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FDR’s Destruction of America’s Monetary System

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Nine Points to Ponder About the Fourth of July

There are some significant points to ponder about the Fourth of July, among which are: 1. The men who signed the Declaration of Independence were not American citizens. They were British citizens. They were every much citizens of England as Americans today are citizens of the United States. They were simply British citizens living abroad, much as many Americans today live ...
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