Commentary

Why Greeks should embrace a Euro exits

June 30, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"Greece's economic problems, its historically weak levels of productivity, and therefore its limited ability to create wealth (hence the massive borrowing), appear as problems of debts and deficit, a problem of banks and credit cards. Likewise Greece's political problems, in which leaders struggle for legitimacy and purpose, appear as problems of EU rules and regulations, of EU-led bullying led, no doubt, by German chancellor Angela Merkel. That's why a Greek exit, as painful and filled with trepidation as it would be, is potentially a progressive move. Because the source of the current fear is not just a fear of the future; it's a fear of taking responsibility for that future, a fear of exercising political agency and having to live with the consequences." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzk6cuh  

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Marriage equality: Don’t let the good become the enemy of the perfect

June 30, 2015
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Cory Massimino Center for a Stateless Society
by Cory Massimino  

"It's about damn time. The rest of the United States finally caught up to the libertarians on June 26 when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. It only took 43 years but it looks like the authoritarian right is losing influence, as young people grow increasingly skeptical of power structures. Let's celebrate this victory accordingly and appreciate the justice achieved by so many Americans who can now marry. But let's not allow the good to become the enemy of the perfect." (06/30/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38515  

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Justice under voluntaryism

June 30, 2015
posted by

Skyler J Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins  

"People care about justice. Even criminals care about justice when they find themselves the victim. When people feel that they've been wronged, they desire to be made right, which can take the form of revenge, or getting even, or making their wrongdoer pay. What does justice look like under voluntaryism? Let's have a look." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7ese25  

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Polygamy is NOT the new monogamy

June 30, 2015
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Bleeding Heart Libertarians Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Lauren Hall  

"Christopher Freiman thinks it might be time to legalize polygamy now that same-sex marriage is a legally protected right nation-wide. I'm not so sure. Freiman's main contention is that 'all of the standard objections to polygamous marriage can apply to heterosexual monogamous marriage as well.' This is true in a sense, but only if your objections are so broad as to be almost meaningless." (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nt6nta6  

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When nullifiers were abolitionists: Vermont vs. the Fugitive Slave Act

June 30, 2015
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TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"Critics of nullification are fond of bringing up the Nullification Crisis of 1832 involving John C. Calhoun's misguided and warped interpretation of what the doctrine meant as advocated by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Many, however, are unfamiliar with another nullification crisis involving -- gasp! -- not one of those wicked Southern states, but the dye-in-the-wool New England state of Vermont, which drew the ire of President Millard Filmore and actually brought the threat of military intervention." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3byrp3  

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Love of power wins — now the Yezhovschina can begin

June 30, 2015
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"The Secret Police in Orwell's dystopian society were employed by the Ministry of Love. In that ironic designation we find the genuine meaning of the insistent refrain that 'love' triumphed when the US Supreme Court consummated the long campaign to bring the most intimate human institution fully under the state's control." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nt4sq97  

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Jeb Bush: Enemy of a free society

June 30, 2015
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Laurence M. Vance LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance  

"Jeb Bush, like his father and brother before him, and like all of the Republicans and conservatives who, although they may disagree with Jeb on Common Core and immigration, agree with him wholeheartedly on this issue, hasn't the slightest idea what a free society is. ... when asked how he would balance religious and personal freedoms, Bush cited the Washington state flower shop that was sued for refusing to do business with a same-sex couple that was getting married." (06/30/15)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/06/laurence-m-vance/king-of-cronies/  

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SCOTUS is a political branch, not a legal one

June 30, 2015
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Bruce McQuain QandO
by Bruce McQuain  

"Elizabeth Price Foley wants to lay it off on liberals: 'Leftists believe that 'law is politics,' so they're not particularly interested in how they get there: What matters, to the political left, is simply getting there. The ends justify the means.' But we all know why Thomas, Scalia, Alito and, oh yeah, Roberts, ended up on the Supreme Court. The conservatives believe 'law is politics' just as much as the left -- they just haven't been as successful at it recently." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pzxoh37  

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The Libertarian Angle, 06/30/15

June 30, 2015
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"Each week, FFF president Jacob Hornberger discusses the hot topics of the day. This week, Jacob and guest co-host Ted Grimsrun discuss World War II and Ted's book The Good War That Wasn't -- and Why It Matters." [Flash video] (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p9zmnys  

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Who will be the last to crash?

