Obama’s Soft Totalitarianism: Europe Must Protect Itself from America Reply

Jakob Augstein

[AFP] People around the world were shocked to learn of the extent of US snooping. This anti-Obama poster comes from Hong Kong.

Is Barack Obama a friend? Revelations about his government’s vast spying program call that assumption into doubt. The European Union must protect the Continent from America’s reach for omnipotence. More…

9,000 years of anarchy in Ireland? Reply

On the Mark

I posted once before on Ireland and their anarchy that lasted for more than a thousand years:

This most remarkable historical example of a society of libertarian law and courts first came to my attention while reading Murray Rothbard’s For a New Liberty. This was a society where not only the courts and the law were largely libertarian, but they were basically anarcho-capitalist in the modern sense of the phrase. This Celtic society was not some primitive society or tribe but rather it was a highly complex society. Ireland for centuries was the most advanced, most scholarly, and most civilized society in all of Western Europe. And all without a government!


Do You Know Your Rights When Approached by the Police? Reply

The Libertarian Republic

Don’t talk to cops!

But if you do, this is what you say…

It seems like every day we see a new video emerge where a citizen almost immediately surrenders their 4th or 5th amendment rights. Free people need to know their rights in order to be able to flex their rights. If you regularly engage in criminal activity (Like most Americans do every day. Ever drive over the speed limit?) then you need to know what to say in order to protect yourself from the government. Here are a few quick pointers that should help you along the way.


Daring to Speak the Unspeakable Reply

“In crime the egoist has hitherto asserted himself and mocked at the sacred; the break with the sacred, or rather of the sacred, may become general. A revolution never returns, but an immense, reckless, shameless, conscienceless, proud—crime, doesn’t it rumble in the distant thunder, and don’t you see how the sky grows ominously silent and gloomy?”

-Max Stirner

Americans Don’t Give A Damn About Global Warming Reply


On Tuesday the President laid out his plan to end-run the Congress and allow the EPA to regulate carbon emissions from existing coal plants. The plan didn’t get much attention in the press because the Supremes were very busy this week eviscerating the Voting Rights act and letting gays get married in California.

You can find an informed discussion of the plan at the Wonkblog, from which I took this chart.


Republicans Weep as Survey Shows 18-30 Year-Olds Prefer No Religion Reply

Mad Mike’s America

For the past two decades, there has been a rapid national shift away from identification with organized religion. Last year, according to the best available measurement of long-term trends in American religious identification, a new milestone was reached as more Americans between the ages of 18-30 now identify with no religion than identify as either Protestant or Catholic.

Here is the data, from the 2012 General Social Survey:


The Supreme Court’s Gay-Marriage Gradualism Reply

By Daniel McCarthy

The Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (struck down) and California’s Proposition 8 (the court disclaimed jurisdiction) were about the only rulings one could expect from a court of four liberals, four conservatives, and Anthony Kennedy. It would have overturned everything we think we know about Kennedy if the court had upheld DOMA. But an expansive ruling on Prop 8 effectively legalizing same-sex-marriage nationwide would have been remarkable from a court that earlier this week curtailed affirmative action in higher ed and the Voting Rights Act. The justices in the majority on Proposition 8 might seem surprising—Roberts and Scalia joined liberals Breyer, Ginsburg, and Kagan—but if one may attribute political motives to the bench (surely not?), I’d suggest Scalia and Roberts were trying to limit the precedent while Breyer, Ginsburg, and Kagan were going for what they could get.

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Teenager in jail since March for sarcastic Internet comment faces 8 years in prison Reply

Russia Today

A teenager from Texas could spend the next eight years in prison if a court decides that the sarcastic comment he made during an online argument is enough to convict him of issuing a terroristic threat.

Justin Carter was only 18 years old when he and a friend got into an online spat over Facebook back in February with another person. They were arguing about the computer game “League of Legends,” his dad told a local ABC affiliate, but one snarky remark made by the teen was apparently enough to raise suspicion in one woman who was watching the conversation unfold all the way up in Canada.


The Supreme Court: Corporate America’s Employees of the Month Reply

Business Week

In its marquee cases on issues such as gay marriage and race relations, the Supreme Court wrestles with the meaning of majestic constitutional phrases—“equal protection of the laws” and that sort of thing. In the cases that matter the most to businesses, however, the justices address less-grand-sounding provisions such as Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which governs class actions. It’s not terribly sexy stuff, but arcane rules and jurisdictional statutes often determine the course of global commerce, the terms of employment for millions of workers, and the very nature of justice for many in corporate America.


