Commentary

Smartphones vs. taxi drivers

October 28, 2014
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Brian Doherty Reason
by Brian Doherty  

"Regulators and entrenched interests scramble to cope with the e-hailing revolution." (for publication 11/14)

http://reason.com/archives/2014/10/28/smartphones-vs-taxi-drivers  

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The war on Halloween

October 28, 2014
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The Cagle Post
by Pat Bagley  

Cartoon. (10/27/14)

http://www.cagle.com/2014/10/the-war-on-halloween/  

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Nader on Hillary: “corporatist militarist” and “menace to the USA!”

October 28, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story
by Eric W. Dolan  

"Former presidential candidate Ralph Nader slammed two of the major contenders for the White House in 2016. 'Hillary [Clinton] is a corporatist and a militarist,' he said during an recent interview with We Are Change. 'Do we want another corporatist and militarist? She thinks Obama is too weak. He doesn’t kill enough people overseas. So she’s a menace to the United States of America. What we need is people (regardless of whether they are libertarians or not) that pull back on the empire and make Wall Street subordinate to main street.' ... Nader wasn’t too fond of Clinton’s potential Republican rival, Rand Paul, either." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p56txpx  

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The government we deserve

October 28, 2014
posted by

Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"This may be the most expensive midterm election in history, but it isn't necessarily the dumbest. That's not because it's smart in any way, just that elections in America are always dumb. To take just one tiny data point, the hottest Senate race in the country may be in Iowa, where everything turns on just how mad the Democratic candidate got when his neighbor's chickens kept crapping in his yard. Madison and Jefferson would be so proud. Commentators with brows set high and low periodically try to redeem a public that falls for this kind of stuff, with varying degrees of success." (10/28/14)

http://prospect.org/article/government-we-deserve  

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Students must fight for the right to chant

October 28, 2014
posted by

spiked spiked
by Elas Makouezi  

"From the banning of pro-life groups to the ongoing war on lads, 2014 is already shaping up to be a vintage year for campus censorship. And, in a late entry to the most ridiculous clampdowns of 2013, comes the University of Nottingham, where a group of freshers have faced heavy penalties for an obscene chant." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nzqzsre  

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Regulatory barriers are holding back investing and lending opportunities for crowdfunding

October 28, 2014
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Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau  

"When most people hear the word 'crowdfunding,' they think of sites like Kickstarter and IndieGogo, where users can fund a new project and get souvenirs such as T-shirts or a sample of the product being funded. These innovations should be applauded, but they only scratch the surface of crowdfunding's vast potential. Viewed broadly, crowdfunding could bring together investor and entrepreneurs, allowing them to bypass 'middle men' such as Wall Street banks. As I noted previously in Forbes, if a crowdfunding project currently were to offer funders a piece of the potential profits, instead of T-Shirts or other trinkets, it would run into a brick wall of Great Depression-era Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules that subject a promise of a share of a business's future earnings to regulation as a 'securities offering.'" (10/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ltc67no  

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IRS re-unleashed

October 28, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"IRS personnel often behave as if they may assault our rights (e.g., to our bank accounts) with impunity, so long as they occasionally defer to our protests by announcing temporary or cosmetic reforms. Others in government cooperate in letting the agency run riot. Perhaps because they agree that the IRS (maybe themselves, too) should enjoy virtually unlimited power over us. Or perhaps simply because they, like the rest of us, are scared of the IRS." (10/28/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/28/irs-re-unleashed/  

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Will black voters help protect abortion rights in Tennessee?

October 28, 2014
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The Nation The Nation
by Dani McClain  

"Voters in Tennessee will soon decide whether to change the state’s Constitution to allow lawmakers to impose new restrictions on abortion. Tennessee, a kind of oasis in the South for abortion rights, has strict privacy protections enshrined in the Constitution, preventing passage of the onerous anti-choice regulations that have passed legislatures elsewhere. Amendment 1 sets out to change all that. How black Tennesseans vote on Amendment 1 may prove to be decisive. Seventeen percent of Tennessee’s population is African-American. In the state’s most populous cities, Memphis and Nashville, that percentage jumps to 63 and 29 respectively." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nlo7hcz  

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Is the REAL ID Act being implemented under your nose?

