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Should the Military Have Ousted FDR?

Among the reasons given for the Egyptian military’s ouster of the democratically elected president of the country, Mohamad Morsi, was that Morsi was exercising dictatorial powers and adopting policies that were destroying any chance of an economic recovery in Egypt. The Egyptian military, which the U.S. government continues to stand with and support, says that protecting “national security” trumped ...

Nothing but Failure for Welfare-Warfare Statists

I can’t imagine why any statist would be proud of being a statist, especially given the manifest failure of his three favorite government programs — foreign interventionism, the war on poverty, and the war on drugs. Did you see that al-Qaeda has taken control over Fallujah in Iraq? Two things immediately come to mind. First, despite all the hoopla over ...

Why Not Force People to Attend Church?

There is one big fundamental difference between libertarians and advocates of the welfare state: force. Libertarians say: Leave everyone free to keep his own money and decide what to do with it. Under libertarian principles, charity is entirely voluntary. If a person chooses to help out others, he must use his own money or money that has been voluntarily donated ...

The Progressives’ Achilles’ Heel

Progressives (i.e., liberals in the corrupted meaning of the term) love to portray themselves as lovers of the poor. That’s what they use to justify their never-ending, ever-growing welfare-state and regulatory programs. But as we libertarians have repeatedly shown, the welfare state and the regulated economy actually constitute an enormous attack on the freedom and well-being of the poor. Minimum-wage laws, ...

Another Attack on Libertarianism

Alternet.org, a liberal (i.e., progressive) website, has published another of its periodic attacks on libertarianism, this time an article entitled “What America Would Look Like If Libertarians Got Their Way?” by R.J. Eskow. Two things struck me about Eskow’s article: one, his lack of faith in free people and, two, his lack of focus on the causes of wealth. The ...

Egypt’s National-Security State Rears Its Ugly Head

Of all the ironies, the Egyptian people today are experiencing the wisdom of an American military man who served as president more than 50 years ago. That president was Dwight Eisenhower, who, before being elected president, had served as the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in World War II. In his 1961 Farewell Address, Ike delivered one of the ...

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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. ...
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