telling you about capitalism, part 16

May 29, 2013
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Our sixtetenth thing is that we're all just too damn stupid to be allowed out without the government nanny holding our hands. Chang doesn't put it in quite these words but but it is his general meaning. He runs through the usual arguments: we free marketeers think that people are rational so allow them to get on with it. Chang says (rightly) that people aren't always rational so they need guidance. When that runs into the problem that the people doing the governing are going to be just as irrational as everyone else Chang then says well, OK, government should simply ban things until we understand them." (05/29/13)

http://tinyurl.com/p9hqtou  

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Bad green jobs

May 29, 2013
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In These Times
by Sarah Jaffe  

"Today, New York City launches the largest bicycle sharing program in the country, CitiBike. It will be run by the company, Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., that is responsible for Washington, D.C.'s flagship program, Capital Bikeshare. Based on a European model used in Paris and London, the program is touted as a greener, healthier form of public transportation. But Capital's workers have a few problems with that image. Samuel Swenson says he was excited when he was hired at Capital Bikeshare in the summer of 2011." (05/27/13)

http://tinyurl.com/q5xl2hp  

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Freedomain Radio #2394

May 29, 2013
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Freedomain Radio
by  

"What do children owe abusive parents?" [MP3] (05/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/fdr2394  

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King Obama the Magical

May 29, 2013
posted by

The American Prospect
by Jonathan Bernstein  

"Brendan Nyhan’s 'Green Lantern' theory of presidential politics -- the (incorrect) belief that when things don’t turn out how a president wants it was because he didn’t want it deeply enough -- has been all over the Internet lately. And, no matter how false that image of the presidency might be, it’s probably not going away. The idea of the president as a Magical King serves everyone’s interests, beginning with man in the Oval Office himself." [editor's note: Yep, the nekkid emperor loves that image! - SAT] (05/28/13)

http://prospect.org/article/king-obama-magical  

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All the president’s liars

May 29, 2013
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Lying and outright perjury, which is lying while under oath during a judicial or official legislative proceeding, are so commonplace within the highest levels of the United States federal government executive branch today that the Average American hardly takes notice, much less demands that anything be done about it." (05/28/13)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2013/05/all-presidents-liars.html  

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The ruling class as full-time sadistic torturers

May 29, 2013
posted by

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber  

"The New York Times is perhaps the primary journalistic organ of the ruling class. It is written by and for the benefit of the ruling class. They don't write it for you and me, bub, not in any positive sense. They write it to manipulate us, to keep us in our place, to make sure we mind our betters, to make sure we follow orders." (05/24/13)

http://tinyurl.com/nhqgqso  

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Getting over social justice

May 29, 2013
posted by

Matt Zwolinski Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Matt Zwolinski  

"When I started this blog, I didn’t have a fully worked out theory of 'social justice.' And I still don’t. I put the phrase 'Free Markets and Social Justice' in the tagline of this blog not because it reflected the airtight conclusion of a stringent philosophical theory, but because I thought it would make for a striking and provocative motto. And it did, although it seems to have struck and provoked at least some people in rather the wrong way ..." (05/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/qfg6tlf  

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Bob Dole’s delinquent children

May 29, 2013
posted by

W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W. James Antle III  

"How the GOP's old guard led to generation Gingrich -- and what comes next." (05/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ou7eq8j  

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Mentally disarmed

May 29, 2013
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"Lately a British soldier was run down and then literally butchered by two knife wielding self proclaimed Jihadists. Then killers then stood around for several minutes chatting with witnesses and proclaiming their ideals until the bobbies finally showed up to shoot then without killing them and arrest them." (05/27/13)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle722-20130526-04.html  

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The New Deal origins of Fannie Mae and the government-housing complex

May 29, 2013
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Stockman  

"Fannie Mae is a classic crony capitalist progeny of the New Deal that began life in 1938, quite innocently, as still another ad hoc New Deal program to boost the depression-weakened housing market. It grew into something quite different: a monster that deeply deformed and corrupted the nation’s entire financial system seventy years later." (05/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/pmkt3uv  

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SCOTUS AA decision: Don’t be fooled by flawed theories

May 29, 2013
posted by

Christian Science Monitor
by  

"One of the most specious arguments the Supreme Court has heard in the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case deals with 'mismatch theory.' It says affirmative action harms minorities because it puts them in universities where they are outmatched by their peers. For nearly a decade, UCLA Law professor Richard Sander has demanded an overhaul of affirmative action practices at colleges and universities, citing his own research on the 'mismatch' theory. According to Mr. Sander’s theory, affirmative action harms blacks and Latinos because it pushes them into situations (elite universities) where their peers outmatch them in standardized test scores." (05/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ndrfbep  

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What is liberty exactly?

May 29, 2013
posted by

Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"More or less every modern politician talks about 'freedom' or 'liberty.' Actually, they don’t talk about it as much as they use it as a magic incantation. They go on at length about 'our free country,' but if you could get them to define freedom, that definition would be something along the lines of 'what we have.' Once we’re past such self-praising nonsense, we’re still left with the original question: What exactly is this 'liberty?' And then the trouble begins." (05/28/13)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/what-is-liberty-exactly/  

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Liars, consti-busers, and the tsk tsking of a startled media

May 29, 2013
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"How could anybody in this age of well-earned cynicism expect anything other than lies from any of Our Glorious Rulers? Especially from one who’s already weaseled his way through years of Fast & Furious? Of course he lied under oath. That’s the norm for power these days." (05/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/qepmv28  

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Illinois should embrace fracking

May 29, 2013
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Taylor Smith  

"Sandra Steingraber’s op-ed Thursday was disingenuous on many fronts. First, she stated that hydraulic fracturing, as currently practiced, is too risky for Illinois to utilize. According to the Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, a multistate government agency, 30,000 to 50,000 wells have been hydraulically fractured in Illinois since the 1950s without a single recorded case of groundwater contamination." (05/26/13)

http://tinyurl.com/nd88se2  

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Healthcare’s forgotten crisis, part 1

May 29, 2013
posted by

Our Future
by Richard Eskow  

"The real healthcare battle in this country isn’t the one being fought over the bill everyone now calls 'Obamacare.' In fact, it’s not a battle between Republicans and Democrats at all. The real battle is the one millions of Americans face every day as they struggle to pay medical bills that now average nearly $10,000 per year -- if they’re 'lucky.' The United States is now the only developed nation on Earth where the average family with insurance pays more for health care than it does for groceries. That includes both the family share of premiums and out-of-pocket costs for medical treatment. In fact, those out-of-pockets costs alone exceed a family’s average yearly cost for gasoline, according to a new study." [editor's note: Actually, even with the "price gouging," gasoline costs are still WAY below pretty much everything else you can spend money on - SAT] (05/28/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ol7sd5u  

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