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The Assassinations of John Kennedy and Orlando Letelier

This week the Washington Post carried a fascinating front-page article entitled “This Is Not an Accident. This Was a Bomb” about the assassination of Orlando Letelier, the former official in the Allende administration who, along with his 25-year-old assistant Ronni Moffitt, was murdered on the streets of Washington, D.C., in 1976. The article includes several interesting photographs, including of ...

More Terrorist Blowback in NY and NJ

It’s becoming a familiar story. More U.S. killings in the Middle East, followed by a terrorist attack on American soil, followed by more U.S. killings in the Middle East, which then engenders more terrorist blowback, followed by more U.S. killings in the Middle East. As I have pointed out time and time again, as long as U.S. troops and the ...

Paul Krugman’s Fear of Libertarianism

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has some advice for millennials: Don’t vote for Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson because the Libertarian Party platform calls for the abolition of the federal income tax (and, of course, the IRS too), Social Security and Medicare (and also Medicaid and all other welfare-state programs), public schooling, and environmental regulations. 

Colonia Dignidad

If you want to get a glimpse of what life is like under a military dictatorship that has been installed into power by the U.S. national-security establishment and that is later supported by U.S.-taxpayer-funded foreign aid, check out a great movie titled Colonia, a 2015 romantic thriller based on the 1973 military coup in Chile. Directed by Oscar ...

Why Gary Johnson Isn’t in the Debates, Part 2

During the first Republican debate of the 2008 campaign for president, Ron Paul shocked his fellow candidates and the mainstream media types who were asking the questions when the subject of the 9/11 attacks came up. His opponents dutifully spouted the official line about the attacks — that the terrorists had been motivated by hatred for America’s freedom and ...

Why Gary Johnson Isn’t in the Debates

The 15 percent rule that is going to prevent Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson from participating in the presidential debates is so flagrantly ludicrous that it doesn’t even pass a smell test. That’s the rule that the Commission on Presidential Debates has established for determining whether a presidential candidate will be invited to participate in the debates. It ...

Who Are the Crazies on Korea?

The U.S. military-industrial complex and the U.S. mainstream media often describe the leadership of North Korea, headed by President Kim Jong-un, as crazy and irrational. But what could be more crazy and irrational than doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? What better way to describe the actions of the U.S. national-security establishment and its ...

Republic, Not Empire

The following is a modified version of the speech I delivered at the Ron Paul Institute’s “Peace and Prosperity” conference in Virginia on September 10, 2016. On the Fourth of July in 1821, John Quincy Adams delivered one of the most remarkable speeches in American history. The speech is entitled, “In Search of Monsters to Destroy.” In his speech, ...

9/11 Evil Did Not Cancel Pre-9/11 Evil

Immediately after the 9/11 attacks President Bush and other U.S. officials declared that the attackers were motivated by hatred for America’s freedom and values. It was a lie, one of the biggest ever told by U.S. officials. The truth was that the attackers were motivated by anger and rage over pre-9/11 U.S. government interventionism in the Middle East, especially ...

I Don’t Know What a Leppo Is Either

Prescript: I'm speaking at Ron Paul's conference on peace and prosperity tomorrow (Saturday, September 10) at the Marriott Hotel near Washington Dulles airport. The title of my talk is "Republic, Not Empire." According to the Ron Paul Institute's website, the conference is sold out. Next week I'm speaking on the drug war to students at Northwood University in Midland, ...

Did JFK’s Outreach to Russia Make Him a Traitor Too?

Whenever I see U.S. national-security state officials and their acolytes in the mainstream press castigate anyone who favors a favorable relationship with Russia, I can’t help but get that déjà vu feeling. That’s exactly how they felt toward President Kennedy, only multiplied a thousand-fold. The adverse reaction whenever that sentiment is expressed today pales to insignificance compared to the ...
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