Commentary

Stepping out

October 21, 2014
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MamaLiberty The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty  

"Situational awareness, trusting your guts, shot placement, learning to function under stress, keeping your body and gear in some kind of shape to get the job done. So many things to do, watch, learn. Well, here’s one more. Watch your footing." (10/20/14)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=5974  

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How the UAE tried to silence a popular Arab Spring activist

October 21, 2014
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Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"Earlier this year, as a wave of counterrevolution and repression continued to roll back popular democratic uprisings across the Middle East, one of the Arab Spring’s most popular online activists found himself sitting in a jail cell. Iyad el-Baghdadi, a popular blogger and Twitter personality who first came to prominence during the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, was arrested by authorities in the United Arab Emirates in April. Detained, imprisoned and then expelled from the country, he has been living in limbo in Malaysia ever since." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qxsqojv  

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It’s not just spying — how the NSA has turned into a giant profit center for corrupt insiders

October 21, 2014
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"If the above sounds like a joke, unfortunately it is not. Last week, two very important stories came out; one from Reuters and the other from Buzzfeed. They both zero in on how current NSA employees are using their expertise and connections to make big money in the private sector while still working at the NSA. Let’s start with the Reuters story, which covers former NSA-head Keith Alexander’s business relationship with the NSA’s current Chief Technical Officer, Patrick Dowd." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kux2szo  

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The Fed’s new labor-market measure

October 21, 2014
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Frank Shostak Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak  

"Economists at the Federal Reserve have devised a new indicator, which they hold will enable US central bank policymakers to get better information regarding the state of the labor market. The metric is labeled as the Labor Market Conditions Index (LMCI). Note that one of the key data points Fed policymakers are paying attention to is the labor market. The state of this market dictates the type of monetary policy that is going to be implemented." (10/21/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6931/The-Feds-New-LaborMarket-Measure  

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Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian theory of inflations and recessions

October 21, 2014
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Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M. Ebeling  

"Mises insisted that the economic rollercoaster of the business cycle was not caused by any inherent weaknesses or contradictions within the free market capitalist system. Rather, inflationary booms followed by the bust of economic depression or recession had its origin in the control and mismanagement by governments of the monetary and banking system." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lggawz9  

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National service is anti-liberty and un-American

October 21, 2014
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US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"Proponents of national service claim that young people have a moral obligation to give something back to society. But giving the government power to decide our moral obligations is an invitation to totalitarianism. Mandatory national service is not just anti-liberty, it is un-American." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qayehyl  

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Let the market contain Ebola

October 21, 2014
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"I’m surprised that libertarians haven’t been smeared with more “see how much we need government?” propaganda than usual over this. But thinking about it, I can see why. It’s not like the governmental response inspires much confidence, and there are obvious ways in which even the current not-very-free market could respond far more effectively. Two potential panic points revealed over the last couple of weeks provide great examples ..." (10/20/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/32803  

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Pornophobia

October 21, 2014
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Bestselling author and lawyer, John Grisham, found it necessary to apologize to the terminally neurotic American public this week for speaking logically and rationally about child porn." (10/19/14)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/10/pornophobia.html  

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Either praise the police, or shut up

October 21, 2014
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Like other agencies of its kind, the NYPD is well-stocked with the kind of privileged bullies who have mastered the art of simultaneously swaggering and simpering. Thus anonymous NYPD sources described anti-police graffiti to the New York Post as 'a disturbing hate crime.' Through video surveillance, the NYPD identified 36-year-old Rosella Best as the culprit. Best tagged police vehicles and a public school with graffiti expressing such eminently defensible (if grammatically awkward) sentiments as 'NYPD pick on the harmless,' 'NYPD pick on the innocent,' and -- in a display of familiar but increasingly justified hyperbole -- 'NAZIS=NYPD.' (Assuming that Ms. Best used only 'public' property as her canvas, it’s difficult to identify an actual victim in this case.) Best was charged with 'criminal mischief as a hate crime.'' (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nkseykg  

