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10 Reasons Washington Has War Fever
By Ron Holland - February 27, 2015
"War is merely the continuation of policy by other means." – Carl von Clausewitz The political elites, Federal Reserve and special interests that really run the show hiding behind Congress and the president of either party in America's closed two-party monopoly seem ...
What is Social Justice?
By Wendy McElroy - February 26, 2015
It is increasingly difficult to read news stories or listen to broadcasts without encountering the term "social justice." But what does it mean? The term's definition is fluid but it generally refers to the forced distribution of 'privileges' across society with an ...
Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?
By John Whitehead - February 25, 2015
"The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway ...
Consumers' Sovereignty and Natural vs. Contrived Scarcities
By Richard Ebeling - February 24, 2015
One of the great myths about the capitalist system is the presumption that businessmen make profits at the expense of the consumers and workers in society. Nothing could be further from the truth. In the free market, consumers are the sovereign rulers who determine ...
How Many More Wars?
By Ron Paul - February 23, 2015
Last week President Obama sent Congress legislation to authorize him to use force against ISIS "and associated persons and forces" anywhere in the world for the next three years. This is a blank check for the president to start as many new wars as he wishes, and it ...
Three Myths of Rape That Need Sunlight
By Wendy McElroy - February 19, 2015
A pivot point occurred within feminism on the issue of rape in 1975 when the book Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by Susan Brownmiller appeared. In its pages, Brownmiller attempted to chart the history of rape from the Neanderthal through to modern man, placing ...
Are You Ready For Total Currency War?
By Ron Holland - February 18, 2015
"Are you ready for total war?" "Sind Sie bereit für totalen Krieg?" – Joseph Goebbels. On February 18, 1943, German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels delivered a rousing speech at the Berlin Sportpalast, asking the German people, "Sind Sie bereit für totalen ...
Creepy, Calculating and Controlling: All the Ways Big Brother Is Watching You
By John Whitehead - February 18, 2015
"You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." – George Orwell, 1984. None of us are perfect. All of us bend the rules occasionally. Even ...
Is America Still on F. A. Hayek's Road to Serfdom?
By Richard Ebeling - February 17, 2015
A little more than seventy years ago, on March 10, 1944, there appeared in Great Britain one of the most amazing and influential political books of the twentieth century, The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek, which forewarned of socialist trends in Britain and ...
Obama's Force Authorization is a Blank Check for War Worldwide
By Ron Paul - February 16, 2015
The president is requesting Congress to pass an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) resolution against ISIS. Congress has not issued a similar resolution since 2002, when President Bush was given the authority to wage war against Iraq. The purpose of ...
Sex v. Gender. Understanding Political Correctness
By Wendy McElroy - February 12, 2015
The term "social construction" has entered the popular culture and vocabulary without being clearly defined in people's minds. It refers to far more than merely deconstructing an idea or an institution, such as the court system, and then reconstructing it differently ...
Why I'm Not Breaking Up with America This Valentine's Day
By John Whitehead - February 11, 2015
Almost every week I get an email from an American expatriate living outside the country who commiserates about the deplorable state of our freedoms in the United States, expounds on his great fortune in living outside the continental U.S., and urges me to leave the ...
Our House of Cards
By Paul Craig Roberts - February 11, 2015
As John Williams (shadowstats.com) has observed, the payroll jobs reports no longer make any logical or statistical sense. Ask yourself, do you believe that retailers responded to the very disappointing Christmas season by rushing out in January to hire 46,000 more ...
The Morality of Capitalism: Liberty, Honesty and Humility
By Richard Ebeling - February 10, 2015
In American culture there is one persistent villain portrayed as the enemy of humanity, the perpetrator of deception, and the agent for social corruption and human harm: the businessman. Whether in news commentaries or on the movie screen, the businessman is ...
Vaccine Controversy Shows Why We Need Markets, Not Mandates
By Ron Paul - February 09, 2015
If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a ...
Is Jeb Bush a GOP Leader, or Symptom of a Larger Problem of the US Political System?
By Anthony Wile - February 07, 2015
A recent Reuters editorial asks, "Is Jeb Bush just another 'big government' liberal?" The article then goes on to discuss the differences between the "liberal" and GOP conservatives. This is an interesting analysis but I will try to show that it leaves out a third ...
Military Metaphysics: A Military Definition of Reality
By Wendy McElroy - February 05, 2015
The political sociologist C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) coined a new term, The Power Elite, through the title of his popular 1956 book. The term described the relationships of power between people who occupied leadership positions in three key segments of society: the ...
