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Presidential candidates debate on college campuses, but can the students?

September 25, 2016
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Foundation for Individual Rights in Education Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Adam Steinbaugh  

"On Monday, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will participate in the first of three scheduled presidential debates, facing off at three college campuses: Hofstra University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The vice presidential contenders, Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence, will have one debate, hosted by Virginia's Longwood University. But what about the students at these host campuses -- can they engage in the same rough-and-tumble, freewheeling debate that drives American politics (for better or for worse)? Sure they can -- but only if they'll agree to their university's diktat that they do so in free speech zones, risk being summoned to meet with a 'bias response team' if they offend another's partisan political sensitivities, or get an administrator's permission to pass out political flyers." (09/24/16)

https://www.thefire.org/presidential-candidates-debate-on-college-campuses-but-can-the-students/  

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The thief and the grave robber

September 25, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"OK, we know that Hillary Clinton enjoys stealing money from innocent people while they are alive; now we find out that, if elected President, she's intent on bilking them even worse after they’re dead. She fancies herself a modern day grave robber. She's going to confiscate up to nearly two thirds of the wealth that an individual has accumulated and paid taxes on over an entire lifetime. But at least the loot won't be going directly into her pockets." (09/24/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-thief-and-grave-robber.html  

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spiked podcast, 09/24/16

September 25, 2016
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spiked spiked
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"On this week's spiked podcast, Tom Slater and Robby Soave discuss the rise of censorship on UK and US campuses." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/24/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/campus-censors-hold-students-in-contempt/  

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Dismantle the police

September 25, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Trevor Hultner  

"At this point, it's clear that nothing short of a complete dismantling of the police force is necessary to stop them from killing black men and women. There are simply no more justifications to be made here. No more claims of 'bad apples,' no more room to use the officer safety argument. Police feel vested with the power to kill anyone they please, and they absolutely know it. This isn't even the first time an unarmed black man has been killed in Tulsa County within the last two or three years. Either we take the entire system apart or this keeps happening. There are no alternatives." (09/24/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46402  

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The bilingual lobby is back

September 25, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"Having to ask parents to sign a consent form should not be considered a burden -- and yet activists have put Proposition 58 on the November ballot so that they can relieve themselves of that pedestrian challenge. In 1998, 61 percent of Californians passed Proposition 227, which replaced bilingual education with English immersion classes. Prop. 227 allows parents to opt their children out of immersion classes, if they sign a form. 'We have to get waivers from every family every spring,' San Francisco school board member Emily Murase told The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board. She talked as if asking parents to sign a consent form is daunting. The waivers are 'barriers' which produce a 'chilling effect,' said Democratic state Sen. Ricardo Lara. Prop. 58 would remove this mandate. Lara himself was in English immersion and 'happened to excel,' but some of his siblings fared better in bilingual classes, he said. Prop. 227 allowed parents to opt their children out of immersion classes if they could find bilingual classes." (09/25/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/09/25/the-bilingual-lobby-is-back-n2222943  

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Turn out the lights, the party’s over

September 25, 2016
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"The Republican Party is in a bind. Their nominee is doing incredible damage to their brand, and even if he wins he will likely bring the country into multiple constitutional crises. Plenty of Republicans know this and don't want to endorse him. On the one hand, if the party wants to remain an effective, electable entity into the future then it has to distance itself from the damage that the nominee is doing to the brand. On the other hand, if the party wants to remain an effective entity with some role to play in elections then it has to insist upon loyalty from its members. On the third hand, if the party actually had some sort of meaningful pull then the nominee never would have been a man who was until recently a Democrat and who has never held public office or been involved in the party in any substantial way." (09/25/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/09/25/19313  

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The seas they are a’risen, but humans aren’t the cause

September 25, 2016
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H Sterling Burnett Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"Several recent scientific studies found little evidence humans are affecting sea levels, while one study finds the planet is adding land mass faster than it was being submerged. ... sea levels have risen more than 400 feets since the end of the last ice age 12,000 to 18,000 years ago, and while still rising, they are rising at a slower rate now than they have on average since that time, and have shown little or no increase in the rate of rise in the past 150 years -- the purported time period of human caused climate change." (09/23/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/09/the-seas-they-are-arisen-but-humans-arent-the-cause/  

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Both barrels blazing? What would that even look like?