June 30, 2015
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Paul Rosenberg Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg  

"This is the question that astute investors are forced to ask themselves these days. No reasonable person believes that a system of ever-expanding debt can resolve painlessly. It simply cannot happen ... not, at least, until 2+2 stops equaling four. But the international money system, while deeply interconnected, can implode in sections. In fact, it’s highly unlikely that it will crash as a single unit." (06/29/15)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/will-last-crash/  

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ObamaCare’s best allies: The courts and the Republicans

June 30, 2015
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Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"As dissatisfaction with Obamacare grows, there will be renewed efforts to pass a single-payer health care system. Single-payer advocates will point to Obamacare's corporatist features as being responsible for its failures and claim the only solution is to get the private sector completely out of health care. Unfortunately, many Republicans will inadvertently aid the single-payer advocates by failing to acknowledge that Obamacare is not socialist but corporatist, and that the pre-Obamacare health care system was hobbled by government intervention." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqasp66  

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Justice John Roberts’s ObamaCare decision is an Orwellian mess

June 30, 2015
posted by

Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"For the second time in three years, Chief Justice John Roberts has saved President Barack Obama's signature legislation, his eponymous healthcare law that seems to enjoy more legitimacy at the Supreme Court than among the American people. What is going on here? Is the George W. Bush appointee a secret liberal, or at least a jurist who 'grew in office' like so many before him? Actually no, quite the opposite. He's the epitome of a small-c conservative, meaning that temperamentally and philosophically he works to preserve the status quo and not rock the boat. " (06/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqde6gr  

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Montani semper liberi: The art of being free in the back of beyond

June 30, 2015
posted by

Zero Gov Zero Gov
by John Meyers  

"Mountain peoples have always had a knack for being free. Mountainous topography has historically acted as a talisman against over bearing authoritarianism. Rugged individualism in the Appalachian, Ozarks and Rocky Mountain chains in these united States is still rampant despite the usual suspects best efforts to squash it. Regions across the globe from Southeast Asia, to the Highlands of the Isles of Great Britain, to the Swiss Alps, demonstrate a similar allergy to despotism." (06/29/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4258  

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Hoping Obergefell isn’t a bad precedent

June 30, 2015
posted by

Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson  

"Long ago, involving some people I knew, a pastor refused to perform a marriage of a female-male couple, at least one of whom grew up in the church. Why? They were living together. Meaning, everyone new they were having sex before marriage. 'Living in sin.' The parents of the woman left the church because the pastor refused to perform the ceremony. As far I know, there was no lawsuit. They found another church. Was the pastor or church committing a crime? If so, who's the victim?" (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p68rkfp  

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Free Talk Live, 06/29/15

June 30, 2015
posted by

Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Porcfest Reflections :: Gay Marriage Supreme Court Decision's Effect on Gun Rights? Opinions differ. :: Confederate Flag at Porcfest :: Why fly the Confederate flag? :: Racist Roots of Marriage License :: Attack on Confederate History? :: Rebel Symbol :: Google Censoring Rebel Flag Shopping Results? :: MDMA vs War." [Flash audio or MP3] (06/29/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-06-29  

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The undetermined legacy of “Obergefell v. Hodges”

June 30, 2015
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by Nan D Hunter  

"No two nodes of social meaning have changed more since the end of World War II than marriage and the scope of individual freedom protected by the Constitution. In its ruling that the right to marry must be open to same-sex couples in every state, the Supreme Court, by the slimmest of majorities, turned back efforts to disable the Constitution as a source of liberty in the realm of family life. Few if any acts of state could have conveyed the message of equality for a previously despised group more powerfully than the Court’s guarantee of access to an institution that both expresses moral norms and organizes material support. That is the good news, and it merits celebration. But beware: There are razors in this apple." [editor's note: This one is worth a read; it lays out both the short-term positives and the long-term dangerous side effects of the ruling, based on how it was phrased - SAT] (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbmy5r3  

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SpaceX flameout hardly heralds failure

June 30, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Robert Cyran  

"Space flight is like the venture capital industry in reverse: Most launches succeed, but a prominent few explode spectacularly, just as SpaceX’s latest attempt did on Sunday. Such mishaps, though, are par for the course in the space business, and Elon Musk’s company remains on the right trajectory. Google and Fidelity invested $1 billion earlier this year, giving SpaceX a $12 billion headline valuation. And the development of rockets that can handle more cargo and be reused is under way, promising to increase the cost advantage over rivals. The privately owned SpaceX claims to be profitable and had 18 successful flights of its Falcon 9 rocket under its belt before the weekend. The latest flameout spoils that record but shouldn’t materially harm the firm’s prospects." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/peear4w  

