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Leave Americans Living in Mexico Alone

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There are a million American citizens living in Mexico. What’s up with that? Don’t they love America? Aren’t they patriots? What are they doing living down there instead of up here? Word is that many of them are refusing to assimilate. They are not learning to speak Spanish. They continue to associate with each other rather than with the Mexican ...

Trump, Hitler, and the Enabling Act

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The terrorists had just fire-bombed the German Parliament building. Even worse, it turned out that the terrorists were communists. German leader Adolf Hitler sought emergency powers to deal with the crisis. After heated debate within the German Reichstag, the German legislators gave Hitler the emergency powers that he was seeking. The legislators made it clear, ...

Trump’s Nighttime Trip to Iraq Confirms the Debacle

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What better proof of the Iraq debacle than President Trump’s middle-of-the-night trip to that country at Christmastime to visit U.S. troops who are still occupying the country some 15 years after the Pentagon and the CIA invaded? The U.S. national-security establishment has had a decade-and-half to bring its federally planned paradise into existence. From the ...

President Bolton? Or Worse?

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President Trump excited many non-interventionists when he publicly announced that he was ordering an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Quite quickly, however, Trump bent to pressure and agreed to extend the withdrawal deadline to four months. That caused me to write an article on January 2 entitled “It’s Too Soon to Celebrate Trump’s Syria Withdrawal.” Then came ...

Assassination Is Not Justice

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President Trump and his national-security establishment are celebrating the Pentagon’s latest assassination, this one killing Jamel Ahmed Ali Al-Badawi, who was accused of having participated in the terrorist attack on the USS Cole, during a refueling stop in Yemen, in October 2000. The attack killed 17 sailors and wounded 39 others. Referring to the assassination, Trump tweeted: Our GREAT MILITARY ...

Conservatives and Leftists vs. Libertarians on Income Taxation

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A recent exchange between two members of U.S House of Representatives -- Republican Steve Scalise and Democrat Alejandra Ocasio-Cortez — demonstrates perfectly how when it comes to income taxation, there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between conservatives and leftists. It also demonstrates how libertarians are the only ones who hold the freedom position when it comes to income ...

Why Isn’t Radio Marti Shut Down During the Shutdown?

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I don’t get it. If President Trump’s “shutdown” of the federal government is supposed to shut down the “nonessential” functions of the federal government, then why is Radio Marti, the federal government’s Cold War-era propaganda radio station, still broadcasting? When it comes to nonessential federal programs, Radio Marti has to rank near the top of the list.

Tucker Carlson and Fox Are Wrong, on Both Immigration and Free Speech

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Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson got himself into some hot water with Fox News advertisers last month after he made a derogatory comment about immigrants on his show. According to Hollywood Reporter, at least 24 advertisers decided to boycott Carlson’s show in response to his comment, including Toyota, Lexus, Farmers Insurance, ancestry.com, IHOP, Pacific Life Insurance, Bowflex, ...

The Great Man Theory of Governance

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One of the political phenomena that the Trump administration has brought to the surface is the political philosophy that now guides much of the conservative movement. Unlike libertarians, who have a deep philosophical commitment to the principle of a government with very few, limited powers, conservatives have come to embrace what can be called the great man ...

It’s Too Soon to Celebrate Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

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Yes, it’s possible that President Trump will follow through with his announcement that he’s going to pull out all U.S. troops from Syria. Just don’t bet the farm on it. Already Trump has shifted from pulling out the troops immediately to pulling them out four months from now. No one should be surprised if, four months from ...

What We Libertarians Are Aiming For

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As the end of 2018 and the beginning of the new year approach, we libertarians should remind ourselves of what we are aiming for. 1. First of all though is what we are not aiming for: We are not aiming for a warmed-over, reformed version of the welfare-warfare state way of life. That’s because ...