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Morsi, Allende and Kennedy

March 26, 2014
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The military coup in Egypt provides a fascinating insight into the mindsets of the national-security establishments in both Egypt and the United States. After all, don’t forget: It has been the U.S. national-security state that has, over the decades, funded, built up, fortified, trained, and closely worked with the Egyptian military-intelligence establishment. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the mindsets of those who manage these two massive national-security state structures in both countries are similar to each other." (03/25/14)

http://fff.org/2014/03/25/morsi-allende-and-kennedy/  

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ObamaCare enrollment

March 26, 2014
posted by

Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler  

Cartoon. (03/24/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/03/obamacare-enrollment/  

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Ron Paul is right about Crimea

March 26, 2014
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The oily conflation of supporting secession -- which every authentic libertarian supports, everywhere, as a matter of high principle -- with 'non-interventionists who sympathize with Russia' is a typical neocon ploy. They did it during the Iraq war: by opposing US intervention, we were 'supporting Saddam.' By 'condoning' the right of the Crimean people to national self-determination, we 'sympathize with Russia.' McCobin has been taking lessons in the Washington Free Beacon-Buzzfeed school of 'journalism' -- the two neocon outlets that, that coincidentally, eagerly took up this 'story' of a 'libertarian split' over Ukraine." (03/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n9bhh78  

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A lifetime of war — explained

March 26, 2014
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Kirkpatrick Sale  

"A few days ago, my partner, turning from something about Afghanistan on the television news, said to me, 'It seems there’s been a war going on as long as we’ve been alive.' And we’re well into our 70s. But think about it: she’s almost right. This country has been at war, or at least has deployed troops, every year since 1940, when we were tots, except for occasional sporadic periods of quasi-peace amounting in all to about 18 years. Not our whole lives, but three-quarters of it." (03/25/14)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/03/kirkpatrick-sale/a-lifetime-of-war/  

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The Austrian influences on Bitcoin

March 26, 2014
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A. Tucker  

"It’s time for a retrospective on exactly who among economists anticipated such a radical idea that markets themselves could discover and sustain a money independent of the State. When looking for economists, we need to begin with those who regarded money as a market good, created through entrepreneurial experimentation. That points directly to the Austrian School." (03/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kry545u  

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The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead

March 26, 2014
posted by

Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"What if your grandfather had gone on a wild spending binge, long before you were born, and put himself millions of dollars in debt to people who knew he could never pay? Would it be your obligation to work double-shifts all your life to pay that debt back? And if you died before paying it off, would it become your baby’s obligation? I think most of us would answer those questions with a resounding 'No way!' As well we should. We are not and should not be slaves to the past -- slaves to actions we never took and for which we had no possible means of consent. On September 6th, 1789, in the very first year of the US Constitution, Thomas Jefferson endorsed precisely this conclusion in a letter he wrote to James Madison ..." (03/25/14)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/government-debt/  

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Ask a simple question …

March 25, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"To lead into my question: It seems that both the 'liberal/progressive' side and the 'conservative' side lament how much power and influence the other side has over politics in America/The United States right now. So, my very simple question for y'all is this: Do you see 'society' moving in the general direction you would prefer? Yes, no, other? And, after getting some answers, I have come to some conclusions." (03/25/14)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/03/ask-simple-question.html  

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The worst they can do

March 25, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"All modern governments do terrible things during wartime. Most deliberately murder innocents; the rest at least recklessly endanger innocents. Morally speaking, all sides in any serious military conflict are led by war criminals. Unfortunately, however, these genuine insights often lead my fellow pacifists astray -- and hinder the quest for peace. The problem: People easily slide from the moral claim that 'The people running government X are deliberately doing great evil' to the descriptive claim that 'Negotiation with the people running government X is hopeless.' When we're talking about modern governments, the two claims have little connection." (03/25/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/03/the_worst_they.html  

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Putin’s gift to America’s energy independence

March 25, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by James H. Rust  

"The U. S. lacks pawns to be a leader in the foreign policy chess game -- insufficient oil and natural gas production. Years of neglect in pushing fossil fuel production left the country unable to assist allies in times of emergency. Russia provides substantial natural gas, oil, and coal to Europe that gives it leverage in the Ukraine Crises due to Europe’s fear of energy supply cutoff. The European Union has assisted in its servitude by resisting natural gas production by fracking and shutting down and curtailing future use of nuclear power plants. The Ukraine Crises is an example of future events until the United States develops fossil fuel energy production superiority." (03/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m4o6tqd  

