The logic of interventionism, or how to wake up in a prison

July 5, 2015
Mises Canada
by Pater Tenebrarum  

"The mainstream press is still full of articles about the alleged evils of cash, which we regard as a typical 'trial balloon' launched by the powers-that-be. The way this works is that they get a repressive measure they indent to implement out there, not only to propagandize in its favor, but also to gauge the reaction of the serfs. Is there an outcry? Does anyone care? If not, they quietly go forward with putting the measure into practice. If there is a great deal of pushback, they will simply wait for a better opportunity. A useful emergency always comes along after all." (06/01/15)  

A tale of two Independence Days

July 5, 2015
The American Conservative
by Gracy Olmstead   The American Conservative

"What I've missed most on the east coast, perhaps, is that rich tapestry of inter-generational history and context that gives permanence and meaning to one's celebration. Washington's Fourth of July revelers are a less rooted bunch -- many of them interns and recent college graduates, who scan the homepages of the Washington Post and Washingtonian for the best hole-in-the-wall restaurants and rooftop bars from which to watch fireworks and drink booze. They have no family get-togethers to attend. Even my husband's close-knit family members are immigrants to this area, originally from the midwest. Yet there is an aura to Washington's Fourth that is distinctive and interesting: it involves a sense of intellectual camaraderie and depth that is very different from the Independence Days of my past." (07/04/15)  

Why are we OED-ing on trans politics?

July 5, 2015
by Chrissie Daz   spiked

"The word 'cisgender' has been included in the most recent update of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). For those who don't know what it means, it ' someone whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth ... Contrasted with transgender.' The OED's inclusion of cisgender has already provoked a great deal of media attention. But while most leading news outlets have covered the story in a largely neutral fashion, their comments sections have been throwing up a strange mix of celebration, anger and nitpicking." (07/04/15)  

Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 07/04/15

July 5, 2015
Peaceful Anarchism

"Please enjoy my recent conversation with Blood The Brave. Herein we discussed how he became a Voluntaryist, we are born anarchists, Statism is taught and artificially infused, Banksters music video, Icelandic financial revolution, good politician, Monetary Economics, high school economics, the most powerful man in the world ..."

Thomas Jefferson’s legacy

July 5, 2015
Tenth Amendment Center
by Dave Benner   Dave Benner

"Recently, many Americans observed April 13th as the birthday of Thomas Jefferson. However, the fact that some chose this day to remember the man is actually quite ironic. This is because Jefferson did what he could to conceal this date from the public, celebrating instead only on July 4th. After all, that is the date he considered 'the epoch of American independence' and the 'great birthday of our republic.' While it may seem strange, Jefferson's birthday omission was a classic move that perfectly captured essence of the man and the legacy he left behind." (07/04/15)  

The US government makes me gag

July 5, 2015
Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille   JD Tuccille

"The beating heart of worries about free speech and the danger of overreaching government enjoyed a shock from the old defibrillator on June 8. That's when attorney Ken White of prominent legal blog revealed that libertarian online publication, where I was managing editor until June 30 (I left for unrelated family reasons) had received a grand jury subpoena dated Jun 2, demanding that the publication turn over identifying information about six of its readers. Even as that conversation got a jolt, though, few people knew just how desperate the federal government was to slap legal duct tape over the mouths of those who would criticize its officials and policies." (07/02/15)  

My police state, ’tis of thee

July 5, 2015
The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill  

"I'm always a little astonished when I encounter someone, online or off, who says something like 'The United States is becoming a police state' or 'may become a police state' or the like; I can only assume it's because the realization that what was once called 'The Land of the Free' has been a full-blown police state for over a decade now is too terrible for many people's minds to accept." (07/04/15)  

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