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It takes a colony

March 20, 2013
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by SH Chambers  

Cartoon. (03/20/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1023  

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A bitter lesson from “the best and the brightest”

March 20, 2013
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James Bovard Washington Times
by James Bovard  

"In May 1974, Boston residents voted 15 to 1 against busing schoolchildren to achieve racial integration. A month later, U.S. District Judge Arthur Garrity ignored the popular vote and made himself czar of Boston schools. Garrity effectively decreed that because the schools were supposedly unconstitutionally segregated, neither parents nor students nor anyone else had any rights. Garrity ordered the speedy imposition of a 'master plan' that he later admitted he had not bothered to read." (03/20/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bsvgqym  

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The persecution of a pioneer: “Mountain Man” Eustace Conway

March 20, 2013
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Who Is Nate Cox?
by Nate Cox  

"Eustace Conway, his 500 acre preserve and his consistent/persistent volunteers have never had any issues with the local government in the last 26 years he’s been residing out in the mountains of North Carolina – until of course, he got his own TV Show. As of this writing, we are still questioning the motives behind the employees of the 'Planning and Inspection Department' and 'Health Department Safety Specialist' who’ve harassed him over a mandate that his doghouse and outhouse meet a series of absurd regulatory codes. Of course that’s not their only gripes with Eustace, he didn’t get permission from those wise-overlords in the county to construct the buildings on the land that he owns." [hat tip -- Kent McManigal] (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cd9fdsd  

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Hey! Teacher! Leave that kid alone!

March 20, 2013
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"I heard a most fascinating complaint about a top student. He was given a pop quiz in which he was asked 'List the basic postulates of [the theory studied in that course].' He wrote 'I will try to memorize them next time.' This was taken as evidence for a lack of conceptual understanding." (03/19/13)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2013/03/19/16089  

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Progressives call our bluff on minimum wage

March 20, 2013
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Robert P. Murphy Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy  

"You know how some of us knee-jerk libertarians were scolded -- by friends and foes alike -- for saying, 'Well gee Mr. President, if raising the minimum wage to $9/hour is a good idea, why not $20 or $100?' Well now we’re getting dangerously close to this. There’s now a video floating around the Intertubes, praised by progressive pundits and (with reservation) by econ grad students alike, where Sen. Elizabeth Warren tiptoes up to endorsing a $22/hour minimum wage." (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/c3t9bkj  

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Was the Iraq war about oil?

March 20, 2013
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David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"In a sense it was, and in a sense it wasn't." (03/19/13)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/03/was_the_iraq_wa.html  

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The Fraudulent Marketplace Fairness Act

March 20, 2013
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Glenn Jacobs LewRockwell.com
by Glenn Jacobs  

"The Internet is currently our best example of the free market at work. Since the government has not been able to capture the Internet under its thumb, the Net illustrates how well the market really functions when the government stays out of the way. But have no fear. Control freak politicians never rest, and a few of the more dedicated ones are working relentlessly to slap chains on the world’s most unfettered market." (03/20/13)

http://lewrockwell.com/jacobs/jacobs12.1.html  

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Wendy McElroy on the Right to Pornography and The Art of Being Free

March 20, 2013
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The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile  

Interview with Wendy McElroy. McElroy: "I am an anarchist in the style of Henry David Thoreau and Murray Rothbard. From Thoreau, I derive a benevolent desire to live my life in peace and harmony while wishing the same for everyone else. From Murray, I derive all of my economic theories, which are oddly the same simple ones my father taught me: Give an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Of course, Murray would charge interest somewhere along the line. But close enough." (03/17/13)

http://www.thedailybell.com/28835/Anthony-Wile-Wendy-McElroy-on  

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Do you really have a government?

March 20, 2013
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"When the powerful lose the trust of the people, what do they do? Try to increase their own power! That's happening in Washington DC. The two parties are arguing about how much more they want to spend YOUR money and run YOUR life. They'll assume they have YOUR consent, unless you withdraw it." (03/19/13)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/do-you-really-have-a-government  

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Are we looking at a Cyprus moment here?

