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Keith Preston

Libya's Slippery Slope

Article by Justin Raimondo. Barely 24 hours after the first Allied air strikes, President Obama’s high-flying Libyan adventure is losing altitude. The smoke hadn’t cleared from the first air strikes when the head of the Arab League complained that “what happened differs from the no-fly zone objectives. What […]

The "Liberation" of Libya

Article by David D’Amato. CNN reports that “A [U.S.-led] coalition … made good Saturday [March 19] on international warnings to Gadhafi, hammering Libyan military positions in the first phase of an operation that will include enforcement of a no-fly zone.” As reigning hegemon and maintainer of global political […]

Our "America Last" Foreign Policy

by Kevin DeAnna Our government has one basic job. Before anything else, the federal government has to ensure the physical security of the nation. This includes securing the borders, preventing foreign invasion, and discouraging attacks against the national territory and American citizens. Obviously, our government doesn’t do […]

The Free City-State

by Vinay Gupta 1. City States: If Italy collapsed as a nation state, but remained peaceful, Naples and Venice and so on could theoretically join the EU with very little in life changing. 2. Rational Borders: The suburbs of Geneva are in France. If they were in the […]

Let the Kids Rule the School

Finally, some commonsense ideas on education reform. This is what real education looks like. Article from the New York Times. The students in the Independent Project are remarkable but not because they are exceptionally motivated or unusually talented. They are remarkable because they demonstrate the kinds of learning […]

The Most Viable Form of Government?

Recently, one of my occasional debating partners put this question to me: “Keith: What, in your worldview, would be the most viable form of government…or do you have an absolute ideal?” My response: Well, all systems end up being oligarchies. There really is no other kind of system, […]

Left-Libertarians vs Friedman

As one who is neither a left-libertarian nor a Friedmanite, I found this exchange somewhat interesting. I find class analysis far too useful and illuminating to be tempted by Friedman’s proposed solution, but I think he has put his finger in a genuine problem: how exactly are we […]

How to "Ban" Nuclear Power

Article by Kevin Carson. So given the high stakes of a nuclear meltdown, and the manifest inability of planners to anticipate what might go wrong, it would make sense to ban nuclear power, right? Well, the actual problem is that governments worldwide have been actively intervening for decades […]

A Tea Party Defense Budget

Article by Bill Lind. Bean-counting won’t do the job. For meaningful savings, we must begin by changing our grand strategy, which presently defines virtually everything that happens in the world as an American interest. Against the Founders’ advice, we are not only playing the great power game, we […]

Ethnoburbs Overtake California

Article by Tim Dionisopoulos An interesting article was recently published in the New York Times by Timothy Egan about the burgeoning phenomenon of ethnically homogeneous, non white, counties and suburban cities that are sprouting up across the country. A primarily West Coast phenomenon, sociologists have termed these new […]

Diversity, An Ally of Tyranny

Article by Kevin DeAnna. Hisham Melham writes in Foreign Policy that the Arab Revolutions are meeting more resistance. Autocratic rulers are using the heterogenous nature of the societies they lead to divide the opposition and frustrate any plans for reform. In homogeneous societies it is relatively easier for […]

The Truthful Helen Thomas

Article from World Net Daily. Helen Thomas, the former “dean” of the White House Press Corps who lost her position over a string of anti-Semitic comments, is interviewed in the April issue of Playboy, renewing her criticism of Israel and Jews in “control” of America. “[The Jews are] […]

Support Bradley Manning

Mike Gogulski interviewed by Scott Horton. Mike Gogulski, founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network, discusses the myriad events going on this weekend (March 19-20) in support of Bradley Manning; Obama’s decision to rely on Pentagon assurances that Manning was being appropriately treated in custody – after (former) […]

US Should End Relationship with Conspiring Israel

by Ian Huyett In 2005, Israeli President Moshe Katsav publically honored nine Jewish terrorists. In a televised ceremony, the terrorists were celebrated for bombing American embassy buildings in Egypt with nitroglycerine and acid. Israel, which had denied its involvement in the attacks for decades, was now openly […]

U.S. Jews Can Dissent From "Leaders"

Article by Jack Ross. On March 11-13, a small conference of around 200 gathered on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia with potential significance extending far beyond its modest attendance. This was the national membership meeting of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a group founded in San […]

Seek a Better School? Go to Jail

Our lovely educational system. Hat tip to Raven Warrior. The Summit County judge who sent an Akron mother to jail after she was convicted of falsifying records so her children could attend Copley-Fairlawn schools said considerable efforts were made to resolve the case before it went to trial. […]

Fully Taxated

How the tax code really works. Articles by Tom Baugh. Hat tip to Jim Duncan. Part I To thrive in any system, you must first recognize the reality of that system, and then act accordingly in order to manipulate its energy to your own purpose. We too often […]

Beyond Free Trade

The American Conservative takes on vulgar economism. Certainly the world looks very different from Tokyo, not least because East Asian leaders are convinced that, in its ever more heedless commitment to laissez faire, the United States is digging its own grave. But of course, East Asians are discreet […]

Boorishness as Heresy

The latest from the PC Inquisition and Official Tolerance. Had a student with more politically correct leanings made a video that resulted in a barrage of death threats, she would be held up as a hero, and there would be a massive nationwide investigation to find those who […]

Libya: Five Reasons Not to Intervene

Article by Justin Raimondo. 1) Because the moment we intervene, we’ll own what’s going on in Libya – just like we own Iraq. Neocons eager to acquire another Middle East colony are understandably eager to jump into the fray, but there’s less excuse for the centrist-to-leftish “humanitarian” interventionists, […]

On Competitiveness

by Susan McWilliams at the Front Porch Republic. President Obama has convened his “competitiveness council,” following up on the “competitiveness” theme in January’s State of the Union address. “Competitiveness” is the buzzword of the moment. You know it’s a buzzword because people are saying “competitiveness” instead of saying […]

The Fanciful Idea of Statist Efficiency

Article by David D’Amato. The disastrous failures of energy facilities following Japan’s earthquakes once more testify to the calamities innate in statism. The state’s system of monopoly privilege — both in its public and nominally private sectors — is rigid, unresponsive to changing circumstances, and therefore brittle. Important […]

Vermont Has Lost Its Soul

Article by Thomas Naylor. When my family moved to Vermont in 1993, it was due in no small part to the fact that we thought the Green Mountain state was different from most states, very different. We perceived Vermont to be smaller, more rural, more democratic, less violent, […]

Ecological Realism

Hat tip to Peter Bjorn Perls. E conomic growth, which was supposed to ensure the affluence and well-being of everyone, has created needs more quickly than it could satisfy them, and has led to a series of dead ends that are not solely economic in character: Capitalist growth […]

AIPAC's Country, Right or Wrong

Article by Leonard Goodman. For too long, U.S. policy toward Israel has been controlled by AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), a group that demands unequivocal support for all Israel’s policies even when they are indefensible. AIPAC’s power was on display last month when a resolution was brought […]