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Progressives Who Oppose Gun Control

Article by Stuart Bramhall. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– Lyndon Johnson: Father of Gun Control I’ve always been curious how American progressives got on the wrong – anti-civil liberties – side of gun control. In my mind this has been a grave strategic error. I have written elsewhere about the extreme difficulty […]

Stop This Dangerous Flash Mob

Article by Arthur Silber. —————————————————————————————————————————————- I can admit when I’ve made a mistake. I’ve made a whole bunch of ’em lately. A related realization, which comes tragically late in my life: just because I’m a limp-wristed, nelly faggot, that doesn’t mean I have to think like one. Lots […]

The emerging cooperative counter-economy in the U.S.

Article by Michel Bauwens. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Mira Luna writes in Shareable: “While mainstream America is hoping for federal economic reform, some social justice organizations have a radically different idea, and are organizing low-income communities to build a new economy from the grassroots up. Tired of asking for change from […]

US troops may stay in Afghanistan until 2024

Article by Ben Farmer. —————————————————————————————————————————————————— The agreement would allow not only military trainers to stay to build up the Afghan army and police, but also American special forces soldiers and air power to remain. The prospect of such a deal has already been met with anger among Afghanistan’s […]

Not Trickling Down: The Percentage Of Americans In Poverty Now Equals China

From PoliticusUSA. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- In every country on Earth, there are people who live in opulence because they were lucky enough to be born into wealth or fortunate enough to live in a society that rewards initiative and hard work. There are though, segments of every society that barely […]

Stand Up for Sasha McCoy! Mother, Student, Starbucks Barista, IWW Unionist.

From Infoshop.Org. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– Last month, Tiffany White,an African American mother of two, and union leader and organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World Starbucks Workers Union, was terminated without justification from a New York Starbucks. The practice of targeting female union members continues in Nebraska, with recent […]

Setting the Record Straight: Michele Bachmann, Francis Schaeffer and the Christian Right

Article by John Whitehead. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— “Certain journalists use ‘dominionist’ the way some folks on Fox News use the word ‘sharia.’ Its strangeness scares people. Without history or context, the word creates a siege mentality in which ‘we’ need to guard against ‘them.’”–Lisa Miller, “‘Dominionism’ beliefs among conservative Christians […]

He Said He Wanted Heaven, But Prayin' Was Too Slow

So sang Steppenwolf. Maybe they were referring to Rev. Zachery Tims. ———————————————————————————————————————————   Times Square has cleaned up a lot over the last 20 years or so! But there’s still no better place on earth to die with drugs in your pocket. Especially if you’re the pastor of […]

On Morality and Moralism

Article by Michael Parish. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- This article reminded me of one of the things I dislike most about liberalism, its mistaking beauracratic management of social ills with organic community. This is accomplished by phrasing questions of poverty in a binary opposition of “free market” versus “welfare state”, equating […]

Arm Your Children

From The Daily Anarchist. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— For those of you with children now and those who will have children in the future, guard them. As precious as a child is to a parent they are equally so to the state. Children are the future, as the old saying goes. […]

But America IS A Police State

Article by Steven Greenhut. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– Six Fullerton cops, responding to a phone call alleging that someone in the downtown area might be breaking into cars, approached a 130-pound homeless man named Kelly Thomas, grabbed his backpack and, according to eyewitnesses, began Tasering him and beating him into a […]

State and Local Support for Marijuana Decriminalization

Article by Stuart Bramhall. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- Sativex – marijuana by prescription This is the last of three posts on ending the War on Drugs. Unlike the federal government, states aren’t allowed to run deficits. Since the 2008 economic collapse, both Democratic and Republican dominated states have been extremely proactive […]

Criminalizing Competition

Article by Kevin Carson. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Free culture activist Nina Paley, in one of her cartoons, parodied the philosophy behind “intellectual property.”  EUNICE:  “Copying a song instead of buying a copy is stealing!”  MIMI: “Doing  for yourself what you could pay someone else to do is stealing!”  BOTH:  “Competition […]

Corporations Are People? So Was Hitler

Article by Kevin Carson. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Watching two intellectually challenged Ken dolls with “executive-style hair” — Mitt Romney and Rick Perry — preparing to fight it out reminds me how much I miss Dan Quayle. Oddly enough, just before I heard about Romney’s latest blooper, I was reading about […]

