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U.S.: No one is outside federal marijuana laws

Article by Bill Laitner and Dawson Bell, Detroit Free Press To hell with the U.S. —————————————————————————————————————————————– A memo from the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington says state laws allowing medical marijuana opened the door to abuses and calls for legally targeting “large-scale, privately operated industrial marijuana cultivation […]

Libertarian Strategy and Principle: A Long-Term View

Article by Anthony Gregory. —————————————————————————————————————————- It didn’t take long for the shift to transpire. The conservatives, after eight years defending the obscenely criminal and authoritarian Bush regime to the most degenerate depths, have rediscovered their role as rigorous defenders of Constitutional federalism, boasting that dissent is the highest […]

The Wannabe Hamilton

Paul Gottfried takes down David Brooks. —————————————————————————————————————————– David Brooks On June 13, the resident conservative (which means additional leftist) on The New York Times’ editorial page, David Brooks, revealed his plan for “national greatness,” which Brooks designates as the “Hamiltonian agenda.” For those who may have forgotten, “national […]

Maximilien Luce: Neo-impressionist painter and anarchist

From Infoshop.Org. ——————————————————————————————————————- Anarchist Federation (AF) Britain Maximilien Luce was born into a modest family in 1858 in Paris. From early youth he mixed with impoverished artisans and workers constructing major roads and other works. At the age of thirteen, he was an appalled witness of the massacres […]

AAPDEP Milwaukee builds self-reliance in the black community

From UhuruNews.Com. —————————————————————————————————————————- Nate Gilliam; AAPDEP Milwaukee Published Jul 6, 2011 MILWAUKEE—Milwaukee’s African community has been the scene of underdevelopment for many years. The recent global focus on Wisconsin and Milwaukee due to budget cuts enacted by governor Scott Walker is just a small part of a larger […]

Empire of the Rising Scum

Article by Kevin Carson. ——————————————————————————————————————– In 2007, when he was still courting us and had to put on a clean undershirt every day, Barack Obama said:  “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve […]

Laughing All the Way to the Bank

Article by David D’Amato. ——————————————————————————————————————— With the Federal Reserve’s second round of “quantitative easing” expiring, The Christian Science Monitor’s Donald Marron recently asked whether “quantitative accommodation” could be around the corner. “Quantitative easing” was the smart-sounding euphemism for the U.S. central bank’s purchase of about $600 billion worth […]

What About the 'Real' Left?

Article by Anthony Gregory. —————————————————————————————————————————– Every time I criticize the left for being soft on the police state and war machine, I’m chastised for confusing moderate Democrats with the “real left.” I’m told that the true left is consistently antiwar and holds no brief for Barack Obama or […]

The Great Fred Reed

There are few pieties Fred does not attack. White Males White Trash Darwin, Sort Of Come to Jesus Our Sexual Future On Patriotism Divided America How We Were Let’s Avoid Race! On Losing Wars Checking Out Mexico Farewell Joe Bageant American History 101 Clotting We Will Go Screw […]

TSA: Getting Crazier All the Time

Article by Mike Ahlers. Hat tip to Jim Duncan. ———————————————————————————————————————– Washington (CNN) — Terrorists intent on striking commercial aircraft have shown renewed interest in surgically implanting explosives in humans to circumvent airport security, a U.S. security official tells CNN. The idea of implanting bombs has been discussed in […]

Latest U.S. War Crimes

Article by Matiullah Mati. Hat tip to Jim Duncan. —————————————————————————————————————– Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Eight children and three women died in eastern Afghanistan when NATO-led forces bombarded houses, a provincial official told CNN Thursday. The incident took place Wednesday in Khost province’s Domandera district, according to Khost upper […]

Noam Chomsky denounces old friend Hugo Chávez for 'assault' on democracy

Article by Rory Carroll. ————————————————————————————————–   Hugo Chávez rides a horse during his weekly broadcast to his country. He has gone on television to call for judge María Lourdes Afiuni to be jailed. Photograph: Ho New/Reuters Hugo Chávez has long considered Noam Chomsky one of his best friends […]

The Founding Liberals

Interesting article by Stephen Foster that once again demonstrates the limitations of the left/right model of the political spectrum. Hat tip to Chris Donnellan. —————————————————————————————————————— Today is the Fourth of July, a time when we as Americans celebrate our nations independence. Conservatives across the country are pretending to […]

Joe Arpaio: Aspiring Cannibal?