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Roberts’ slightly modest proposal

June 30, 2015
posted by

The New Republic The New Republic
by Andrew Koppelman  

"Judicial modesty, as The New York Times' Adam Liptak observed Friday, was a theme of Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinions in the same-sex marriage and Obamacare cases. In the latter, the Court’s job was to implement the purpose of the statute, not to defeat it by cramped hypertechnical interpretation. “In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people,” Roberts wrote. In the former, he dissented that 'judges are unelected and unaccountable, and that the legitimacy of their power depends on confining it to the exercise of legal judgment.' Liptak was careful not to endorse this claim of judicial restraint, and when one considers Roberts’s opinions in context (beyond the limits of these two decisions) the claim is hard to take." (06/29/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122192/slightly-modest-proposal  

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Now we build a fair trade movement

June 30, 2015
posted by

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"Fast track trade authority passed last week. So many of us fought so hard but The Money won again -- this time. What do we do now? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). And then, win or lose, we build a fair trade movement that will eventually rewrite all of our trade agreements and policies so that they work for We the People instead of just a few people." [editor's note: Better yet, an actually FREE trade movement, based on open borders, no tariffs and free-market exchange among individuals, not governments - SAT] (06/29/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150629/now-we-build-a-fair-trade-movement  

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Gases and masses

June 30, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Michael B. Gerrard, associate faculty chair at Columbia University's Earth Institute and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, presents a gloomy, doomy picture of earth 85 years from now. 'Toward the end of this century, if current trends are not reversed,' he writes, 'large parts of Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt and Vietnam, among other countries, will be under water.' And we need somebody to blame. Today. Step forth, America!" (06/29/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/29/gases-and-masses/  

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Court cracks redistricting racket

June 30, 2015
posted by

USA Today USA Today
by staff  

"In 2001, as the California Legislature prepared to draw new congressional districts, 30 Democratic members of Congress took matters into their own hands. They hired consultants to draw them safe districts, and then persuaded the legislature to accept the districts they presented. As one not-very-discrete congressman said of the money he spent on consultants: 'Twenty thousand dollars is nothing to keep your seat.' To thwart this kind of thinking (and to help ensure that districts lines are fair, sensible and relatively compact) voters in California approved a measure in 2010 creating an independent commission to draw all state and federal political boundaries. The move borrowed from similar initiatives passed by voters in Arizona, Washington and several smaller states." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozwajtq  

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SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality raises new question

June 30, 2015
posted by

Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"Fundamental rights are not something that should be regulated or licensed. But what exactly are fundamental rights? It could be argued that the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are the fundamental rights, and they are the ones specified in the Declaration of Independence. I would expound to say that anything that is does not cause a real victim is a fundamental right." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (06/28/15)

http://fpp.cc/scotus-ruling-on-marriage-equality-raises-new-question/  

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Republicans need to find a new culture war

June 30, 2015
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"While Antonin Scalia's dissents in last week's two blockbuster cases were full of his usual colorful bombast, there was one line that stuck out for me. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the gay marriage case, Scalia aimed his withering contempt at Anthony Kennedy's assertion in the majority opinion that two people can find 'other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality' in the bond of marriage. 'Really?' Scalia wrote. 'Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality (whatever that means) were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.' And while you're at it, tell those flapper dames to stop showing so much ankle!" [editor's note: One more reminder of why there was no way in hell I was ever going to a Republican - SAT] (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pw8otjl  

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Generous with someone else’s money

June 30, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"What could be more magnanimous than a cafeteria worker giving out free lunches? Or an education official writing off school loans? In both cases, the recipients of the largess must see a champion. Yet, in neither case is the person acting as a beneficent philanthropist paying the costs of the apparent charity. The bill goes to the taxpayers. Public officials should learn that the money is not theirs to give." (06/29/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/generous-with-someone-elses-money  

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The Supreme Court didn’t give us the right to marry (neither did the politicians and their hangers-on)

June 30, 2015
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Andy Thayer  

"For many years now, marriage rights has polled as the #1 issue of concern in the LGBT community, yet it was only after that that the parasitical, national NGO groups started to push the issue (after the Democratic Party said it was okay to do so). ... many of the early court decisions for equal marriage rights came from Republican justices, no shit. The Dems were petrified of taking any stance on the issue, seeing it as a 'loser.' Country club Republicans, on the other hand, had more freedom. It was an 'only Nixon can go to China' moment." (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oceof32  

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