Commentary

Lemmings for war

November 19, 2014
posted by

Butler Shaffer LewRockwell.com
by Butler Shaffer  

"I spent this past weekend at the Libertopia 2014 Festival in San Diego. During the same days this was held, there was a military veterans program at the same hotel. It seemed to be a family event, with young children of the participants in attendance. As the war system depends upon conditioning the minds of children in both the virtue and necessity of war -- a lesson to be carried out in their adult lives by going to foreign lands to kill strangers and, perhaps, to be killed themselves -- I asked myself how seemingly loving parents could encourage their children to partake in such destructiveness. At a time when the government War Department acknowledges that an average of twenty-two military veterans commit suicide every day, the dispirited, dehumanizing, and deadly consequences of the war system should be a sufficient threat to their children so as to elicit deeper questions than were probably being asked at this pro-military gathering." (11/19/14)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/butler-shaffer/lemmings-for-war/  

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Interview: A big freakin’ libertarian’s Big Freakin’ Book

November 19, 2014
posted by

Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Tom Knapp's blog bio identifies him this way: 'Thomas L. Knapp, aka KN@PPSTER, is Senior News Analyst at the Center for a Stateless Society, letters editor at Antiwar.com and publisher of Rational Review News Digest. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.' Now he's produced Kn@ppster's Big Freakin' Book of Stuff. Libertarian News Examiner has long known The Kn@ppster as Publisher of Freedom News Daily on the ISIL website. Since libertarians who don't know Tom must necessarily be newbies this exclusive interview is especially for them." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ocq2bsj  

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“Capitalism” can’t be the problem

November 19, 2014
posted by

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

"People who 'go off' about capitalism amuse me. Generally, what they are upset about isn't capitalism, but 'crony capitalism'/corporatism. Fascism. It's just easier to whine about capitalism, I suppose. Or trendier. As long as you can hang on to your ignorance, anyway." (11/18/14)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2014/11/capitalism-cant-be-problem.html  

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Silk Road 2.0 seizure makes everyone less safe

November 19, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"At the end of the day, anonymous drug marketplaces will likely always exist. When FBI agents shut down the original Silk Road one year ago, they seized around $3.6 million from private accounts. Yet, Silk Road 2.0 popped up shortly afterwards, and darknet drug listings have doubled since then to 47,000. Likewise, Silk Road 3.0 has already sprouted on the Tor network. Even if it, too, fails, a number of similar sites like Agora exist. Instead of wasting resources on failed website crackdowns, politicians and government officials should devote their efforts to eliminating actually violent crime." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l8qk3sg  

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Why the feds are fed up with the NFL

November 19, 2014
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by Dave Zirin  

"Let’s be clear: the recent raid on five NFL teams by the Drug Enforcement Agency to see if teams were doubling as illegal painkiller dispensaries has little to do with concerns about how our nation’s Sunday heroes Novocain themselves for gridiron glory. The fact that the NFL and their teams of doctors and nurses give out prescription pills like Halloween candy and break out syringes to top off sessions of physical therapy has been public knowledge for over forty years. ... The real story here is that these raids happened at all. The NFL employs twenty-six full-time lobbyists and spends about $1.5 million per election cycle to make sure that the feds leave the league alone and no one looks too closely at how the sausages are made." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k5s4f2g  

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The false feminist economics methodenstreit: Competition versus cooperation

November 19, 2014
posted by

Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Mikayla Novak  

"The neoclassical mainstream of conventional economic thought, often the centre of feminist economic criticism, is grounded in the model of a rational, autonomous, self‑interested agent that makes optimising choices subject to exogenously imposed constraints. This agent is commonly referred to as the 'rational economic man' or 'homo economicus.' The key criticism levelled by feminist economists is that homo economicus represents a privileged masculine view of the economic order, to the exclusion of what are claimed to be feminine characteristics, such as connectivity, altruism, and emotionality." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kgmvny9  

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Health and longevity: Chalk them up to mind

November 19, 2014
posted by

Hawaii Reporter
by Russ Gerber  

"The concept of mind we're all familiar with is fast becoming the mind of the past. The decision-maker, the seat of knowledge, the repository of hunches, innovation, emotions, judgment, memory, opinions, stubborn will, and so on is actually a rather narrow concept we're finding out. Human mind 1.0." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m73374c  

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The Berlin Wall and the spirit of freedom

November 19, 2014
posted by

Richard M. Ebeling The Daily Bell
by Richard M Ebeling  

"This November marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On November 9, 1989, as the shaky East German communist government resigned, the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. Large crowds formed on both sides of the Wall. East and West Berliners climbed on top, and then people began using sledgehammers and pickaxes to cut holes in it. People started to move back and forth through the Wall, capturing the spirit of a freedom to move without political barriers standing in the way. It is worth recalling how and why the Berlin Wall was constructed in the first place, and what it meant in the great struggle between freedom and tyranny in the stream of 20th century political events." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/le6hgtj  