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E-cigarettes: I see what you did there, Matt Rachtel

March 25, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"The 'big tobacco' version of the e-cigarette is a disposable battery with the 'e-juice' (available in two flavors, 'tobacco' and 'menthol') pre-packed into it. ... The rigs that more adventurous 'vapers' use come in multiple pieces. ... put any flavor or concentration of 'e-juice' into the tank, and it's a LOT cheaper than buying 'real cigarettes.' The purpose of articles like this, in other words, is to justify driving Big Tobacco's competitors out of business by banning their cheaper, more consumer-friendly products in the name of 'public health.'" (03/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n3n599k  

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That was fast: Russia swallows Crimea and discovers that empire is expensive

March 25, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Crimea isn't exactly a massive conquest, nor did it take much in the way of resources to pull the peninsula back into the Russian orbit. But already, Russia is reporting the economic indigestion that tends to follow an imperialist meal. The expenses and uncertainties involved in biting off a piece of another country rattled investors and sent money elsewhere. That might not have mattered if Russia was a wealthy country that could afford the luxury of bullying its neigbors. But it's not, and so Putin and company are discovering very quickly that belligerence tends to come with sanctions more effective than the ones politicians prattle about." (03/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pmgpm3b  

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A costly failed experiment

March 25, 2014
posted by

John C. Goodman Independent Institute
by John C. Goodman  

"With Sunday marking the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, it’s worth revisiting the initial purpose of the president’s signature legislation: Universal coverage was the main goal. Four years later, not even the White House pretends that this goal will be realized. Most of those who were uninsured before the law was passed will remain uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office. ... While the president and his party struggle to find more convincing reasons why we need ObamaCare, three huge problems won’t go away." (03/24/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4954  

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Liberty needs a keynote robot

March 25, 2014
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Davi Barker  

"One of the advantages of being a teetotaler is that when liberty-minded people get together and have brilliant ideas, I’m often the one who remembers them. The idea of a Keynote Robot is not my own. It was borne out of the frustrations among some of the attendees of PorcFest X that keynote speakers like Gary Johnson didn’t really reflect their ideas. Similar frustrations surrounded the selection of Naomi Wolfe as a keynote at this year’s Liberty Forum. The problem is it’s becoming increasingly difficult to secure more like-minded speakers like Larken Rose, or Ben Stone, because more principled speakers are refusing to fly. The liberty movement in general is losing a lot of great speakers to the TSA. Plus, a number of international speakers won’t set foot in the US. So, it’s time to take the idea of a Keynote Robot more seriously. And you know this is a viable idea because it recently made it possible for whistleblower-in-chief, Edward Snowden to speak at TED2014." (03/25/14)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2014/03/24/liberty-needs-a-keynote-robot/  

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Roger Williams: The separation of conscience and state

March 25, 2014
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy  

"At the same time Williams was preaching soul-liberty in America, the nations of Europe were practicing soul-control -- an alliance between state and church, king and God. Some nations actively persecuted those who did not share the state-sanctioned religion; for example the Protestant Huguenots were persecuted by the French Catholic state and forced to flee for their lives. In Williams’s homeland of England, religious disputes eventually sparked a series of civil wars. But the Puritans who left England to exercise religious freedom did not wish to grant the same freedom to others." (03/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lpgoxrb  

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An extremely strange argument from Nick Cohen

March 25, 2014
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"I both know and like Nick Cohen but it's also necessary to call out this extremely strange argument he made in The Observer. He seems to think that '"climate change deniers' have won the war and that therefore all is doomed. When, actually, here in the UK at least, the government has already put in place the mainstream scientific remedy for the perils of climate change. We've actually already solved the problem ..." (03/25/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ojkq8wr  

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Magical thinking and authority

March 25, 2014
posted by

Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Recently US Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) attracted attention by calling for an all-out ban on Bitcoin, which he claims is not only 'unstable and disruptive to our economy' but encourages 'illicit activity.' If Manchin thinks any such law can actually be enforced, he’s delusional. His delusion illustrates a much broader phenomenon: The tendency of those in positions of authority to engage in magical thinking." (03/23/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/25602  

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Looking at “borders” more closely

March 25, 2014
posted by

Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"If I build a fence through the middle of town, ignoring the property of the people already living there, is my fence a 'real' border? What if I fought another guy on the other side of town for the 'right' to put a fence there, and we agreed between us that this was the proper place to build the fence -- and he would be 'authorized' to rape, murder, and rob the people on his side of the fence, in exchange for protecting them from the people on 'my side' of the fence doing the same to them. And I get to do the same to 'my people' with the same 'responsibility' to protect them from him and his people." (03/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oe8vh6o  

