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Liberty, Peace, and Prosperity in 2016

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For libertarians, things are obviously moving in a very bad direction. The welfare state continues to expand. Government spending is out of control, with the federal government incurring ever-increasing amounts of debt. The Federal Reserve is inflating a new bubble. The feds continue to wage their decades-long war on drugs. The Cold War-era national security state, which continues to play the dominant role within the federal governmental structure, continues to foment perpetual crises and chaos. Military invasions, occupations, assassinations, support of dictatorships, bombings, and other foreign interventions are now the norm for the United States. The federal government wields the totalitarian-like power to round up people, incarcerate them without trial, torture them, and assassinate them. The war on immigrants continues unabated, including against refugees who are fleeing the violence and chaos unleashed by U.S. intervention abroad. Thus, it’s easy to conclude that the prospects for liberty in the coming year are bleaker than ever. It’s easy to just say, “What’s ...