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Ten ways to get Latin America out of poverty

March 1, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Jose Nino  

"Jose Pinera once said, 'Latin America is not poor, it is impoverished.' Truer words have never been spoken, especially by a man that played a pivotal role in the Chilean Miracle, one of the most successful economic turnarounds in the 20th century. But this success doesn't need to be confined to just Chile: it can be transported to just about anywhere in the region. Latin America is oozing with potential. Unfortunately, populist governments have shackled this potential through burdensome regulation and government overreach. Here are 10 ways Latin America can get back on its feet and defeat poverty once and for all." (02/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nu2lntm  

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The real face of unemployment and underemployment

March 1, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins  

"Former professionals over the age of 40 are often not portrayed as the face of modern unemployment in the United States by many in the media. Americans hear a lot about recent college graduates who can't find good jobs and about the unemployment rate in the African-American community topping 10 percent, but there isn't a lot of talk about well-qualified job-seekers like Perry who have decades of work experience but can't find any meaningful employment. 'But the unemployment rate has been dropping recently,' you're undoubtedly thinking. It's true the unemployment rate for workers 40 and older (as well as for everyone else) has been dropping since 2010, but these figures are incredibly misleading. The primary reason for the drop is not better employment opportunities but rather is the result of millions of workers choosing to leave the labor force." (02/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oyya8dt  

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 02/28/15

March 1, 2015
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The KN@PP Stir KN@PPSTER
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"In this episode: Thanks For Asking! ('the left libertarian fondness for political correctness, identity politicking, moralizing, etc.'); Why the FCC's 'Title II for the Internet' move is a coup d'etat against Internet freedom." [Flash audio or MP3] (02/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pj6669f  

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The problem of no problem

March 1, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"A scientist has a problem: no problem. Sounds like a Zen riddle, but it's really about the riddle of victimhood-worship." (02/27/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/02/27/the-problem-of-no-problem/  

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For your own good

March 1, 2015
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Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"A. I want X. B. I never wanted X. I said I wanted it only to help you. If A was a lie, then it was what you might call a 'white lie.' She wanted to do me a favor but knew I wouldn't accept if she said so openly. If she lied then, she did it 'for my own good.' If B is a lie, then the lie would be told for spite. It would have two purposes. First, to bolster her own image of herself as a selfless friend; second, to try to guilt-trip me. My question to you is which lie you would find most offensive?" (02/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qe2lsz9  

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Do user taxes pay for highways?

March 1, 2015
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Show-Me Institute Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Miller  

"The Post-Dispatch recently published an op-ed from the Center for America Progress (CAP) that argues that all forms of transportation, including highways, are highly subsidized. The article specifically states that 46 percent of Missouri's major roads do not pay for themselves. Because all modes are subsidized, the author suggests Missouri should stop dedicating road user taxes to highways. This would allow the state to 'balance' its transportation spending, namely by spending more on transit. But if we compare highways to transit, there is no balance either in terms of importance to Missouri's economy or the amount of public subsidy." (02/27/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/02/user-taxes-pay-highways.html  

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Libya: Hold policymakers accountable for another Washington war gone bad

March 1, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq. Yet Washington's involvement in Afghanistan persists as the administration considers slowing the withdrawal of American forces. Worse, pressure is building for the U.S. again to intervene in Libya. It took a decade before the sectarian flames fed by the invasion of Iraq exploded into the Islamic State. It took less than three years for the administration's intervention in Libya to create similarly spectacular blowback." (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhmotpa  

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Britain’s rail policies defy economic logic

March 1, 2015
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Richard Wellings
by Richard Wellings  

"Britain could teach the world how not to run a railway. A combination of vast subsidies and overcrowded commuter trains means both taxpayers and passengers get a bad deal. Privatisation should have delivered a dynamic free-market industry that improved services and cut costs. But the government wouldn't give up control; it suffocated rail firms with regulation, choking off innovation. Worse still, an artificial structure was created that separated track from train, overturning almost two centuries of railway tradition and introducing layer upon layer of bureaucratic complexity." (02/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lqe723d  

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The police should face punishment, too

March 1, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"In short, there exists no reason to believe that government actors are more altruistic than the average individual. Giving certain people legal power over others will wreak disastrous consequences if that power is not strongly contained by checks and balances. For example, when police officers break the law on the job, they should have to face jail time or other appropriate punishment." (02/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kzd9wz8  

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Contracts for contracts (for contracts)

March 1, 2015
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Strict Liberalism
by Rocco  

