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U.S. Violence Abroad Begets Violence at Home

Although ISIS is claiming that Las Vegas mass murderer Stephen Paddock was one of theirs and was acting on its behalf, so far no independent evidence has surfaced to confirm ISIS’s claim. If such evidence does emerge, it will be one more of a long series of deadly “blowback” occurrences arising from U.S. interventionism abroad. But even if Paddock’s mass ...

America: The Dictatress of the World

On July 21, 1821, John Quincy Adams, who would go on to become the sixth president of the United States, warned that if America were ever to abandon its founding principle of non-interventionism in foreign affairs, she might well become the dictatress of the world. Adams issued his warning in a speech he delivered to Congress, a speech that has ...

Cuban Doctors Are Teaching Us About U.S. Slavery

Cuban doctors working in Brazil have just put the American left, including self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, in a very awkward position. According to an article in today’s New York Times, the doctors have filed suit in Brazil complaining of their enslavement by their own government — the Cuban government — as part of Cuba’s single-payer, socialist, one-size-fits-all healthcare ...

North Korea Would Be Stupid to Trust the U.S.

To many mainstream pundits, the solution to the crisis in Korea is for U.S. officials to sit down and “talk” to North Korea in the hopes of negotiating a mutually beneficial agreement. While it won’t guarantee that a deal will be worked out, they say, "talking" is the only chance there is to resolve the crisis. They ignore an important ...

The CIA and the Assassination of Orlando Letelier

On September 21, 1976, a car bomb exploded on the streets of Washington, D.C., killing former Chilean official Orlando Letelier and his young assistant Ronni Moffitt. Since it was clearly a case of premeditated, cold-blooded murder of two innocent people, the killers were subject to being sentenced to death or life in prison. Yet, consider what actually happened to some ...

Forced Healthcare Goodness

David Lazarus, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, says that there is nothing wrong with Obamacare, which enables him to have his preexisting condition, Type 1 diabetes, paid for by other people. In his article in today’s Times,  entitled “Republicans Should Gladly Pay for My Preexisting Healthcare Condition,” he compares Obamacare to a giant insurance program in ...

The Omnipotent Power to Kill Us

In response to my article “The Worst Mistake in U.S. History,” a reader wrote to tell me that, in his opinion, there have been worse mistakes in U.S. history than the conversion of the federal government to what is called a “a national security state.” He cited as examples the adoption of the federal income tax, the Federal ...

Did the CIA Assassinate Letelier and Moffitt?

Ever since the assassination of former Chilean official Orlando Letelier in 1976, the official position, promoted by both the mainstream press and the Washington establishment, was that former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who the U.S. helped install into power, ordered the hit on Letelier. Yet, as I pointed out in my 3-part article “The Assassination of Orlando Letelier and ...

The Supreme Court Failed Us on Vietnam

With last night’s beginning of Ken Burns’ new documentary about the Vietnam War, the war will be brought back to the front burner for national discussion and debate. There is one thing that is crystal clear and indisputable about the U.S. intervention into Vietnam’s civil war: The intervention was illegal under our form of government. That’s because it was waged ...

Why No Indictment for Conspiring to Murder Castro?

During the Church Committee hearings in the 1970s, Congress and the American people learned that the CIA, in partnership with the Mafia, conspired to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Ever since then, the U.S. mainstream media has poked fun at the various ways the CIA and the Mafia intended to kill Castro — e.g., via an exploding cigar or ...

Healthcare Socialism Is Healthcare Quackery

For the past eight years, conservatives made repealing Obamacare their mantra. Conservative commentators made it the primary theme of their op-eds. Conservative politicians made it the theme of their political campaigns. Conservative educational foundations and think tanks made it the subject of their fund-raising campaigns. The whole thing was always ridiculous. For one thing, it was all talk. Once Republicans gained ...

Owners Have the Right to Price-Gouge

The New York Times recently published an interesting article about the price-gouging debate between advocates of the free market and advocates of economic interventionism. Although the author, Andrew Ross Sorkin, states at the end of the article that he leans toward interventionism during emergencies, he does a good job summing up the free-market arguments in favor of price-gouging ...
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