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The Diagnosis of a Dying Republic, Part 2

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Part 1 | Part 2 Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 368 pages; $26. The full extent of the American Empire is shown in great clarity throughout Nemesis. In terms of the imperial, hyperpowerful executive branch, perhaps nothing better exemplifies the problem than the CIA, or “the president’s private army,” as Johnson puts it. Not a blind Democratic partisan by any means, the author lays down a sketch of the history of presidential covert operations as a dismal bipartisan legacy, from the Bay of Pigs disaster to the overthrow of Chile’s democratically elected Allende and the installation of military dictator Pinochet in his stead. Perhaps the most chilling example — and the cause of “the worst instance of blowback ...

Empire or Freedom?

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The 9/11 attacks brought to the surface a dilemma that everyone, especially libertarians, must now confront: whether to choose a pro-empire, pro-intervention foreign policy or a free society. No one can deny that we now live in a country in which the president, on his own initiative, has the omnipotent power to send the nation into war against any country on earth, especially given that the war on terror extends all over the globe. The president and the military have the power to take any suspected terrorist foreigner or American into custody and torture, abuse, and execute him without due process of law and trial by jury. The president and the NSA have the power to wiretap telephones and monitor emails without a judicially issued warrant. The president, the CIA, and ...

Commentaries – 2007

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December 2007 Are Conservatives (Undocumented) Aliens? by Jacob G. Hornberger Torturing the Language of Torture by Sheldon Richman Nonintervention: The Original Foreign Policy (Video) by Ron Paul The Tortured Logic of Executive Supremacy (Video) by Joseph R. Stromberg Iran's Phantom Nukes by Sheldon Richman Technology and Government Power A Deadly Cocktail Freedom (Video) by Bob Barr November 2007 Bully of the Playground: How Washington Makes Enemies Abroad and Undermines Freedom at Home (Video) by Ted Galen Carpenter The Myth of a Risk-Free Life by Tibor Machan Iraq 3.0 by Sheldon Richman Advancing Liberty With Your Support by Jacob G. Hornberger Should the State License Human Beings? by Sheldon Richman The Soviet-Style Attack on NORFED by Jacob G. Hornberger The CIAs Detention, Interrogation, and Rendition Program (Video) by Joanne Mariner Life & Property by Tibor Machan The Foolishness and Immorality of ...

The Bill of Rights: Bail, Fines, and Cruel and Unusual Punishments

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Like the Sixth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment deals with the administration of criminal justice. The Eighth Amendment reads as follows: Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. This is how bail works: When federal officials arrest someone suspected of having committed a crime, they are required ...