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Should Drug-War Victims Pardon the Drug Warriors?

From the Huffington Post: In the holiday spirit of forgiveness, Gov. Jerry Brown announced pardons on Tuesday for 127 people…. Most of the individuals receiving full and unconditional pardons had been convicted of drug-related offenses. Well, isn’t that nice? What a good person Jerry Brown is! Oh, he isn’t the only one. President Obama is too. He recently granted clemency ...

Is America’s Healthcare System Socialism or Not?

In the healthcare-related controversy over whether President Obama is a socialist or not, it would be better to ask a more fundamental question: Is America’s overall healthcare system socialist or not. Why is that important? Three reasons. First, socialism always produces chaos and crises. Second, socialism cannot be fixed or reformed and any attempts at improving it only make the situation worse. Third, if ...

What Good Would it Do to Reform the NSA?

I don’t know who Eric Weiss is. All I know about him is that he recently wrote a letter to the New York Times about the NSA surveillance scandal. But I do know that when it comes to the controversy surrounding the NSA, Weiss is one of the few people who really get it. Weiss makes two important points ...

Why Federal Spending Continues to Soar

The Washington establishment, not surprisingly, is celebrating the budget deal that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray have reached. They’re calling it a great example of “bipartisanship.” And why not? The deal calls for increases in federal spending, doesn’t it? What’s not to like about that, from the standpoint of the Washington establishment? Pay no mind to the ...

The Sordid Roots of the National-Security State

Given that most all of us living today have been born and raised under a national-security state apparatus, we’ve all been inculcated with the notion that the enormous military empire, CIA, and NSA are a necessary and permanent part of our lives. We’ve all been taught that our very freedom and well-being depend on the existence of these agencies. ...

Make Your Choice: Freedom or the National-Security State

In his July 4, 1821, address to Congress John Quincy Adams pointed out that America does not go abroad “in search of monsters to destroy.” His use of the term “monsters” encompassed brutal and tyrannical foreign dictators. While such monsters could always be found in nations all over the world, it would not be the responsibility of the U.S. ...

A Government without Spies

Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the NSA’s previously super-secret surveillance scheme over the American people violates the U.S. Constitution, which sets forth the powers and restrictions on power that we the people have established for U.S. officials. Calling the NSA’s surveillance scheme “almost Orwellian,” Judge Richard Leon’s ruling is an amazing one, especially given the long history of ...

Morality and Conscience versus the CIA

In 2007 American Robert A. Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a spy mission for the CIA. The New York Times learned that he was a CIA agent in late 2007 but, at the request of the CIA, kept the information secret until now so as not to jeopardize the life of the agent, who is presumed to be ...

Unilaterally and Immediately Lift the Cuban Embargo

Much ado is being made about President Obama’s decision to shake hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. People are wondering whether the handshake could be the start of a thaw in the fifty-year state of hostility between Cuba and the United States. To no one’s surprise, Cold War anti-communist dead-enders are objecting to Obama’s handshake, ...

What Divide Between Liberals and Conservatives?

An op-ed in today’s New York Times indirectly highlights how fundamentally different libertarians are from both conservatives and liberals. The op-ed is entitled “The Appalling Stance of Rand Paul” and is written by liberal Times columnist Charles M. Blow. Why is Blow taking conservative Paul to task? He quotes a statement Paul made last Sunday on Fox News:

The U.S. National Security State Loves Egypt’s Dictatorship

In a Washington Post editorial “Egypt’s Wrong Road,” the Post calls on the U.S. government to suspend U.S. aid and cooperation with Egypt until the Egyptian regime “frees political prisoners and adopts a genuine democratic path.” The Post just doesn’t get it. The Egyptian military dictatorship is precisely what the U.S. government loves, respects, and admires. Let’s keep in mind ...
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