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Do bears shoot in the woods?

February 11, 2013
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by SH Chambers  

Cartoon. (02/08/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1000  

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Missiles from Mordor

February 11, 2013
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The confirmation hearings of John Brennan as CIA director have brought a new focus to this sinister aspect of our endless 'war on terrorism,' and it is interesting to see how its defenders are faring: liberal ideologue and Obama apologist Michael Tomasky avers we're just going to have to get used to the fact that a President can order -- in secret -- the execution of an American citizen by drone. The best we can do is to make sure the President is a Nice Guy, unlike that awful person George W. Bush." (02/11/13)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/02/10/missiles-from-mordor/  

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QandO Podcast, 02/10/13

February 11, 2013
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QandO Podcast QandO
by  

"Bruce Michael, and Dale discuss drone strikes and the media." [various formats] (02/01/13)

http://www.qando.net/?p=14784  

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Chuck Hagel runs from his own record

February 11, 2013
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Sheldon Richman Reason
by Sheldon Richman  

"Some observers are mystified by Chuck Hagel’s pathetic showing at his Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, but there should be no mystery about it. He performed as he did for one simple reason: He wants to be the next secretary of defense, and he (along with the White House) must have calculated that standing up for his past positions would have harmed his chances." (02/10/13)

http://reason.com/archives/2013/02/10/hagels-retreat  

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Try amnesty without the hypocrisy

February 11, 2013
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Vin Suprynowicz Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Vin Suprynowicz  

"Libertarians traditionally favor open borders. I have my doubts, since statists will often abandon the hellholes created by their own collectivist policies, flocking to the relative prosperity of a free-market enclave, where they quickly form a functioning electoral majority and start demanding the same freedom-destroying redistributionist policies that led them to flee New York or Chicago." (02/10/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d5qpd9w  

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Healthcare: A Libertarian perspective

February 11, 2013
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Liberty For All
by Michael H. Wilson  

"Health care in the U.S. has been a hot topic of concern since the Truman Administration and it is certainly too big an issue to be dealt with in a short piece. With that in mind I would like to offer a few issues that the LP can promote as our own in place of Affordable Care Act or as it is better known Obama Care." (02/09/13)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=8682  

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The anti-democracy index

February 11, 2013
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews and Ryan Young  

"The United States Constitution gives 'all legislative powers herein granted' to Congress. Neither the judicial nor the executive branch has the power to make laws, only interpret and execute them, respectively -- at least in theory. In practice, things are quite different. Not only do executive branch agencies makes laws every day by issuing regulations that have the force of law, they do more lawmaking than Congress -- a lot more." (02/08/13)

http://cei.org/op-eds-articles/anti-democracy-index  

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Does the market exhibit cooperation?

February 10, 2013
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Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The American Heritage Dictionary defines the verb cooperate as 'To work or act together toward a common end or purpose' and 'To form an association for common, usually economic, benefit.' Note that these definitions seem to require awareness about some joint effort to achieve a common objective." (02/08/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bkwyeol  

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Founding Fathers — Richard Stockton

February 10, 2013
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Liberty For All
by staff  

"Stockton was an American lawyer, jurist, legislator, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. A son of John Stockton, one of the founders of the College of New Jersey at Princeton (now Princeton University), he was born near Princeton, New Jersey, attended Samuel Finley’s academy at Nottingham, which later became West Nottingham Academy, and the College of New Jersey located in Newark, graduating in 1748." (02/10/13)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=8685  

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The police state is real

February 10, 2013
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CounterPunch
by Paul Craig Roberts  

"Whether a person believes the official story of 9/11 or not, the result is the same: 9/11 was used to create an open-ended 'war on terror' and a police state. It is extraordinary that so many Americans believe that 'it can’t happen here' when it already has." (02/10/13)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/02/08/the-police-state-is-real/  

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Fed’s policies expose mainstream fallacies

February 10, 2013
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak  

"The fact that economic activity is currently not responding to massive monetary pumping, as in the past, indicates that prolonged reckless monetary policies have severely damaged the economy’s ability to generate real wealth. So contrary to Friedman, we maintain that money matters very much. However, contrary to mainstream thinking, an increase in money supply does not grow, but rather destroys the economy." (02/08/13)

http://tinyurl.com/auelo4k  

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Who is mentally ill?

February 10, 2013
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Wendy Mcelroy Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy  

"The current push toward gun control is being presented in a particularly dangerous and dishonest manner. It is being framed in terms of mental health and packaged in a way that almost guarantees victory for the advocates of control. The debating point proffered is, 'How do we keep guns away from the mentally ill?'" (02/08/13)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/who-is-mentally-ill/  

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Of meat and myth

February 10, 2013
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W. Reed  

"One hundred years ago, a great and enduring myth was born. Muckraking novelist Upton Sinclair wrote a novel entitled The Jungle -- a tale of greed and abuse that still reverberates as a case against a free economy. Sinclair’s 'jungle' was unregulated enterprise; his example was the meat-packing industry; his purpose was government regulation. The culmination of his work was the passage in 1906 of the Meat Inspection Act, enshrined in history, or at least in history books, as a sacred cow (excuse the pun) of the interventionist state." (02/08/13)

http://tinyurl.com/a5ohlc2  

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TSCA reform: Reasonable certainty of harm to animals

