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What I Don’t Like About Life in Post-9/11 America

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“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.”―Edward Abbey, American author Life in a post-9/11 America increasingly feels like an endless free fall down a rabbit hole into a terrifying, dystopian alternative reality in which the citizenry has no rights, the government is no friend to freedom, and everything we ever knew and loved about ... [click for more]

The Ongoing War on the American People

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“A government which will turn its tanks upon its people, for any reason, is a government with a taste of blood and a thirst for power and must either be smartly rebuked, or blindly obeyed in deadly fear.”—John Salter Police in a small Georgia town tasered a 5-foot-2, 87-year-old woman who was using a kitchen knife to cut ... [click for more]

Libertarian Lessons: Conscription

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Authoritarians love conscription because it turns human beings into resources, for the factory or the battlefield. The idea receives support from across the political spectrum, either (a) to fight wars abroad, or (b) for the development of a “youth corps” providing “free” services at home. Neither excuse justifies enslaving young people to serve the interests of the political class. At ... [click for more]

There Is No Right to Read a Newspaper

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The newspaper industry has been waning over the past few decades. Dozens of newspapers have folded since the advent of the Internet. According to the Pew Research Center, local newspaper circulation has declined by 27 percent over the last fifteen years and the number of statehouse reporters has fallen by nearly 40 percent. The latest victim is ... [click for more]

The Dangers of Totalitarian Planning, Past and Present

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Liberty is a delicate idea and institution. While people say they want freedom, fight under the banner of freedom, and even sometimes die for its preservation and advancement, determining what it actually means to be free and to live in a free society seems often elusive and controversial. What it means for a society to be free is, perhaps, easier ... [click for more]

A New World Order

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“There are no nations. There are no peoples ... There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business.”—Network (1976) There are those who will tell you that any mention ... [click for more]

The Beautiful Philosophy of Liberalism

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There has been a great paradox in the modern world. On the one hand, freedom and prosperity have replaced tyranny and poverty for tens, indeed for hundreds of millions of people around the world over the last two centuries. Yet the political and economic system that historically has made this possible has been criticized and condemned. That political and ... [click for more]

The Hypocrisy of the Left on Discrimination

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The U.S. Supreme Court recently rendered its verdict in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The High Court ruled, by a vote of 7-2, in favor of the plaintiff, Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, who was charged with violating anti-discrimination laws when he refused to make ... [click for more]

The Danger Is Real

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“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the ... [click for more]

Five Hundred Days of the Welfare/Warfare/Police State

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Earlier this month, Donald Trump reached his 500th day in office. A White House “Fact Sheet” touted “Trump’s 500 Days of American Greatness.” Many Republicans and conservatives were jubilant, and sang Trump’s praises. And of course, Trump himself, on his 500th day in office, tweeted that he had “accomplished a lot — many ... [click for more]
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