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Iran: A shaft of light in the darkness

June 24, 2013
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jon Harrison  

"The Iranian people have, through their votes, expressed a desire to re-engage with the West, and particularly the United States. This is hardly surprising, given the economic suffering caused by the sanctions under which Iran has been living since 2006. Rowhani, while ruling out direct talks with the US for the moment, appears to want some kind of deal on the nuclear issue that has plagued US-Iranian relations for more than a decade." (06/22/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1086  

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Health inequality isn’t all caused by income inequality

June 24, 2013
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"Getting some ghastly chronic disease in your 40s is obviously going to make you poorer in your 60s than if uyou'd been able to continue your meteoric rise up the career ladder to glory and a CEO's paycheque. I have no doubt that income inequality leads to some health inequality: I'd be surprised to find rich children suffering from vitamin deficiencies for example (assuming that Mother doesn't try all of the Mail's diet advice on her anklebiters) for example. But it's also true that health inequality leads to income inequality." (06/23/13)

http://tinyurl.com/m542jrh  

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The accused killer who won the lottery

June 24, 2013
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra Saunders  

"One of the best political events in Boston used to be former state Senate president Billy Bulger’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade breakfast. Bulger is a witty man with a wicked sense of humor, which clearly is infectious as you can see in this 1995 video of Bulger and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld. The two bills are singing a parody about James 'Whitey' Bulger’s winning lottery ticket. Weld is not just the Republican governor, he’s also a former federal prosecutor. Now what does it say when a former proescutors sings ditties about an accused murderer, fugitive and poster boy on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List? It says the political class in Boston looked the other way." (06/23/13)

http://tinyurl.com/k6wgjnc  

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Balancing powers? The mistaken assumptions of antitrust

June 24, 2013
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Sandy Ikeda Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda  

"Anyone who spends a lot of time discussing economic policy has probably heard  the argument that a significant increase in economic power needs to be offset by  an equally large expansion of political power. For example, some have  characterized the various antitrust statutes (e.g., Sherman, Clayton, FTC) as a  sort of 'economic constitution' through which government constrains the power of  private companies." (06/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/nyj4wsl  

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My kingdom for a peanut

June 24, 2013
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OpenMarket.org
by Tony Traina  

"Poking fun at United States agricultural policy is low hanging fruit. From catfish to sushi to alfalfa, most agriculture industries are handsomely subsidized via the half-a-trillion dollar farm bill. So after the House’s 195-234 defeat of its version of the bill, what’s the proverbial forest to see for the trees, as The Wall Street Journal put it in an editorial this morning?" (06/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/krd3fa8  

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Immigration: The practice of the principle

June 24, 2013
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"A few friends whose opinions I hold in the highest regard have challenged me recently to reconsider my support for open immigration. Their challenge springs neither from the economically uninformed Luddite view that immigrants will steal ‘American jobs’ (or lower Americans’ wages) nor the worry that more immigrants will be a net drain, through their direct use of the existing welfare state, on the public fisc. Their challenge springs instead from the more plausible concern that immigrants will use their growing political power to vote for government policies that are more interventionist and less respectful of individual freedoms." (06/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/lkeakjo  

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The tollkeepers on the road to serfdom

June 24, 2013
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by D.W. MacKenzie  

"Elected Federal officials can be voted out of office. But the entrenched army of empowered, unelected Federal bureaucrats remains to wield its power, and the Internal Revenue Service bureaucrats are some of the worst. Six years ago I published an article in The Freeman on the incompatibility of the tax code and liberty, and the threat to liberty continues unabated." (06/21/13)

http://mises.org/daily/6460/The-Tollkeepers-on-the-Road-to-Serfdom  

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Founding Fathers — David Brearley

June 24, 2013
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Liberty For All
by staff  

"Brearley (often spelled Brearly) was a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention and signed the U.S. Constitution on behalf of New Jersey. With the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War, Brearley was at first a captain in the Monmouth County militia after having spent many years speaking out against the Parliamentary absolutism. He eventually rose to the rank of colonel in Nathaniel Heard’s New Jersey militia brigade." (06/23/13)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=9096  

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“Can’t survive on $7.25!”