March 20, 2013
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Bruce McQuain QandO
by Bruce McQuain  

"So we have a new government agency (created in 2011) looking for a job to justify its continued existence and an administration and political elite looking for revenue while over 19 trillion dollars lays in front of them. The statement 'the ... bureau is weighing whether it should take on the role of helping Americans manage [their] retirement savings' should send shivers down your spine. Why do they feel the need to consider such a thing?" (03/19/13)

http://www.qando.net/?p=14993  

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Press regulation and the British constitution

March 20, 2013
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Robert Henderson  

"The considerable constitutional implications of the proposed regulation of the press by Royal Charter and statutory restraints preventing the Charter’s change and legislation creating different classes of plaintiff in civil cases seems to have passed our politicians by." (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cnyhb8v  

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Tomasi, part 3

March 20, 2013
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"When Tomasi was writing Free Market Fairness, I predicted it would have the effect of making left-liberals more skeptical of the value of 'ideal theory.' They would see that it’s relatively easy for institutions to satisfy the demands of justice under ideal conditions, and so begin to think that ideal theory doesn’t tell us much about institutions. So far, based on conversations I’ve had with others, plus reactions I witnessed a[t a] Liberty Fund event on John’s book, my prediction seems accurate." (03/19/13)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2013/03/tomasi-part-iii/  

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Conservatives and the path toward freedom

March 19, 2013
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Anthony Gregory The Libertarian Standard
by Anthony Gregory  

"From Nixon the Bush I, libertarians saw time and again why conservatism would be hostile to liberty, but the end of the Cold War and what seemed at the time to be a superlative tyranny in Clintonianism kept the conservative-libertarian fusionism going. Then came George W. Bush, and I figured we all learned our lesson about the right once and for all. I cheered on Ron Paul, whom I saw as the last gasp of Old Right fusionism, the swan song of classical liberal minarchism, the requiem for the republican myth. But apparently rightwing libertarianism is still alive, and I’m frankly a bit scared it will keep going on forever." (03/18/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bujst7b  

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How Washington encourages nuclear proliferation

March 19, 2013
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"U.S. policy makers are adamant that such countries as Iran and North Korea have no legitimate reasons to want their own nuclear arsenals. That argument is either naive or disingenuous. Leaders in Pyongyang and Tehran have undoubtedly watched how Washington treats non-nuclear adversaries, and surveying the global scene has not offered any comfort. ... U.S. actions have made the case that those governments would be wise to acquire a nuclear deterrent if they want to avoid being the next case of forcible regime change." (03/18/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d8wjy9l  

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Freedom, not government, made America great

March 19, 2013
posted by

Liberty For All
by Rob Natelson  

"To rescue a drowning man, you don’t lecture him on why we need water. His immediate problem is too much water. You have to get him out of it. Today our country is drowning in government spending and debt. Yet some insist on lecturing us about the virtues of government rather than trying to cure the problems created by too much government." (03/19/13)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=8861  

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Living with wild abandon

March 19, 2013
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Breezy V. Stevens Everything Voluntary
by Breezy V. Stevens  

"Quite naturally, I think, unschooling has come to inform every aspect of my life. It has broadened my perspective and opened my heart and mind. One of the biggest and most truly life-transforming lessons I have learned as I have undertaken this journey is that there is no One Right Way to walk this (or any other) path. There are as many different ways of traveling as there are travelers, and each individual is, and should be, the ultimate author of their own lives." (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/c7jeqbe  

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San Francisco’s new muzzle zone