Article by Brad Spangler. This guy is Exhibit A in the case for propaganda by the deed. ————————————————————————————————- Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is literally roasting prisoners alive. Temperatures inside the tents at the prison camp the Sheriff operates are reaching 145°F. By way of comparison, a […]

Rights or Privilege?

Article by Kevin Carson. ————————————————————————————————– Law’n’order conservatives frequently like to challenge civil libertarians to show what concrete loss of freedom they’ve experienced under USA PATRIOT and other “counter-terror” (aka “police state”) legislation. Well, first of all it’s hard to say, since under USA PATRIOT it’s an offense even […]

The American Nosedive

Article by Jim Goad. Wow. ———————————————————————————————– Reading the Declaration of Independence 235 years after it was written, it’s kidney-punchingly obvious that the United States government has become precisely the sort of bloodsucking tyrant against which the Founding Fathers revolted. These days our primary financial and political mechanisms, as […]

Rebél Against the Human Condition and Empire

Article by Thomas Naylor. ——————————————————————————————————————————- What are the people of Germany doing?  Sleeping.  Their sleep is filled with nightmares and anxiety, but they are sleeping.  We have awaited their awakening for so long, yet they continue to remain stolid, stubborn, and silent as to the crimes committed in […]

The Rebirth of Nations

Article by Roger Scruton. Hat tip to Jim Duncan. ———————————————————————————————————————— The True Finn Party in Finland has broken through the left-liberal consensus to take second place in the polls, reminding voters that Finland is not just a geographical area but a country defined by language, culture, and history, […]

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

Interesting interpretation of Orwell’s classic by Jonathan Bowden. ————————————————————————————————————————— George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is probably the most important political novel of the twentieth century, but the Trotskyite influence on it is under-appreciated. The entire thesis about the Party’s totalitarianism is a subtle mixture of libertarian and Marxist contra […]

Refugees' Descendants in Southeast Asia Prove Stateless Society Is Possible

Javier Sethness reviews James C. Scott’s “The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia”. ————————————————————————————————————————————- James C. Scott’s latest work, “The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia,” is a deeply important book. The text, a historical-anthropological investigation […]

Feminism as a Subsidy for Daughters of Wealthy

Article by W. F. Price. Hat tip to David Heleniak. —————————————————————————————————— I’ve made the point a number of times that today, strident feminists are often from successful, well-heeled families. Having attended a private school for some time as a kid, I’ve long been well aware that wealthy urban […]

The Declaration of Independence For Secessionists

by Thomas Jefferson and Russell Longcore. Hat tip to Jim Duncan. ——————————————————————————————————————— I recently began contemplating the imminent collapse of the US Federal Government. In light of the insane, unconstitutional spending of the Congress and Presidents (Bush and Obama will spend the same ways), the recession/depression that the […]

Cops Just Love Those Tasers

Article by Kevin Koenninger. Hat tip to Jim Duncan. ————————————————————————————————————— DAYTON, Ohio (CN) – Dayton police “mistook” a mentally handicapped teenager’s speech impediment for “disrespect,” so they Tasered, pepper-sprayed and beat him and called for backup from “upward of 20 police officers” after the boy rode his bicycle […]

Be Against the Law

Article by David D’Amato. ——————————————————————————————————————- The Hill reports that “President Obama … defiantly said he does not need to discuss the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution because U.S. military involvement in Libya has not come to that point.” The President evidently regards the “fuss” over whether or […]

Who Controls the Past Controls the Future

Article by Kevin Carson. ——————————————————————————————————- Rick Santorum is exercised lately over “a conscious effort on the part of the left to desensitize America and what American values are so they can be more pliable to the new values they would like to impose on Americans.” Santorum’s got it […]

Cory Maye Soon To Be Freed…

…after ten years on death row. ———————————————————————————————— Cory Maye of Mississippi was charged with capital murder after shooting a cop in his home in 2001. They mistook him for a drug dealer, and he mistook them for an armed intruder. Maye maintained he was trying to protect his […]

Pat Buchanan: Secessionist?