The Great Enlightenment Philosopher Who First Debunked Totalitarian Humanism

Article by Donald Livingston. —————————————————————————————————————————————– The conservative political tradition is usually thought to begin with Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. Burke observed that the Revolution did not aim at reforming society but at overturning the entire social and political order and replacing it with one […]

The Imperial Killing Machine Goes Green

Article by Steven Hargreaves. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- Minimizing the armed forces’ dependence on oil saves soldiers’ lives and the move towards renewables is a lifeline like no other for the green energy industry. (Click the image for more information.) NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — One out of eight U.S. Army casualties […]

The Stark Truth: Interview with John Médaille

From Voice of Reason. Robert interviews John Médaille. Topics include: Flaws of current monopoly based economic situtation; Introduction to distributism; Distributist success stories; Distributist solutions to government, taxes, & healthcare. Implementing & promoting distributism. John Médaille is a retired businessman who teaches in the Theology and Business departments […]

Libertarian Homesteading Can Restore the Inner Cities

Article by Anthony Gregory. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— In Oakland, California, where I live, urban homesteading – growing food on private land for small-scale trade and consumption – has become so common the city government has backed off a bit. In a rare triumph for sanity and freedom, anachronistic zoning ordinances […]

The Death Penalty Is a Miscarriage of Justice: It Should Be Abolished

Article by John Whitehead. —————————————————————————————————————————————————- “The reality is that capital punishment in America is a lottery. It is a punishment that is shaped by the constraints of poverty, race, geography and local politics.” ~ Bryan Stevenson, death row lawyer “Imposition of the death penalty is arbitrary and capricious. […]

Congress and Obama: We Need More Innocent People in Prison

Article by Bill Anderson. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– This past year, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down much of the “Honest Services Fraud” law that federal prosecutors were using as the catch-all for targeting whomever they wanted to have thrown into prison. As I wrote two years ago, this law was […]

Law enforcement alert warns of lone wolf threats

Article by Carol Cratty. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– U.S. officials warn the threat posed by a lone gunman or a group with small arms is a serious concern to law enforcement. A joint intelligence bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI cites the July attack in Norway […]

Jesus for President in 2012

Article by Russell Longcore. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Jesus Christ could not get elected in America in 2012. My point is that it’s not the character, morals or honesty of any human being that wants to be President that matter. It is all about who will prostitute themselves more than all […]

The U.S. is Starting to Look More Soviet All the Time

From CNN Money. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– The United States is making a special bulk purchase of poultry products that’s partly aimed at shrinking the glut of chicken in the market and keeping producers in business. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The United States is stepping in to help bail out another […]

'Flash mob' robs Maryland 7-Eleven in less than a minute, police say

Now that’s efficiency. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- (CNN) — A “flash mob” believed to have been organized on the Internet robbed a Maryland convenience store in less than a minute, police said Tuesday, and now authorities are using the same tool to identify participants in the crime. Surveillance video shows a […]

Areleh Harel: The Orthodox Rabbi Helping Gay Men Marry Lesbians

I had to read this headline three times to fully get what I was reading. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- Six years ago, Areleh Harel, an Orthodox rabbi from the West Bank, devised a plan to help an Orthodox Jewish gay man fulfill his dream of becoming a husband and father while […]

Traveling to Israel

Congressman Pat Meehan shows whose side he’s really on. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– Next week, I will be traveling to Israel as a member of a Congressional delegation that will meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss the security situation in the Middle East. The last several months have […]

Dangerous Voyage To Site of Israeli Attack on USS Liberty

Article by Ann Wright. Hat tip to Jim Duncan. —————————————————————————————————————————————— Larry Toenjes, 74, from Clear Lake Shores, Texas, is sailing his 39-foot sailboat, the s/v Liberty, to the coordinates of the June 8, 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that killed 34 sailors and wounded another 173. […]

Do You Hate the State?

