Jimmy Carr is morally right 3

From The UK Libertarian.

Davy, the UK Libertarian, hoists moralistic tax-happy statists on their own petard. Logical, potent, and apt, if emotionally-oversaturated at times.

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David Cameron has described Jimmy Carr as “Morally wrong” for allegedly paying  as low as 1% on his income taxes thanks to a scheme known as K2, advised by his accountant as perfectly legal and used by celebrities on both the left and the right.

But he’s not not behaving unethically, in fact, morally, he’s in the right.

To explain why, I will be asking you to stick with me through a seemingly unrelated tangent but, if we’re lucky, it will tie up in the end.

The following earnings are made up for the sake of simplicity but the logic holds true whether you scale up or down:

To begin let’s suppose Jimmy Carr is a model tax-payer and let’s say he earns £1,000,000 gross profit in the 2012 tax year. Without any exemptions and filing purely as an individual he would expect to pay close to 50% directly to the Inland Revenue. At that rate he is handing over approximately £500,000 to David Cameron’s government.

Let’s take a look at some of the ways that £500,000 will be spent once the government has its (apparently righteous) hands on it:

At least £44,000 of this half a million will go towards “Defence”. The quandry for the informed and ethical man (but not the amoral/immoral) when pondering this contribution, however, is that “Defense” is really just a euphemism for Offense. Still etched in the memories of anybody who takes a passing interest in politics (regardless of which side of the fence they fall) is that spark of defiance in February of 2003 when almost a million people marched through London in protest against the proposal to wage war against Iraq. They chanted “No more war!” They screamed the justification was immoral. Some even cried for people they had never met, guessing before the fact just how horrific the consequences could be. They were right.

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Invisible Children Not Amused by NYU Kids’ Parody Reply

From the Atlantic Wire.

Personally, I find Kickstriker’s campaign parody fucking hilarious, not to mention potentially more effective than Jason Russell’s imperialist-enabling personality cult. Here’s an excerpt from the Kickstriker bid…

PLEDGE $50,000 OR MORE

3 BACKERS · Limited Reward (29 of 32 remaining)

If Kony is killed while resisting justice, donors at this level will receive one of his teeth to commemorate their role in ending his reign of terror. (Note: since it is not known how many teeth Joseph Kony has, rewards at this level are subject to availability.)

PLEDGE $1,000,000 OR MORE
0 BACKERS · Limited Reward (1 of 1 remaining)

Kony’s skull (minus teeth, subject to availability).

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By Alexander Abad-Santos

If we’re going to give Invisible Children one thing, it’s that they’re earnest. Earnest enough to threaten a lawsuit against a bunch of NYU kids making a mockery of their brand of activism and earnest enough not to see the obvious joke here of how obtuse their own organization can be. The problem, as the producers of this year’s wildly popular KONY 2012 campaign see it, is that there’s a website out there riffing off of Kickstarter — the fundraising website for independent, sometimes twee projects — named Kickstriker which has Invisible Children in its sights (the site, doesn’t appear to be bothering Kickstarter yet). Which is why they’ve threatened the site with a cease and desist warning. “It has come to our attention that you are causing public confusion through your use of Invisible Children’s copyrighted and trademarked property on http://www.kickstriker.com. This impermissible use is a blatant and egregious infringement of Invisible Children’s valuable copyright and trademark rights,” read a letter Invisible Children sent last week and acquired by Wired’s Danger Room blog. “[F]ailure to cease and desist your unlawful use of Invisible Children’s intellectual property will result in legal action.”

“The purpose of our website, Kickstriker.com (henceforth ‘Kickstriker’), is to critique a number of institutions, including Invisible Children, through the use of political satire, Kickstriker’s Mehan Jayasuriya, James Borda and Josh Begley (graduate students at NYU and students of Internet professor Clay Shirky) responded in a letter picked up by Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman who’s been following the site since its creation. “As such, while Kickstriker makes use of the trademarked terms ‘Invisible Children’ and ‘KONY 2012,’ these uses are protected under the doctrine of fair use, which allows for such uses for the purposes of criticism and commentary.”

If you look at the actual Kickstriker site, it’s pretty obvious that it’s a parody as a $1 million donation can get you a toothless Joseph Kony’s skull. But belabored responses have become an M.O. of sorts for Invisible Children, though most ended in overwrought videos and not in legal action.