How Reality TV Is Teaching Us to Accept the American Police State
By John Whitehead - February 04, 2015
Americans love their reality TV shows – the drama, the insults, the bullying, the callousness, the damaged relationships delivered through the lens of a surveillance camera – and there's no shortage of such dehumanizing spectacles to be found on or off screen, ...
The Ghosts of Yalta Still Haunt the World
By Richard Ebeling - February 03, 2015
Seventy years ago, during the week of February 4-11, 1945, the most momentous conference of the Second World War was held at Yalta in the Crimea between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Their decisions have affected much of the world ever ...
The Failed 'Yemen Model'
By Ron Paul - February 02, 2015
Last September President Obama cited his drone program in Yemen as a successful model of US anti-terrorism strategy. He said that he would employ the Yemen model in his effort to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But just a week ago, the ...
Central Bankers, Please Do Not Unite on a Neo-Plaza Accord
By Anthony Wile - January 31, 2015
We read on Bloomberg that central bankers ought to get together to create a new Plaza Accord, similar to the one that formally devalued the US dollar back in the mid-1980s relative to a number of countries, most notably Japan. Of course, central bank activities are ...
The Libertarian Principle of Secession
By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. - January 30, 2015
For a century and a half, the idea of secession has been systematically demonized among the American public. The government schools spin fairy tales about the "indivisible Union" and the wise statesmen who fought to preserve it. Decentralization is portrayed as ...
'Sons of Liberty': A Review
By Nelson Hultberg - January 30, 2015
The History channel's new miniseries, "Sons of Liberty," will anger the purists and the prudes. But it will delight the swashbuckler in the rest of us. It is a big, bodacious screening with superb production values that covers the lead-up years to the American ...
In Praise of Working People
By Wendy McElroy - January 29, 2015
A prominent difference between the 19th-century libertarian movement and the contemporary one lies in their attitudes toward working people. These are people who are not primarily interested in reading economic or political theory, but who focus their energies ...
Handcuffs, Leg Shackles and Tasers: The New Face of Punishment in the Public Schools
By John Whitehead - January 28, 2015
Roughly 1500 kids are tied up or locked down every day by school officials in the United States. At least 500 students are locked up in some form of solitary confinement every day, whether it be a padded room, a closet or a duffel bag. In many cases, parents are ...
Europe's Move in the Direction of More Monetary Mischief
By Richard Ebeling - January 27, 2015
The European Central Bank has announced its intention to create out of thin air over one trillion new euros from March 2015 to September 2016. The rationale, the monetary central planners say, is to prevent price deflation and "stimulate" the European economy into ...
Education is Too Important Not to Leave to the Marketplace
By Ron Paul - January 26, 2015
This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year's events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized ...
Freedom, Where Are You?
By Paul Craig Roberts - January 26, 2015
Not in America or Europe - When the former Goldman Sachs executive who runs the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that he was going to print 720 billion euros annually with which to purchase bad debts from the politically connected big banks, the euro sank and ...
The Great Davos Echo Chamber
By Anthony Wile - January 24, 2015
We've been covering the Economic Forum in Davos from the standpoint of its "mood" ... which is said to be distinctly downbeat this time around. But I want to comment on notable speeches being presented by various august personages. First up is Bill Gates who ...
Safe Haven 101: For Investors Concerned About the Future
By Ron Holland - January 23, 2015
Dictionaries broadly define a safe haven as a place of refuge or sanctuary. I'm using the term to describe a hoped for place of security if a future catastrophe should take place. Possibilities include a major natural disaster, the coming end of the forced ...
America's Growth Industry: Probation and Parole
By Wendy McElroy - January 22, 2015
The true and staggering rate of incarceration in America is masked by the unconventional cages that are rarely factored into the head count. Many people are caged in an unconventional manner for trivial and nonviolent offenses such as driving without a license or for ...
The Dire State of Our Nation (What You Won't Hear from the Politicians)
By John Whitehead - January 22, 2015
No matter what the politicians might say about how great America is, the fact is that the nation seems to be imploding. Consider the following facts: Our government is massively in debt. Currently, the national debt is somewhere in the vicinity of $18 trillion. More ...
Global Free Trade Makes for Mutual Prosperity and World Peace
By Richard Ebeling - January 20, 2015
The recent brutal events in France have reminded us how small the world is that we all share. Violence and conflicts that have their origin in one part of the globe shows itself in another part of our planet. And mass media immediately shares those events with the ...
If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear
By Ron Paul - January 19, 2015
Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels ...