September 25, 2016
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"I recently listened to a podcast where David Beckworth interviewed Cardiff Garcia, of FT Alphaville. I agreed with most of the things Garcia had to say, including his observations on the recent growth slowdown. He discussed the way that top economists argue about whether it was a supply-side or a demand-side phenomenon, and then asked something to the effect, 'Why can't it be both?' Indeed. He also applied this quite reasonable and pragmatic logic to stabilization policy. If there's a debate about whether or not monetary policy is effective at the zero bound, why not use both monetary and fiscal stimulus? But in this case I'm not so sure, even though I understand where he's coming from." (09/25/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/09/both_barrels_bl.html  

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Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 102

September 25, 2016
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Johnny Rocket Launch Pad Johnny Rocket Launch Pad
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"Can Radical libertarians find a home in the Libertarian Party? Is the Libertarian Party just full of moderate pragmatists? This week we talk to the radical pink haired radical Caryn Ann Harlos. We talk to Caryn about her experiences in the Libertarian Party, and if Party-Archy will win the fight, in establishing libertarian thought into the culture." [various formats] (09/24/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-102-caryn-ann-harlos/  

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The exasperating, never-ending sprawl of American empire

September 25, 2016
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In These Times In These Times
by Tom Engelhardt  

"Recently, sorting through a pile of old children’s books, I came across a volume, That Makes Me Mad!, which brought back memories. Written by Steve Kroll, a long-dead friend, it focused on the eternally frustrating everyday adventures of Nina, a little girl whose life regularly meets commonplace roadblocks, at which point she always says ... well, you can guess from the title! Vivid parental memories of another age instantly flooded back: of my daughter (now reading such books to her own son) sitting beside me at age five and hitting that repeated line with such mind-blowing, ear-crushing gusto that you knew it spoke to the everyday frustrations of her life, to what made her mad. Three decades later, in an almost unimaginably different America, on picking up that book I suddenly realized that, whenever I follow the news online, on TV, or ... on paper, I have a similarly Nina-esque urge. Only the line I’ve come up with for it is ... 'You must be kidding!'" (09/23/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19491/adventures-in-an-american-world-of-frustration  

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The Civil Rights Commission doesn’t understand rights

September 25, 2016
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Maxine Cox  

"The United States Commission on Civil Rights recently released 'Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,' a report examining the 'balance struck in the law between faith-based exemptions from otherwise applicable nondiscrimination laws, and legal protections established in nondiscrimination law.' The commission concluded that the first amendment is actually about discrimination, not civil liberties, reinforcing a narrative that prioritizes group rights over individual rights." (09/24/16)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2016/09/24/civil-rights-commission-doesnt-understand-rights/  

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Twenty years, three minutes: Time to ratify the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

September 25, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"On July 16, 1945, the United States conducted its first test detonation, dubbed 'Trinity,' of an atomic weapon. The following month the US became the first (and, to this day, the only) nation to use atomic or nuclear weapons in war. All in all, the US detonated more than 1,100 nukes in the 47 years between Trinity and Julin, its final nuclear test series, in 1992. The technology, it seems, has been thoroughly explored and then some. Four years after the Julin tests, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. US president Bill Clinton welcomed and signed the pact, but 20 years later the US Senate has yet to ratify it." (09/23/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7722  

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Human nature without the state

September 25, 2016
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Peaceful Anarchism Peaceful Anarchism
by Danilo Cuellar  