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Hands off our history

October 21, 2014
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Lucas Lostoski  

"In Ben Carson’s America, the truth is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is that children are brainwashed into accepting his views. After going through Ben Carson’s version of American history, our children will certainly not wish to fight alongside ISIS. However, they will likely be uncultured and believe that America can do no wrong. They may be ready to sign up to fight for their empire. This is what Dr. Ben Carson is attempting to do to the young people of our country. It’s time we discredit him and his radically ahistorical agenda." (10/18/14)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2014/10/18/hands-off-our-history/  

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Why Republicans may still lose the Senate

October 21, 2014
posted by

Our Future
by Bill Scher  

"While we shouldn’t assume the outcome in any of these close Senate races, it’s true that Republicans have inched ahead in many of the contested states where Democrats currently hold seats. However, it’s also true that Republicans have lost ground in the three states that nearly everyone assumed Republicans had in the bag: Georgia, Kansas and South Dakota. If the electorate was experiencing a swing to the right, this split dynamic wouldn’t be happening." [editor's note: Not sure why this "progressive" pundit cares about Gop misfortunes, but ... - SAT] (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qhqulyy  

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The ethics of voluntaryism

October 21, 2014
posted by

Skyler J. Collins Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J. Collins  

"A person's values are his own. What he wants out of life is up to him to determine. What wasn't up to him, however, was being born. That was up to his parents, or at least his mother. But born he was, into a life already existing within society. He and his family constitute the first society that he experiences. There begins his evaluations. He will either decide that society is worthwhile, or not. If he does, the question must be asked, worthwhile to what end?" (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lxc979x  

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Being the “indispensable nation” is killing American democracy

October 21, 2014
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Reuters
by Robert L. Borosage  

"America (proudly dubbed the 'indispensable nation' by its national-security managers) is now the entangled nation enmeshed in conflicts across the globe. President Barack Obama, scorned by his Republican critics as an 'isolationist' who wants to 'withdraw from the world,' is waging the longest war in U.S. history in Afghanistan, boasts of toppling the Muammar Gaddafi regime in Libya, launches airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State and picks targets for drones to attack in as many as eight countries, while dispatching planes to the Russian border in reaction to its machinations in Ukraine, and a fleet to the South China Sea as the conflict over control of islands and waters escalates between China and its neighbors." [editor's note: This translates better as "Becoming an empire-state is killing American liberty" - SAT] (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n9e3h5j  

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Blueprint for success: Turning federal acts into hot air

October 21, 2014
posted by

10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin  

"In what should be seen as a blueprint for effective resistance to federal power, the Nashville Police refused to help the Secret Service after a 'frantic call for backup' to enter and search a resident's home without a search warrant. ... While the federal politicians and bureaucrats would like you to believe that the federal government is all-powerful and will do what it wants, when it wants, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The Secret Service wasn’t able to carry out its warrantless raid without help from local police." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m4q8rgj  

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Do we need a lender of last resort?

October 21, 2014
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nicolas Cachanosky  

"There is a widespread belief that a sound banking system requires a central bank to act as a lender of last resort. In a nutshell, the argument goes as follows: there are inherent potential instabilities in the banking system, to avoid a serious crisis and to interrupt means of payment, a central bank that is 'external' to market forces should behave as a lender of last resort. There are two problems with this line of reasoning." (10/20/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6928/Do-We-Need-a-Lender-of-Last-Resort  

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The ghetto mentality

October 21, 2014
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by YB Ben Avraham  

"Major Jewish communal organizations have a long history of backing Victim Disarmament. We are often our own worst enemies. Aaron Zelman’s forming of JPFO was partially driven as a response to this sad fact. I contend this powerful, self-destructive tendency is part of a larger issue." (10/19/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=103  

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What would elections be like if everyone voted?