October 28, 2014
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Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Bribed by hard-to-trace Homeland Security grant money, some states are reversing their opposition to REAL ID .... In other states, unelected bureaucrats are implementing REAL ID ... in defiance of state law!" (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/khqd5gp  

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It’s actually not rich people’s fault that some people are poor

October 28, 2014
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The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Michael Lee  

"One of the most petty and childish narratives advanced by those on the left today is that some people are only poor because others are rich. This narrative is usually designed to scare you into believing income inequality is a huge problem, and that the only way to solve it is by taxing the rich at absurdly high rates." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pvs2vgl  

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More politics means more conflict

October 28, 2014
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"While partisan divides have always been non-trivial in American society, fifty years ago, they were regarded as generally weak. In addition, during the nineteenth century, partisan divides were important, but were less important than other issues such as the North-South or urban-rural divide, ethnic origin, and religion. Such non-political variables have long been recognized as a determinant of one’s political affiliation, and rightly so. But now one’s political affiliation may be working in reverse, determining what states people live in, what neighborhoods they choose, and with whom they associate in general." (10/28/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6939/More-Politics-Means-More-Conflict  

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Iraq war now being fought by people who were just kids when it started

October 28, 2014
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Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain  

"Last week, the Pentagon announced the death of the first American serviceman in the war against ISIS. Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal was killed in what was described as a 'non-combat incident' in Iraq, making him the first American to die in 'Operation Inherent Resolve' -- America's latest military excursion into that country. Cpl. Neal was only 19 years old. He would have only been eight at the outset of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and merely six on 9/11 -- a child at the time of both these events." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lbuxlx7  

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New rules or a game without rules?

October 28, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Vladimir Putin  

"The Cold War ended, but it did not end with the signing of a peace treaty with clear and transparent agreements on respecting existing rules or creating new rules and standards. This created the impression that the so-called 'victors' in the Cold War had decided to pressure events and reshape the world to suit their own needs and interests. If the existing system of international relations, international law and the checks and balances in place got in the way of these aims, this system was declared worthless, outdated and in need of immediate demolition. 

Pardon the analogy, but this is the way nouveaux riches behave when they suddenly end up with a great fortune, in this case, in the shape of world leadership and domination. Instead of managing their wealth wisely, for their own benefit too of course, I think they have committed many follies." (10/28/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nxduxuq  

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Progressives offer bipartisan plan for health care? Not quite

October 28, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Sean Parnell  

"Last week the Center for American Progress released a health care reform plan it claimed should draw bipartisan support because it includes Republican ideas. The first four words of an Associated Press article reporting on the plan were 'Borrowing a Republican idea.' But instead of drawing on the best ideas from both sides of the ideological divide, this latest plan simply repackages left-wing ideas on government-run health care while offering a single token concession to those who believe in market-oriented reform." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mmeepg9  

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My talk on immigration at Northwood University

October 28, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"I began my talk by pointing out that for 100 years, the American people have lived under a permanent immigration crisis. Every five years or so, the crisis bursts into the public arena, during which many people go into paroxysms of angst and anxiety. Those periods inevitably generate reforms, after which the controversy seems to reside. However, after a few years the crisis, which inevitably is worse than ever, pops up again, accompanied by new expressions of angst and anxiety, followed by new reforms. The reason for this permanent state of crisis? Immigration controls." (10/28/14)

http://fff.org/2014/10/28/talk-immigration-northwood-university/  

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Stop pretending you care about school shootings

October 28, 2014
posted by

Christopher Cantwell ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell  

"Schools are prisons, the inmates have been disarmed to prevent them from harming the guards. The guards have been disarmed to prevent the inmates from getting one of their guns. The guards however, are quite clearly there to keep the inmates in, as opposed to keeping threats out. Otherwise, shooters would have a hard time acquiring their targets. Remember that the next time you call for closed borders, my anti-immigration friends. If you actually cared about school shootings, you would do something meaningful to stop them. You would be calling for the release of the inmates, the abolition of the daytime childhood prisons you call public schools." (10/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o72g6w3  

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“Intellectual property” is why we can’t have nice things

October 28, 2014
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"So now we don't have Twitpic. Twitpic is dead. Twitter's users, and therefore Twitter, are worse off. All over competing claims of 'intellectual property' in a word. Claims which would be risible if they hadn't destroyed a valuable application. Twitpic's demise doesn't showcase a bug in the 'intellectual property' system. Rather it highlights a feature of that system, a system designed for the sole purpose of using state power to protect established actors from market competition ..." (10/27/14)

http://c4ss.org/content/32951  

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Interview: Edward Snowden

October 28, 2014
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by Katrina vanden Heuvel & Stephen F. Cohen  

"On October 6, Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen (professor emeritus of Russian studies at New York University and Princeton) sat down in Moscow for a wide-ranging discussion with Edward Snowden. Throughout their nearly four-hour conversation, which lasted considerably longer than planned, the youthful-appearing Snowden was affable, forthcoming, thoughtful and occasionally humorous. Among other issues, he discussed the price he has paid for speaking truth to power, his definition of patriotism and accountability, and his frustration with America’s media and political system." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mvvv3nd  