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When judges say too much

November 19, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Alison Frankel  

"As I reporter, I love when federal judges say provocative things outside of their courtrooms. It’s news if U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff of Manhattan publishes an article chastising the Justice Department for prosecuting corporations instead of individuals or if his colleague Shira Scheindlin gives interviews about her willingness to stand up to prosecutors. The public benefits when brave judges like U.S. Magistrate Stephen Smith of Houston, who highlighted the government’s secret use of electronic surveillance in a 2012 paper for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, call attention to what they’ve observed from the bench. I also understand that judges, just like ordinary people, want to share (or occasionally overshare) their thoughts in a forum aside from judicial opinions." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p3yzhce  

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Dancers

November 19, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by AX Perez  

"Twice now the dance troupe at the high school where I work has performed a somewhat jingoist routine to honor American soldiers and military service. Normally this is not something to be mentioned in TLE or to the ODD fellows, as we are not a militaristic bunch. However, there have been reports of service men not being allowed on school campus in uniform for fear of offending people, or of openly displaying their patriotism in areas with a high Latino population for fear of appearing racist. However, in Latino majority El Paso, patriotism is politically correct, and in a city whose main economic activity is the military supporting our armed forces is cool. Secondly, it is worth noting that the majority of those condemning American patriotism have no particular love of American liberty, viewing love of liberty as passe." (11/16/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle797-20141116-05.html  

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Ten illegal police actions to watch for in Ferguson

November 19, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Bill Quigley  

"When the Michael Brown verdict is announced, people can expect the police to take at least ten different illegal actions to prevent people from exercising their constitutional rights. The Ferguson police have been on TV more than others so people can see how awful they have been acting. But their illegal police tactics are unfortunately quite commonly used by other law enforcement in big protests across the US." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l75lhmt  

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Ferguson’s ISIS allies?

November 19, 2014
posted by

Salim Muwakkil In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil  

"As Ferguson, Missouri, erupted this summer over the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, radical Islamists tried to co-opt the protests for their own cause. Many right-leaning media outlets jumped on the story, quoting Ferguson-related tweets by supporters of the Iraq- and Syria-based group the Islamic State (also known as ISIS). Those tweets should not be surprising. Events in Ferguson offer a golden opportunity to showcase the flaws in American justice, and America’s enemies are determined to use it." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mt4848f  

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Declaration of crowdfunding independence

November 19, 2014
posted by

John Berlau Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau  

"Technology did not create crowdfunding, but it has widely broadened the size of the crowds and increased the potential of both charitable and entrepreneurial ventures to find funding. But capital raising in the age of the app is being stalled by rules that came into place before most people had a telephone in their home." (11/18/14)

https://cei.org/content/declaration-crowdfunding-independence  

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The world is my toilet

November 19, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Stefan Ottosson  

"Chinese visitors are not popular in Singapore. In fact, visitors from the Chinese mainland have a terrible reputation among the citizens of this island city-state. Is it racism? Ethnic tension? As it happens, 74 percent of people in Singapore are descendants of mainland Chinese immigrants. They speak the same language and share common origins, so you might expect there to be little friction. But the stark differences between guests from the mainland and their Singaporean hosts are cultural." (11/18/14)

http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/the-world-is-my-toilet  

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Think Obamacare’s affordable? You’re stupid

November 18, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"Before he became the Obama administration’s least favorite overpaid expert, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber was its darling. He appeared in an Obama campaign ad saying, 'I helped Gov. Romney develop his healthcare reform, or Romneycare, before going down to Washington to help President Obama develop his national version of that law.' The false portrayal of Romneycare and Obamacare as practically identical fueled the Democratic delusion that Congress drafted the Affordable Care Act to appeal to rascally Republicans. Now Gruber is in the doghouse because he was captured on video being brutally honest." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lm38uw6  

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The UK government’s reign of anti-terror

November 18, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Luke Gittos  

"We do not yet know the small print of the new anti-terror bill. How can we when it appears to be being drawn up on the back of a fag packet? What we do know is that this cavalier and reactive approach to lawmaking, this urgent need to be seen to be ‘doing something’ about the threat of returning IS fighters, is likely to be a further assault on freedom and legal objectivity in favour of summary justice. At a time when it is estimated that five young Brits leave our shores to fight for IS every week, perhaps we should start thinking about what compels them to travel to Syria in the first place, rather than hoping that dodgy draconian laws will catch them on the way back." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qc6afyk  

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I’ve been stupid, but not THAT stupid!

