Free Society

Don’t Expect 2016 Candidates To Restore Real Liberty

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Many in the media and some among the voting public are focused, now, on the field of candidates who are offering themselves as the presidential nominees of the Republican and Democratic Parties. Every few weeks those on the Republican side have been confronting each other in television news-bite talking sessions that are loosely called “debates.” The candidates lash out at ... [click for more]

Beards and a Free Society

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Although baseball season is over, one thing still remains: the New York Yankees’ ban on players wearing beards. The beard ban was instituted by the Yankees’ principal owner. George Steinbrenner, in 1973. Long hair is not allowed either, but mustaches are permitted. Although Steinbrenner died in 2010, the policy remains in effect. The Yankees’ manager, Joe Girardi, said ... [click for more]

Fear of the Walking Dead: The American Police State Takes Aim

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“Fear is a primitive impulse, brainless as hunger, and because the aim of horror fiction is the production of the deepest kinds of fears, the genre tends to reinforce some remarkably uncivilized ideas about self-protection. In the current crop of zombie stories, the prevailing value for the beleaguered survivors is a sort of siege mentality, a vigilance so ... [click for more]

Individualism vs. Sacrificial Collectivism

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Free, competitive markets have been the engine for both freedom and prosperity. In addition, free market capitalism is morally based on the principle of individual rights to life, liberty and honestly acquired property, in which all social relationships require the voluntary and mutual consent of the participants.  Private property rights are central to the free society. The most ... [click for more]

How Do You Prepare a Child for Life in the American Police State?

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“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf.” ― Alfred Hitchcock In an age dominated with news of school shootings, school ... [click for more]

Two Police State’s War on America

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Battlefield America: The War on the American People by John W. Whitehead (SelectBooks, 2015), 352 pages. John W. Whitehead is among the most dedicated and articulate civil libertarians of his generation. His latest book, Battlefield America: The War on the American People, is a cogent argument that today the clear and present danger to Americans and their freedom ... [click for more]

The Crisis of the Now: Distracted and Diverted from the Ever-Encroaching Police State

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“When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk: culture-death is a clear possibility.”—Author Neil Postman Caught ... [click for more]

Gambling with Federalism

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The relation between the fifty states and the national government under the U.S. Constitution is a federal one in which power is divided and shared between the states and the national government. Or at least it is supposed to be a federal relationship. James Madison succinctly explained this simple federal system of government in Federalist No. 45: The powers delegated by the ... [click for more]

“Great National Purposes” Mean Less Freedom

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With the seventieth anniversary this year of the end of the Second World War, a number of commentators have focused on the presumed “unity” of America seven decades ago to “win the war” against global tyranny and international aggression by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Individuals put aside their individual personal and petty interests to support and fight for ... [click for more]

The Raping of America: Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”—Martin Luther King Jr. There’s an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of ... [click for more]
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