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Egypt’s Military Dictatorship Rears Its Ugly Head

The Egyptian people are learning firsthand why America’s Founding Fathers were so opposed to standing armies. Our ancestors understood that standing armies are a grave threat to the freedom and well-being of the citizenry. Thus, it’s no surprise that the U.S. Constitution failed to grant to the federal government the power to establish a standing army. Over the weekend, the ...

America’s Partnership with Egypt’s Dictatorship

This week, the Egyptian people got a taste of the reality of military dictatorship, while the American people got a taste of the reality of U.S. foreign policy. The Egyptian Supreme Court dissolved the Egyptian Parliament, and Egypt’s military dictatorship declared martial law in the country. These dictatorial events occurred just a few days before Egypt’s presidential run-off election. Even though ...

Double Hypocrisy

After Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Russia of shipping attack helicopters to the Assad regime in Syria, Russian foreign minister Sergey V. Lavrov reminded Clinton of something she might have forgotten: that the U.S. government supplies weaponry to oppressive regimes throughout the Middle East. Lavrov didn’t specify which countries he was referring to but he might have had ...

The Drug War Is Finished

If you want to see a look of stunned silence on the face of a drug-war proponent, ask him the following question: To win the war on drugs, what do you propose be done that hasn’t already been done during the last forty years of drug warfare? He won’t know what to say. Everything that drug-war proponents have proposed has, ...

Mexico Should Just Legalize Drugs

According to a front-page article in today’s New York Times, Mexico’s top presidential contenders are signaling a shift in how Mexico intends to fight the drug war. While the movement is in a positive direction, unfortunately it still doesn’t go far enough. Mexico should just end its entire participation in the drug war. It should legalize drugs. Six ...

Can We Also Investigate the U.S.-Syria Torture Partnership?

I don’t get U.S. officials. They’re so outraged over the brutality of the Syrian regime. They calling for an investigation into atrocities committed by Syrian forces against the Syrian people as part of the regime’s effort to suppress a rebellion against the regime. They are also demanding regime change in the country. So, what is there not to get? I don’t ...

The Pentagon, the Troublemaker

My article this past Tuesday, “Partnering with the Communists,” detailed how the Pentagon is doing its best to partner with the communist regime in Vietnam in order to provoke crises with China. The Pentagon’s troublemaking strategy is already working. According to Reuters, “Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he will boost military cooperation with China, including ...

Reality Is Mugging the Greeks

For statists who were hoping that Greece’s financial crisis had receded into the background for the indefinite future, their hopes have been dashed. This title of an article on the front page of today’s New York Times sums up the problem quite well: “Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up.” In the print version ...

Partnering with the Communists

Given the U.S. government’s longtime military and financial support for dictatorships around the world, including Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and its historical support of military dictatorships in Latin America, I suppose it’s not too surprising that the Pentagon is now trying its best to enter into a partnership with a communist regime. What is shocking to me, however, ...

Drug War Congressman Bites the Dust

The times they are a-changin’! A pro-drug war congressman from El Paso, Silvestre Reyes, a Democrat, has just been defeated in his bid for reelection by a man named Beto O’Rourke. And take a wild guess what O’Rourke’s principal issue was: drug legalization. Why, Reyes didn’t even make a run-off since O’Rourke walked away with 50.4 percent of the primary ...

Bloomberg’s Paternalistic Dictatorship

Sometimes I find the paternalistic mindset to be so darned fascinating. What is it that drives a person to initiate force against another human being to protect the latter from making bad choices in life? Why can’t the paternalist just mind his own business? The latest example, one of the craziest that has come out of paternalistic mind in some ...

Drug War Sentencing Injustice

When a former federal prosecutor who is now a federal judge complains about the lack of justice and fairness in drug-war sentencing, you know that something is dreadfully wrong with the drug war, that is, on top of everything else that is wrong with the drug war. According to an article in the New York Times, New York ...
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