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Anne Applebaum Almost Gets It Right on Foreign Interventionism

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The interventionist mindset is fascinating. Even when they, deep down, don’t want the U.S. government to be intervening in the internal affairs of other countries, they feel compelled to call on the U.S. government to intervene. It’s almost as if they can’t help themselves, much like an alcoholic. A good example is provided by Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum in ...

Why Is Obama Behaving Like Putin?

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A front-page story in yesterday’s New York Times demonstrates perfectly why American corporations are loath to take a public stance against the U.S. government, especially when it comes to foreign policy. In fact, although the story focuses on American businesses, it also indirectly and implicitly explains why the U.S. mainstream press faithfully toes the official foreign-policy line of the ...

The Washington Post Is Wrong on Foreign Interventionism

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Last Sunday, the Washington Post published an editorial on U.S. foreign policy that would astound any self-respecting libertarian. It sure astounded me! I found the piece to be absolutely incredible. If that’s the best reasoning that interventionists can come up with to support the continuation of a foreign policy of militarism, interventionism, and empire, they could be in deep ...

Déjà Vu in Ukraine

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Pardon me, but I’m experiencing déjà vu with respect to Ukraine, specifically relating to the CIA. As everyone knows, the CIA’s business involves regime change, operations in which the CIA oftentimes secretly and surreptitiously ousts democratically elected regimes that are independent of or unfriendly to the U.S. government and replaces them with regimes that will do the bidding of the ...

The Cold War Continues Against Cuba

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Why in the world does the United States still maintain an economic embargo against Cuba? The popular answer is that a few Cuban-American members of Congress from Florida won’t permit Congress to lift the embargo. That excuse has always struck me as odd given that the congressmen who aren’t Cuban-Americans far outnumber those who are. There is another possibility — ...

What About Racism in Government Programs?

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With all the furor over racial bigotry stirred up by the Donald Stirling/Los Angeles Clippers controversy, my question is: How come all the people who condemn Stirling’s racial bigotry continue to support government programs that inflict great harm on African Americans? I’m referring in particular to three such programs: the drug war, minimum-wage laws, and occupational-licensure laws. While there are undoubtedly ...

Racial Bigotry and the Free Market

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Statists have long taken libertarians to task for opposing mandatory integration laws and defending the right of bigoted owners of business establishments to discriminate against people on the basis of race. They inevitably accuse of libertarians of being racists themselves or supporting racial bigotry by virtue of libertarian opposition to mandatory integration laws. What statists just don’t get, however, is: ...

Venezuela and Egypt

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It would be difficult to find a better example of U.S. government double-dealing and hypocrisy than U.S. foreign policy toward Venezuela and Egypt. The U.S. government funnels millions of dollars in foreign aid into both countries — aid that has been forcibly taken from the pockets of the American people by the Internal Revenue Service. In Venezuela, this is accomplished with ...

Drug-War Corruption

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It’s hard to conceive of a more corrupting government program than the drug war. It corrupts everything it touches. According to the Associated Press, a former sheriff’s commander in Hidalgo County, Texas, recently pled guilty to taking cash from an accused drug trafficker in return for advising him on what law enforcement was doing. The sheriff of Hidalgo County ...

Another Key to Higher Standards of Living

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In my blog post of yesterday, “The Reason for America’s Economic Decline,” I wrote about the critical importance of savings and capital to achieving a high standard of living, especially for those people at the bottom of the economic ladder. Today, I’d like to point out another key factor in raising people’s standard of living—trade. But before I do ...

The Reason for America’s Economic Decline

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The New York Times is reporting that “the American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction…. After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.” Statists would argue that the ...

What about the U.S. Annexation of Mexico?

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Railing against Russia’s annexation of Crimea and vowing that the United States would never recognize Russia’s “illegal occupation,” Vice President Biden angrily exclaimed yesterday that “no nation has the right to simply grab land from another.” Oh? What about the U.S. government’s annexation of the northern half of Mexico or, to be more precise, the land  grab that encompassed California, ...
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