Cultivate the ego, spread freedom

December 21, 2016
A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"The primary tool of libertarians has been logical deduction (I know a bunch of statists are laughing about this but in this case logical is in the eyes of libertarians, not you guys). Libertarians, myself included, have tried to point out the bloody history of statism, economic consequences of central banking, terrible toll of the drug wars, and other pitfalls of centralized power. What has this gotten us? Jack shit. I would submit that logical deduction doesn't work, at least not initially, to spread the message of freedom. Why? Since I cannot read another person's mind I cannot provide a definitive answer. However, I can offer speculation based on experience and observation. In my experience, the biggest thing statism has going for it is that it preys on fear. Fear is a powerful tool. If you can wield it successfully you can influence people's actions." (12/20/16)  

The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 52

December 21, 2016
The LAVA Flow Podcast
by   The LAVA Flow Podcast

"Merry Capitalistmas! Is the free market the reason for the season? What's in the News with stories on job security for judges, federal government hacking states, e-cig updates, good cop fired, Obamacare, and the IRS. Also, a Muh Roads segment on a city in Georgia that is privatizing all the things, and a Statists Gonna State segment on CEO pay." (12/20/16)  

Obama plans up to 18 more Guantanamo prisoner transfers before leaving office

December 21, 2016
Jamestown Sun    

"President Barack Obama plans to transfer as many as 18 more prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison before leaving office, a source close to the matter said, further shrinking the inmate population but still far short of meeting his longtime pledge to close the facility. The Obama administration notified Congress it intends to send the detainees, nearly a third of the remaining 59 held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, to at least four countries, including Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, the source said." (12/20/16)  

Economists are skeptics, not cynics

December 21, 2016
Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles   Gary M. Galles

"Since Oscar Wilde defined a cynic as 'A man who knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing' in Lady Windermere's Fan (1892), economists have often been called cynics, commonly as justification for ignoring them whenever they oppose someone's latest political diagnosis or panacea. However, one cannot dismiss economists as mere cynics who can safely be ignored. A better description would be that economists tend to be justified skeptics of claims, and government prescriptions based on them, that are at odds with economic principles." (12/20/16)  

Senegal: Former Guinean military leader sought in massacre arrested

December 21, 2016
Bismarck Tribune    

"Authorities in Senegal have arrested a former Guinean military leader long sought in connection with a 2009 stadium massacre that killed more than 150 people, Guinean officials confirmed Tuesday. Abubakar 'Toumba' Diakite was the head of the presidential guard at the time of the massacre, and an investigative commission later determined he was to blame for ordering the violence. An Interpol notice was issued for him five years ago." (12/20/16)  

Killings in Berlin explain the Middle East

December 21, 2016
Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni   The Libertarian Institute

"No, this commentary is not in reference to the terrible terrorist attack on Dec. 19 in Berlin, in which an Islamic fanatic drove a truck into a crowd, killing 12 and injuring 50. Rather, it's in reference to killings that happened in Berlin in 1921 and 1922 -- killings that help to explain why the Middle East is such a dangerous, volatile region today and why the West is victim to attacks by Islamists. ... The killings that took place in 1921 and 1922 were actually three assassinations. The assassins were Armenians from Turkey, and the assassinated were three Young Turks, which was the name of the Muslim leaders of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. The three Young Turks had been given asylum in Germany after the war when it came to light that they had sanctioned the Armenian genocide, a genocide that had resulted in the deaths of between 700,000 and one million Armenians." (12/20/16)  

Break the state: A New Year’s resolution for the ages

December 21, 2016
Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert   Zero Gov

"Weapons training is critical but don’t forget that rebellion is fed by logistics and mature operating systems for strategic narrative and vision for cooperating resistance organizations. The reason this is critical is that most successful revolutions in human history are cooperative venture among a variety of loosely confederated interest blocs. Witness the Committees of Correspondence during the First American Revolution and the current webs of resistance intrigue across the Middle East. Real revolution starts between your ears and using your transmission means for your family. Friends are a choice so be careful because Mordor has a vast and deep informant network where they buy the loyalty of people for a price that would be embarrassing if revealing to friends, families and neighbors of the snitch." (12/20/16)  

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