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Will U.S. Soldiers Soon Be Dying for Communism?

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Do you recall the justification that U.S. officials used for sending more than 58,000 American men to their deaths in the Vietnam War? They said that communism was so bad and such an enormous threat to the United States that it was necessary to stop the North Vietnamese communists before they came to the United States and took over ...

The National Security States of China and the U.S.

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The New York Times recently published a story about China that reveals, indirectly, the revolutionary transformation of the U.S. government that occurred at the end of World War II. The article focuses on the nature of the Chinese communist state as a “national-security state” and points out that that “national security” laws are being used to maintain the ...

Rand Paul: A Profile in Courage

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Yesterday, thanks to the heroic efforts of Sen. Rand Paul, the Patriot Act automatically expired. Yes, you read that right. No reform of the Patriot Act. Just termination. In case you’re wondering, the United States hasn’t fallen into the ocean and the federal government, including the IRS, has not fallen to the terrorists. Of course, that hasn’t caused the fear-mongering that ...

Iran’s Criminal Justice System Looks Like Gitmo’s

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Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is being prosecuted in Iran for “espionage for the hostile government of the United States.” He was initially arrested and incarcerated without any charges being filed against him. He is now being tried in a secret trial before an unsympathetic judge. Sound familiar? It should. It’s the same type of “judicial” system that the U.S. government ...

Free Trade Means Free Trade

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There is a lot of controversy over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a big trade agreement that is being negotiated between the United States, Canada, and a number of Asia-Pacific countries. What is most amusing about the controversy is how the mainstream press, as well as D.C. politicians and bureaucrats, describe the agreement. They call it a “free trade” agreement. That’s ...

It’s Monetary Crisis Time in Greece

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In the first two weeks of June, we might well witness the demise of two of the biggest socialist experiments in history. One involves the welfare state in Greece and the other involves the centrally planned monetary unit known as the Euro. By now, most everyone is familiar with the financial crisis in Greece. For decades, Greece has had an ...

The Fable of the Chickens

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Once upon a time in a faraway land there lived a flock of chickens. They were the happiest chickens in the whole world. There was always plenty to eat and the chickens were free to range wherever they wanted. Eggs were plentiful and the happy flock was always growing. One day, however, those happy chickens met with disaster. A group ...

U.S. Soldiers Died for Empire and Hegemony

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On Memorial Day, Americans honor the soldiers who have died in the defense of our country. There is one big problem though: Those soldiers didn’t die in the defense of our country. Instead, they died in the defense of empire and hegemony. For obvious reasons, U.S. officials, as well as many of the family members of the deceased, can’t bring ...

Continued CIA Secrecy in the JFK Assassination

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In this week’s Libertarian Angle, I had the pleasure of having Jefferson Morley as my co-host. Morley runs JFKfacts.org, which I consider the absolutely best website for JFK assassination-related matters. It is timely, provocative, thought-provoking, and informative. Practically every day there is at least one new post, inevitably followed by a string of very intelligent comments. Morley is ...

America Was Once Exceptional

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Conservatives love to talk about how exceptional America is. What nonsense. Apparently they don’t know what the term “exceptional” means. It means unusual, uncommon, atypical, extraordinary, rare, or unprecedented. How in the world does that describe America? We’ve got a massive welfare state, by which the federal government is charged with the responsibility of taking care of people through such programs ...

About Those U.S. Troops Who Died in Ramadi

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I can’t help but wonder how the family of Michael A. Monsoor is reacting to ISIS’s recent conquest of Ramadi in Iraq. Monsoor was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions taken during the 2006 Battle of Ramadi, when U.S. forces fought insurgents for control of the city. The medal was awarded posthumously. Monsoor wasn’t the only U.S. soldier who ...

Morsi’s Death Sentence Reminds Us of Our System

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The death penalty just meted out to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi provides a perfect demonstration of the value to a tyrannical regime of having a federal judiciary that is subordinate to the nation’s national-security establishment. In that way, when the military wishes to kill political opponents, it can use the charade of a judicial trial as a cover for ...
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