Another classic from Murray Rothbard. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- Originally published in The Libertarian Forum, Vol. 10, No. 7, July 1977. I have been ruminating recently on what are the crucial questions that divide libertarians. Some that have received a lot of attention in the last few years are: anarcho-capitalism vs. […]

Why Rothbard was wrong on the Soviet Union, and why it matters now

Article by “Jehu” at the Gonzo Times. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin I am spurred to write this because, thanks to tweep @jdenigma, I was introduced to Murray Rothbard’s “plan for desocialization” of the Russian economy following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rothbard’s plan was first published in […]

The London Riots

Article by Larry Gambone. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- The chickens are coming home to roost. 30 years of reactionary,criminal, anti-people policies are being effectively trashed by rioters in London, and now I just got a report that it is spreading to another city. The police state tactics of the past no […]

Lessons from the Soviet Collapse

Article by Stuart Bramhall. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Scenes from the Soviet Collapse This is the second of two posts on the role of food prices in triggering civil unrest. One erroneous conclusion some American activists draw from Keiser’s and Zoellick’s “food theory” of revolution (see previous post) is that organizing […]

That New Commie Smell

Article by Kathy Shaidle. The cracks in the PC coalition begin to emerge. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- I’ve met Toronto City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti only once, at this summer’s Dyke March. (The “real” Pride Parade happens the first Sunday in July, but the Daughters of Lesbos take to the streets the […]

The Firepower Next Time

Article by Jim Goad. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— England’s cultural rainbow went up in flames last week, and as the smoke clears and the fog stubbornly returns, the experts are once again arguing over exactly how it all started. Few seem willing to discuss exactly how it all ended. No one […]

Whither the Anti-War Movement?

by Nick Rivera. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– At the risk of drawing the ire of both Democrats and Republicans, I’d like to direct TMV readers to an interesting YouTube  clip that I recently discovered. Back in May of this year, the RT television show, CrossTalk invited a panel to discuss the […]

The Military: Closer to You Than Your Family

Article by David Swanson. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— Two blocks from my house in a nondescript little building on the edge of our residential neighborhood is an office with a small sign reading “DVBIC of Charlottesville” which turns out to mean “Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.” Now, I’m in favor […]

The greatest elected body that money can buy

Article by Stephen Walt. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– Just when you think your contempt for Congress could not get any higher, our elected representatives manage to do something to ratchet it up another notch. After congressional shenanigans helped spark a major market sell-off and sparked fears of a double-dip recession, you’d think […]

The Best Things the Democrats Have Going for Them Are the Republicans

Judging by the results of the “Iowa straw poll.” Vox Day explains. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- The good ship Herman Cain has had an amusing run, but it should sink in today’s Iowa straw poll . And why wouldn’t he cast dispersions on Captain Underoos’s religion anyway? If I was a […]

It Looks Like the Neocons Have Their Man for 2012

Article by Justin Raimondo. ———————————————————————————————————————————————- The idea that the Republican party Establishment was going to tolerate a takeover of their party by a rag-tag bunch of insurgent “tea partiers” was never very convincing, and Rick Perry’s entrance into the race as the “Teastablishment” candidate – to the hosannas […]

Juan Cole's war on anarchism

Article by Charles Davis. ——————————————————————————————————————————————– As a liberal supporter of invading Iraq who apparently believed the Bush administration’s rhetoric about freedom and democracy, and felt that bombs and military occupations would be the best means of promoting it, Juan Cole sure has a lot of nerve attacking anarchism […]

Cost-Cutting and the Drug War

Article by Stuart Bramhall. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- Thanks to the recession and debt crisis, progressives seeking to end the failed War on Drugs have some curious bedfellows, including the ultra-conservative Cato Institute, grassroots Tea Party groups and even mainstream Republicans. Drug Policy Alliance founder and executive director Ethan Nadelmann draws […]

Kevin Carson's Organization Theory is Available in Kindle Format

From Amazon.Com. ——————————————————————————————————————————– This book applies the economic principles of individualist anarchism, as developed in Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, to the study of the large organization. It integrates the insights of mainstream organization theory into that framework, along with those of more radical thinkers like Ivan Illich, […]

Riots and the Underclass

Article by Alexander Cockburn. ——————————————————————————————————————————————— What’s a riot without looting? We want it, they’ve got it!  You’d think from the press that looting was alien to British tradition, imported by immigrants more recent than the Normans. Not so. Gavin Mortimer, author of The Blitz, had an amusing piece […]