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Just another immigration horror story

October 28, 2014
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"After entering the United States, Flores went to Ohio, where he worked in different jobs, ultimately ending up working for a company in Akron, where he rose to become a manager. He got married. The couple had four children, all of whom are American citizens. Until recently, they lived in a four-bedroom house in suburbia. Flores owned a F-150 truck. One day he was suddenly picked up by federal immigration authorities. Denying him the opportunity to say goodbye to his wife and kids, federal officials transported him to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where he grabbed a bus back to his hometown in Mexico." (10/27/14)

http://fff.org/2014/10/27/just-another-immigration-horror-story/  

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Patience hell — I’m gonna kill something!

October 28, 2014
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"Joseph Biden may be the unintentional court jester of the Barack Hussein Ebola administration, but he said something the other day that bears contemplation. The victim-disarmament movement, he said, needs another Jim Brady, another high-profile shooting victim to re-energize the political effort to strip us all of our right to the means of self-defense. More than 30 years ago, I first compared that movement, and its gumps and gremlins, to vultures on a cactus, waiting for someone -- even one of their own number—to die in a manner they can make hay from. Ayn Rand could have predicted this sick, obscene, sacrificial policy. And now, King of Klowns Biden has just agreeably confirmed my view." (10/26/14)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle794-20141026-04.html  

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Downtime on our dime

October 28, 2014
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"What happens if you misbehave at work? Are you given a paid vacation? No? Oh, you poor thing. You don't work for the federal government. ... federal workers accused of and often punished for bad behavior at work -- from charging personal items on government credit cards to downloading porn -- are regularly kept on paid leave for months and even years, while charges against them are investigated. We're talking somewhere upwards of 57,000 employees, costing $775 million over a three-year period for not showing up, for not working." (10/27/14)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2014/10/27/downtime-on-our-dime/  

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When political correctness becomes political infantilism

October 28, 2014
posted by

Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Political Correctness has gotten so over-the-top infantile that the term 'Holier Than Thou' applies to the Secular Political Correctness Bullies as much as it ever did to their mirror image Fundamentalist Bible Thumpers. People will never get beyond the utter pettiness of political correctness until they decide to grow up, act like responsible adults instead of manipulated victims, and move on. A case in point is an article about a small group of small-minded word censors in Colorado who object to a Mexican restaurant named 'Illegal Pete's' as offensive and racist." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o3q7dwh  

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Intellectual property impedes intellectual progress

October 28, 2014
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Nikki Burgess  

"Because IP law prevents individuals from using property (including their own bodies) in certain ways, the practice originated as a state-sanctioned grant of monopoly privilege to secure loyalty by insulating favorites against competition. It protects big business interests because large corporations more easily assume the high costs of acquiring and defending a patent. Additionally, suggested IP legislation like the Stop Online Piracy Act would grant corporate copyright holders like Warner Bros. a number of special privileges, including the power to shut down websites and enforce U.S. criminal penalties on foreign entrepreneurs." (10/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lzkm45x  

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How congressional hawks plan to kill Obama’s Iran deal

October 28, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Trita Parsi  

"Negotiations with Iran over the future of its nuclear program have not even concluded yet some members of Congress are preparing to manufacture a political crisis over a deal. Their beef? President Barack Obama may initially bypass Congress and suspend sanctions imposed on Iran to make a deal possible and only later ask lawmakers to end them permanently when it is determined that Iran has complied fully with its obligations under the deal. ... So what’s really going on? It’s very simple: If you prefer war with Iran over a deal with Iran -- even one that would prevent it from building a bomb -- your best and possibly last opportunity to kill the deal is immediately after the nuclear talks have concluded." (10/27/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m8dogep  

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A few questions about Jaylen Fryberg

October 28, 2014
posted by

The Zelman Partisans The Zelman Partisans
by Nicky Kenyon  

"Jaylen was too young to legally buy the handgun he used to murder his classmates, so he took his father's gun and proceeded to shoot his cousins and classmates. Let's put aside the obvious -- that the 'universal background checks' the Mad Moms are demanding would have done nothing to stop Jaylen's actions. He stole the legally-owned gun from his dad. The bigger question was: where were the parents? Why were they not following their son's social media posts? And if they were, why were they not concerned about the violent nature of a number of his Twitter posts, and the pain this kid was obviously feeling?" (10/26/14)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=221  

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