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Targeting anarchists

October 18, 2012
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Seth King  

"There has been quite a stir recently in anarchist circles on facebook regarding the imprisonment of three individuals from the Pacific northwest for refusing to cooperate with the feds. Chances are these three individuals are of the anarcho-syndicalist persuasion, but I think they’re handling themselves perfectly." (10/17/12)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2012/10/17/targeting-anarchists/  

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Profits rise while unemployment remains high

October 18, 2012
posted by

Nolan Chart Nolan Chart
by Gene DeNardo  

"The traditional fix for this condition of systemic overproduction along with high unemployment was instituted in 1913 as the Federal Reserve Act. The logic was that money creation by the central bank would stimulate the economy by adding new funds that could be used by the masses for consumption and used by big industry for the hiring of new workers; which would hold down any civil unrest while maintaining high profits. As usual, our leaders were attempting to attain the best of both worlds: promoting the cartelization of industry by providing unlimited capital, while providing for the needs of the population." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/8ossetz  

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Election 2012: Oil’s well that ends welfarish

October 18, 2012
posted by

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

"Both candidates are beholden to sets of corporate and special interest benefactors -- the bulk of the political class -- who expect beaucoup return on their investments. The mission of the state, after all, is to redistribute wealth from the pockets of the productive to the bank accounts of the politically connected. The current presidential contest is just another quadrennial re-appraisal and re-division of the spoils. And it doesn’t really matter that much who wins. They’ll all end up making out like the bandits they are, and you’ll be bled just a little more dry to cover the ever-increasing costs." (10/17/12)

http://c4ss.org/content/13503  

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Obama’s report card

October 18, 2012
posted by

Philip Giraldi Antiwar.com
by Philip Giraldi  

"The terrifying prospect of a Mitt Romney foreign policy has somehow obscured just how badly President Barack Obama has performed." (10/18/12)

http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2012/10/17/obamas-report-card/  

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The war on private property

October 18, 2012
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M. Vance  

"Do you want to live in an authoritarian society? Do you desire an intrusive government? Do you wish for a government that is a nanny state? Do you yearn for government bureaucrats to tell you what you can and cannot do? Do you like puritanical busybodies telling you how to live your life? Do you believe that the government should define and enforce morality? Do you reason that vices should be crimes? Then you should support the war on drugs." (10/18/12)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance307.html  

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The second reel of Atlas

October 18, 2012
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen  

"The two questions I have been hearing from my libertarian friends all week are these: Have you seen the new Atlas Shrugged? Is it any good? My answers are Yes! And Ye-es." (10/15/12)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/914  

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Withholding relief = torture

October 18, 2012
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Kent McManigal Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal  

"You have no business telling someone else what they can introduce into their bloodstream. None. Pretending you do is just wrong. There is no excuse for it. And murdering people for possessing a plant or any other politically-incorrect drug is just plain evil. If you support the War on Politically-Incorrect Drugs you might as well be honest about what you support." (10/18/12)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2012/10/withholding-relief-torture.html  

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No debate: Both men are economically ignorant

October 18, 2012
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Cafe Hayek Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"By promising to raise taxes on Americans who buy Chinese-made goods, Mr. Romney again promised to break his campaign promise to not raise taxes. That he is unaware of the contradiction isn’t promising. Mr. Obama is no better. He bragged that he 'saved a thousand jobs' with his 'tough' trade action that -- by raising taxes on Americans who buy Chinese-made tires -- ensured 'that China was not flooding our domestic market with cheap tires.'" (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/ches5re  

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The opposite of America

October 17, 2012
posted by

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

"First off, I will say that no State is legitimate. Not one. To create one that is can't be done. The very nature of being a State is filled with illegitimacy from the very foundation and throughout its entire structure. But, I get really tired of those who mistake 'The United States of America' for 'America.' They are two entirely different things." (10/17/12)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2012/10/the-opposite-of-america.html  

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Who is plotting to steal your pension?

October 17, 2012
posted by

Wendy Mcelroy Laissez Faire Books
by Wendy McElroy  

"A huge pool of money lies just beyond the grasp of government’s itching fingers: private pension funds. Various money-grab schemes have been floated, including a legal requirement that all private pension funds contain a set percentage of Treasury bonds. The most innovative scheme comes from California, which is attempting to do an end run around the most powerful obstacle to a government grab: namely, backlash from existing pension holders." (10/16/12)

http://lfb.org/today/who-is-plotting-to-steal-your-pension/  

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Hell is paved with Obama’s intentions

October 17, 2012
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"My theory as to why President Obama fell flat during the first debate: He looked at the crowd and the cameras and thought: 'I've been saying this stuff for five years, and I don't believe myself any more. I don't have a strong plan to jump-start the moribund economy. Come on, everyone knows that presidents aren't responsible for private-sector job creation. I don't really want to cut the deficit. This isn't fun anymore.' In the second presidential debate with Mitt Romney Tuesday night, Obama brought more energy, but he couldn't rustle up a stronger economy, and he couldn't give much hope to his erstwhile fans." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/bueurdo  

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Veritas Est Non Grata

October 17, 2012
posted by

Strike the Root
by Alex Knight III  

"It seems to me after long experience that people in general don’t really want the truth. They only want that which comforts them. They have no desire to actually be right -- only to feel right. And this is, after all, the only reason government and politics exist in the first place." (10/17/12)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/veritas-est-non-grata  

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Debate highlight: Showdown over Benghazi