"Men will not keep their contracts in the absence of government; they will cheat and rob one another. So men establish government to play its 'crucial' role. But there is no contract between government and the people which would force the government to do this; and even if there were one, who would enforce it? If contracts must be enforced by a government, we would need a meta-government to enforce the one between government and the people. And a meta-meta-government to enforce the one between the meta-government and the government and the people. And a meta-meta-meta-government ..." (02/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogmezdb  

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Free Talk Live, 02/28/15

March 1, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"Domestic Black Site Disappearing People :: Bad Apples Rising to the Top :: More On Homan Square, Black Site :: Dodging Traffic Ticket :: Muslim Day in Oklahoma :: Sharia Law :: Libertarians Supporting Muslims :: The Parasitic State :: Net Neutrality :: Circumcision :: Eesolution Vs Bill :: Drunk Guy :: Internet Incentives :: Protesting the Black Site :: EFF Changing Tune on Net Neutrality? :: Black Site Beatings." [Flash audio or MP3] (02/28/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-02-28  

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Not everyone at Emory got Salman Rushdie’s important message about free speech

March 1, 2015
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth  

"Acclaimed writer Salman Rushdie spoke to students at Emory University last week about what it means to defend freedom of speech and why students must vigilantly do so. Though his plea was well-argued and powerful, it didn't reach all Emory community members -- particularly not whoever destroyed a display set up by student group Emory Students for Justice in Palestine (ESJP) Sunday night and Monday morning." (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/py536gu  

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Defense firms expect increased spending from Republicans as Republicans decry increased spending

March 1, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Lee Fang  

"Despite campaign rhetoric promising a smaller government, defense contractors are confident that the new Republican congressional majority will boost spending on their industry. ... For voters promised a leaner federal budget, certain areas, such as food stamps, are already in the crosshairs of legislators. But for the nation's cyberspying companies and military contractors, 'some measure of relief,' is on the way. That's how George Pedersen, the chief executive of ManTech International Corp., a defense contractor that works closely with the National Security Agency, described the expected boost in military spending during a call with investors last week." (02/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m2cwyju  

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Freedom Feens, 02/28/15

March 1, 2015
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Freedom Feens
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"Ben Stone the Bad Quaker and Michael W. Dean drop Part Nine in their 36-part series, 'Adopting and Adapting the 12 Steps, 12 Traditions and 12 Concepts of World Service of Alcoholics Anonymous to treating the disease of Statism, the disease of clinging to bad ideas, and the disease of clinging to bad people.'" [Flash audio or MP3] (02/28/15)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2015/02/28/step-9-in-statists-anonymous/  

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You can’t judge a film by its title

March 1, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen  

"You might expect a film about organized crime and bearing the title A Most Violent Year to be filled with bloody, sadistic mayhem, a la Martin Scorsese's The Departed. You would be wrong, however, as I was. Yes, there is violence in this story about a heating oil supplier who wants to run his business without paying for protection, without acknowledging mob-determined territorial monopolies, and without engaging in corruption. But it's a believable kind of violence, without guns blazing, cars crashing, and hands being smashed by hammers -- the kind that is more likely to exist in real life when an honest businessman tries to compete with a dishonest cartel." (02/28/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1380  

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Net Neutrality

March 1, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Rick McKee  

Cartoon. (02/26/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/02/net-neutrality-9/  

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ISIS and the national security scam

March 1, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"[T]hink of the British colonists living in America in 1776. They didn't think too much of empires either, including the British Empire, which they were living under as British citizens when they decided rid the New World of the British Empire. Not surprisingly, their government considered them to be terrorists because they were killing British troops with the aim of ousting the British Empire from America. So, that's what the fight with ISIS is all about: It's not over whether Muslims or the Koran are good or bad, but rather over the 'authority' of the U.S. Empire to bring death and destruction to Middle East countries in the name of bringing them 'freedom' versus those in the Middle East who say: Stop your death and destruction and get out of our part of the world and go home." (02/27/15)

http://fff.org/2015/02/27/isis-national-security-scam/  

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A suicide in Brooklyn

February 27, 2015
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William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Maraschino cherry mogul Arthur Mondella put a pistol to his head and pulled the trigger on February 24. He was 57. New York City's medical examiners will no doubt rule his death a suicide. But Mondella was really the latest victim of a multi-billion dollar industry: Drug prohibition. ... Mondella ran a second business behind the scenes. As with his cherry business, he provided a desired product to willing customers, leaving both parties better off than before the exchange. Unfortunately for him, that second business ran afoul of a set of evil laws maintained well past their 'okay, that didn't work' dates for the purpose of keeping government bureaucrats and 'non-profit' executives employed." (02/26/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/291  

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What is social justice?

