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Ukraine and the Deferential Press

One of the distinguishing characteristics between libertarian commentators and the mainstream statist press is, once again, on display in the latest crisis, this one between President Obama and Russian President Putin. You see the standard knee-jerk rally to the government on the part of the mainstream press  while, at the same time, you see independent, critical analysis on the ...

Morsi, Allende, and Kennedy

Portuguese The military coup in Egypt provides a fascinating insight into the mindsets of the national-security establishments in both Egypt and the United States. After all, don’t forget: It has been the U.S. national-security state that has, over the decades, funded, built up, fortified, trained, and closely worked with the Egyptian military-intelligence establishment. Thus, it should come ...

Let’s Raise Our Vision to a Higher Level

Given the myriad problems afflicting America under the welfare-warfare state way of life, the American people living today have a choice: They can continue devoting their efforts to coming up with reforms in the hopes of fixing all those problems, or they can raise their vision to a higher level and lead the world out of the statist morass ...

Drug Warriors Just Don’t Get It

Portuguese U.S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, commanding general of the U.S. Southern Command, just doesn’t get it. Testifying before Congress, he lamented the movement toward legalizing drugs here in the United States. He suggested that Latin American officials, who have long been exhorted to fight the war on drugs, are losing faith in ...

Treating People Like Garbage

Portuguese As English colonists living in America understood, living under an empire is not a pleasant experience. Empire officials are inevitably arrogant, pretentious, pompous, haughty, big-headed, insufferable type of people. They believe that others should bow down them, pay them homage, and behave subserviently to them. American colonists, of course, haven’t been the only ones who have ...

Kennedy’s “Weakness” during the Cuban Missile Crisis Saved Our Lives

The Obama-Putin faceoff on Ukraine inevitably brings to mind the Kennedy-Khrushchev faceoff during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The confrontation between Kennedy and Khrushchev, of course, was much more dangerous given that it brought the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of all-out nuclear war. But the two confrontations are similar with respect to the pressure brought ...

The Government’s Inflation Scam

What is happening in Argentina provides a valuable lesson in why governments in every country on earth control the education of the nation’s children. Argentina is suffering the ravages of government debasement of the currency — i.e., inflation, the process by which government pays for its ever-increasing debts and bills by simply printing more paper currency. The expanded money supply ...

Disband NATO

In a recent New York Times op-ed, John McCain, the man who hoped to be president, said that Russia’s invasion of Crimea has nothing to do with NATO expansion into Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Oh? Well, now, let’s see how McCain would be responding if the shoe were on the other foot. Let’s assume that when the Cold War ...

Why No More Talk about the Debt Ceiling?

Have you noticed that there’s no more talk about the debt ceiling? That’s because those congressional big spenders recently raised the debt ceiling to permit the feds to continue adding onto the mountain of federal debt that they’re piling on the backs of the American people for decades. Once the debt ceiling is lifted, all the talk about it ...

America’s Cold War Socialism

During the Cold War, the U.S. national security state — i.e., the military and CIA — used the dire threat of communism and socialism as a justification for its assassination program and its pro-coup program in Latin America and other parts of the world. Two notable examples were Guatemala and Chile. In both countries, the U.S. national-security state helped ...

Don’t Reform the CIA. Abolish It.

Portuguese Anyone who reads the works of the late Chalmers Johnson will have an excellent understanding of the role that the U.S. national-security state, especially the vast military empire and military-industrial complex, plays in America’s foreign-policy woes. I particularly recommend his four books: Blowback, The Sorrows of Empire, Nemesis, and Dismantling the Empire. For those who would ...

The National-Security State’s Cold War Scam on Latin America

Portuguese Throughout the Cold War, the U.S. national-security state was devoted to keeping communist-socialist regimes from coming to power in Latin America. The idea was that if communism was permitted to achieve a beachhead in the Western Hemisphere, it was a certainty that the U.S. government would end up falling to the communists. That’s of course what ...
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