October 17, 2012
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"It seems there’s always a foreign devil to blame for our domestic crises -- somehow it’s never our fault. Funny how that works. Given the China-bashing competition engaged in by both candidates, if I were the Chinese I’d stop financing the American debt and start buying up the world’s gold reserves. As to who won the second debate, the answer is clear enough: the President came out looking presidential, while Romney, in his over-eagerness to score points, and his deadly earnestness, came out looking like what he is -- an over-ambitious second-rater." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/cyobnzs  

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The dignity of paying

October 17, 2012
posted by

Acton Institute
by Jordan Ballor  

"After his performance in the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney’s tone-deaf comments about the '47 percent of the people ... who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them,' have faded, at least temporarily, into the background. He has since apologized for the error of those statements. But Romney’s contentions concerning the 47 percent who 'pay no income tax' illustrate a deep tension at the heart of democracy that is worth examining more closely." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/d82v52o  

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Debate: Evil of the two lessers

October 17, 2012
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Orange County Register
by Ron Hart  

"Barack Obama showed up for the second debate Tuesday night. He knew it was important for him to be on time, and that was made easier because Mitt Romney cleaned his clock two weeks ago. I always love the part where the candidates tell a one-sided story about an encounter with an aggrieved swing state voter who told them how bad their opponent is, or when they try to woo women voters with moves so transparent they might as well play Barry White music in the background. Most view the second presidential debate as virtual tie, within the margin of error. The 'margin of error' was provided by moderator Candy Crowley of CNN, who allowed Obama 10 percent more time and got him out of a tough question on Libya." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/cqqm5ga  

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Is being less productive good for humanity?

October 17, 2012
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz  

"It is not often that one comes across an article, especially one in arguably the most important newspaper in the country, that is so misguided across the board that one hardly knows where to begin in pointing out its errors." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9x6o4uc  

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Preparedness priorities, part 1

October 17, 2012
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"One of the biggest problems getting people to prepare for emergencies or long-term hard times is that once you get beyond 'pack a three-day kit' or 'be sure to have a week’s worth of food and water on hand,' brains tend to overload. And all too often, that happens right from the get-go." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/clzlezd  

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The pains of Proflish

October 17, 2012
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"In normal English, 'parse' means to identify the grammatical functions of the words in a sentence. But in Proflish, the professor tongue, which is the status language of planet earth, the language to which all other languages aspire, 'parse' means anything you want it to mean. In this case, it appears to mean something like 'look at.' Well, says the Martian, why can’t he just say 'look at?' That’s sort of a puzzler, but I can think of two, related reasons. One, he would be understood immediately, and that is not the goal of anyone speaking Proflish. Two, he would reveal the fact that he is saying nothing." (10/17/12)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/916  

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“Abortion is a very civilised thing”

October 17, 2012
posted by

Spiked
by Saleha Ali  

"Abortion, it seems, is being used as a moral compass by our holier-than-thou elite, which seems incapable of simply letting women and doctors make decisions for themselves. What should be the proper approach to abortion in a civilised society?" (10/17/12)

http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/12985/  

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Three and counting: Another state considers Obamacare nullification

October 17, 2012
posted by

Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey  

"Since the Supreme Court rendered its opinion on the constitutionality of a mandatory federal health care system last summer, many Americans consider the matter settled. But others recognize that despite the pronouncement of five robed federal employees, the Constitution still does not delegate Congress the power to create and run a health care system for all 300-plus million Americans." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/coemj6k  

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The lost cause in Afghanistan: Do we just say, “Oops?”

October 17, 2012
posted by

The Nation
by Robert Dreyfuss  

"Last night’s debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney didn’t say much about Afghanistan, and neither did the earlier one. As I blogged last week, the debate between Vice President Biden and Paul Ryan did touch on Afghanistan, and it was marked by Biden’s strong assertion that U.S. forces are on the way out. Perhaps the next presidential debate on Monday, slated to cover foreign policy, will address Afghanistan, but don’t expect any revelations—or even much disagreement." (10/17/12)

http://tinyurl.com/cz6vkff  

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How Much Is Enough?

October 17, 2012
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon  

"How Much Is Enough? contains valuable discussions of happiness research in economics and of global warming, as well as a capsule history of a good deal of both Western and Asian intellectual history; but unfortunately the book is a disappointment." (10/17/12)

http://mises.org/daily/6249/How-Much-Is-Enough#note1  

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America RIP

October 17, 2012
posted by

CounterPunch
by Paul Craig Roberts  

"The right-wing’s notion that Social Security and Medicare are handouts, part of the welfare state’s bread and circuses, and the left-wing’s idea that the rich get a free ride are equally untrue." (10/17/12)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/17/america-rip/  

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To Hell with Big Bird!

October 17, 2012
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Eric Oppen  

'Unfortunately, the evil pinchpennies have some pretty good arguments on their side. Firstly, and most importantly, there is no Constitutional sanction that I can find ... even in the notorious, and much-abused 'commerce clause' ... allowing the government to support television stations." (10/14/12)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2012/tle692-20121014-04.html  

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Greece’s grim future portends Western decline

October 17, 2012
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Matt Patterson and Crissy Brown  

"In 490 B.C., the brand-new democracy at Athens faced its first existential challenge: a vast Persian army intent on crushing the Greek city-state for supporting the enemies of the Persian Emperor Darius the Great. The Athenian army and its allies numbered perhaps 10,000 men; the invading Persian forces, the sources tell us, numbered in the hundreds of thousands." (10/16/12)

http://tinyurl.com/bsflmh3  

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