October 21, 2014
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Imagine, if you would, an election in which almost everyone turned out to vote. Campaigns would have to reorient their persuasion efforts, because they'd have to talk to everyone. It wouldn't matter whether it was a presidential year or a midterm year. All the time, money, and effort that goes into identifying potential voters, making sure they're registered, and then getting them to the polls would no longer be needed. And of course, people like me wouldn't be able to spend months talking about which voters were going to turn out and which ones weren't." [editor's note: Imagine, if you would, a world in which we all don't have to vote because Paul Waldman thinks we should ... - TLK] (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p6thafk  

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Ebola czar

October 21, 2014
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Cameron Cardow  

Cartoon. (10/17/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/ebola-czar-2/  

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Houston, you’re a problem

October 21, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Will this installment of 'Common Sense' be subpoenaed by the City of Houston? The city first subpoenaed the sermons of pastors who oppose a controversial equal-rights ordinance and who have 'ties' to conservative activists suing the city. When that raised howls of protest, the city, in its infinite wisdom, issued new subpoenas for 'speeches' by these pastors. The difference between sermons and speeches? None." (10/20/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/20/houston-youre-a-problem/  

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Living the easy life

October 21, 2014
posted by

Doug Bandow Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow  

"Most foreigners travel to Egypt to play tourist. I visited with a human rights delegation. As a result, I came away with a very different picture than do most foreigners of this fascinating nation. I was also reminded how lucky Americans -- and, indeed, most Westerners -- are. Forget American exceptionalism or manifest destiny. Most important are the basic characteristics of a free society.

http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/living-the-easy-life  

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Jerry Brown: Caucus of one

October 20, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"I know Republicans who voted for Jerry Brown in 2010. They thought he’d be like Nixon going to China and stand up to public-employee unions by fixing a dysfunctional pension system. They thought he’d live up to his pose as elder sage, ready to do what’s best for the state. After he won a return engagement as governor, Brown liked to bloviate about the need for elected officials to demonstrate 'loyalty to California.' I don’t think he really understands what loyalty is." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q6qa3or  

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Equal pay for equal work

October 20, 2014
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood  

"We usually think that wages and productivity will be pretty closely related. Employers are unlikely to consistently pay above productivity, because they’d lose money. But equally, they’ll be unable to consistently pay far below productivity (less the share needed to rent the capital involved) because in a reasonably competitive market firms will compete their workers away with more attractive job offers." (10/20/14)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/equal-pay-for-equal-work/  

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Black-brown alliance turning Kansas blue

October 20, 2014
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In These Times
by Sam Ross-Brown  

"Heading into the November elections, you could be forgiven for assuming the GOP hold on Kansas isn’t going to loosen. The home base of the Koch brothers, the state has become a poster child of Tea Party Republicanism, toeing the far-right line on voter ID laws, abortion restrictions and a host of other issues. In 2012, the National Journal rated the congressional delegation from Kansas as the most conservative in the country -- and that was before a Koch-funded campaign succeeded in ousting moderate Republicans in that year’s primaries. ... But in the lead-up to November, Kansas’s red-state armor began to show some cracks." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kfmnzpv  

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Ebola: The culture of fear goes viral

October 20, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"Ebola is a serious problem -- for those living in the West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, that is. ... What ebola is not, though, is a problem for the developed world. And nor is it ever likely to be. That’s not just because ebola has a low transmission rate (of about one new case for every individual infected). It’s not just that to catch it you have to be exposed to the bodily fluids (blood, vomit or fecal matter) of a sufferer during the latter stages of the infection. It’s not just that it is not airborne, and therefore requires actual physical contact with a sufferer to be contracted. No, the reason why ebola will not be able to have the same impact in the West that it is having in West Africa is simple: development." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pjfjxko  

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Our prodigal generation

October 20, 2014
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Rev. Robert A. Sirico  

"As a pastor, parents often share with me the grief they have when a child of theirs leaves the faith. I won't bore you with statistics, but suffice it to say that many young adults today seem to leave their faith behind, shedding it as if it were one more remnant of childhood to be boxed up and stored in Mom and Dad's attic." (10/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mkqr7f5  

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