February 10, 2013
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OpenMarket.org
by Angela Logomasini  

"European animal rights activists made a big mistake in 2006 when they failed to fight passage in the European Union of REACH, which is short for Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals. Now that the U.S. Congress may soon consider a similar law, will American animal rights groups fight it or repeat the mistakes of their European counterparts?" (02/08/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bh9fma7  

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The audience laughs with Colbert, but the joke is on them

February 10, 2013
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Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey  

"Do you remember when you were in school and all of the 'cool' popular kids made fun of the nerdy smart kid? Everybody pointed and laughed. Even the 'non-cool' kids would pile on, in the hope that making fun of the hapless geek would elevate their own social status a notch." (02/09/13)

http://tinyurl.com/aw2xjk8  

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Black History Month: Where are all the black libertarians?

February 10, 2013
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"For years people have been asking, 'Where are all the female libertarians?' The Libertarian News Examiner has been answering that question since 2008, most recently in 'Voluntaryist vixens' video interview invites visitors. Now, especially since February is Black History Month, it's time to ask 'Where are all the Black libertarians?'" (02/08/13)

http://tinyurl.com/ady7bzv  

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A “Hiroshima” of energy

February 10, 2013
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WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad  

"Al Gore, who evidently never learned that the metric unit of energy is the joule, has been bleating the factoid that Anthropogenic Global Warming is the equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs a day of energy added to the planet. ... normal sunlight is the equivalent of 175 million 'Hiroshimas' of energy a day. Al's getting all hot and bothered over an increase of one quarter of one percent -- and that's assuming his original number for 'forcing' is correct." (02/09/13)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?item.5217.14  

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Martial law

February 10, 2013
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"Snow in the Northeast is not a new phenomenon. Martial law by a iron-handed ruler with snow as the justification is new. This is a test. Do you accept his dictatorial powers or not?" (02/08/13)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/?p=2478  

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Why we really should cut employers’ national insurance

February 10, 2013
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"We've talked a lot around here about how the working poor should be lifted up entirely out of the income tax system. Get that personal allowance up to something like the full year, full time, minimum wage. And of course, national insurance would have to start at that point as well. There's one bit that has been a little contentious though. I've argued that employers' national insurance must only start at that level too." (02/10/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d32f53z  

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Mainstream deficit absurdity

February 10, 2013
posted by

Ayn R. Key
by Ayn R. Key  

"There is an argument being made in mainstream and Keynesian circles that the deficit must not be cut because otherwise what little recovery there has been in the economy so far would be damaged and perhaps erased. This is in response to false cuts proposed by Republicans such as Representative Paul Ryan who only proposed a reduction in the rate of increase and not a single actual cut, and also in response to arguments by libertarians that reducing the deficit is vital to restoring some economic order. From an Austrian perspective, this argument is rubbish." (02/09/13)

http://aynrkey.blogspot.com/2013/02/mainstream-deficit-absurdity.html  

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Federal spending hurts you

February 10, 2013
posted by

Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"On March 1, the 'sequester' will take effect unless Congress averts it. Allegedly, it would 'cut' a mere $120 billion from the baseline federal budget -- about 3% -- each year for the next ten years. Being The State means you're allowed to engage in fraud. But most Americans understand that these aren't really cuts at all, but a slight lowering in the rate of spending increases." (02/07/13)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/federal-spending-hurts-you  

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LAPD and mainstream media faces its greatest fear: One of their own goes rogue!

February 10, 2013
posted by

Zero Gov
by Phillip Parham  

"One does not cross the thin blue line and identify the criminal element inside the force. Once in the force the only illegal activity taking place and subject to justice is OUTSIDE of the force. The die was set for Mr. Dorner and he crossed the line in the view of his fellow 'law' officers. He was an aberration in the force. How dare him! The LAPD is now crapping enough bricks to build a new pyramid. It could be the 8th wonder of the world, a shit tower built on fear. It is an example of turning the tables on a group who operate without fear of retaliation for their brutality." (02/09/13)

http://zerogov.com/?p=2942  

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Racism and nationalism

February 10, 2013
posted by

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"[W]hat motivated the segregationists? If whites were racist in a free society, they could shun or exclude blacks all they want. Why pass laws to force them to? I believe it's because many citizens view the State as the expression of their values.They don't want to live in the 'kind of society' where x and y are tolerated, and the way to achieve that is to prohibit them." (02/07/13)

http://tinyurl.com/abxp2sf  

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Is libertarianism “unfair?”

February 10, 2013
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by DJ Webb  

"Libertarians clearly are aiming for a free society, not an equal society, and so, to that extent, the outcomes we would favour would be classed by others as 'unfair,' because not all members of society would have equal life opportunities in a libertarian economy. However, this is also the case today, and has to be the case in every possible configuration of society." (02/10/13)

http://tinyurl.com/agvok5h  

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The new political asymmetry: Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

February 10, 2013
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Two conditions must obtain for the state to maintain its supremacy over the populace. One is that the political class must know what the populace is up to. The other is that the populace must NOT know what the political class is up to. While the state has enjoyed considerable success in its attempts to maintain the first condition, maintaining the second has become for all practical purposes impossible, short of completely crashing civilization as we know it." (02/08/13)

http://c4ss.org/content/17078  

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