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The Glory of Libertarianism

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Where liberty dwells, there is my country,” inspiring Thomas Paine to reply, “Where liberty is not, that is my home.” We libertarians happen to have been born in what Paine described as his preferred home — a country in which liberty is not. We ...

How About We Just End Foreign Aid?

American statists are wringing their hands in anxiety and fear over the impending “fiscal cliff” and debt ceiling. The problem, however, is that every statist has his own personal favorite government programs, either in the welfare state or the warfare state or both. Thus, whenever somebody suggests that some particular welfare-warfare state program ...

Winning in the War on Drugs

The war on drugs provides a good example of the power of ideas. Twenty years ago, it was mostly libertarians who were challenging this war and calling for it to be ended. Today, people from all walks of life, including law enforcement officers and judges, are calling for an end to the horribly ...

Debt-Ceiling Scare Nonsense

The New York Times is at it again, pounding on Republicans for not quickly agreeing to raise the debt ceiling once again. In an editorial this week, the Times said that Republican extortionist and blackmail-like intransigence was endangering economic progress ...

Leave Cuba Alone

Following up on my blog post of December 4, entitled “It’s Time to End the War against Cuba,” the conservative Heritage Foundation published an article the same day entitled “Three Years as Cuba’s ...

It’s Time to End the War against Cuba

When is enough enough? The U.S. military and the CIA have waged war on Cuba for more than 50 years. After a half-century of invasions, assassination attempts, terrorist attacks, and a cruel and inhumane economic embargo, it’s time to bring the entire sordid policy toward Cuba to an end. Not only has it ...

Thank the Troops? How About Apologizing Instead?

Sometimes I wonder whether the profuse thanks that many Americans shower on the troops shouldn’t instead be an apology. After all, I think it’s a fair assumption that those who do the thanking were not among those who opposed the U.S. government’s invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, as libertarians did. Instead, ...

Enemy-Combatant Nonsense at the Wall Street Journal

In an editorial this week entitled, “The Tea Party Goes to War,” the Wall Street Journal takes Republicans Rand Paul and Mike Lee and Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Max Baucus to task for proposing an amendment to the current defense authorization bill that would require the federal government to use the federal-court system established by the Constitution to prosecute ...

Grover Norquist is Partially Right

Statists are ecstatic over the fact that a few Republican members of Congress are turning their backs on the no-tax-hike pledge they signed at the request of GOP activist Grover Norquist. Overjoyed by the fact that the welfare-warfare state might be able to plunder the American citizenry even more, the statists are overjoyed that the federal government might now ...

The CIA’s Murder of Frank Olson Goes to Court

Yesterday, the New York Times carried a fascinating article entitled "Suit Planned Over Death of Man C.I.A. Drugged." According to the article, the children of a former federal official named Frank Olson are suing the CIA for murdering their father in 1953 as part of the agency’s ...

Outrage Over Morsi But Not Over Our Dictator

It is so amusing to see mainstream commentators condemning Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, for assuming dictatorial powers. Their critiques are well-taken, as I observed in my blog post of yesterday, “Morsi’s Democratic Dictatorship.” But what’s amusing about the mainstreamers is ...
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