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Lest darkness triumph

August 25, 2015
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"You understand and I understand that spending your life waiting for handouts from the government, or standing in line demanding them, is not a viable means of existence. It leads inevitably to economic ruin, and along the way, it diminishes those who attempt to live in that manner, as well as those who are forced at gunpoint to support them. Eventually it fails, although most of its victims never know why. Socialism, which pretends to have the answers, is nothing but the political expression of an ignorant, visceral, inarticulate hatred and envy of everything that has raised humanity above the level of the animals." (08/23/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle835-20150823-02.html  

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What were you all waiting for?

August 25, 2015
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The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill  

"For the past century or so the development of individual rights has been impeded by the cancer known as Progressivism, the belief that 'experts' have more right to determine what is 'good' for any individual than that individual has to determine that for himself, and that said 'experts' have the right to dispatch armed thugs to use violence to punish those who dare to violate the arbitrary pronouncements of those experts, in order to terrorize the greater population into meek obedience. But the bloody consequences of 'progressive' thought are at last becoming obvious to all but the True Believers and the hopelessly collectivist, and it's only a matter of time before drug prohibition follows eugenics, and prohibition of pragmatic sexual activity follows prohibition of non-procreative sexual activity, onto the ash-heap of history." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndrdveo  

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Presidents who have exceeded their historical reputations

August 25, 2015
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"Two former presidents have recently been in the news for unfavorable reasons. Recent DNA testing showed that Republican Warren Harding, already believed to have had an extramarital affair with at least one mistress, likely had a love child with another, perhaps confirming the second one's tell-all book about their affair written in the 1920s after Harding had died in office. Another former president, Democrat Jimmy Carter, announced that he had cancer. What do these seemingly unrelated chief executives -- in both time, party, and temperament -- have in common? They were both significantly better presidents than the historical reputations they have been given." (08/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olruoqp  

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Free Talk Live, 08/24/15

August 25, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"Derrick J's Moving to San Francisco :: Free the Nipple :: Bank Fees :: :: Trump :: Immigration and Language :: Kissing Your Children on the Lips -- Weird? :: Yelp Now Allowing Reviews of Govt Agencies :: Koreas Back Down From Brink of War :: Private Property :: Constitution." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/24/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-08-24  

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Why government hates cash

August 25, 2015
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Joseph T. Salerno Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Joseph T Salerno  

"In April it was announced that Greece was imposing a surcharge for all cash withdrawals from bank accounts to deter citizens from clearing out their accounts. So now the Greeks will have to pay one euro per 1,000 euros that they withdraw, which is one-tenth of a percent. It doesn't seem very big, but the principle at work is extremely big because what they're in effect doing is breaking the exchange rate between a unit of bank deposits and a unit of currency. Why would they do this? Why would they want to do this? Well, it's one of the anti-cash policies that mainstream economists have vigorously been promoting." (08/24/15)

https://mises.org/library/why-government-hates-cash-0  

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Can the Republican Party survive Trump?

August 25, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Molly Ball  

"As Trump evinces surprising staying power atop the Republican field, nervous party members increasingly fret that he is hurting the image of the GOP and damaging its eventual nominee -- who most assume will not be Trump. The most obvious problem is Trump's outspoken opposition to immigration and immigrants, which has offended Hispanics -- a fast-growing voter demographic the party can't afford to lose ground with -- and dragged other candidates into a discussion of inflammatory ideas like ending birthright citizenship. But many Republican strategists, donors, and officeholders fret that the harm goes deeper than a single voting bloc. Trump's candidacy has blasted open the GOP’s longstanding fault lines at a time when the party hoped for unity." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgud2rv  

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Republican hypocrisy on Planned Parenthood

August 25, 2015
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Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  

"Abortion is an emotionally charged issue. But the real issue here has everything to do with principle and nothing to do with abortion, fetal tissue, medical research, or whether someone is pro-life or pro-choice. The Republican outrage over Planned Parenthood's practices and its attempt to defund the organization clearly show how utterly devoid they are of the very principles they claim to stand for. Things such as the Constitution, limited government, fiscal conservatism, and free enterprise." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q3f4sw5  

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The war over Hayek’s intellectual legacy: A response to John Gray

August 25, 2015
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Georgi Vuldzhev  