"The State is a parasite that fastens itself onto the neck of the industrious host. It produces no wealth and facilitates nothing. Indeed it is the broken window fallacy writ large. It destroy[s] wealth due to its primary use of coercion and threats of violence that diverts valuable resources to achieve its ends. Civilization and free trade always precedes the State. Only when there is abundant prosperity can there exist a group of parasitical bureaucrats who siphon off a portion of that productivity by force to spend it on various boondoggles." (09/25/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/human-nature-without-the-state/  

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Solutions to the teacher shortage even Republicans will like

September 25, 2016
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"A new report is making big headlines for showing that public schools across the nation are experiencing severe problems with teacher shortages that are apt to develop into a 'crisis' if left unaddressed. The report from an education think tank called the Learning Policy Institute took off from last year’s widespread news stories that reported how schools were 'struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science, and special education.' Where this new report goes way beyond last year’s news stories is that it draws from a deep well of statistical validity, meticulous analysis, and wise counsel. The report not only finds clear and credible evidence of teacher shortages; it provides a baseline definition of the term, identifies the factors driving the shortfalls, forecasts a continuing problem, and offers policy recommendations to shore up the existing teacher supply and attract new, well-qualified entrants." (09/22/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160922/solutions-to-the-teacher-shortage-crisis-even-republicans-will-like  

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Liberty at the movies: Snowden

September 25, 2016
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"Stone's story jumps back and forth between Snowden's clandestine meeting with journalists in a Hong Kong hotel to telling how he came to work for intelligence and his gradual disillusionment with the surveillance state. This allows the audience to share Snowden's journey while keeping the focus on his revelations about mass surveillance. So when we first meet Snowden, he is already a man on the run from the government. But then we flash back to the days when Snowden was an eager young volunteer for the US Military. He is so determined to help fight the war on terrorism that he tries to hide the fact that he has two broken legs." (09/23/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/liberty-movies-snowden  

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12 preparedness items you might not strictly need but would be glad to have

September 25, 2016
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Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"This being the OFFICIAL National Preparedness Month, I'm sure you've diligently been working on your preps for the last three-plus weeks. Right? Wait. What's that, you say? You've been working diligently on your preps for lo these many years and you hardly have to concern yourself with some belatedly declared month? Of course! You're pretty well set by now, right? But everybody's always lacking something. With that in mind, here are 12 preparedness items you probably don't strictly need but would be great to have if you don't already." (09/24/16)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2016/09/24/12-preparedness-items-you-might-not-strictly-need-but-would-be-glad-to-have/  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 744

September 25, 2016
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
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"Today we look at the thought of G.A. Cohen, a Marxist who actually tried to deal with libertarian ideas without caricaturing them. His ideas can help us sharpen our arguments, and can show us where egalitarianism leads. The bulk of this episode is drawn from my 90-lesson government course I created for the Ron Paul Curriculum." [various formats] (09/23/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-744-a-marxist-reckons-with-libertarian-ideas/  

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UK: Corbyn survives Labour Party leadership challenge

September 25, 2016
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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"Jeremy Corbyn was reelected leader of the bitterly divided Labour Party on Saturday, just a year after his dark-horse ascension rocked Britain'’s political world. Mr. Corbyn, who has been described as 'Britain's Bernie Sanders,' proved once again he is overwhelmingly popular with the party's grass roots, seeing off his challenger Owen Smith by winning 61.8 percent of the vote." (09/25/16)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2016/09/25/Britain-s-Jeremy-Corbyn-survives-Labour-Party-leadership-challenge/stories/201609250179  

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The Jason Stapleton Program, 09/23/16

September 25, 2016
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The Jason Stapleton Program The Jason Stapleton Program
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"It's Friday, and that means it's another day full of your questions. Lost of stuff on property rights today. We'll dig in and hopefully I'll say something remotely coherent. I'll also talk about the upcoming debate between Clinton and Trump. It turns out Clinton asked for a stool so she wouldn't look so short next to Trump. Optics are everything and in a race where both people are unlikable the person who comes off looking the best will likely take the prize." [various formats] (09/23/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/ama-friday-2/  

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Free Talk Live, 09/24/16

September 25, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party :: Trump Advocates Stop-and-Frisk Nationwide :: Does Stop-and-Frisk reduce violent crime? :: End Prohibition :: Bill Weld :: Crime Intervention :: Heroin Legal :: Cynical Caller :: Ghetto :: Prostitution and Drug Legalization :: Nationalism :: Age and Maturity :: You Own Yourself." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/24/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-09-24  

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The EPA’s “power plan” is an unlawful power grab

September 25, 2016
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Marlo Lewis, Jr.  