March 19, 2013
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San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"San Francisco Supervisor David Campos is about to introduce a law to end the city's 8-foot 'bubble zone' around reproductive health clinics in favor of a new 25-foot 'buffer zone.' It's hard to imagine City Hall entertaining a law to curb the free-speech expression of union representatives, Critical Mass bicyclists or antiwar activists, but antiabortion protest is not welcome in this town. 'We respect the right of people to have freedom of expression,' Campos told The Chronicle. 'What is happening is more than that -- it's intimidation.' One man's free speech is another man's intimidation." (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/c44aylj  

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Prison profiteers

March 19, 2013
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William Norman Grigg LewRockwell.com
by William Norman Grigg  

"One aspect of drug prohibition that gets far too little attention is the fact that the drug war is immensely profitable for prohibitionists." (03/19/13)

http://lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w318.html  

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Don’t blame Hacked Off for this crisis of liberty

March 19, 2013
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Spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Screeching at Hugh Grant is a displacement activity for intellectuals who can’t explain or reverse the historic corrosion of press freedom." (03/19/13)

http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13457/  

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Killing is winning

March 19, 2013
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Paul Craig Roberts  

"It is difficult to discern which is the most despicable, the corrupt Bush regime, the presstitutes that enabled it, or the corrupt Obama regime that refuses to prosecute the Bush regime for its unambiguous war crimes, crimes against the US Constitution, crimes against US statutory law, and crimes against humanity." (03/19/13)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/19/killing-is-winning/  

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Cops are old tech drones

March 19, 2013
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The Libertarian Enterprise
by Paul Bonneau  

"I was having a conversation with a friend, similar to many conversations these days, about all the recent fuss over drones, and then later touched on cops. He had been threatened (assaulted actually) for no reason, as is commonplace. Later as I was driving it struck me how similar cops are to drones." (03/17/13)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle712-20130317-06.html  

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Should Bernanke park the helicopter?

March 19, 2013
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak  

"According to Ben Bernanke, pulling back on aggressive policy measures too soon would pose a real risk of damaging a still-fragile recovery. The Fed chief is of the view that, for the purposes of financial stability, a continuation of the central bank’s aggressive stimulus, conducted through purchases of Treasury and mortgage securities, remains the optimal approach." (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/brb28ft  

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Seven lessons we’ve learned in ten years of war

March 19, 2013
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Orange County Register
by David Rothkopf  

"Ten years ago this March, George W. Bush launched America's invasion of Iraq. Had Twitter existed back then, #ShockandAwe would have been trending. Ground operations advanced quickly. By May, the president stood in front of a banner declaring 'Mission Accomplished.' Simultaneously, in a less-heralded but perhaps even more egregiously premature assessment, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared the end of 'major combat' in Afghanistan. At the time, only 8,000 U.S. troops were in Afghanistan. Today, more than eight times as many are there. These conflicts will not only define America in the eyes of the world for many decades to come, but they will also shape the views of a generation of men and women who will decide where, when and how the United States will flex its muscles internationally. That can be beneficial if the right lessons are drawn." (03/18/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cjva3p3  

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Liberals, conservatives, and the welfare state

March 19, 2013
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Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"Although it might seem as though Sider and Ryan are poles apart politically, both fully support the welfare state. And their support of the welfare state is typical of liberals and conservatives in general. But before looking at some recent criticisms and comments they made about it, we must first look at the welfare state itself." (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cwfoaxa  

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Obama in “Iran-Israel Week”

March 19, 2013
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The Nation
by Robert Dreyfuss  

"Let’s first of all put a positive spin on President Obama’s latest Nowruz message to the Iranian people for its New Year. By now, it’s a tradition for Obama to deliver a text and video message for Nowruz, addressed, says the White House, 'directly to the people and leaders of Iran.' Because Obama is headed to Israel this week, where he’ll go mano a mano with a weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama’s message yesterday marks the official start of what might be called 'Iran-Israel Week.' That, in itself, is a victory for Israel, since Netanyahu since 2009 has managed to utterly change the subject from Israel-Palestine to Israel-Iran." (03/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bplp4po  

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