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Bemused Over Russian “Meddling”

I must confess that liberals and the liberal press are amusing me to no end over their heated and exuberant reaction to the Trump-Russia meddling “scandal.” I find the whole controversy to be absolutely hilarious. A question that stands out in all this: What’s wrong with an American politician “colluding” with a Russian politician to win an American election? “Treason!” the ...

Prepare Now for Blowback

By this time it has become painfully obvious that Donald Trump is going to follow the interventionist road in the Middle East that Republicans and Democrats have been following ever since the Cold War ended in 1989. Like any good conservative, Trump is expanding the size of the military establishment, unleashing the Pentagon to wage its war on ISIS ...

How to Achieve Omnipotent Government

Ludwig von Mises explained how government interventionism into economic activity ultimately leads to omnipotent government. It’s because the first intervention inevitably creates problems or crises. Rather than repeal the original intervention, which would constitute an acknowledgement that the intervention had failed, government planners double down by introducing a new intervention to fix the problems or crises of the original ...

Why Are Americans Searched at the Border?

Whenever American citizens travel to another country, they are subjected to intrusive searches at the hands of U.S. officials upon returning to the United States. Why? What’s the justification? Since Americans living today have all been born and raised under this type of system, hardly anyone questions it. It’s just accepted, passively and submissively, as part of living in a “free” ...

Should Libertarians Support a Police State?

According to an article at NBCNews.com, when 23-year-old American filmmaker Akram Shibly and his girlfriend Kelly McCormick recently returned from a trip to Toronto, U.S. border officials took possession of their cell phones and demanded that they disclose their passwords so that the officials could peruse, study, search through, or copy the contents of the phones.  They complied. A ...

Conservatives Are Squirming (and Capitulating) on Obamacare

For the last seven years, conservatives have had a field day complaining about Obamacare and calling for its repeal. The anti-Obamacare pabulum has been great for garnering donations to conservative organizations and Republican candidates. What conservatives never figured on, however, was that Republicans would end up winning both houses of Congress and the presidency. Now that that has happened, conservatives ...

Moral Bankruptcy, Left and Right

When it comes to foreign policy and the U.S. government’s imperial and interventionist role in the world, it is sometimes difficult to determine which faction of statists — liberal or conservative — is the more hypocritical and morally blind. Consider the following editorial in today’s New York Times entitled “The U.S. Should Not Be Egypt’s Accomplice.” When I read ...

Trump, the CIA, and Those Still Secret JFK Records

This Thursday, March 16, at 1 p.m., the Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA), an organization whose mission is to secure release of all JFK-assassination-related records, is hosting a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that will feature U.S. District Judge John Tunheim and other speakers. The purpose of the conference is to draw attention ...

Bionic Mosquito’s Immigration Strawman

The Bionic Mosquito has an article today that takes libertarian Sheldon Richman to task for what Bionic says is a strawman, one that, he says, Richman has constructed with respect to the concept of culture. In the process, Bionic defends the concept of private property by implying that the libertarian position favoring open borders violates the principle of private ...

The Lynching of Lynne Stewart (1939-2017)

Convicted felon Lynne Stewart passed away on Tuesday. She was a noted criminal defense attorney in New York City who federal officials prosecuted, convicted, and punished for supporting terrorism. It was a bogus charge, one that perfectly reflects the extent to which the U.S. national-national security state has warped the mindsets, principles, and values of people within the federal government ...

Blame the Pentagon and CIA for Trump’s Immigration Ban

President Trump tells us that his newly modified travel ban, just his original travel ban, is intended to keep us safe. Safe from whom? From the terrorists. Or, if you wish, the Muslims, or the “radicalized Muslims.” But the important question must still be asked: Why is it that terrorists, Muslims, or “radicalized Muslims” wish to commit acts of terrorism against the ...

Growing Opposition to Minimum Wage Hikes

The Washington Times has published a fascinating and insightful story about growing opposition to hikes in the minimum wage in various parts of the country. The opposition is based not so much on the principles of liberty as a practical reason: the increase is causing businesses to lay off people. According to the article, which is entitled “Minimum Wage ...
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