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Why Do Some Libertarians Support Social Security?

NOTE: I will be giving a talk at a breakfast meeting of the Tidewater (Virginia) Libertarian Party this Saturday, August 18, at 8:15 a.m. The event is open to the public. Place: Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Square Shopping Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Title: "Advancing Liberty by Adhering to Principle." *** For the life of me, I cannot understand why some ...

Trump Would Be Stupid to Talk to Mueller

The U.S. mainstream press is obviously becoming increasingly anxious about Special Counsel (and former FBI Director) Robert Mueller’s efforts to bring an early end to Donald Trump’s presidency. After all, it has now been 15 months (and millions of taxpayer dollars) since Mueller received his special appointment, and he still has not charged Trump with any wrongdoing whatsoever. What Mueller ...

The Common Roots of the Wars on Immigrants and Drugs

I just read a very insightful article about the history of the war on drugs, entitled “How America Convinced the World to Demonize Drugs” by J.S. Rafaeli. The central theme of the article is that while nations around the world have their own particular drug laws and drug war, the overall originator and instigator of the global war ...

Trump’s War on Turkey for Pastor Brunson

Every year, thousands of American citizens are incarcerated in foreign countries. Yet, President Trump has decided to go to war to secure the release of only one of them. What gives with that? The citizen who is receiving the privileged treatment is Andrew Brunson, an American pastor incarcerated in Turkey. He is charged with participating in an attempted coup in ...

Medicare for All Would Further Harm the Body Politic

Progressives are an audacious group. Faced with the failure and destructiveness of their socialist programs, their solution is to double down and call for even more socialism. It never occurs to them that if their original socialist program has led to failure and destructiveness, an expansion of that original socialist program is going to lead to even more failure ...

Abolish Campaign Contribution Limits

In my article, “The First Amendment Protects Dirt,” I pointed out how ridiculous it is to think that Trump campaign officials and maybe even President Trump himself are in legal jeopardy because a group of Russians supposedly provided the officials with some political dirt about Hillary Clinton. The First Amendment, which expressly prohibits Congress from enacting any law ...

The First Amendment Protects Dirt

One of the most ludicrous aspects of the Trump-Russia brouhaha is the infamous meeting in Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and Russian lobbyists. The Russians had promised to reveal campaign “dirt” about Hillary Clinton. That meeting has caused Trump critics to go ballistic. Why is that? Because, they are saying, the “dirt” constituted an illegal contribution to the Trump ...

Robert Mueller and Floyd Ferris

When they couldn’t get Al Capone on booze charges, they resorted to the income tax to get him. That’s what all too many people fail to realize — that the income tax not only funds the gigantic welfare-warfare state that the federal government has become, it, along with the regulated economy, also provides an excellent means for going after ...

Presidential Treason on Russia

The U.S. national-security establishment and the U.S. mainstream press are now flinging the much-dreaded label “traitor” at President Trump. Commenting on one of Trump’s press conferences, former CIA Director John Brennan declared: “It was nothing short of treasonous.” The New York Times published an op-ed by its columnist Charles Blow entitled “Trump, Treasonous Traitor.” The Boston Globe weighed in ...

Silence on U.S. Meddling Abroad

Among the most fascinating aspects of the brouhaha over supposed Russian meddling in America’s electoral system is the total silence in the U.S. mainstream press about U.S. meddling in the political affairs of other countries. Consider the mass outrage and indignation among the mainstream press that Russia would actually want to help a U.S. presidential candidate who favors normalizing relations ...

The Deep State’s Long Enmity Toward Iranians

The U.S. deep state’s hatred of the Iranian people goes back a long way, at least as far back as 1953. That was the year that the CIA, which was called into existence in 1947 when the U.S. government was being converted to a national-security state, targeted Iran with its first regime-change operation. And guess who paid the price ...

The Cure for Venezuela’s Woes

I’ve got an idea that will cure the severe economic crisis in Venezuela. All that Venezuelan officials need to do is to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and also give everyone a monthly welfare check of $5,000. After all, isn’t that what American statists say is the solution to poverty in the United States? Well, if it ...
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