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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 ...

Who are the Patriots on the Fourth?

On the Fourth of July, American statists will be praising the troops, glorifying their exploits in foreign countries, thanking them for defending our rights and freedoms, and expressing thanks to federal officials for taking care of them with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education grants, farm subsidies, drug laws, and the myriad other programs that come with America’s welfare-warfare state. That’s ...

The Key to Prosperity in Greece

Libertarians, of course, do not profess to have answers to the many woes produced by statism. That certainly includes the many economic problems produced by Greece's welfare-state, regulated-economy way of life. But there are solid libertarian principles that the Greeks could adopt if they wish to build the foundation of a dynamic and prosperous society. Here are those principles: Leave people ...

The Corrosive and Destructive Power of the Dole

Imagine you’re on the Titanic and the ship captain says, “If everyone throws his luggage overboard, the ship will be saved” and everyone responds, “No way. I’ve got a right to my luggage. Everyone else can throw his luggage overboard if he wants, but not me.” That pretty much describes the situation in Greece. The government is bankrupt and the ...

The Bankruptcy of Greece’s Welfare State

Make no mistake about it: The economic and financial crisis in Greece is rooted in the welfare state, a way of life in which a nation’s government is charged with the responsibility of taking money from people and giving it to other people. It is this way of life — the welfare-state way of life — that has taken ...

Porcfest Was Awesome!

It was FFF’s first time at Porcfest, and we’re already talking about next year. FFF’s program director Bart Frazier, FFF policy advisor Scott McPherson, and I participated. And what an awesome time we all had! It was unlike any libertarian conference I’ve ever attended. Porcfest is sponsored by the Free State Project in New Hampshire. There were about 2,000 ...
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