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Independency! — and a thumb in the king’s eye

March 25, 2014
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"I have just been invited to attend a famous science fiction convention next year as its Guest of Honor, and I have happily accepted. More details about that another time soon. The point here is that I have no idea -- and neither does anybody else -- whether there's even going to be a next year at least for the land of the free and the home of the brave. That's what living in 'interesting times' is about. As I stand here writing, gun owners in the state of Connecticut are braced for a massive, illegal physical assault on their lives, liberties, and property, by a state government and its goons who have given up the last tattered appearances of respect for the Bill of Rights. They want their subjects disarmed and helpless." (03/24/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle763-20140323-02.html  

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Mandatory reefer madness

March 25, 2014
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Congress became afflicted with mandatory reefer madness about 30 years ago in the 1980’s under the Reagan administration when they passed into law extremely harsh guidelines and penalties for drug offenders of which judges were obligated to impose regardless of the circumstances. Innocent growers of pot plants in their basements have actually found themselves facing up to 20 years behind bars under those laws. That’s just what the statist prosecutors want because it keeps them employed prosecuting easy cases -- shooting thousands of non-violent ducks in a barrel." (03/24/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/03/mandatory-reefer-madness.html  

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US “democracy promotion” destroys democracy overseas

March 25, 2014
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Supporters of NED and its related organizations will argue that nothing is wrong with sending US dollars to 'promote democracy' overseas. The fact is, however, that NED, USAID, and the others have nothing to do with promoting democracy and everything to do with destroying democracy. It is not democracy to send in billions of dollars to push regime change overseas. It isn’t democracy to send in the NGOs to re-write laws and the constitution in places like Ukraine. It is none of our business." (03/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pzcwty7  

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Eisenhower’s MIC warning rings truer than ever

March 25, 2014
posted by

Raw Story
by John Naughton  

"As they burgeoned, the big internet companies looked with disdain on the leviathans of the military-industrial complex. Kinetic warfare seemed so yesterday to those whose corporate mantras were about 'not being evil' and adhering to 'the hacker’s way.' So when Snowden revealed NSA claims that the spooks had untrammelled access to their servers the companies reacted like nuns accused of running a webcam porn site. It wasn’t true, they protested, and even it if was they knew nothing about it." [editor's note: I could not resist using this passage from the text, if only for the simile! - SAT] (03/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/oulxbbr  

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Welfare without the state

March 25, 2014
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by Nelson Hultberg  

"[T]o be against state funded welfare does not mean one is devoid of compassion or desirous of suppressing poor people. It means one is against the dispensing of special privileges from the government to the citizens of a country, which means that the help we give to poor people must be done with our own money and time, and not be confiscated from others to gratify our desires and assuage our guilt." (03/24/14)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/welfare-without-the-state/  

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Russia’s imperialism vs globalization

March 25, 2014
posted by

Reuters
by John Lloyd  

"In the sanctions against Russia announced this week by the U.S. and the European Union we begin to see the outline of a titanic struggle. It is one between imperialism and globalization. The Western states have been reminded that imperialism is alive and well, even rampant, and threatens the vision for a more global world economy." [editor's note: Using the term "imperialism" without noting USA, Inc. and its global tyranny is a bit ... say, myopic? - SAT] (03/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ow3l4og  

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Globalists of the world unite!

March 25, 2014
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"For those who haven't been watching, as of August 22, 2013 the American branch of the New World Order has its own Champion of Statism, a political party dedicated to One World Rule: The Globalist Party of America. This self-identified 'elected party from a one-party system for the Centralized Global Federation' openly espouses its Internationalist goal on -- where else? -- Facebook." (03/24/14)

http://www.examiner.com/article/globalists-of-the-world-unite  

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Disrespecting your defender

March 25, 2014
posted by

The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg  

"Moshe Ya'alon thinks that President Barack Obama is a wimp and that Secretary of State John Kerry is mentally incompetent. If Ya'alon were a GOP senator, this wouldn't be worthy of comment. ... The job requirements do not include providing realistic policy alternatives. Ya'alon, however, is not one of Obama's domestic political opponents. Rather, he is Israel's defense minister, responsible for the security of a client state that is heavily dependent on a superpower, of which Obama happens to be president." (03/24/14)

http://prospect.org/article/disrespecting-your-defender  

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