Bruce Schneier: We’re in the early years of a cyberwar arms race Reply

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Bruce Schneier

We’re in the early years of a cyberwar arms race. It’s expensive, it’s destabilizing, and it threatens the very fabric of the Internet we use every day. Cyberwar treaties, as imperfect as they might be, are the only way to contain the threat.

If you read the press and listen to government leaders, we’re already in the middle of a cyberwar. By any normal definition of the word “war,” this is ridiculous. But the definition of cyberwar has been expanded to include government-sponsored espionage, potential terrorist attacks in cyberspace, large-scale criminal fraud, and even hacker kids attacking government networks and critical infrastructure. This definition is being pushed both by the military and by government contractors, who are gaining power and making money on cyberwar fear.

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Future of Freedom Foundation June 17, 2012 Reply

MIGRATION
Are Immigration Laws
Like Jim Crow?

by David Bier
Foundation for Economic Education
WELFARE STATE
Big Lies in Politics
by Thomas Sowell
LewRockwell.com
MONETARY POLICY
How the Euro Will End
by Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr.
Cato Institute
ECONOMICS
Hayek on Individualism
by Sheldon Richman
Foundation for Economic EducationThe Nature and Origin
of Subjective Value

by Eugen von Bohm-Bawerk
Ludwig von Mises Institute
WAR ON TERRORISM
Game of Drones
by Gene Healy
Cato Institute
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Should We Let Law Enforcement Drone
On and On?

by A. Barton Hinkle
Reason
FOREIGN POLICY
The New Obama Doctrine
by Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt
Antiwar.comJack of No Trade,
Masters of War

by Joseph R. Stromberg
Independent Institute
U.S. MILITARY
Romans 13 and
Obeying the Government

by Laurence M. Vance
LewRockwell.com

Antiwar.com Newsletter | June 16, 2012 Reply

IN THIS ISSUE

  • What’s new
  • Top news
  • Opinion and analysis
  • Events

What’s new with Antiwar.com staff and contributors?

Congratulations to Gareth Porter, reporter for InterPress Service and frequent Antiwar.com contributor, for winning the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in London. This honor is for his outstanding research into the military’s targeted killing strategy in Afghanistan.

Also congratulations are due for our Director of Operations Angela Keaton for being nominated for the Zoe Taylor Award as “an outstanding female activist who has shown courage, principle, and virtue through her activism.” The award “will be presented before the screening of Silver Circle on Thursday, June 21.”

Angela recently appeared on both the Angel Clark and the Valerie Sargent Martin shows.

Our News Editor Jason Ditz will be on Don Griffin’s show to discuss drones, Monday at 2:00 PM ET on KJSL Truth Talk 630. Listen live!

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Roberto Unger, Obama’s Former Harvard Law School Professor, Says The President ‘Must Be Defeated’ Reply

From the Huffington Post

One of President Barack Obama’s former professors appears to have turned against him, according to a recent YouTube video.

“President Obama must be defeated in the coming election,” Roberto Unger, a longtime professor at Harvard Law School who taught Obama, said in a video posted on May 22. “He has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States.”

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Blowback, or Impossible Dilemmas of Declining Powers Reply

By Immanuel Wallerstein

ntelligence Agency (CIA) that originally meant the unintended negative consequences to a country of its own espionage operations. For example, if a secret CIA operation led to a revenge attack on U.S. individuals who were unaware of the CIA’s operation, this was considered “blowback.” But these days, many of the operations are not all that secret (for example, the U.S. use of drones in Pakistan or Yemen). And the “revenge” attacks are often publicly avowed. Nevertheless, countries don’t seem to cease engaging in such operations.

We need a more useful definition of blowback to explain how and why it’s occurring all over the place. I think the first element is that the countries engaging in such operations today are powerful, yes, but less powerful than they used to be. When they were at the acme of their power, they could ignore blowback as minor unintended consequences. But when they are less powerful than before, the consequences are not so minor, yet they seem to feel the need to pursue the operations even more vigorously and even more openly.

Let us look at two famous instances of blowback. One concerns the United States. In the 1980s, the United States wished to push the Soviet Union’s military forces out of Afghanistan. They therefore supported the mujahidin. One of the most famous leaders of the groups they supported was Osama bin Laden. Once the Soviet troops withdrew, Osama bin Laden created Al-Qaeda and began to attack the United States.

