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Madison Was Right about War

Given that so many Americans continue to express gratitude to the troops for their forever service in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere, it would be worthwhile to revisit the immortal words of James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution: Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises ...

The National-Security State’s Tradition of Embracing Dictators

The New York Times editorial board is outraged and indignant that President Trump has invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to the United States to meet with Trump. In an editorial entitled “Donald Trump Embraces Another Despot,” the Times points to Duterte’s dictatorial practices, including his alleged state-sponsored murders of drug-law violators. The editorial also points to the ...

The Pope’s Misguided Attack on Libertarianism

According to an article on Breibart, Pope Francis recently issued a broadside against libertarianism in a message sent to members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Referring to libertarianism, the Pope stated in part, A common characteristic of this fallacious paradigm is that it minimizes the common good, that is the idea of “living well” or the “good ...

Call the Assassination Records Review Board Back into Existence

As some of us have been predicting, the CIA appears to be gearing up to continue its cover-up in the JFK assassination, specifically regarding the tens of thousands of long-secret CIA records relating to the Kennedy assassination that the National Archives is set to release this coming October. An article in Politico last week entitled “Will Trump Release ...

Our Second Drug War Conference at a HBCU

Last month The Future of Freedom Foundation held our second conference on ending the drug war at one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) -- Florida A&M University. The conference was hosted by the ACLU chapters at the law schools of FAMU, Barry University, and the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Our previous drug war conference ...

CIA Director Pompeo Doesn’t Understand the First Amendment

You would think that by the time a person becomes the Director of the CIA, he would have a correct understanding of the Constitution, which is the founding document of the federal government, which the CIA is part of. This should be especially true when the CIA Director is a former member of Congress, a graduate of West Point, ...

Control is the Purpose of the Dole System

Let’s give Donald Trump some credit. With his termination of federal money to so-called sanctuary cities, which a federal judge just declared unconstitutional, at least Trump is showing us the real purpose of the dole society. No, it has nothing to do with loving the “poor, needy, and disadvantaged,” as both liberals and conservatives have maintained ever since the advent ...

Venezuela’s Lessons for America

The dire situation in Venezuela holds valuable lessons for the American people. The first lesson involves Venezuela’s economic system, which is based on socialism and interventionism. It has produced nothing but chaos, crisis, misery, conflict, discord, and poverty. That’s what socialism does. As an economic system, it is a total failure. Why is that a valuable lesson for Americans? Because the ...

South Korea Should Give U.S. Troops the Boot

The best thing that South Koreans could ever do, both for themselves and for the American people, as well as the Japanese citizenry, is boot all U.S. troops out of their country. Isn’t the reason obvious? If President Trump, the Pentagon, and the CIA succeed in instigating a war with North Korea, guess who is going to pay the biggest price ...

The Fear Racket

Ever since the conversion of the U.S. government to a national security state after World War II, the coin of the realm has been crisis and fear. Seize on crises — and sometimes even instigate them — and then when fear strikes the hearts and minds of the citizenry, that’s when it’s time for the national security ...

“Free Speech” Hypocrisy at Berkeley

A free-speech controversy at Berkeley University provides us with an opportunity to explore differences between statism and libertarianism. The controversy revolves around right-wing commentator Ann Coulter, who has been invited to speak at Berkeley by a campus chapter of the old conservative student group Young Americans for Freedom. Berkeley, as most people know, has long ...

The Drug War: A Deadly and Corrupt Racket

The decision by President Trump and Attorney General Sessions to ramp up the decades-old war on drugs definitely throws down the gauntlet for those who have long advocated an end to this failed, deadly, destructive, corrupt, and immoral war. I have seen this federal program first hand since I was a teenager back in the 1960s. ...
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