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Ditch the War on Poverty Forever

An article in the New York Times, entitled “The Mismeasure of Poverty,” defends the “war on poverty,” which President Lyndon Johnson declared some 50 years ago. Actually though, as the article’s author, Sheldon H. Danziger, points out, Social Security is also an anti-poverty welfare program. Therefore, although FDR didn’t use the term, the war on poverty actually stretches ...

Is it Possible to Restore a Healthy Society to America?

In the days ahead, there will inevitably be countless psychological analyses of Aaron Alexis, the man, now deceased, who is alleged to have been the killer at the Washington Navy Yard. Alexis had recently complained that people were harassing him with a microwave machine and that he heard “voices speaking to him through the wall, flooring, and ceiling.” In the ...

What Good Are D.C.’s Gun-Control Laws?

Ironically, before I heard about the gun massacre at the Washington Navy Yard, I was planning on blogging on the issue of gun control in Washington, D.C., based on an article that appeared in last Sunday’s Washington Post. The article revolved around the death of a 19-year-old African American man named David Robinson who was a recent victim ...

The Military’s Allegiance to the President

While President Obama’s hope of bombing Syria has been dashed, at least for the short term, the episode provides a valuable reminder of the role that a vast standing army plays in our governmental structure. Even though Obama planned to go to Congress to seek approval for his bombing campaign, he made it very clear that his decision to initiate ...

American Opposition to War on Syria

The overwhelming opposition of the American people to President Obama’s bid to start another U.S. war — this one against Syria — helps light the darkness under which we are living. It is refreshing that the American people did not engage in a knee-jerk “defer to authority and bomb them” response to the president’s call for war, not even ...

The Most Boring Show on Television

According to Wikipedia, Fox News’ “The Five” is “the second-most watched program in all of cable news in the United States, placing only behind 'The O’Reilly Factor.'” That is absolutely amazing because by any libertarian standard, it’s got to be the most inane, ridiculous, boring program on television. Want some proof? Okay, take a look at this segment, in which ...

The Strange Love for Pinochet

As part of its coverage on President Obama’s plan to bomb Syria, yesterday’s New York Times reported the results of a survey it recently conducted. The article stated in part: When asked whether the United States should intervene to turn dictatorships into democracies, 72 percent said no while only 15 percent said yes. That is the highest level ...

The 40th Anniversary of Chile’s 9/11

Tomorrow, September 11, marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 military coup in Chile that ousted the democratically elected socialist-communist Salvador Allende from power and installed the brutal right-wing military dictator General Augusto Pinochet. It was a coup that was not only supported by the U.S. national-security state but also one that the CIA actually helped to foment. Even ...

Interventionists Should Hang Their Heads in Shame

As if on cue, mainstream media types, both on the left and right, are trotting out their old Hitler-World War II card to justify another U.S. war, this time against Syria. Two notable examples: Bill Keller, former editor of the New York Times, in a piece entitled “Our New Isolationism” and Bret Stephens, Wall Street Journal columnist, in ...

An Awesome Book on the Warfare State

I just finished reading an absolutely awesome book. It’s entitled The War State: The Cold War Origins of the Military-Industrial Complex and the Power Elite, 1945-1963. (Order hard copy here and Kindle version here). I’ll be writing a more extensive discussion of the book in FFF’s monthly journal Future of Freedom. (If you’re not a subscriber, this ...

Dress-Code Controversies in Public Schools

An op-ed in today’s Los Angeles Times entitled “School Dress Codes: Miniskirt Madness” by a New York law professor named Ruthann Robson demonstrates perfectly the difference between libertarians and statists. Robson is upset over the increasingly strict enforcement of dress codes within America’s public schools. She says that enforcement of such codes interferes with what public schools should be ...

Who’s Really Getting Punished?

I find it interesting how President Obama intends to punish Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against Syrian rebels. It provides a fascinating insight into the collectivist mindset. To punish Assad, Obama says that he will use his military to “degrade” Assad’s military. That inevitably means that Obama will bomb certain segments of Assad’s military, ...
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