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Keith Preston

It's Not Murder When the Government Kills You

Article by William Norman Grigg. —————————————————————————————————— “Why did you shoot that man? He didn’t do anything!” The question was wrenched from a woman who had watched in horror as Police Officer Ian Birk pumped four shots into the body of John T. Williams on a Seattle street corner […]

Isn't It Time We Overthrew the State?

Article by Hans Hermann Hoppe. —————————————————————————————————— Alone on his island, Robinson Crusoe can do whatever he pleases. For him, the question concerning rules of orderly human conduct – social cooperation – simply does not arise. This question can only arise once a second person, Friday, arrives on the […]

Josef Stalin Attempted to Breed Ape-men, Breeding Human Females With Male Apes

The nutty Stalin. —————————————————————————————————- Soviet leader Joseph Stalin attempted to create a powerful, subservient army of ape-men by crossing human females with male apes. “I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat,” Stalin was quoted in […]

WESTERN DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA

Article by Ajak C. Mahmood at Mathaba.Net. ——————————————————————————————————— t is obvious that the entire western world is the enormous enemy of Africa since many decades and right up to this day. Its happiness, development and advancement rely much on African peoples’ pain and destruction. Any step of development […]

The Origins of Zoning

From the Recivilization website. Hat tip to Raven Warrior. —————————————————————————————————— 241 the origins of zoning It’s just like Sim City: R for Residential, I for Industrial, C (here, ‘B’) for Commercial. But in real life it gets a lot more complicated. This is part of the zoning map […]

Odinism In The Age of Man

A new book by author Wyatt Kaldenberg. I’m planning a review of this that will be forthcoming fairly soon. ——————————————————————————————————– Now available from Amazon.Com and Goodreads. Odinism In the Age of Man advocates a return to family centered tribalism, ancestral traditions, and the Gods and Goddesses of our […]

Possibly my favorite libertarian book ever….

Walter Block’s classic Defending the Undefendable. It would be interesting to see Block do an updated version of this that included contemporary scapegoats as well: the copyright pirate, the tax evader, the illegal firearms dealer, the pirate radio operator, the non-recycler, the smoker in public restaurants, the privileged […]

An Economy Hanging by the Thread

Article by Mike Whitney. ————————————————————————————————– A bleak jobs report sent stocks and commodities tumbling on Wednesday, while new signs of distress gripped the service industries index. An updated report from the ADP showed that private sector hiring slowed more than expected from March to April as companies struggled […]

The Rise Of The “Sharing Economy” Spells Further Declines In Manufacturing Employment

Article by Matthew Yglesias. —————————————————————————————————— Danielle Sacks has a great article in Fast Company about firms that use information technology to promote “sharing” of physical goods. Some firms, like ZipCar, are sort of explicitly oriented around this sharing idea. Others, like AirBnB present themselves more as peer-to-peer rentals. […]

A Look at Chinese Eugenics

Article by Richard Hoste. Eugenics is something I look rather askance at, particularly when intertwined with the state, given its susceptibility to abuse. Even this author, who is obviously far more sympathetic to eugenics than I am, seems to recognize this problem. But this is an interesting article […]

The Taliban Won’t Negotiate With Terrorists

Article by David D’Amato. ——————————————————————————————————– As Foreign Policy’s Josh Rogin observes, “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [has] said … that Osama bin Laden’s death could advance the effort to reach a political resolution to the war in Afghanistan … .” Declaring that the United States’ “message to the […]

The Libyan War Crime

Article by Israel Shamir. —————————————————————————————————– The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced on Thursday that he would soon stand before the United Nations and report on alleged Libyan war crimes. We can only hope that his brief will include the latest war crime, the murder of […]

The demon is dead; so are many of our rights

Article by Jonathan Turley. ————————————————————————————————– The death of Osama bin Laden has left the United States with a type of morning-after effect. For 10 years, an ever-expanding war on terror has been defined by one central dark figure: Osama bin Laden. It is perhaps not surprising that in […]