A second famous instance concerns Israel. In the 1970s, Israel regarded Yasser Arafat and the PLO as its principal opponent. Seeking to weaken the strength of the PLO among Palestinians, they gave financial aid to the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, known as Hamas. As Hamas grew, it did weaken the PLO somewhat. But at a certain point, Hamas became an even more vehement and effective opponent of the Israeli state than had been the PLO.

Today, everyone knows these instances. Others involving Great Britain and France could be cited as well. Nor does this end the list of blowback countries. Why then do they continue to behave in ways that seem to undermine their own objectives? They do this precisely because their power is declining.

We need to look at it as a matter of temporalities in state policy. Blowback occurs when the declining power engages in behavior that, in the short run, achieves some immediate objective but, in the middle run, makes their power decline even more and even faster, and therefore in the longer run is self-defeating. The obvious thing to do is not to go down this road any more. The covert operations no longer really work in terms of the long-run objectives of the country.

To stick with my examples: Don’t President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu understand this? And if they do, why are they continuing the operations, even boasting about them? Actually, I think that both these men do understand the ineffectiveness of these operations, and so do their intelligence agencies. But they face immediate dilemmas.

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GOP/Dem rhetorical convergence Reply

By Glenn Greenwald

In 2005, Karl Rove sparked widespread outrage by accusing liberal critics of President Bush’s Terrorism programs of sympathizing with and wanting to coddle The Terrorists:

Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks andwanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.”

In response, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid’s spokesmancalled on Bush to “immediately repudiate Karl Rove’s offensive and outrageous comments.” Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer fumed: “When I heard his remarks, it turned my stomach,” while his Democratic colleague Frank Lautenberg said that Bush “can only have one reaction, and that is to ask Rove to get out of his office.” Leading Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and John Kerry signed a letter denouncing Rove and demanding that he resign or be fired for his remarks.

Yesterday, Gene Lyons, the long-time Democrat and syndicated columnist, wrote a column defending Obama’s Terrorism policies — he’s merely doing what “what any bloody-minded pragmatist would” — and denounced what he called “the feebleness of [Obama’s] critics” (citing me as the left’s example). Here’s how Lyons, in the first paragraph, characterizes the position of Obama’s critics:

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Geopolitics and “Conspiracy Theories” Reply

Kerry Bolton is interviewed by Richard Spencer.

The United Nations General Assembly

Author Kerry Bolton joins Richard to discuss geopolitics and the intersection of global finance, war, and foreign policy. In particular, they examine the “conspiracy theories” regarding major events like the Second World War and the Cold War–which ones help us get to the truth and which one are distractions.

Bolton’s latest book is Revolution From Above, published by Arktos Media.

Military Heroes, Mercenaries, or Technofascists? Reply

By Thomas Naylor

When MSNBC host Chris Hayes had the audacity in his pre-Memorial Day show to question whether every American soldier was entitled to be called a “hero,” he unleashed a virtual firestorm in cyberspace and elsewhere.  He had clearly asked the right question, a question that was long overdue.

Since Richard Nixon ended the draft in 1973 the United States Military has been made up entirely of paid volunteers, volunteers who have for a fee willingly agreed to go anywhere to kill or be killed in the name of the State.  With little or no knowledge of the history, culture, religion, or traditions of the people whom they are asked to kill, these thoroughly indoctrinated mercenaries blindly follow the orders of their feckless leaders. It’s all about “killing in the name” rapped the legendary, heavy metal, hip-hop band Rage Against the Machine back in the 1990s.  Who then, are our troops?  Are they heroes as they are often portrayed by our media, our politicians, and the public or are they just hired guns trained to kill on behalf of the Empire?

By whose authority other than the law of the jungle do they set themselves up in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Libya to assume the role of prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner?  Is there any difference in their behavior than that of President Barack Obama who sits in the White House and orders drones, Navy Seals, and Delta Force death squads to take out those on his weekly “kill list”?

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Revolt in the Ranks Reply

By Chris Bray

Illustration by Miguel Davilla

Illustration by Miguel Davilla

On a September afternoon in the peacetime year of 1821, a regiment of Rhode Island militia completed its annual review and prepared to go home. Suddenly the regiment’s parade field in Providence became the scene of a spontaneous military riot.

