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Paul Manafort and LBJ, Influence Peddlers

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The mainstream press and the progressive movement are shocked — shocked! — over Paul Manafort’s influence peddling and political corruption schemes. Their reaction to Manafort’s conviction and guilty plea remind me of the scene in the movie Casablanca, where the police chief is “shocked” to learn that there is gambling in Rick’s establishment, followed by someone bringing the police ...

It’s Hurricane Season, Which Means Anti-Gouging Laws

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With the onslaught of Hurricane Florence, the anti-gouging snitchers and enforcers are surfacing, just as they do every hurricane season. According to a news story on Fox5ny.com, the North Carolina attorney general’s office has received 500 reports of price-gouging. The article even features a telephone number that people who wish to report price gougers can call: 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. North Carolina Attorney ...

Military Fraud in the JFK Autopsy

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A popular lament about the JFK assassination is, “Golly, I guess we’ll never know what really happened.” The reason people express that lament is that they are thinking of what the law calls “direct evidence,” like a videotaped confession or a written memorandum detailing plans to conduct the assassination. What such lamenters fail to consider, however, is the important role ...

Interventionists Are Addicted to Interventionism

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In an editorial opposing a U.S.-supported coup in Venezuela, the New York Times gets it right, mostly. Unfortunately, the Times’s editorial board, like so many advocates of foreign interventionism, just cannot let go entirely of its interventionist mindset. But let’s first give credit where credit is due. In its September 11 editorial “Stay Out of Venezuela, Mr. Trump,” the ...

Join FFF in Atlanta at Spelman College!

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Next Thursday, September 20, The Future of Freedom Foundation is holding a conference entitled “Mass Incarceration and the Drug War” at Spelman College in Atlanta. The conference is being co-sponsored by students at Spelman, Morehouse College in Atlanta, and the Spelhouse National Action Network. The students who are hosting us are as enthusiastic about this conference as we are! This ...

The Bizarre Prosecution of Maria Butina

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Of all the countless criminal prosecutions brought by the U.S. Justice Department since the founding of the United States as a nation, the case of 29-year-old Russian citizen Maria Butina has to rank among the top five most bizarre criminal prosecutions. There are several points of weirdness in Butina’s prosecution. Butina is not charged with spying for Russia, as some ...

Abolish the National Anthem

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It’s football season again, which means that the kneeling controversy is back. Two years ago, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ignited a national controversy by kneeling during the singing of the national anthem before the start of a football game. He was protesting racial injustice in the United States, including the killing of African-Americans by white police officers. The ...

The Pentagon and the CIA Are in Charge

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Yesterday, President Trump, yielding to the overwhelming power of the Pentagon, CIA, and NSA, announced that he has decided to keep U.S. troops in Syria indefinitely, thereby abandoning his intention announced last March to instead bring U.S. troops in Syria home. Of course, keeping the troops in Syria has been the position that the U.S. national security establishment has ...

The Cure for Homelessness

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One of most fascinating characteristics of progressives (also known as “liberals”) is the blindness they display to the adverse consequences of their very own government programs. Instead of acknowledging what their statist programs do to people and then calling for their repeal, they inevitably call for new government programs to address the ills that their government programs are causing. A ...

What If the U.S. Had Trade and Immigration Controls?

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The United States is the biggest free-trade and open-immigration nation in history. Every day, countless people cross state and county borders without any control, regulation, or restriction. No state officials are stationed at state borders to check people’s travel papers or to ask about why they are entering the state. No customs officials or drug-war officials are stationed at ...

Still Dying for Nothing in Afghanistan

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It wasn’t until history class in college that I heard of the Thirty Years War. My immediate reaction was: No way! It just wasn’t possible that a war could last 30 years. Nobody would be that dumb. But given that the U.S. war in Afghanistan has now been going on for 17 years, it’s now easier for me to understand ...

The Fear of Being Labeled a Conspiracy Theorist

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One of the CIA’s most successful propaganda campaigns in its 70-year history has been its use of the term “conspiracy theorist” or “conspiracy theory” to disparage anyone who dares to question the official narrative of the Kennedy assassination. The campaign has worked brilliantly. Today American society is filled with people who have a deeply seated fear of being labeled ...