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Conservative Blind Spots on Snowden

In their haste to condemn Edward Snowden for revealing the NSA’s massive secret spy scheme on the American people, conservatives are rushing to point out how the countries that Snowden is considering for asylum — e.g., Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua — are themselves not exactly bastions of freedom. They are countries in which there is socialism, interventionism, regulation, censorship, ...

Support the Egyptian Uprising and Go to Jail

For any American tempted to support the violent uprising against the Egyptian military coup, you might want to think twice because if you exhort Egyptians to violently overthrow the military tyranny under which they are suffering, you will be arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated at the hands of the U.S. government. That’s what happened to a New York lawyer named Lynne ...

No Military Coups for America? What About November 1963?

An interesting aspect of the military coup in Egypt has been the attitude of American mainstream commentators who suggest that unlike Egypt and other countries, the chances of a military coup in the United States are virtually nil. See, for example, “America the Coupless” by Rosa Brooks and “Could a Military Coup Happen in America?” by Paul ...

None Dare Call It Tyranny

While the Obama administration dithers over whether the Egyptian regime-change operation constitutes a coup or not, one thing is certain: The Egyptian people are suffering under tyranny. After all, that’s what military rule is: tyranny. Our American ancestors understood this. That’s why they steadfastly opposed standing armies. They understood that standing armies constituted a grave threat to the freedom and ...

Who Were the Patriots and Traitors on the Fourth of July, 1776?

Contrary to popular belief, the men who signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, were not great Americans. They were instead great Englishmen. They were as much English citizens as you and I are American citizens. They were English citizens living abroad in lands under British jurisdiction, much like American citizens living in Puerto Rico. Why is that ...

Has Edward Snowden Been Added to Obama’s Kill List?

It seems to me only fair that President Obama and his national-security state cohorts publicly announce whether NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been added to the presidential kill list, like two other American citizens who were assassinated, Anwar al-Awlaki and his teenage son Abdulrahman. When the U.S. government targets an American citizen for assassination, it seems only right that ...

We Need Your Support

The immortal words of Ludwig von Mises apply to everyone of us today: No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interests of everyone hang on the result. Destruction is ...

The Imaginary Trial of Dietrich Schmoller

Judicial Proceedings before the National-Security Tribunal of Nazi Germany, April 1943 Presiding Judge: This National Security Tribunal is now in session. The tribunal calls the case of The German National Socialist State vs. Dietrich Schmoller. The defendant will rise and enter his plea before the tribunal. Dietrich Schmoller: I plead Not Guilty. Presiding Judge: (screaming) What do you mean, “Not Guilty”? The ...

More Dark Side from the Empire

During the Snowden controversy, the American people have been treated to a harsh dose of reality as to the true nature of the U.S. welfare-warfare state. The crisis has caused the U.S. welfare-warfare state to drop its mantle of “good and benevolent” and to bare its iron fangs for all the world to see. Threats, blackmail, bribery, and extortion. ...

The Power of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA

In their quest for “safety,” many Americans refuse to confront a discomforting thought: That the national-security establishment, consisting principally of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA, which purportedly exists to keep them “safe,” has actually cost them their freedom and now considers itself to be a permanent part of the U.S. government. In his Farewell Address, President Dwight Eisenhower ...

Will They Assassinate Snowden?

One of the most fascinating parts of the Snowden controversy involves the possibility that the CIA or the military or perhaps even some super-secret NSA death squad will assassinate Snowden and thereby avoid the hassle of apprehending him and returning him for what would obviously be a highly publicized and not overly popular public trial. Snowden himself raised the ...

Freedom versus The National-Security State

U.S. officials are poking fun at the fact that Edward Snowden, whose commitment to a free society motivated him to disclose the NSA’s massive secret surveillance scheme over the American people (and the people of the world), has fled to China and Russia, two countries that are near the top of the list of violators of civil liberties and ...
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