"According to British philosopher John Gray, economist F.A. Hayek failed to grasp the fundamental inefficiency of capitalism, held to an ahistorical theory of business cycles, misunderstood the Great Depression, and offered policy recommendations that would have been disastrous had any government listened. Gray offers these critiques in the July 30 issue of New Statesman, in an article on the life, intellectual achievements, and mistakes of the renowned Austrian economist and Nobel laureate. Gray even claims that Hayek's greatest intellectual rival, John Maynard Keynes, was the better economist of the two. Gray's analysis is full of problems." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6ra4x8  

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Electronic Health Records: A physician’s view

August 25, 2015
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National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Lawrence N Pivnick MD JD  

"Driving to my medical office one spring morning on the Dallas North Tollway, I was taken aback by a massive billboard extolling the virtues of electronic health records (EHRs) at a local health conglomerate, to coordinate the transmission of patients' medical information between the many hospitals and physicians within its system. The sign declared that 'all who need your medical record will be able to obtain it,' as if this were some sort of incontrovertible benefit." (08/24/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/electronic-health-records-a-physician-s-view  

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The real problem with the TSA can’t be fixed with Yelp reviews

August 25, 2015
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Marc Scribner, Harper Jean Tobin and John Whitehead  

"With summer travel in full swing, nearly two million Americans every day are subject to airport security that's invasive and dubiously effective. Travelers may now be able to post one-star reviews of their poor treatment on Yelp, but that doesn't address the real problem with airport security: current screening methods are illegal." (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohfvpq7  

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“Little green steps” reflect sustainability in education, part 2

August 25, 2015
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil  

"The word 'sustainability' is now being overused throughout our public education system. The claim is that teaching sustainable development to students will help them solve problems, such as climate change and poverty reduction, by teaching students how to change their behavior and thus help combat issues deemed as problems." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6v9d6n  

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Glittery debt perspective

August 25, 2015
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Neal McCluskey Cato Institute
by Neal McCluskey  

"In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Daniels sang the praises of income-share agreements, a means of financing college in which investors pay for a student's schooling in exchange for an agreed upon percentage of his or her earnings over a set period of time. I like ISAs -- Cato published a paper on them back in 2002 -- and they are decidedly not an over-the-top idea. What I thought excessive was this: Daniels wrote that student debt, averaging around $27,000 per borrower, is equivalent to 'indentured servitude.'" (08/24/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/glittery-debt-perspective  

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The victims’ mothers

August 24, 2015
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The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Boris Karpa  

"I am The Victim's Mother. I can come at any time and demand more and you are totally defenseless against me, because I am the The Poor Innocent Victim's Mother. Because your friends and neighbors are human, and because compassion towards a woman holding her dead child's photograph in her hands is what most people will feel, this will empower my political masters to do anything we want." (08/23/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=1986  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 08/24/15

August 24, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"DerrickJ and MK Lords yak about hairless Jeffrey Tucker cyborgs and freeing the nipple and why ladies should have the same right to be as nekkid as guys. Also, Jeff Tucker was arrested (while fully clothed), and we upload our brains into the cloud to send our hairless cyborg bodies on adventures through the Feen galaxy high atop Beastlick Plaza." [various formats] (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owd79xs  

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Scowcroft, the GOP, and the nuclear deal

August 24, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Gen. Scowcroft makes a strong case for the nuclear deal, and a more sober and responsible Republican Party would listen carefully to what he has to say. Regrettably, we already know that on foreign policy generally and this issue in particular the current GOP is neither of those things. Comparisons between the debate over the Iraq war and the debate over the current deal with Iran can be overdone, but it is instructive to remember that Scowcroft was one of a relative few prominent Republicans to oppose the invasion of Iraq publicly. Now he is one of a very few former Republican officials to express support for the nuclear deal." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohjcctw  

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For immigration answers, look to liberty

August 24, 2015
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Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"The fact is, in a more libertarian society citizenship itself would not be all that highly prized. Immigration could be controlled to a degree using property rights instead of building walls and issuing a national ID card. One very important 'right' currently granted by US citizenship is the 'right' to all the free stuff from the government. A more libertarian society would likely have a more restrictive immigration policy because entry into the US would not be accompanied by guarantees of free things and most property would be owned privately." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmzfb4z  