"The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument next Tuesday, September 27 on the Environmental Protection Agency's so-called Clean Power Plan. The centerpiece of President Obama's climate policy agenda, the Plan establishes first-ever carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for 'existing' (already built) coal and natural gas power plants. The Plan will increase consumer energy prices and impede job and GDP growth yet have no discernible effect on global temperatures or sea levels. However, that's not why the Court should strike it down. The Court should overturn the Plan because it is an unlawful power grab. The Plan will compel States to establish new, or more aggressive, cap-and-trade programs and renewable electricity mandates -- policies Congress has debated for 20 years and repeatedly declined to enact." (09/23/16)

https://cei.org/content/epa%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cpower-plan%E2%80%9D-unlawful-power-grab  

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Due process is vital to freedom

September 23, 2016
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Andrew P. Napolitano Antiwar.com
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"As far back as 1798, notwithstanding the lofty goals and individualistic values of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the same generation -- in some cases the same human beings -- that wrote in the First Amendment that 'Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech' enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which punished speech critical of the government. Similarly, the Fifth Amendment's guarantee of due process has been ignored by those in government charged with enforcing it when they deal with a criminal defendant whom they perceive the public hates or fears. So it should come as no surprise that no sooner had the suspect in the recent New Jersey and New York City bombings been arrested than public calls came to strip him of his rights, send him to Gitmo and extract information from him. This is more Vladimir Putin than James Madison." (09/22/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2016/09/21/due-process-vital-freedom/  

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Threat inflation and short memories

September 23, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"If the world is not demonstrably more unstable and chaotic than it has been in previous decades, why are there so many people claiming that it is? Like most kinds of alarmism, this one seems aimed at frightening people into accepting dubious policies. The general goal seems to be to get the U.S. and their allies to be as meddlesome overseas as possible." (09/22/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/threat-inflation-and-short-memories/  

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US rewards Israel’s bad behavior

September 23, 2016
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Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"Benjamin Netanyahu has been perhaps the most anti-Palestinian Israeli prime minister in a large rogue's gallery dedicated to driving the aggrieved Palestinians out of the land they and their ancestors have lived in and worked for millennia. This oppression -- which has included ethnic cleansing, savage war on the people of the Gaza Strip, routine brutality and humiliation, and expanding illegal Jewish settlements on land conquered through aggressive war -- has been underwritten and encouraged by the U.S. government since 1948. It has been rare indeed for an American president to express opposition or even irritation with an official Israeli act of brutality -- and even then the consequences have varied between the symbolic (and short-lived) and nonexistent. The lip-service calls for Israel finally to leave occupied Palestinian land (the two-state solution), like President Barack Obama's latest, count for nothing because no one believes the U.S. government is an honest broker that cares about injustices against the Palestinians." (09/22/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/09/us-rewards-israels-bad-behavior.html  

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Two candidates, two bad responses to terrorism

September 23, 2016
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A Trevor Thrall Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall  

"The arrest of Ahmad Rahami, a naturalized American citizen from Afghanistan who moved to the United States with his family when he was 7 years old, has poured new fuel on the debate about immigration and national security. On Monday, Donald Trump argued that 'These attacks, and many others, were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system ... Immigration security is national security.' Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, warned against indicting an entire religion but promised to 'smash ISIS' through intensified airstrikes. Tragically, neither presidential candidate is offering solutions that make much sense." (09/22/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/both-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-are-overreacting  

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