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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. ...

Why the Founding Fathers Opposed the Pentagon, CIA, and NSA

If you want to see why our nation’s Founding Fathers opposed a national-security state, including a standing army, just take a look at what is happening in Venezuela. Venezuelan President Vicente Maduro is now the supreme dictator of the country and behaving like one. He has crammed the judiciary with his cronies who, in turn, have shut down the legislature. ...

The National Security State Was One Big Mistake

The year 1989 brought an unexpected shock to the U.S. national-security establishment. The Soviet Union suddenly and unexpectedly tore down the Berlin Wall, withdrew Soviet troops from East Germany and Eastern Europe, dissolved the Warsaw Pact, dismantled the Soviet Empire, and unilaterally brought an end to the Cold War. The Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA never expected such a ...

Our Ancestors Were Right About the Bill of Rights

A few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, a woman came up to me before I was to give a speech and said, “Thank goodness we have the Bill of Rights to protect us from the terrorists.” She was serious. As I engaged her in conversation, I realized that she really believed that the purpose of the Bill of Rights was ...

Hitler and the NEA

A recent op-ed in the New York Times provides a perfect demonstration of why this country is in a world of hurt, fiscally speaking, and why the situation is almost certain to get worse, at the least in the short term. The op-ed is entitled “Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts” and was written by a person who is obviously ...

Why Should the NSA Spy on Foreigners?

Throughout the controversy over whether the U.S. national-security state wire-tapped President Trump, no one, as far as I know, has challenged the legitimacy of the NSA’s spying on citizens of foreign countries, including Russia. The phenomenon is a classic example of how the conversion of the federal government into a national security state has warped and perverted the principles ...

The Pentagon and CIA Are the Cause of the Korean Crisis

Given that we all have been born and raised under the type of governmental structure known as a “national security state,” naturally many Americans are unable to imagine life under a different structure, such as a limited-government republic. Moreover, they are convinced that a vast, powerful, and permanent military establishment, the CIA, and the NSA are absolutely essential to ...

The Deep State’s Defeat of Donald Trump

While I assumed that the national-security state would ultimately win its war against President Trump, I never figured that Trump would capitulate so soon and so completely. But capitulate he has, and victory for the national security state, or what the mainstream is now calling the Deep State, is complete. Recall that we are talking about the man, who as candidate ...

Trump’s New War for America

With President Trump’s undeclared attack on Syria, a sovereign and independent nation, he has confirmed, once and for all, that he is just another foreign interventionist, no different from his predecessors Barack Obama and George W. Bush. That means, of course, another four years of war, bombings, assassinations, shootings, terrorism, war on terrorism, travel restrictions, walls, surveillance, incarceration, POW ...
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