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How to Deal with China

The New York Times recently carried a story detailing China’s increasing economic clout around the world, brought about by billions of dollars in cash and grandiose socialist projects in targeted countries. Focusing on Ecuador, a country whose government several years ago forced the U.S. government to close its foreign military base there, the article points out how China ...

Was Donald Trump Right About John McCain?

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump set off a firestorm within the conservative community by suggesting that former Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator John McCain shouldn’t be considered a war hero just for being captured during the Vietnam War. Apparently Trump has survived the firestorm because he’s still topping the Republican polls. In creating the controversy, however, Trump missed the ...

Donald Trump Visits My Hometown!

Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just visited my hometown of Laredo, Texas! Not surprisingly, Trump entered Laredo filled with fear. I say “not surprisingly” because Republicans live their lives filled with fear. Communists! Terrorists! Muslims! Illegal aliens! Drug dealers! Bin Laden! Saddam! Ho Chi Minh! Republicans are convinced that they’re all coming to get us. Knees are always a’knockin’ ...

Don’t Some Libertarians Favor Immigration Controls?

I recently received a good question about libertarianism and open borders: Aren’t there some libertarians who favor immigration controls? If so, doesn’t that preclude anyone from saying that libertarians favor open borders? The answer to the first question is yes, and the answer to the second question is no. The fact that some libertarians favor immigration controls is irrelevant in determining ...

Much To Do About Nothing Over El Chapo

Not surprisingly, U.S. officials are hopping mad over the prison escape in Mexico of notorious drug lord Joaquin Guzman, also known as El Chapo. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is especially upset since it had high hopes of having El Chapo extradited to the United States to serve out a long jail sentence for drug-law violations. DEA Deputy Administrator ...

Libertarianism and Open Immigration

The core principle of libertarianism is the non-aggression principle. It holds that it is morally wrong to initiate force against another person. That means no murder, rape, theft, burglary, trespass, or other acts of violence (or fraud) against others. Or another way to put it is: A person should be free to do whatever he wants in life, so ...

Motive in Chattanooga

Mainstream pundits are struggling to discover the motive of 24-year old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, the man who attacked two military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, killing four Marines, and who then got killed in a shoot-out with police. Permit me to hazard a guess: Abdulazeez was motivated by rage over the U.S. government’s killing of people in the Middle East, many ...

Operation Jade Helm and Texas “Paranoia”

Mainstream statists are yucking it up over the so-called paranoia of Texas citizens who are concerned about the U.S. military’s giant training exercise in the Southwest called Operation Jade Helm. “Yuck, yuck,” the statists are exclaiming. “Those paranoid Texans!” The statist idea, of course, is that the military is our friend — our protector — our god. The military establishment ...

Egypt and the Fourth of July

Isn’t it amusing that U.S. officials just celebrated the Fourth of July, given that they also ardent supporters of the tyrannical regime that governs Egypt? The Declaration of Independence, which is part and parcel of the Fourth of July, doesn’t mince words. It holds, among other things, that: Every person is endowed with natural, God-given rights which no government can legitimately ...

Greece and America’s Economic Revolution

The Greek economic crisis demonstrates how Greece and, for that matter, most of Europe, remain mired in a highly regulated economic system that harkens back to the mercantilist era. Greece’s economic system also reminds us of the revolutionary economic system that our American ancestors implemented when they called the federal government into existence in 1787. And it reminds us ...

Iran’s Criminal Justice System Reminds Us of Ours

The judicial procedures that Iranian officials are using in the criminal trial of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian remind us of our judicial system here in the United States. No, not the federal judicial system here within the United States but rather the U.S. judicial system that the Pentagon and the CIA have established and operate at Guantanamo Bay, ...

Obama’s Coziness with Vietnam’s Communists

Last week, President Obama hosted Vietnam’s Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in a visit to the White House. It was a meeting characterized by friendliness and cooperation between the president and the Communist Party head. Referring to the meeting, the New York Times editorialized that the it made sense because “Mr. Trong is Vietnam’s highest-ranking political leader ...
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