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The Solution to Big Money in Politics

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Not surprisingly, the big subject of discussion among Republicans and Democrats, along with conservative and leftist commentators, is the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that lifted the ceiling on the amounts of money that people can donate to political campaigns. Democrats and leftists are upset, saying that now billionaires will control the political process. Republicans and conservatives are ecstatic for ...

U.S. Federal Judges Owe America an Apology

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Chilean judges have issued a formal apology for their deference to Chile’s national-security state apparatus under the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The apology comes some 40 years after Chile’s federal judiciary failed to protect the fundamental rights and liberties of the citizenry during Pinochet’s reign of terror. “The time has come to ask for the forgiveness ...

Libertarian Angle Live College Tour Starts Today

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I’m on the road today with FFF Vice President Sheldon Richman. Today is the first leg of our latest Libertarian Angle Live tour, which we are doing in conjunction with the Young Americans for Liberty, a nation-wide student organization devoted to libertarianism. We are psyched! We kick off the tour at Grove City College, which I have wanted to visit for ...

The U.S. Government’s Regime-Change Obsession Rears Its Ugly Head Again

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The U.S. government’s 116-year-old obsession with controlling Cuba has suddenly manifested itself again. Yesterday, the Associated Press, based on secret records that it obtained, reported that USAID, the federal agency that distributes billions of dollars in U.S.-taxpayer funded foreign aid and which has long served as a front organization for the CIA, has been engaged in a super-secret, ...

Military Tribunals Are Un-American

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A couple of weeks ago, New York jurors convicted Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, a man named Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, of terrorism-related offenses in a trial in federal district court in New York City. The New York Times reported that “his swift conviction on all counts would seem to serve as a rejoinder to critics of the Obama administration’s ...

The U.S. Government Should Butt Out of Venezuela

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In an op-ed in the New York Times today, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro calls for peace in Venezuela. The socialist president has been besieged by demonstrations in which several protestors have been killed. The protesters focus on horrendous economic conditions brought about by Maduro’s socialist economic policies. Maduro is issuing a call for domestic peace. The problem is that ...

Gun-Control Madness

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British commentator Piers Morgan took a parting shot in favor of gun control during his final appearance on his CNN news show last Friday. Morgan exclaimed, “It’s your country; these are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry: Enough!” Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times is exclaiming against the ...

America’s Liar in Chief

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Everyone is familiar with where America’s Cold War national-security state apparatus has led our nation: down the dark road of assassinations, torture, indefinite detention, coups, surveillance, regime-change operations, secrecy, tribunals, and other dark-side practices that are inherent to communist and other totalitarian regimes. But how many Americans ever give thought to the fact that the national-security state apparatus has also ...

Pardon Martha Stewart and Joseph Nacchio

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The Get Out of Jail Free card that the Justice Department has given to national-security state official James R. Clapper can’t help to bring to mind what the feds did to Martha Stewart. Clapper commits perjury before Congress and nothing happens to him. Stewart lies to some federal agent when she’s not even under oath and she’s indicted, prosecuted, convicted, and ...

A Misguided Attack on The Future of Freedom Foundation

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In an article at PJMedia.com, writer Keith Farrell suggests that libertarians should support foreign interventionism and specifically takes The Future of Freedom Foundation and LewRockwell.com to task for opposing foreign interventionism. Acknowledging that some U.S. interventions have proven to be absolute disasters, Farrell feels that libertarians should nonetheless be supporting U.S. foreign interventionism in selected cases. Farrell is wrong. ...

Ukraine and the Deferential Press

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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

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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 ...
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