Commentary

Flattering flim-flammers of fear

April 22, 2013
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine  

"The two most common motivators used in politics are flattery and fear. The behavior of the pundits and pols, in the wake of the 2012 elections, is especially instructive. We are being told, either plainly or by insinuation, that those who voted the way our professional manipulators desired are the good people, the smart and responsible people, the grownups. And that those who didn’t vote their way are parasites out to suck our blood, or just plain nasties who hate us and are bent on our destruction. If this isn’t true, and it isn’t, what does it tell us about the character of those who promote themselves and their agenda by telling us such things?" (04/20/13)

http://www.libertyunbound.com/node/1043  

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Time inconsistancy and the welfare state

April 22, 2013
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"Start with a society in which individuals are mostly reliant on themselves -- if you don't find some way to earn an income you are likely to go hungry, or at least have to rely on charity and lead a much harder life than if you had a job. In that society, someone on charity will be seen as a failure, by himself and others, which is a strong reason to avoid being in that situation. Add a reasonably generous welfare state. For a while, perhaps a generation or so, the old attitudes persist." (04/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bopce4l  

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Who’s behind the Boston Marathon attack?

April 22, 2013
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"So what do we have here? The answer, I'm afraid, is a clear-cut case of carefully premeditated Islamist terrorism with an overseas connection. ... The lessons to be drawn from all this? First and foremost, the idea that we can invade other countries -- indeed, that we must invade countries like Afghanistan -- so as to prevent terrorists from acquiring a 'safe haven' is absolute nonsense. We tried that, and it didn’t work. Boston is the proof. The second lesson is that American officialdom is comprised of hysterics, whose overreaction must have the terrorists chortling in their Chechen lair. A nineteen year old punk succeeded in shutting down a major American city: whoever organized the Boston atrocity can surely count that as a victory." (04/22/13)

http://tinyurl.com/c5holxx  

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Building bridges

April 22, 2013
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Strike the Root
by Alex R Knight III  

"Linda Waite-Simpson, an ultra-left, pro-government 'state representative' here in Vermont, recently lamented to local press that her rejected bid to impose sweeping gun control measures upon the residents of the most gun-friendly tax farm out of the 50 was shot down (pun intended) because of the 'strong libertarian bent in this state.'" (04/19/13)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/building-bridges  

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Can expectations save communism?

April 22, 2013
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"Every social system requires favorable expectations to survive. Democracy can't survive unless people expect losing parties to voluntarily surrender power. Anarcho-capitalism can't survive unless people expect private defense firms to peacefully resolve their disputes. Once you take the power of expectations seriously, though, you might start to wonder: 'Wait, can expectations make any social system viable?' Could the right expectations salvage Paul Samuelson's seemingly absurd remark that 'the Soviet economy is proof that, contrary to what many skeptics had earlier believed, a socialist command economy can function and even thrive?'" (04/22/13)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2013/04/can_expectation.html  

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Should our law be made by judges?

April 22, 2013
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by DJ Webb  

"It is quite clear that our senior judges view themselves as the key legislators in Britain today. Politicians have been left bewildered by the confrontational judgements passed down by judges, who seem to be trying to establish the judiciary, rather than Parliament, as the senior branch of the constitution." (04/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cymlu2n  

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TANSTAAFLOA

April 22, 2013
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Suppose government were to mandate that workers receive the out-of-pocket costs of their paid-sick-leave packages not from their employers but from supermarkets. Every worker who takes sick leave would present a voucher to a supermarket. The voucher would be from his or her employer and would entitle that employee to receive from a supermarket a bundle of cash equal to the wages that the worker would have earned had he or she worked rather than taken time off. Is it conceivable to you that supermarkets would simply absorb these higher mandated costs without taking countervailing actions -- such as raising the prices charged for groceries and by limiting the number of people who shop in their stores?" (04/21/13)

http://cafehayek.com/2013/04/tanstaafloa.html  

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QandO Podcast, 04/21/13

April 22, 2013
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QandO Podcast QandO
by  

"Bruce, Michael, and Dale discuss the Boston bombings and polygamy." [various formats] (04/21/13)

http://www.qando.net/?p=15127  

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Fingerprints on the detonators

April 22, 2013
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LewRockwell.com
by Michael Scheuer  

"While the Tsarnev brothers apparently conducted the Marathon bombings in Boston, the detonators of those bombs also have the fingerprints of most Democratic and Republican politicians all over them, and those men and women are in a measure responsible for each and every one of the Boston casualties. Why? Because once again it is blatantly obvious from the evidence the authorities have presented to date that the attackers were motivated by what the U.S. government does in the Muslim world and not because of our freedoms, liberties, and gender equality." (04/22/13)

http://lewrockwell.com/scheuer/scheuer20.1.html  

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The high crime of torture

April 22, 2013
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Rob Urie  

"Confirmation by the Constitution Project nearly a decade late that the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. military and ‘intelligence’ services committed acts of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere appears a Rorschach test for the ‘sentiments’ of the American people. However, sentiments aside, formal indictments of culpable officials on war crimes charges and the start of impeachment proceedings against current President Barack Obama are the only relevant responses to the report. Torture is a crime under laws to which the U.S. is signatory. And with his war on Iraq George W. Bush and his administration murdered, or caused the premature deaths of, more than a million people and substantially destroyed a modern nation state." (04/20/13)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/04/19/the-crime-of-torture/  

