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Keith Preston

The State: Who Needs It?

Anthony Gregory is interviewed by Scott Horton. ——————————————————————————————————— Anthony Gregory, Editor in Chief of Campaign for Liberty, discusses the case for anarcho-capitalism – pushing beyond “limited government” to eliminate the last vestiges of “essential” state functions like police, courts and national defense; the possible market alternatives that, while […]

Sowell Attacks the Crony Capitalists

I’m glad to see Thomas Sowell bashing corporate welfare. He often leans way too much towards vulgar libertarianism for my tastes. ————————————————————————————————— Since everybody else seems to be coming up with plans on how to cope with the skyrocketing national debt, let me try my hand at it […]

International Crime Syndicate Targets Libya

Article by David D’Amato. —————————————————————————————————– On Wednesday (April 13), reports BBC News, “[a]n international summit on Libya [began] in Qatar, with delegates being told there is a ‘race against time’ to help Libyan civilians.” Comprising representatives from, among others, the United Nations, the European Union, and Nato, the […]

The State vs the Homeless

Article by Stephen Smith. ——————————————————————————————————- Anthony Ling, an excellent Brazilian blogger who also happens to be an avowed market urbanism, gives us an interesting look at the politics and economics of low-income housing in Brazil: In Brazil there is a vast regulation defining what are the minimum requirements […]

A Proposal to Fix the Deficit

by Peter Bjorn Perls I was watching the Obama budget address on Youtube today. I wanted to post this, but they only allow unreasonably short suggestions, plus the submissions was closed at the time I’d written this. So here goes: A) Cut military expenses by 75%, by ceasing […]

TSA: Proper procedures followed in child's pat-down

Apparently even child molestation is fine so long as it’s done in the name of national security. ————————————————————————————————— An officer who conducted a pat-down of a 6-year-old girl in the New Orleans airport last week “followed proper current screening procedures,” the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday. However, the […]

Henry David Thoreau: One of America’s Most Thoughtful Nonviolent Secessionists

Article by Thomas Naylor. —————————————————————————————————– There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. Henry David Thoreau “Civil Disobedience” […]

On the Prospects for Secession Today

Article by Jared Taylor. It’s great to see that even a guy like Taylor recognizes that for secession to work, secessionists cannot be constrained by narrowly focused, sectarian ideologies. ——————————————————————————————————– I am confident that not one person who dreams of an independent South has the slightest desire to […]

Why I’m a Liberal and Hate Most of the Far Left Anyway

Article by Dan Seitz. ——————————————————————————————————— When I wrote an article about Free Republic and the dolts who frequent the site, a lot of the sulky feedback from conservatives wasn’t “We’re not all like this” or “This is only a very narrow subset of conservative thought” (both of which […]

Matt Taibbi Asks Why The Fed Gave $220 Million In Bailout Money To The Wives Of Two Morgan Stanley "Bigwigs"

Post by Tyler Durden. —————————————————————————————————- In August 2009, John Mack, at the time still the CEO of Morgan Stanley, made an interesting life decision. Despite the fact that he was earning the comparatively low salary of just $800,000, and had refused to give himself a bonus in the […]

Latin America shakes off the US yoke

Article by Mark Weisbrot. ————————————————————————————————- On Thursday, the United States expelled the ambassador from Ecuador, in retaliation for Wednesday’s expulsion of the US ambassador from Ecuador. This now leaves the United States without ambassadorial relations in three South American countries – Bolivia and Venezuela being the other two […]

U.S. Drug War is Destroying Mexico

Scott Horton interviews Will Grigg. —————————————————————————————————————————————– Will Grigg, blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses Rep. Michael McCaul’s (R-Texas) attempt to include Mexican drug cartels in an expanded war on terrorism; the winners on both sides of prohibition, including the cartels that profit from a huge risk […]

Libya: A Pig in a Poke?