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#Gamergate: Taking on the new feminism

August 24, 2015
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spiked spiked
by Irene Ogrizek  

"The scales tipping in the #Gamergate controversy, the consumer revolt against misconduct in the video-games press, are between freedom and control. Gamers want to maintain their creative rights; so-called third-wave feminists, like those following Anita Sarkeesian, are challenging them. At its heart, this is a battle about artistic freedom." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q87ltpt  

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An Singerian argument against abortion

August 24, 2015
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Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"I'm pro-choice. But here's an argument against the moral permissibility of abortion I haven't seen: Recall Singer's thought experiment about the drowning toddler." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj569wg  

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Anthony de Jasay: Political philosopher par excellence

August 24, 2015
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Carl Close  

"Anthony de Jasay isn't a household name, but he should be. The former Parisian banker is one of the most original thinkers in political philosophy today, and his insights on the nature of liberty, justice, and the state have major implications for how we might improve our governments, communities, and culture." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6u7hah  

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Cannabis and kings

August 24, 2015
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"The over-riding reason to end the War on Drugs is to re-establish the rule of law in this country. From Nixon and Reagan to the present time, America has vastly increased the population of prison inmates, many of them for drug offenses. The 'land of the free' shouldn't boast a larger population (per capita and total) of unfree persons than any other nation on the planet. Further, in the mania to apprehend contraband drug users, producers, and traffickers, we've pretty much lost Bill of Rights protections on our lives and our property." (08/24/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/08/24/cannabis-and-kings/  

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What about the states?

August 24, 2015
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TJ Martinell Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell  

"Some regular followers of the Tenth Amendment Center's work may wonder why we spend time focusing on some state and local policies, such as the increasing militarization of law enforcement or state and local police drone surveillance. After all, aren't these sorts of thing left to the states, according to the Tenth Amendment? Some might argue that the TAC should stick to focusing on the feds and not pay attention to bad policies at the state or local level. On the surface, this argument seems logical, but it misinterprets both a practical and philosophical understanding of the Tenth Amendment." (08/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwcrddp  

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Can Bernie Sanders win the nomination?

August 24, 2015
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CounterPunch
by Arun Gupta  

"Those who think Sanders can realistically win the nomination assume the primary process is a level playing field. It's not: the primaries are a war of attrition designed to favor establishment candidates with corporate backing. Since the 1970s the Democratic field has been littered with the carcases of left-leaning insurgents like Sanders: Ted Kennedy in 1980, Jesse Jackson in 1984 and 1988, Jerry Brown in 1992, Dennis Kucinich in 2004, and John Edwards in 2008. Given this history, saying Sanders can win is an extraordinary claim, and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." (08/24/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/24/can-bernie-win-the-nomination/  

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Reply to Kurt Schlichter

August 24, 2015
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David Henderson EconLog
by David Henderson  

"Pundit and trial lawyer Kurt Schlichter has written a strongly worded article telling Republican candidates for President how they should think about immigration. The tone suggests that he's not very open to changing his mind. Nevertheless, the points he makes call out for a response." (08/23/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/08/reply_to_kurt_s.html  

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The bears and the bugs

August 24, 2015
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox  

"James Bowman is a good writer, and he wrote a very good article about the recent British elections for the June issue of The New Criterion, which is a good magazine. In that article there are a number of memorable observations, such as the idea that politics is usually and traditionally a matter of 'the orderly management of the hatred between social factions.' I'm not sure that's strictly true, but it's certainly relevant to the current state of American political affairs. It's also well phrased. I like reading Bowman's stuff. So it's a sad indication of the state of our language that even such a good writer as James Bowman should refer, in the same article, to 'the problem that eventually sunk the [British] Labour campaign.' Sunk?" (08/23/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1452  

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Education: Guaranteeing access isn’t enough

August 24, 2015
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"In a recent email, a professor of sociology expressed some skepticism about what she regarded as over-enthusiastic treatment of the possibilities for new education models in a stateless society. Among other things, she questioned the apparent claim that new media, online courses and free lectures would 'save the education system' or provide access to education. My response to these points is that 1) we should first address the prior question of the nature of the system we're guaranteeing access to, and 2) the current education system needs to be destroyed, not saved." (08/24/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/39973  

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