Here it comes. ————————————————————————————————————————— In 2012, we shall find out who is right politically, when the issue goes on the ballot in battleground states. But is moral truth to be discovered at a ballot box? Do we have no superior moral compass than majority rule? “A new kind […]

'California should be split into two states' according to county supervisor

From the Daily Mail. Over time, more and more comments of this type will start coming from mainstream figures. —————————————————————————————————————————————— A Riverside County Supervisor is proposing the Golden state be split in two. This, says Jeff Stone, would allow officials in the new ‘State of South California’ to […]

Is the US government using drones to support Yemeni dictator?

Article by Nick Robertson. Hat tip to Jim Duncan. ————————————————————————————————— Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — The Yemeni government has lost control over five provinces, and security in the country is deteriorating, the nation’s acting president told CNN in an exclusive interview Wednesday. In his first interview with a Western […]

Gottfried on Mencken

Paul Gottfried on the figure from American history hated by neocons and liberals alike. —————————————————————————————————————————————– HL Mencken celebrates the end of Prohibition. Recently I’ve been thinking about someone whose name is attached to an organization I’m currently president of, H.L. Mencken (1880-1956). For years I’ve tried to understand […]

How a new type of social movement is transforming Detroit

Article by Michel Bauwens. —————————————————————————————————————————— What has developed through both conscious organizing drives and the actions of many individual residents is a significant urban agricultural movement in Detroit. All over the city there are now thousands of family gardens, more than two hundred community gardens, and dozens of […]

Smoking, Class and the Legitimisation of Power

New book from Sean Gabb. —————————————————————————————————————– The “War against Tobacco” is one of the central facts of modern life. In this book, Sean Gabb analyses the nature and progress of the “war”. The stated reasons for the war have varied according to time and place. According to Dr […]

2011 Conference of the Property and Freedom Society

Watch videos of this event filmed by Sean Gabb of the Libertarian Alliance. —————————————————————————————————— Property and Freedom Society Sixth Annual Meeting Bodrum, Turkey, 26-30 May 2011 Karia Princess Hotel Video shot by Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance Friday, May 27 Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Welcome and Introductions Hans-Hermann […]

Syria and the “Popular Will”

Article by David D’Amato. ——————————————————————————————————— Against the backdrop of anti-government protests and his regime’s brutal response, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressed the country on June 20. Downplaying both the demonstrations and the dissatisfaction that they represent, Assad called on “the people and the state [to] come together.” With […]

Our Corporate Military

Article by Kevin Carson. —————————————————————————————————— Nicholas Kristoff, in a New York Times op-ed (“Our Lefty Military,” June 16), lauds the “astonishingly liberal ethos” that governs the military internally — single-payer health insurance, job security, educational opportunities, free daycare — in support of Gen. Wesley Clark’s description of it […]

A Dozen Miami PIGS Shoot Unarmed Man 100 Times

Article by Jean-Guy Allard. —————————————————————————————————— 22 year old Raymond Herisse, shot to death while sitting in his car, by Miami police on May 31 during Urban Beach Week. Police say they found a gun in his car after they killed him and made vague references to an unnamed witness […]

Reflections on the Stalinist Revolution in France

Article by Max Read ——————————————————————————————————- The trial of fashion designer John Galliano, who was fired from his own label earlier this year over charges that he made anti-Semitic comments to a woman at a French bar, starts this week in Paris—and the new details emerging aren’t pretty. It […]

Barney Frank and Ron Paul will Introduce Legislation on Thursday to Fully Legalize Marijuana

Article by Mike Riggs. This kind of thing is an example of how fast the political climate can change. Stuff like this would have been unthinkable twenty years ago. ———————————————————————————————————– Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) will introduce “bi-partisan legislation tomorrow ending the federal war […]

The Rising Generation of Illiterates

Article by Pat Buchanan. As much I have always disagreed with Buchanan’s unrepentant Nixon-Reagan Republicanism and his philistine “culture warrior” outlook, he is one of the few relatively mainstream commentators that qualifies as a competent political analyst. The analysis of prevailing trends that Buchanan offers here is basically […]

Non-conformists of the 1930s

From Wikipedia The Non-Conformists of the 1930s refers to a nebula of groups and individuals during the inter-war period in France which was looking for new solutions to face the political, economical and social crisis. The name was coined in 1969 by the historian Jean-Louis Loubet del Bayle […]