Article by Kevin Carson. —————————————————————————————————— Some disconcerting facts, or at least disconcerting questions, are beginning to emerge regarding Obama’s Libyan intervention. First of all, the Asia Times reported on April 2 (“Exposed: The U.S.-Saudi Libya Deal“) that Saudi Arabia engineered an Arab League voting bloc to approve the […]

The Role of Left Gatekeeping Foundations in Suppressing Dissent

by Stuart Bramhall. —————————————————————————————————– Since the October 2008 economic collapse, American workers have faced an unprecedented “austerity cuts,” with major hits on their livelihoods and labor and pension rights. Yet Americans, unlike the rest of the world, don’t respond by taking to the street in the millions. Why […]

Over 250 Top US Legal Scholars Condemn The Treatment Of Bradley Manning

From Tech Dirt. ————————————————————————————————— For a while now, we’ve been quite concerned over the US’s treatment of Bradley Manning, the guy who has been accused of being the source for many of Wikileaks’ biggest leaks from the US government. Under most standard definitions of torture, it certainly appeared […]

Vision and Wisdom

From A New Kind of Mind. ——————————————————————————————————– A decent while back, the anarchism subreddit was getting me down with it’s lynch mobs and sectarianism. To find some sanity (and probably to confirm a couple biases), I asked fellow Reddit user BondsOfEarthAndFire — who describes himself as “a market-friendly, […]

Mass immigration damages U.S. culture, economy

by Ian Huyett Tibetan independence from China is a popular cause in the U.S. Fashionable among actors and musicians, it’s outspoken supporters range from Russell Brand to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “Free Tibet” advocates raise a legitimate concern; that Tibet’s unique character will vanish beneath a […]

State of Collapse

This looks to be an interesting journal. —————————————————————————————————– State of Collapse is an editorial site offering anarchist views on current events concerning political abuse of criminal justice systems, human rights atrocities, and the encroachment of the total surveillance society. We cover police and law issues from Ontario, Canada […]

Ernst Junger's "On Danger"

A classic essay. ————————————————————————————————— Among the signs of the epoch we have now entered belongs the increased intrusion of danger into daily life. There is no accident concealing itself behind this tact but a comprehensive change of the inner and outer world. We see this dearly when we […]

JOURNAL: OSW Standing Orders (compilation)

By John Robb. ——————————————————————————————————- Here’s a compilation of the standing orders series for open source warfare from last year. Probably need to add some more. 1. Break Networks 2. Grow Black Economies 3. Virtualize your organization 4. Repetition is more important than scale 5. Coopetition 6. Don’t fork […]

61% Say Enforcing Immigration Laws Would Cut Poverty

A Rasmussen poll reports. —————————————————————————————————- Adults under the age of 50 are more inclined to agree that there would be less poverty if immigration laws were enforced than their elders. Despite the billions of dollars spent on government anti-poverty programs, a majority of Americans nationwide still believe there […]

Is Tribalism the Future?

Article by Pat Buchanan. ————————————————————————————————— Tribalism suddenly seems ascendant over globalism. Transnational institutions created to bring the world together — the IMF, World Bank, U.N., EU, NATO, WTO, G-8, Kyoto Protocol — are all under stress. The artificial countries are coming apart. Sudan is sundering as Ethiopia did. […]

Teabagger Queen Michele Bachmann Cashed In On $250,000 In Welfare

Article by Yasha Levine. —————————————————————————————————— Michele Bachmann has become known as the Queen of the anti-government Tea Baggers, protesting health care reform and slamming every other government handout as “socialism.” But what her followers don’t know is that Rep. Bachmann is also a queen of another kind—a welfare […]

The Fascist States of America

Jesse Ventura is interviewed by Lew Rockwell. ————————————————————————————————— Jesse Ventura tells Lew Rockwell about The 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read. Naked-body “microwave” machines target travelers in violation of the 4th Amendment, the Republican and Democratic parties make everything worse, the CIA is embedded in […]

Constitutional Attorney Drafts Obama Impeachment

Read the article. This guy’s got the right idea. Impeach all presidents until there are no presidents any more. —————————————————————————————————– A prominent libertarian constitutional lawyer and civil libertarian has drafted an article of impeachment against President Obama over his attack on Libya, throwing down a legal gauntlet that […]

Oakland Threatens to Shut Down Urban Gardener

Fight food repression. ——————————————————————————————————— The city of Oakland, Calif., which is marked largely by blight and crime, has decided to go after a backyard gardener for growing and occasionally selling the fruits of her labor. According to a recent report in the San Francisco Chronicle (SFC), Oakland city […]

Smokeasy, California!