Blue State Fascism Reply

By Justin Raimondo

Amid all the drama over Edward Snowden‘s flight from “justice” – the media stakeout at a Moscow airport, the smear campaign aimed not only at Snowden but at Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the PRISM/eavesdropping story, and the obsessive media focus on Snowden as a personality – the really interesting aspect of all this is how it will impact our politics.

This is what made the Sunday talk shows illuminating, for a change – aside from the fact that neither John McCain nor Lindsey Graham was to be seen or heard that morning. While Greenwald’s appearance on “Meet the Press,” and his priceless smackdown of regimist spokesman David Gregory, has gotten all the attention, that same day over at ABC, George Stephanopoulos was giving the neocons their turn at bat in the person of Dan Senor, former spokesman for George W. Bush and now a big wazoo over a the Foreign Policy Initiative, successor to Bill Kristol’s infamous Project for a New American Century.


Woman Naxal with rifle held off 250 commandos for six hours: Police Reply

Indian Express

For 10 hours on Saturday, around 30 Naxals held off 250 police commandos in this village, killing three cops. One of the Maoists was Raneeta, 32, who, the police said, fought the elite CoBRA commandos for six hours single-handedly, using a .303 rifle, hiding in a small maize field behind a hut.

On Monday, police recovered the body of Raneeta alias Ramko Hichami, the commander of the Chatgaon Local Organisational Squad (LOS). Raneeta kept fighting even after a grenade blew off one of her legs below the knee. By the time she was shot by one of the commandos, she had killed two CoBRA commandos and left two injured, police said.


The American Herd Creature Reply

I’m not going to lie to you: I’m an American. I was born in the very cultural heart and soul of this blessed land — I mean Oklahoma, of course — and I have lived here for nearly seventy years, never residing abroad for more than six months at a stretch. So, you might think that by this time I’d understand the American people. But, strange to say, the older I get, the more bizarre they seem to me.

They simply do not know who their real enemies are, even though these enemies never leave them in peace for a moment. In every hour of every day, these enemies occupy themselves in plundering, bullying, humiliating, and degrading the American people. Yet — mirabile dictu — the people not only fail to recognize their real enemies, but they believe preposterously that these impudent leeches are their true friends, indeed, their indispensable protectors against a host of alien enemies, most of whom are trivial treats, if real at all.


I Never Meant to be a Feminist Reply

By Wendy McElroy

A twenty-year old version of myself would laugh at anyone who suggested I would become a feminist. I was a libertarian verging on anarchism, and I thought feminism contradicted one of my core beliefs. Namely, every individual has an equal and identical claim to their own person and property, a claim that I call “individual rights.” No special or different rights could be claimed by anyone on the basis of sex, race, or any other secondary characteristic; individual rights said it all.

The first “feminist” article I published was not intended as such. I defended a woman’s right to abortion in order to explore the questions “at what point do rights arise?” and “can natural rights ever be in conflict?” I poured care and time into the article, which was well received and widely circulated.


Dying vet’s ‘fuck you’ letter to George Bush & Dick Cheney needs to be read by every American 2

To: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
From: Tomas Young

I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans. I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq. I write this letter on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who have been wounded and on behalf of those whose wounds, physical and psychological, have destroyed their lives. I am one of those gravely wounded. I was paralyzed in an insurgent ambush in 2004 in Sadr City. My life is coming to an end. I am living under hospice care.


Attack the System: Robert Nozick and the Evolution of Anti-State Thought Reply

Keith Preston discusses the work of the late Harvard philosopher Robert Nozick.

Topics include:

-Nozick’s “Anarchy, State, and Utopia” as a landmark work in political philosophy and its influence in academia.

-How both the Left and Right often read Nozick selectively and vulgarize his thinking.

-The relevance of Nozick’s concept of the “ultra-minimal state” to fourth generation warfare theory.

-Nozick’s concept of a meta-utopia of self-determined communities and how this presents a model for the evolution of anti-state radicalism beyond both leftist anarcho-social democracy and vulgar libertarian plutocratic apologies.