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Celebrating the Cuban Air Crash

U.S. sanctions bureaucrats are undoubtedly uncorking the champagne bottles over the plane crash in Cuba last week that left 110 people dead. They are undoubtedly exclaiming how the crash is proving that the decades-old U.S. economic embargo against Cuba is starting to “bite,” the term that U.S. officials are now using to celebrate the effects of U.S. sanctions against ...

A Nobel Prize for Death to Trump

Trumpsters are hoping that President Trump is able to enter into a peace treaty with North Korea that brings an end to the Korean War. If Trump is successful, the Trumpsters say, then he should receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. Actually, if such a peace treaty does come to pass, it would be more appropriate for Trump to receive ...

Time to End Foreign Aid to Israel (and Everyone Else)

Given the recent shooting of unarmed Palestinian protestors at the hands of Israeli soldiers, leaving 58 people killed and 2,700 injured, isn’t it time for the American people to be asking the following question about the role of the federal government in the lives of the American people: Why should any American be forced to subsidize the salaries of ...

Hold that Nobel on North Korea for Now

Trumpistas and President Trump himself are undoubtedly pacing the floor over whether the president will receive his Nobel Prize for securing peace in Korea after all, given North Korea’s threat yesterday to cancel the planned June 12 summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Trump. Until yesterday, all that was left was the uncorking of the champagne ...

Drug-War Dust-Up in NY Governor’s Race

A drug-war dust-up in the New York gubernatorial race demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of the progressive (or liberal or leftist, take your pick) mindset. Democrat candidate Cynthia Nixon, who is opposing incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, has stirred things up by calling for the legalization of marijuana, a position that so far has left Cuomo stymied. To Nixon’s credit, she has pointed ...

Marx’s Fallacious Exploitation Theory

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birthday, leftists continue reciting his famous exploitation theory, which holds that capitalists exploit workers by stealing the fruit of their labor in the form of profits. The idea is that the value of a product is based on the amount of labor that goes into producing it. Since it is the workers ...

Statist Shock Over Payments to Michael Cohen

Statists are shocked — shocked! — over big corporate payments to Donald Trump’s lawyer and fix-it man Michael Cohen. He’s the guy, you will recall, that made the $130,000 secret payment to Trump’s friend Stormy Daniels to buy her silence about an alleged affair she had had with Trump. It turns out though that once Trump got elected, big corporations ...

Torture? Let’s Also Not Forget Assassination

The nomination of CIA operative Gina Haspel to be CIA director has, fortunately, given rise to powerful arguments against the U.S. government’s participation in torture, a practice that is common to tyrannical regimes. The critics of Haspel’s nomination are right: The United States should never be engaged in evil conduct, and the torture of a human being is without ...

A National Homeland Destroys Liberty and Private Property

One of the favorite arguments that proponents of immigration controls use to justify their position is the national-homeland concept. They say that America is a national homeland and, therefore, that the federal government legitimately wields the omnipotent power to determine who enters the nation and who doesn’t. Comparing the nation to a private homeowner, they assert that since a ...

The Calculation Flaw in Marx’s Socialism

Mark my words: American leftists who are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birthday will not make any mention of the problem of economic calculation under socialism. The reason? The calculation problem reveals that socialism is an inherently flawed economic paradigm. It makes sense that American leftists would not want to talk about something that shows that the ...

Marx and American Leftists Are Wrong About Inequality

Not surprisingly, the American left are among those in the world who are honoring the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, the author of the Communist Manifesto, given that Marx’s socialist philosophy forms the bulwark of leftist economic thought. Among the points that Marx made that American leftists celebrate is about economic inequality. Marx said that capitalism results in large disparities ...

JFK and the Inconceivable Doctrine, Part 2

Three years ago, I wrote an article entitled “JFK and the Inconceivable Doctrine,” in which I pointed how many lone-nut theorists in the JFK assassination have reached their conclusion based not on an examination of the circumstantial evidence in the case but instead simply on the notion that it is inconceivable that the U.S. national-security establishment would have ...
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