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Regime Change in Turkey

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The attempted military coup in Turkey serves to remind Americans of two important facts: First, that Americans are legally obligated to fight and die for that country’s dictatorial regime and, second, that the position taken by the coup leaders is no different from that taken by America’s national-security establishment. While Turkey’s president, Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, has been democratically elected, the fact ...

FDR’s Destruction of America’s Monetary System

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On April 5, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt issued a decree ordering every American to send his gold coins to the federal government and making it a felony offense for Americans to own gold. FDR’s nationalization of gold was no different in principle from the nationalization of private property that would be carried out by Cuban communist dictator ...

What If ISIS Were to Win?

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For the past few years, the American people have been exhorted by the U.S. national-security state to be obsessed with ISIS, the brutal organization that is fighting to achieve political power in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the three countries that, not coincidentally, have been targets of regime change by the U.S. national-security state. Today, ISIS is constantly ...

Connecting the Dots

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Prescript: We are headed to Freedom Fest in Las Vegas this week. We have two panels, both of which are on Friday. If you're going to the conference, I hope you'll attend our panel discussions and come by our booth to visit. ********* In the last few days, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have contained ...

The Injustice of the Minimum Wage

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Liberals justify their support of America’s massive welfare state by citing their purported love for the poor, needy, and disadvantaged. That purported love, however, is belied by their support of a government-mandated minimum wage, given that the minimum wage hurts those most who are at the bottom of the economic ladder. Let’s say that liberals get their way and secure ...

The Murder of the Dallas Cop Killer

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No matter how many cops that Micah Johnson shot and killed, the Dallas Police Department had no legitimate authority to murder him. And that is precisely what they did — they murdered the man, no doubt motivated by anger and rage over Johnson’s having killed five cops and wounded seven others. That’s not the way things are supposed to work ...

Amerexit from NATO

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President Obama is traveling to Warsaw, Poland, to attend the July 8-9 summit of NATO, the post-World War II, Cold War-era dinosaur organization that unfortunately failed to go out of existence once the Cold War was over. NATO was brought into existence in 1949, two years after the United States was converted into a national-security state to wage the Cold ...

Rodrigo Duterte: New Drug War Poster Child

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If you would like to see where “winning” the drug war would take America, consider what Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, who is undoubtedly the new poster boy of very American drug-war proponent, is doing in that country. Winning the presidential election on a platform of “crushing crime,” Duterte has gone on a rampage of state violence in an attempt to ...

A Great Article on the Fourth of July

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Elizabeth Cobbs, the Melbern Glasscock chair of American history at Texas A&M and a research fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, has penned one of the most astute op-eds on foreign policy in recent times. Her article, entitled “For U.S. Foreign Policy, It’s Time to Look Again at the Founding Fathers’ ‘Great Rule,’” was published in the Los Angeles ...
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