Article by Charles Coulombe. —————————————————————————————————- I love tobacco. I have been a pipe and cigar smoker since my 16th birthday. (My father had offered to buy me both if I abstained from cigarettes until that date). On that memorable occasion, he took me down to Santa Monica’s storied […]

Against Libertarian Sweatshop Fans

Articles by Michael Kleen. Part 1 and Part 2. —————————————————————————————————- In my opinion, a sweatshop is an antiquated form of wage slavery that does not belong in a free society any more than conscription or the Atlantic slave trade. Economists like Paul Krugman have provided an ideological foundation […]

Obama a Marxist? Give Us a Break

Article by Kevin Carson. ———————————————————————————————————– Arguably the majority of Fortune 500 profits result from taxpayer subsidies, government-conferred monopolies like “intellectual property,” special protections, and entry barriers, rather than from peaceful exchange on the free market. So why would it be so inconceivable that a lot of businesses in […]

Affirmative Action Forever

Dennis Mangan reviews Steven Farron’s The Affirmative Action Hoax. I haven’t read Farron’s book myself, but if this reviewer’s summary of it contents is accurate, it makes a pretty convincing case that affirmative action is a messy hodge-podge of policies whose real purpose is to keep bureaucrats in […]

Cincinnati: A Decade since the Rebellion of 2001

Article by Dan La Botz. Hat tip to Miles Joyner. —————————————————————————————————– Ten years ago, after the police killing of a teenager named Timothy Thomas, Cincinnati erupted in what some called vicious riots and others a righteous rebellion. The uprising over a string of police killings of black men […]

Unholy Alliance: Neocons and "Progressives" — United at Last Over Libya, War Powers, and the Constitution

Article by Justin Raimondo. ——————————————————————————————————— According to historian Thomas E. Woods, during the debate at the Constitutional Convention over the War Powers clause, only a single delegate – Pierce Butler, of South Carolina — rose to argue in favor of giving the President the power to make war […]

The haze of humanitarian imperialism

Article by George Will. ————————————————————————————————— At about this point in foreign policy misadventures, the usual question is: What is Plan B? Today’s question is: What was Plan A? When Obama inserted America into what was, and ostensibly still is, a preemptive war to protect Libyan civilians from Libya’s […]

Did Obama's Election mean the End of the Anti-War Movement?

Article by Bernie DeGroat. Hat tip to Peter Bjorn Perls. ——————————————————————————————————– The anti-war movement in the US may have become more anti-Republican than antiwar since 2003, say U-Michigan researchers. Since 2003, the antiwar movement in the United States has had much to protest with Americans fighting in Iraq, […]

Nietzsche and the State

Article by Michael Kleen. —————————————————————————————————- “Where the state ends—look there, my brothers! Do you not see it, the rainbow and the bridges of the overman?” Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is one of the most famous of the modern philosophers. A prolific writer on just about every subject, his views […]

Jose Ortega y Gasset and the State

Article by Michael Kleen. Hat tip to David Heleniak. Kleen has also been interview by Tom Sunic on VOR. Listen here and here. ——————————————————————————————————- José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) was the preeminent Spanish philosopher of the first half of the 20th Century. A complex figure, he was at […]

The Joke that "Movement Conservatism" has become

Article by Paul Gottfried. A hilarious dissection of the neo-Jacobin wing of the US political establishment. ——————————————————————————————————– According to Joel Klein’s March 21 Newsweek column, “conservatives” went ballistic at their annual CPAC meeting in Washington because Obama had dared to question the holy doctrine of “American exceptionalism.” Supposedly […]

Opinions Are Not a Crime

An Asian woman is sentenced to indefinite jury duty for alleged racist comments. Read the article. This is a very important case because it shows that PC is not just a “white male” issue. No one is immune to persecution under PC, not even its supposed beneficiaries, e.g., […]

Obama Goes to War, the US Left Goes AWOL

Article by Clancy Sigal. ————————————————————————————————— One night, when I was editor of a news wire service on the graveyard shift in downtown Los Angeles, a respectable, middle-aged man in a neat business suit, calling himself Mr Wilson, approached me with a strange tale. We overnighters on duty alone […]

Hard Money, Hard Time

Article by Thomas Knapp. —————————————————————————————————– Bernard von NotHaus, reports Tom Lovett of the Evansville, Indiana Courier & Press, stands convicted, as of last month, of “making coins resembling and similar to United States coins; of issuing, passing, selling and possessing Liberty Dollar coins; of issuing and passing Liberty […]

The Drug War: Growing the Green

Article by David D’Amato. ——————————————————————————————————- BBC News reports that “[p]rotests in more than 20 Mexican cities against drug-related violence have been interrupted by news of the discovery of 59 bodies.” Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon called on the military to combat the drug cartels in 2006, an estimated […]

Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare

Mass immigration is subsidized by the state. ————————————————————————————————— Surprise, surprise; Census Bureau data reveals that most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their American-born anchor babies. Even before the recession, immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates […]