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The First Amendment Protects Dirt

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

The Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA Are in Charge

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The U.S. mainstream press can easily recognize the dominant and influential role that the military plays in society, so long as they are referring to countries like Pakistan and Egypt. Unfortunately, the same reporters and commentators turn a blind eye to the similar phenomenon here in the United States. For example, the Washington Post writes: “When not in power, [Pakistan’s ...

Suicide by Politics

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If a Mexican citizen wishes to commit suicide, there is an excellent way to do it: run for office on an aggressive platform of shutting down Mexican drug cartels. There is a high likelihood that that candidate’s life will be snuffed out by the drug cartels that he is committed to shutting down. 35-year-old Jose Remedios Aguirre is a recent ...

Trump Proves Mises and Hayek Right

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Ludwig von Mises showed how one government intervention inevitably leads to more interventions. That’s because the original intervention produces a crisis. At that point public officials have a choice: Repeal the intervention or enact a new intervention to address the crisis. The likelihood that they will adopt the former is nil because that would entail admitting they were wrong. ...

Omnipotent Government, Not Trump, Is the Problem

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Many of the people who are critics of President Trump don’t realize that they themselves are partly responsible for much of what Trump is doing. That’s because over the years they have supported the assumption of dictatorial powers by the president. In doing so, they always assumed that their favorite ideal candidate would end up being the one wielding ...

Iran: Another U.S. War of Aggression?

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I am getting that Iraq deja vu feeling again, only this time with respect to Iran. You’ll recall the build-up to the U.S. war of aggression against Iraq: WMDs. Mushroom clouds. Charts and graphs. Preventive war. The anti-Iraq propaganda from U.S. officials was overwhelming, so much so that by the time U.S. officials initiated their war of aggression against Iraq, many ...

Three Other Presidents Targeted for Befriending Russia

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In my article “Was Reagan a Traitor Too?,” I detailed how three U.S. presidents since World War II have been vilified and condemned for befriending Russia, America’s World War II partner and ally: John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and now Donald Trump. However, they are not the only presidents who have been targeted by the U.S. national-security state for daring ...