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U.S. Dictatorial Fangs at the World Cup

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In his Fourth of July address to Congress in 1821, entitled “In Search of Monsters to Destroy,” John Quincy Adams warned the American people that if the U.S. government ever became an imperial, interventionist government, it would inevitably become like a dictatorial regime. A good example of how right Adams has proven to be has occurred during the World Cup ...

North Korea Will Never Give Up Its Nuclear Weapons

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With North Korea accusing Secretary of State (and former CIA Director) Mike Pompeo of engaging in a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,” it should be increasingly obvious to most everyone that North Korea is not going to destroy its nuclear bombs. This should not surprise anyone. The dumbest thing that North Korea could ever do is to destroy its ...

The Mystery of Robert Knudsen

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On January 29, 1989, the Washington Post published an obituary of Robert Knudsen, which stated in part: Robert LeRoy Knudsen, 61, a retired photographer with the White House staff, where he served for 28 years, died Jan. 27 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Annandale. Mr. Knudsen had provided photographic coverage of every ...

Waging Minimum-Wage War Against Black Teenagers

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Yesterday morning at my neighborhood Starbucks, a white woman around 20 years old who has worked there for quite some time told me that she would be leaving Starbucks within a few days. She told me the reason is that she has secured another job, a retail job that is totally unrelated to the coffee trade. She said that ...

The Revolutions of Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson

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One of the most fascinating aspects of Independence Day is that the year the Declaration of Independence was signed — 1776 — was the same year that saw the publication of Adam Smith’s famous treatise on economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. That is quite a coincidence, one that had ...

Immigration and the Drug War

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Immigration and the drug war provide a classic example of how two government interventions can intersect, reinforce each other, inflict ever-increasing misery on people, and destroy freedom, security, and prosperity in the process. Why do so many people from Mexico and Central America wish to come to the United States? Why are they so willing to risk their lives to ...

The Supreme Court’s Deference to the Pentagon

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Imagine a county sheriff that took a suspected drug-law violator into custody more than 10 years ago. Since then, the man has been held in jail without being accorded a trial. The district attorney and the sheriff promise to give the man a trial sometime in the future but they’re just not sure when. Meanwhile the man sits in ...

Lee Harvey Oswald and Spenser Rapone

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The U.S. military’s treatment of Army Lt. Spenser Rapone provides additional circumstantial evidence that the official story about accused lone-nut presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is pure bunk. Rapone is a West Point graduate who was admitted to West Point after serving as an enlisted man in Afghanistan. Recently, the army brass gave him a less-than-honorable discharge. The reason? Rapone ...

Do Immigrants Have the Right to Pursue Happiness?

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Next Wednesday, July 4, Americans will be celebrating the anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. An important question arises: How many Americans truly believe in the principles enunciated in the Declaration? The real significance of the American Revolution does not lie in the military battles between the English colonists and the English military. Those are interesting from a military-history ...

Why No Outrage Over U.S. Killing of Children?

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National outrage over President Trump’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents as a way to deter illegal immigration into the United States has forced the president to abandon the policy. The outrage came from all sides of the political spectrum, especially from the left, and from the mainstream media. Trump’s policy is obviously cruel and brutal, given that ...

Immigration Enforcement Comes with Immigration Controls

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People are up in arms over President Trump’s decision to separate children from foreign parents who have entered the United States without official permission. The outrage has been so vocal and passionate that the president has been compelled to abandon the policy. What most everyone fails to notice, however, is that this is just one more measure, albeit an extremely ...
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