The New York Times is Dying

Article by Gary North. Abbie Hoffman used to refer to the New York Times as the “voice of the ruling class.” —————————————————————————————————- What’s black and white and red all over? Answer: the balance sheet of the New York Times. That was a two-liner that appeared in The Daily […]

Dead Men Tell No Tales

“Two can keep a secret if one is dead.” -Hell’s Angels saying, attributed Eric Margolis is interviewed by Lew Rockwell.   The assassination of bin Laden, the US occupation of Pakistan, the next neocon war, CIA drug running in Afghanistan, the recolonialization of Africa, the near-starvation blockade of […]

The Defeat of the United States by Al Qaeda

Article by Kevin Carson. ——————————————————————————————————– Since the announced killing of Emanuel Goldstein — er, Osama Bin Laden — I’ve seen a lot of speculation on what kind of big terror attack we can expect in retaliation. But if Al Qaeda was capable of a large-scale, spectacular reprisal attack, […]

After bin Laden, A Greater Enemy Remains

Article by David D’Amato. ——————————————————————————————————– However plain it may seem, it’s worth remembering the fact that opposing — every now and then — someone or something that actually is worth opposing is no test for what we ought to support. While it’s clear that the indiscriminate murder advocated […]

“Free Markets” Are Not “Capitalism”

by David Z. ————————————————————————————————— The word “capitalism” was coined by the socialists, often used as a pejorative, and has historically described a system of state-granted privilege and plutocracy. This is the definition to which most people subscribe, and which I would argue prevails today. A contrary definition is […]

Obama’s Broken Guantánamo Promise

Article by Sheldon Richman. ——————————————————————————————————– The latest leaks of classified documents, which show that the U.S. government imprisoned hundreds of men at Guantánamo Bay on the most dubious “evidence,” brings to mind the question, Why hasn’t President Obama kept his promise to close the infamous prison that will […]

Why Bin Laden's Death No Longer Really Matters

Article by Tony Karon. —————————————————————————————————– But where killing or capturing Bin Laden might once have been imagined to be a decisive turning point in a struggle between the U.S. and its challengers in the Muslim world, today, the death of America’s erstwhile nemesis is little more than an […]

Dawn of the Idols

Article by Samuel Goldman. —————————————————————————————————- Perhaps it’s just a matter of time before a deity rescues us from the condition that Nietzsche described as “nihilism.” In All Things Shining, philosophers Hubert Dreyfus (of Berkeley) and Sean Dorrance Kelly (of Harvard) take up this possibility. In fact, they claim, […]

Driving Libyans Back to Qaddafi

Article by Mark Almond. ——————————————————————————————————- After Buckingham Palace was bombed by the Luftwaffe during the Blitz, the present Queen’s mother is supposed to have said, “Now we can look the East End in the eye.” In a war any sense that the rulers are immune to the risks […]

The Most Successful Terrorist Organization in History

Article by Patrick Cockburn. —————————————————————————————————— Al Qaeda is the most successful terrorist organization in history. By destroying the World Trade Centre in New York on 9/11 it provoked the US into launching wars damaging to itself in Afghanistan and Iraq. Al Qaeda aimed to destroy the status quo […]

A Libertarian Case for Monarchy

Article by Leland B. Yeager. Another contribution to our discussion. This one is somewhat more interesting, given that it’s written from the perspective of a self-identified libertarian. Hat tip to David Heleniak. ——————————————————————————————————- Clear thought and discussion suffer when all sorts of good things, like liberty, equality, fraternity, […]

It Still Wasn’t Worth It, and Is More War Coming?