June 24, 2013
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Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"The minimum wage has not been raised in forever -- more an more people are falling behind. A few are getting fabulously wealthy from this arrangement. The Progressive Caucus held a Netroots Nation event today to launch the kickoff of their 'Raise Up America' Campaign. This campaign is sponsored by ProgressiveCongress.org and will highlight the faces of inequality." [editor's note: Three years ago, at 60, I worked off and on delivering pizzas, while that "minimum" was being lifted from $5 and change to its current level. I managed, and it also led me to create other options, so that now I'm averaging about 3-4 times that for my services. Nobody stays long at min-wage who does not choose to! - SAT] (06/21/13)

http://blog.ourfuture.org/20130621/cant-survive-on-7-25  

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Purpose of laws is protection of life

June 24, 2013
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Kent McManigal Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal  

"Based upon my columns, you might believe libertarians oppose all laws. That isn’t true at all. I am only opposed to laws that should never have been imposed in the first place, which therefore should never be enforced. Unfortunately, that just happens to be the vast majority of laws imposed and enforced today." (06/21/3)

http://tinyurl.com/n58to9u  

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Prison sentences: Finally some good news

June 24, 2013
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David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"One of the scariest facts about the United States is that our governments' rate of incarceration competes for the highest in the world. Why do I say, 'competes for' rather than is? Because when a government forcibly keeps its citizens from leaving, one can argue, quite reasonably, that almost everyone in that country is a prisoner. I'm thinking specifically of North Korea and Cuba. But saying your government is better than that of North Korea's or Cuba's? That's a low bar." (06/22/13)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/06/prison_sentence.html  

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The only thing dumber than libertarianism’s critics are its right-wing defenders

June 24, 2013
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"[B]y Lind’s evidentiary standard, it is equally utopian to hope for genuine economic and social justice. Every society governed by a state has been, ipso facto, an exploitative class system. If Randroid newsletter-monger Robert Tracinski had deliberately set out to prove this, he couldn’t have done a better job than his attempted rebuttal to Lind ..." (06/22/13)

http://c4ss.org/content/19911  

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Writer rips libertarians for not worshipping Dictator Lincoln

June 24, 2013
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Once Lowry finally gets beyond the de rigueur slavery cover explanation for the war he actually gets around to some actual issues. He correctly says that Lincoln-haters despise Lincoln because he and the North instituted a progressive income tax, suspended habeas corpus, resorted to a military draft and fought a war against his countrymen while never complaining that Jefferson Davis and the South did the very same things. He doesn't seem to get that libertarians reject equally the slave-owning South and the corporatist North specifically for those anti-libertarian human rights violations." (06/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mmgpmab  

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Kill the death tax

June 24, 2013
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign for Liberty
by Tim Shoemaker  

"A particularly pernicious 'temporary' tax was forced upon the American people in 1916 to help fund the American intervention into the first World War. This was the fourth time Congress had passed an 'estate tax' for 'defense purposes.' Each time before it had been repealed shortly after hostilities ended, but by 1918, it was clear Congress had no intention of removing it." (06/20/13)

http://tinyurl.com/lcp8uhf  

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What causes distrust of government? McConnell blames unions

June 24, 2013
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The Nation
by John Nichols  

"After spending the better part of a decade obstructing majority rule in the US Senate, and preventing the Congress from acting on fundamental issues that are of concern to the great mass of Americans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has figured out who is to blame for mistrust of government: public employees, and their unions. 'They are the reason so many state and local municipalities are flat broke,' he said. ... 'Why would we even expect a public employee (whose union more or less exists to grow the government) to treat someone who opposes that goal to a fair hearing?'" [editor's note: I rarely agree with Commissar McConnell, but this would one of those times - SAT] (06/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mb7rp9r  

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Personal appeal from Christine Smith

June 24, 2013
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Christine Smith Christine Smith's Blog
by Christine Smith  

"Although I have been safe to this point, thousands of Coloradans are suffering displacement from their homes due to evacuations and hundreds have lost their homes to the fires. Fires are burning all over the state ... ravaging the forests and nearby populated areas. Two people have already died this year, apparently caught trying to evacuate their home when the fire overtook them (I’ve lived in Colorado for 26 years, and during that time there have been other civilian fatalities and a considerable number of firefighters have lost their lives who were fighting forest fires for us.) I am asking every one of you reading this who has valued my work/writings over the years to please consider immediately making a contribution to The Intermountain Division of The Salvation Army because they are doing tremendous work here for thousands affected by the fires." (06/21/12)

http://tinyurl.com/k6ar6p2  

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Is Islamic law law?

June 24, 2013
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"We usually think of 'law' as referring to rules enforced by government. I have now read most of a 14th century text on Islamic law (also available online), and one conclusion is that that is a misleading way of looking at the subject. It is true that many of the rules are enforceable by the state, but that, seen from within the system, is not what they are really about. Ultimately, all of the rules are seen as enforced not by the state but by God. That point is illustrated by a mistake I made in my initial attempts to understand the system." (06/23/13)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2013/06/is-islamic-law-law.html  

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Paul Rosenberg on Legalise Freedom

June 24, 2013
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Legalise Freedom
by  

"Paul Rosenberg of Freeman’s Perspective discusses the rise and fall of civilizations." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/15/13)

http://tinyurl.com/mqx7nb7  

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Obama’s secret CIA hit squad detailed in “The Way of the Knife”

June 24, 2013
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Joe Wolverton, II  

"President Barack Obama has converted the CIA into his personal army and granted it unfettered assassination authority. The story behind the development and deployment of this presidential killing corps is told in The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, the latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Mazzetti." (06/23/13)

http://tinyurl.com/lyk5mm5  

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Can we forgive Alan Chambers?

June 24, 2013
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The American Prospect
by Gabriel Arana  

"A year ago, I wrote in the pages of the Prospect about the three and a half years I spent in 'ex-gay' therapy and about prominent psychiatrist Robert Spitzer's repudiation of his infamous 2001 study claiming that changing one's sexual orientation was possible. ... I thought of this yesterday, when Exodus International, the country's largest ex-gay organization, announced it would be shutting its doors. The news comes a day after Alan Chambers, the organization's president, released a heartfelt apology to the gay community for the organization's role in championing 'reparative therapy.'" (06/21/13)

http://prospect.org/article/alan-chamberss-exodus  

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Things fall apart

June 24, 2013
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Rob Urie  

"The conspicuously nonsensical efforts by President Barack Obama and NSA spy chief Alexander to assure Americans massive corporate-government spy operations had prevented terrorist attacks were supported by only a few easily disproved lies. More broadly, the history of recent decades has government spy agencies hiring 'private' companies to carry out the activities they are legally prohibited from carrying out. This makes government assertions regarding spying on citizens a game of three-card monte -- the testimony of government officials is calculated to be irrelevant to actual activities." (06/21/13)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/21/things-fall-apart-2/  

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Theft by another name

June 24, 2013
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Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"Years ago, Congressman Hansen of Idaho created the list below of powers exercised by the Infernal Robbery Slime. There is nothing Constitutionally authorized about their very existence, let alone what they do. That, of course, doesn’t matter much. A handful of people fight and win against them. Many more attempt and lose." (06/22/13)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2013/06/22/theft-by-another-name/  

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Revolution OS

June 24, 2013
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Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by  

"There are a lot of anarchists, particularly of the capitalist variety, that know or understand very little about the free software movement, why it’s happening, and why it’s so important. For those of you who fit that description I present you with this entertaining documentary. It’s a bit dated -- 2002 -- but completely valid as it’s a history lesson as well as a civics lesson." [Flash video] (06/21/13)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2013/06/21/revolution-os/  

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Whatever you say or don’t say can be used against you

June 24, 2013
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Garry Reed Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garr  

"Okay North Texas libertarians, the Supreme Court of the Statist States of America just made it easier for the Police State to police you. The Black-Robed Rights Robbers decreed in Salinas v. Texas that if you don't immediately announce your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent before a cop asks you that first question you lose your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Now anything you say or don't say can be used against you." (06/20/13)

http://tinyurl.com/m7lgrzh  

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Ask me: Third story

June 24, 2013
posted by

Liberty For All
by Roderick T. Beaman  

"I received official notification of the resolution of my DDC case on a Monday. On Friday of that week, I was indicted by a statewide grand jury for insurance fraud, solely on the testimony of a known cocaine addicted pedophile under a lame duck Attorney General, Arlene Violet who had just been voted out of office after having had a double figure lead in the polls just three weeks before the election." (06/22/13)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=9093  

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