February 27, 2015
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Wendy Mcelroy The Daily Bell
by Wendy McElroy  

"It is increasingly difficult to read news stories or listen to broadcasts without encountering the term 'social justice.' But what does it mean? The term's definition is fluid but it generally refers to the forced distribution of 'privileges' across society with an emphasis on providing wealth and opportunity to classes of people who are considered to be disadvantaged. The institutions of society, from government to private business, are tasked with providing equal access to such benefits of life as health care. The individuals of society are judged and granted benefits based on their income, the color of their skin, their gender or other factors by which they are defined into a category of 'advantaged' or 'disadvantaged.'" (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/llhw4g7  

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FCC Nazis

February 27, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Do you think that George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and the rest of America's founders ever imagined for a second that the Congress and the President of the United States they created with our Constitution would someday begin to delegate their important legislative powers to obscure government agencies, boards, commissions and other bureaucratic entities substantially beyond accountability to the American people? Not for a second did any of them ever imagine such a government nightmare. Yet today by far most of the nation’s laws, rules and regulations are promulgated and decreed by fiat from the whims of legions of faceless unelected bureaucrats who have virtual dictatorial powers over our everyday lives." (02/27/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/02/fcc-nazis.html  

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Citizenfour is a real life “John Galt”

February 27, 2015
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J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"What makes Edward Snowden come across as a fictional character is that he as an individual -- with no institutional backing -- took unilateral action with global consequences and justifed his actions on moral grounds. In real life when this happens it's usually a terrorist -- a bomber, assassin, or violent psychopath -- pitting his moral claims against a society he sees as wrong. But Edward Snowden is not a nut job, rather a sane and reasonable man who found himself with an unique opportunity to act against grand institutional criminality that he saw could not be corrected within an existing institutional framework. That makes Edward Snowden the rarest of real-life characters: a noble and effective revolutionary." (02/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oupbzjn  

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Gitmo comes to Chicago

February 27, 2015
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Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  

"The place is called Homan Square. Reportedly, lawyers are not allowed, and arrests are basically off books, meaning suspects disappear into a blackhole of bureaucracy for however long they're held. If you can't find your client, but they were taken away by police, that's where they are likely to be. Suspects are denied lawyers for 12-24 hours. Kids as young as 15 have been taken there. One death has been reported, and numerous beatings. Ackerman relates the story of a NATO protester who was shackled for 17 hours, and not permitted to call a lawyer. Other attorneys claim similar stories of lost clients, and being barred from seeing them at Homan Square. MRAPs are reportedly parked outside the building. This sounds terrifying -- especially paired with, say, the Chicago police commander who tortured 100 suspects, and got away with it for decades, before finally serving four years in prison. But is this unique?" (02/26/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2015/02/25/gitmo-comes-to-chicago/  

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The libertarian [sic] delusion

February 27, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner  

"The stubborn appeal of the libertarian idea persists, despite mountains of evidence that the free market is neither efficient, nor fair, nor free from periodic catastrophe. In an Adam Smith world, the interplay of supply and demand yields a price that signals producers what to make and investors where to put their capital. The more that government interferes with this sublime discipline, the more bureaucrats deflect the market from its true path. But in the world where we actually live, markets do not produce the 'right' price. There are many small examples of this failure, but also three immense ones that should have discredited the libertarian [sic] premise by now." [editor's note: I added the [sic]s since this writer has basically NO clue what that word means - SAT] (02/26/15)

http://prospect.org/article/libertarian-delusion  

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On attacking ISIS

February 27, 2015
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kevinvallier Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier  

"Libertarians are rightly skeptical of military interventions. A simple reason is that military interventions tend to do more harm than good. This simple reason was enough to justify opposition to the war in Iraq. Saddam Hussein was horrible, but the prospects of instability and civil war were always high. And, indeed, intervention in Iraq did more harm than good. At least one hundred thousand Iraqis are dead, and the government that replaced Saddam is unstable and fractious, unable to maintain basic territorial integrity in certain areas. And now ISIS runs much of Iraq. So when people suggest military intervention against ISIS, we have good reason to be skeptical. But I think we have less reason than usual." (02/26/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/02/on-attacking-isis/  

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Screwed by seniors

February 27, 2015
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Veronique de Rugy Reason
by Veronique de Rugy  

"Remember Occupy Wall Street, when thousands across the country took to the streets, sleeping in tents to protest the ultra-rich 1 percent? The occupiers' frustration was real, but their ire was misdirected. They should have launched an Occupy the AARP movement instead. Government policies that transfer cash from the relatively young and poor to the relatively old and wealthy are the real scandal." (for publication 03/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/02/06/screwed-by-seniors  

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