Article by Anthony Gregory. —————————————————————————————————- The U.S. has finally killed Osama bin Laden, the press and the administration report. Many will say this vindicates the war on terrorism, but it doesn’t. The Wall Street Journal says, “The development capped a manhunt of more than a decade for the […]

Osama Won

Article by Radley Balko. ——————————————————————————————————- In The Looming Tower, the Pulitzer-winning history of al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11, author Lawrence Wright lays out how Osama bin Laden’s motivation for the attacks that he planned in the 1990s, and then the September 11 attacks, was to draw the […]

Osama bin Laden’s Second Death

Article by Paul Craig Roberts. ———————————————————————————————— If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April fool’s joke this morning’s headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take […]

Why bin Laden’s Ghost Is Smiling

Article by Eric Margolis. ————————————————————————————————————————————— The assassination of Osama bin Laden by US Special Forces in Abbotabad, Pakistan will likely assure Barack Obama’s victory in the 2012 presidential race. Republican hawks will have a hard time pressing their claims that Obama is “soft on terrorism.” Details about the […]

Careerism and Psychopathy in the US Military

Geez, who would’ve thought? Article by G. I. Wilson, USMC Ret. —————————————————————————————————- This essay attempts to make it easier for you to identify the quality and character of military officers and civilian bureaucrats, to increase your awareness and recognition of careerism and its consequences. As Americans, we all […]

Economic Terror Wins the Day: We're in a Depression

Article by Mike Whitney. —————————————————————————————————————————- On Thursday, Gallup reported that “More than half of Americans say the U.S. economy is in a recession or a depression despite official data that show a moderate recovery…..The April 20-23 Gallup survey… found that only 27 percent said the economy is growing. […]

Anarcho-Monarchism

Article by David B. Hart. This is relevant to our recent discussion of monarchism here at ATS. It’s an odd point of view, obviously, but I think it’s one that deserves to be heard. ——————————————————————————————————– The only thing I know that J.R.R. Tolkien and Salvador Dalí had in […]

Prison

One man shares his experiences. —————————————————————————————————— Forget everything you’ve ever heard about prison. Forget about the stories of tennis courts on one extreme, and dropping soap on the other. How these myths, among others, began is beyond me. I suppose that the subject of prison is ripe for […]

Obama Says U.S. Killed Osama bin Laden, but Questions Remain

Article by Alex Newman. ——————————————————————————————————- Reputed terrorist mastermind and former U.S. government ally Osama bin Laden has been killed by a military operation in Pakistan, President Barack Obama and other American officials claimed on the night of May 1. Bin Laden’s body was subsequently dumped at sea, according […]

Appeals Court: No Hacking Required to Be Prosecuted as a Hacker

Article by David Kravets. Corporate policy is now law. Hayek once remarked that the hallmark of totalitarian law was not necessarily its brutality (concentration camps, gulags, and all that) as much as its arbitrariness and inconsistency. Here it is. —————————————————————————————————- Employees may be prosecuted under a federal antihacking […]

Pub singer arrested for racism after Chinese passers-by hear him perform Kung Fu Fighting

From the Daily Mail. Yet another example of why totalitarian humanism is to be taken seriously, rather than dismissed as an inconsequential amusement. —————————————————————————————————– A pub singer has been arrested on suspicion of racism for singing the classic chart hit Kung Fu Fighting. The song, performed by Simon […]

Osama bin Laden Killed: 'Justice Is Done,' President Says

From ABC News. Obama has very likely secured his reelection now. ——————————————————————————————————- Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President Obama announced tonight. The president called the killing of bin Laden the “most significant achievement to date” […]

Gaddafi family deaths reinforce doubts about Nato's UN mandate

From the Guardian. —————————————————————————————————- NATO is facing urgent questions about the legality of its air strike on a Gaddafi family compound at the weekend, which the Libyan government said had killed the leader’s second youngest son, 29-year old Saif al-Arab, and three grandchildren under 12. The grandchildren were […]

No-Fault Police Murder in Seattle

by William Norman Grigg. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Former Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk was dismissed from his job in February after the department’s firearms review board ruled that his shooting of John T. Williams was “unjustified.” While prowling Seattle’s streets last August 30, Birk saw Williams in a crosswalk carrying […]

College is for Suckers

Article by Gary North. ————————————————————————————————— In the best universities, we find mega-classes of 500 to 1,000 students. Lower division students sit in huge lecture halls and listen to a professor give a lecture that could just as well be in a digital format on a server. If an […]