November 18, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Tom Purcell  

Cartoon. (11/18/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/11/ive-been-stupid-but-not-that-stupid/  

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Hillary’s “connection” to white voters

November 18, 2014
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"In an interview published yesterday at Talking Points Memo, Mitch Stewart, an adviser to the nascent Hillary Clinton quasi-campaign, argued that Clinton could expand the map of states that Barack Obama won, putting more places in play. The reason, he said, that 'Secretary Clinton has more appeal than any other Democrat looking at running is that with white working-class voters, she does have a connection.' The idea of Clinton's 'connection' to the white working class is something you hear now and again, and I think it's worth examining in some detail. Because it raises some uncomfortable questions that I doubt the Clinton campaign wants to confront." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m4lwf2q  

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Hotel California

November 18, 2014
posted by

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"The Progressives have eliminated most modern firearms from being sold in California; confiscated and banned many. The assault on firearms continues unabated with allowable arms and ammo a constantly shrinking list. Manufacturers, wholesalers and dealers have abandoned the California firearm market altogether. Their anti-gun legislative juggernaut results in defensive arms backwardation with the most modern arms banned long ago and each new ban removing allowable features from most sophisticated and effective on back until single shot black-powder rifles are their final frontier. While the main objective of the schemers is a defenseless, compliant serf class, the also-desirable secondary effect is a culture living in fear of random violence, clamoring for protection and accepting random violence from their protectors as a side-effect. They are well on their way." (11/17/14)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2014/11/17/hotel-california/  

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Latin American notes: An essay in hopelessness

November 18, 2014
posted by

Fred Reed LewRockwell.com
by Fred Reed  

"An aim of this laudable patch of the internet is to give people in the United States some faint idea of the lands to their south. It is hard slogging. I can think of few ideas more tenaciously and lovingly held, more treasured and more satisfying to the North American mind than that Latin American countries are primitive hellholes like Detroit. Inspiring the slightest doubt of this seems virtually impossible. It would be easier to persuade Pat Robertson that Allah is the one true god. Nonetheless, to this quixotic end I append a couple of communications from an Indian friend (Indian as in India) who lives in California with his Colombian wife. (Is that globalization or what?) These epistles are self-explanatory." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m2hygwx  

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Bechhofer immigration bet

November 18, 2014
posted by

Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"When I hear that Obama plans to shield many millions of illegal immigrants from the nation's draconian immigration laws, I'm skeptical. Such an action requires the very iconoclasm the democratic process ruthlessly screens out. Bold announcements notwithstanding, I expect him to (a) slash the numbers, (b) cave in to public pressure, and/or (c) fail to effectively deliver what illegal immigrants most crave -- permission to legally work. GMU econ prodigy Nathaniel Bechhofer is considerably more optimistic. Argument proved fruitless, so we agreed on a bet." (11/18/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/bechhofer_immig.html  

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On the merits of competition in government services

November 18, 2014
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"A businessman who built his own £325,000 toll road to bypass roadworks is to close the shortcut after the local council invested £660,000 to finish repairs five weeks early. Mike Watts, 63, claims he will now not make a penny and will lose out on a profit of several thousand pounds after Bath and North East Somerset completed the work ahead of schedule. He became the first private individual to build a British toll road in more than a century when a crucial road in Kelston, Somerset, was closed by a landslip, leaving locals with a 14-mile diversion." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/or4duae  

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Jury nullification and voluntaryism

November 18, 2014
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"A tax cheat on trial for lying on his tax return. A music pirate on trial for illegally downloading music. A pothead on trial for dealing in marijuana. A car thief on trial for boosting cars. A rapist on trial for attacking women. A murderer on trial for killing bums. What do all of these 'perps' have in common besides being charged by the state for a crime? Their trials are worthy targets of jury nullification. Yes, even the latter three, and here's why." (11/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ncrwu5p  

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Adam Morrow on The Scott Horton Show

November 18, 2014
posted by

The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Adam Morrow, a Cairo-based journalist for IPS News, discusses Egypt's tightened blockade of Gaza following terrorist attacks by 'unknown militants,' even though Hamas denied responsibility; how unassociated Islamic groups are lumped together with ISIS for propaganda purposes; and the consequences of Egypt's failed democratic experiment with the Muslim Brotherhood." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/17/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/11/17/111714-adam-morrow/  

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American Medical Association backs telemedicine comment

November 18, 2014
posted by

John R. Graham Independent Institute
by John R. Graham  

"Our blog usually does not cheer the American Medical Association, because it is largely responsible for the Soviet-style centrally fixed prices that prevail in Medicare. Well, today we applaud the AMA for pledging its support to an important initiative that will increase the adoption of telehealth." (11/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ljmjsdw  

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