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The invasion of Boston

April 21, 2013
posted by

Delaware Libertarian
by Steve Newton  

"[I]t wasn't an improvisation, this invasion of Boston, it was a pre-planned, Federally coordinated effort that sent 9-10,000 police in BDUs with assault rifles and back by dozens if not hundreds of armored fighting vehicles and combat helicopters. It was pre-planned to shut down mass transit, the schools, and to restrict all citizens to their homes. Perhaps you find it comforting that Uncle Sam has so thoughtfully provided for this rapid response. I don't." (04/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cyvhb52  

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The Helots applaud

April 21, 2013
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"The IEDs are successfully detonated and kill and maim innocents. The reaction of the surviving population of Boston? A craven and cowardly obedience to the martial law declaration as they are threatened, cajoled and demeaned by thousands of costumed agents of the state entering homes uninvited and most likely taking notes for future terror visits on the populace. And what do the craven and cowardly citizens of Boston do? Not only do they surrender and submit as they shiver in uncontrollable fear at the prospects of both private and government terror visited upon them; in the most sycophantic and servile fashion the Helots applaud." (04/21/13)

http://zerogov.com/?p=2978  

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On the Boston lockdown

April 21, 2013
posted by

Anthony Gregory The Libertarian Standard
by Anthony Gregory  

"A 'lockdown' is prison terminology for forcing all prisoners into their cells. They did not do this to pursue the DC sniper, or to go after the Kennedy assassin, and I fear the precedent. It is eerie that this happened in an American city, and it should be eerie to you, no matter where you fall on the spectrum. You can tell me that most people in Boston were happy to go along with it, but that’s not really the point, either. If two criminals can bring an entire city to its knees like this with the help of the state, then terrorism truly is a winning strategy." (04/20/13)

http://libertarianstandard.com/2013/04/20/on-the-boston-lockdown/  

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Ending Social Security

April 21, 2013
posted by

Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M. Vance  

"All is not well with the Social Security system. According to the annual report of the Board of Trustees of Social Security, 'The 2012 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds,' Social Security’s expenditures have exceeded its noninterest income since 2010." (04/19/13)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/ending-social-security/  

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Nullification and amnesty

April 21, 2013
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Joel Poindexter  

"The subject of immigration reform is once again a major topic in the news. The sophists who host talk radio and cable news channels have weighed in, of course, and every politician is jockeying to be the loudest and proudest advocate of one side or another of the issue. No surprise here, after all, the second term seems to be the time when presidents decide to address what they like to call immigration reform." (04/20/13)

http://tinyurl.com/dynmf7u  

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War on cannabis continues as two activists face jail time

April 21, 2013
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Two marijuana activists, both invoking jury nullification defenses, have had their problems with obstinate state authoritarians and juries still uneducated in their rights as jurors." (04/21/13)

http://tinyurl.com/c5uuv4v  

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Holding Boston hostage

April 21, 2013
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Reuters
by Sandy Isenstadt  

"Boston was in lockdown Friday. The machinery of a major metropolitan area in the richest nation on earth had come to a grinding halt. We know why this is happened -- a terrorist manhunt -- but how, exactly, does a modern bustling city come to a full stop? In fact, much of ordinary life continues. Water still comes from the taps for a shower; you can telephone your family and friends; you can even work on your computer or read quietly in the backyard. But one key aspect of city life stopped: the movement of people. What matters most in a lockdown of this scale is the ability to halt the circulation of people. Whether or not a lockdown works often depends on who –- the citizens or the terrorist suspect -- can stay still the longest." (04/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cc78j9c  

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Don’t leave the house

April 21, 2013
posted by

The American Prospect
by EJ Graff  

"At 5:30 a.m., we awakened to the ping of texts from friends around the country asking if we were okay. That’s how we learned that the Arsenal Mall in Watertown -- the town a mile away where I lived for 20 years and the mall where we do our house and garden and video-game shopping—is crawling with SWAT teams, snipers, FBI, and that our house is on lockdown. I live now in a pretty busy Cambridge neighborhood, with the sound -- rom one and a half blocks away -- of Fresh Pond Parkway’s steady traffic as the usual background hum. The elementary school across the street is usually buzzing with squealing children. But this morning the only sounds were sirens, helicopters, and spring birdsong." &91;editor's note: My only concern is how little Ms. Graff seems to focus on the easy with which Martial Law was declared, how readily the sheeple scuttled to comply ... and how the only reason they caught the kid was one citizen who went out for a walk around his house and saw the boat-cover flapping! - SAT] (04/19/13)