In a confrontation that exploded over the space of a few minutes, the regimental commander was arrested and men in the ranks shouted for fellow militiamen to “fix bayonets” and resist orders by force. Ordered to take command in place of his arrested colonel, the senior battalion commander instead marched his men off the field, breaking the regiment apart to prevent the possibility of its obedience. Finally, as men in the ranks lashed out to strike a brigadier general’s horse with the butts of their weapons, a staff officer grabbed the general and dragged him away to safety.

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America is a Battlefield: In the war against tyranny Reply

By Justin Raimondo

On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, proffered a resolution declaring:

“That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

It was the beginning of the first act of the American Revolution. The second and third acts – the long continental incubation and the emergence of the US as a world empire – would not be long in coming, as such things are measured. The seeds planted in Britain’s North American colonies were a vigorous stock, rooting quickly and sending forth leaves and runners in riotous profusion. The process culminated in a blossom such as the world had never seen.

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More U.S. Soldiers Dying from Suicide Than Combat 1

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Via: AP:

Suicides are surging among America’s troops, averaging nearly one a day this year — the fastest pace in the nation’s decade of war.

The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50 percent more — according to Pentagon statistics obtained by The Associated Press.

The numbers reflect a military burdened with wartime demands from Iraq and Afghanistan that have taken a greater toll than foreseen a decade ago. The military also is struggling with increased sexual assaults, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and other misbehavior.

Seven UN peacekeepers killed in Ivory Coast Reply

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Seven UN peacekeepers have been killed in a remote area of southwestern Ivory Coast. They were ambushed during a mission to protect civilians threatened by attack. Over 40 of their colleagues who stayed on guard remain in danger, the UN said.

A group of peacekeepers were on a reconnaissance patrol investigating rumors of “movement of armed people” and “threats on the security of civilians” near the village of Para in the Tai region, near the border with Liberia, said UN spokeswoman Josephine Guerrero. The patrol was attacked by a large group of people. Around 40 other peacekeepers were deployed to the area to prevent any further attacks on the village during the night.
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The Stark Truth: Interview with Paul Craig Roberts Reply

Listen to the interview.

May 25, 2012

Paul Craig Roberts

Robert Stark interviews Paul Craig Roberts. Topics include:

  • PCR’s role in the Reagan administration and supply-side economics;
  • How job outsourcing was engineered by Wall Street and corporations;
  • The military-industrial complex;
  • Neoconservatives, foreign policy in the Middle East, and war with Iran;
  • Policy toward China;
  • 9/11;
  • Why we can’t take back the country by the ballot box.

Rand Paul Betrays His Father’s Principles, Endorses Mitt Romney 2

June 8th, 2012

Libertarian Party

 [Prediction: The Ron Paul movement will eventually split into two camps. One will be a more system-friendly movement for whom Rand Paul is the figurehead. The other will be a more radically anti-state movement whose radicalism surpasses that of Ron Paul. The latter likely includes a lot of future ARV/ATS associates.]

Contact: Carla Howell, Executive Director

The Libertarian Party issued the following statement today:

Rand Paul Betrays His Father’s Principles, Endorses Mitt Romney

Why Ron Paul Supporters Need the Libertarian Party

When Dr. Rand Paul ran for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, many of his fund-raising appeals were sent to the donors and supporters of his father, Congressman Ron Paul. They were designed to convince Ron’s supporters that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That Rand was, like his legendary father, a steadfast champion of liberty.

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End of the Nation-State 1

By Doug Casey

There have been a fair number of references to the subject of “phyles” in this publication. But it occurs to me that I’ve never discussed the topic myself in any detail. Especially how phyles are likely to replace the nation-state, one of mankind’s worst inventions.

Now might be a good time to discuss the subject. We’ll have an almost unremitting stream of bad news, on multiple fronts, for years to come. So it might be good to keep a hopeful prospect in mind – although I hate to use the word “hope,” as much as it’s been degraded by OBAMA! and the kleptocrats, incompetents, and sociopaths that surround him.

Let’s start by looking at where we’ve been. I trust you’ll excuse my skating over all of human political history in a few paragraphs, but my object is to provide a framework for where we’re going, rather than an anthropological monograph.

Mankind has, so far, gone through three main stages of political organization since Day One, say 200,000 years ago, when anatomically modern men started appearing. We can call them Tribes, Kingdoms, and Nation-States.

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