Free Talk Live, 03/31/15

April 1, 2015
Free Talk Live
by   Free Talk Live

"DEA, Secret Service Agents Arrested for Corruption in Silk Road Case :: Further Discussion of Indiana's So-Called Religious Liberty Restoration Act :: Lying Politicians :: Unintended Consequences of the Indiana Law :: Does the law even do anything? :: Not Seeing Discrimination on the Ground in Indiana :: Shocking Allegations about Scientology in New Documentary :: Anarchy and Liberty." (03/31/15)  

The biggest threat to American liberty

April 1, 2015
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger   Bumper Hornberger

"George Washington pointed out, 'Overgrown military establishments, which under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican Liberty.' Wise words by the father of our country, but ones, unfortunately, rejected by modern-day Americans, who love and idolize the enormously overgrown military establishment that now characterizes our federal governmental system." (03/31/15)  

How we destroyed indoor plumbing

April 1, 2015
Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker   Jeffrey Tucker

"The Romans invented indoor plumbing. It took America in the late 20th century to uninvent it. The year the showerhead was compromised was 1994. Whereas showers used to dump 12 gallons of water on us per minute, Congress legislated so that they could only push out 2.5 gallons, meaning that you have to take longer showers, the shampoo and conditioner never quite leave full heads of hair, and you feel the need to run around in your shower just to get the soap off. It's going to get worse." (03/31/15)  

Decisions, decisions

April 1, 2015
Strict Liberalism
by Rocco  

"A reader asks: 'What is a stateless society and how are decisions made in this type of society?' As the asking was done anonymously via the search bar, I don't know if what follows will be satisfactory, but I hope it is at least somewhat helpful. We can kill two birds with one stone if we think in terms of mechanisms. The state is a mechanism that enables nonunanimous collective choices to be made. We might say -- a little loosely -- that a state society is one in which some decide for all." (03/30/15)  

America’s foreign-policy makers endanger us

April 1, 2015
Free Association
by Sheldon Richman   Sheldon Richman

"American politicians frequently declare that the government's first duty is to protect us from foreign threats. If that's so, why have they embroiled us in the Middle East? Instead of keeping us safe, they seem to strive to put us in harm's way by provoking one side or the other in sectarian, ethnic, tribal, and political conflict. With one glaring exception -- Israel versus Palestine -- the U.S. government has been on almost every side of these complicated conflicts at one time or another, depending on the geostrategic context. Considering that record, maybe we should reassess this thing called government. Perhaps if we didn't have it, we wouldn't need it." (03/31/15)  

The Matthew Townsend case: Official retaliation, not “witness intimidation”

April 1, 2015
Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg   William Norman Grigg

"Townsend's purported crime was to publish a Facebook post demanding that a similarly meritless charge of 'resisting and obstructing' a police officer be dropped. He also promised to wage 'a non-violent and legal shame campaign that will be remembered' if the officials behind the charge -- including the arresting officer, Meridian Police Corporal Richard Brockbank -- didn't withdraw it. Through the familiar alchemy of institutional corruption, the Meridian PD and the Ada County DA's office transmuted that eminently legitimate exercise of the right to petition for redress of grievances into a terroristic 'threat.'" (03/30/15)  

What is a nation?

April 1, 2015
Notes On Liberty
by Michelangelo Landgrave  

"When discussing international relations I attempt to get my conversation partners to agree that: (1) National borders are not stable and, (2) National identity is more fiction than reality. The first is easily confirmed by looking at historical maps. ... I have yet to find someone who disagrees with the first point. The second point is harder to get people to concede. We often think ourselves as a given national identity and find it difficult to imagine that our nation did not exist since the beginning, or at least as far back as imaginable. Most nations have a foundation epic that makes little sense when seriously scrutinized." (03/30/15)  

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