http://prospect.org/article/dont-leave-house  

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Sequestered in West, Texas

April 21, 2013
posted by

Our Future
by Terrance Heath  

"Do you want to know what sequestration looks like on the ground, and where the real casualties will be found? Look to West, Texas, where an explosion at a fertilizer plant has claimed as many as 40 lives, injured more than 200, leveled entire neighborhoods, and driven residents of the small town from their homes while rescue workers search the wreckage and twisted metal for more dead and injured. Most likely, the explosion itself was caused by an industrial accident involving ammonium nitrate -- a fertilizer, pesticide and powerful explosive. In West, Texas, ammonium nitrate combined with conservative disdain for government yielded devastating results. If sequestration continues, we can expect to see more of the same." (04/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cfj3qaq  

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In Syria, unlearned lessons from Libya

April 21, 2013
posted by

In These Times
by Stephen R. Weissman  

"While media attention has turned to fresher news, the conflict in Syria rages on and the West becomes ever more deeply embroiled. The United States is training Syrian insurgents in neighboring Jordan, increasing deliveries of 'non-lethal' military equipment, and helping coordinate the military aid flowing to the Free Syrian Army from Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Meanwhile, the British and French are poised to send in arms. The U.S. appears to be following the same philosophy in Syria that it did in Libya in 2011—one laid bare by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comment after receiving the news that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had been killed: 'We came, we saw, he died.' In other words, the U.S. believed that the best way of protecting Libyan civilians and promoting a democratic transition was to help armed insurgents overthrow the regime."

http://tinyurl.com/cjg6qp7  

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Stop me before I buy food

April 21, 2013
posted by

San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"There is no problem too flimsy for Sacramento's nanny lawmakers, as witnessed by the many laws that state solons have proposed to keep constituents from getting free plastic bags at the grocery store. Those teensy plastic bags are cheap. They're lightweight. They're energy-efficient. People use them a lot, which means that they can end up as litter. That can be ugly. So Sacramento Democrats keep concocting bills to outlaw their idea of blight -- not the homeless, not unemployment, but bags. When Sacramento lawmakers see an opportunity to stick it to employed people who buy things, nothing can stop them." (04/20/13)

http://tinyurl.com/d97t2kv  

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A moment of silence for Boston

April 21, 2013
posted by

In These Times
by David Sirota  

"Can you hear yourself think? Can you manage more than bursts of confusion and anger? Can you feel your own humanity anymore? I'll admit it—I've had trouble this week, too. After an explosion like the one in Boston, it is indeed hard to hear one's own internal monologue, much less meditate on such horrific events. Polluting that sacred quiet of the mind is both the haunting boom of the bombs themselves and even worse, the noisy coda that we've become so accustomed to. Sensory overload, of course, is the deafening effect of the Catastrophe Aftermath -- one of the last unifying and consistent rituals in our atomized nation." (04/19/13)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/14891/silence_boston_bombings/  

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Government should stop its own violence first

April 21, 2013
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"The horrific bombings at the Boston Marathon have left us all stunned. We still don’t know the perpetrators’ motive, but there are some things we do know. The bombers chose the most closely monitored location in all of Boston. They could have chosen a different site, knowing that all eyes were on the marathon route. But no. They chose the finish line of the oldest marathon in America." (04/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cao4cop  

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Terror hysteria over Boston bombs

April 21, 2013
posted by

The Nation
by Robert Dreyfuss  

"While the 'massive manhunt' continue[d] for a 19-year-old kid in and around Massachusetts, it’s a good idea to step back and remember that terrorism is really just a nuisance. Unfortunately, the near-hysteria that seized the country on 9/11 continues unabated, now provoked by the bombings at the Boston marathon. Post 9/11, that frenzy led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the passage of the nefarious Patriot Act, the creation of the Northern Command at the Defense Department, the funneling of countless billions of dollars from the Department of Justice and other agencies to law enforcement and police departments around the nation, the setting up of intrusive 'police intelligence units' in cities and even small towns, and much, much more. Now we have to wall-to-wall coverage of a small but high-profile bomb attack that killed three people and injured about 200. Horrible, yes. But it’ll pass." (04/19/13)

http://tinyurl.com/cd3aqvg  

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I know the Boston bombers

April 21, 2013
posted by

Fox News Forum
by Alyssa Kilzer  

"I started getting facials from Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (pronounced Zu-bey-da) six years ago when I was 17 at a spa in the Boston area. She soon after left the spa and contacted my mom to have us start coming to her house, at 410 Norfolk St., right on the line of Cambridge and Watertown. All throughout my senior year of high school and four years of college I went to her house about three times a year. The last time I went to the house was in December and January of 2011/2012. The first few years the third-floor apartment was often crowded with her two sons, now identified as the alleged Boston bombers, and her two daughters, one of which was around my age." (04/20/13)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/04/20/know-boston-bombers  

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