Alarmism Goes Global: Now Comes the 'Tipping Point' Meme
By Anthony Wile - January 17, 2015
Common Dreams has posted an article entitled, "In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth ..." The idea according to researchers at the Stockholm Resilience Centre is that "four of nine planetary boundaries have now been crossed as a ...
The Proofiness of the Politically Correct Rape
By Wendy McElroy - January 15, 2015
A legion of the politically correct who make a living from the alleged oppression of women were gleeful and almost goofy with proofiness this week. The incident is a window into how statistical myths are created. Charles Seife, a journalist and a professor at New ...
Lessons for Winning Liberty in a World of Statism
By Richard Ebeling - January 13, 2015
Friends of freedom often become despondent when it seems that every day brings another growth and intrusion of government over people's lives. But there is no reason to be disheartened, because there are lessons for winning liberty – from the opponents of freedom. ...
Lessons from Paris
By Ron Paul - January 13, 2015
After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the ...
The Police Threat Is Too High
By Paul Craig Roberts - January 12, 2015
The hypocrisy of American police is beginning to bother even law and order conservatives. The New York Police Department is rivaling the black community in Ferguson in keeping alive the murders of their community members. We are constantly reminded of how dangerous ...
Top Speculator Peter Thiel Makes a Big Bet on the Cannabis Industry
By Anthony Wile - January 10, 2015
As we predicted long ago, cannabis is gradually emerging as an industry. Those of us who saw the opportunity knew the large money would be made as the market gradually developed venture-capital and IPO participation. That's what is occurring now. Ultimately, this is ...
Inner City Turmoil and Other Crises: My Predictions for 2015
By Ron Paul - January 09, 2015
If Americans were honest with themselves they would acknowledge that the Republic is no more. We now live in a police state. If we do not recognize and resist this development, freedom and prosperity for all Americans will continue to deteriorate. All liberties in ...
Victims Frantically Search For Offense
By Wendy McElroy - January 08, 2015
Microaggression. The word may soon be knocking on your door to demand supplication or another form of payment. Microaggression is the new politically correct campaign being launched by "disadvantaged" elites who are running out of even vaguely real transgressions to ...
A New Year's Resolution: Become a Light of Liberty
By Richard Ebeling - January 06, 2015
With the beginning of 2015, what might be a "New Year's resolution" for a friend of freedom? I would suggest that one answer is for each of us to do our best to become "lights of liberty" that will attract others to the cause of freedom and the free society. For five ...
Ten New Year’s Resolutions for Congress
By Ron Paul - January 05, 2015
Since New Year's is traditionally a time for resolutions, and since the new Congress convenes this week, I thought I would suggest some New Year's resolutions for Congress: 1) Bring the troops home — Congress should take the first, and most important, step toward ...
Notes on a New Year, as Power Shifts From North to South
By Anthony Wile - January 03, 2015
In a staff report this week, we made some predictions regarding next year. The staff article was entitled, "Some Modest New Year Predictions Based on Dominant Social Themes." Our conclusion is what I want to discuss more thoroughly. We wrote: "Examine where asset ...
Medicine's False Paradigm
By Nelson Hultberg - January 02, 2015
Pernicious drugs dominate our lives today like restrictive manacles control a southern chain gang. We are prisoners. And it's not evils like cocaine and heroin that are the real enslavers; they control but a pittance of people. The real chains around us are fashioned ...
The Brain Drain, Gain and Retain
By Wendy McElroy - January 01, 2015
America is making emigration more difficult and expensive. Last year, for example, the cost of renouncing U.S. citizenship rose by over 400% from $450 to $2,350. Those who take the far more common step of simply and quietly leaving still remain vulnerable to a ...
Forecasting the Future and Winning Liberty
By Richard Ebeling - December 30, 2014
As a new year begins, it is easy to consider that the prospects for freedom in America and in many other parts of the world seem dim. After all, government continues to grow bigger and more intrusive, along with tax burdens that siphon off vast amounts of private ...
The Outlook for the New Year
By Paul Craig Roberts - December 30, 2014
The conflict that Washington has initiated between the West and Russia/China is reckless and irresponsible. Nuclear war could be the outcome. Indeed, Washington has been preparing for nuclear war since the George W. Bush regime. Washington has revised US war doctrine ...
The Real Meaning of the 1914 Christmas Truce
By Ron Paul - December 29, 2014
One hundred years ago last week, on Christmas Eve, 1914, German and British soldiers emerged from the horrors of World War One trench warfare to greet each other, exchange food and gifts, and to wish each other a Merry Christmas. What we remember now as the ...
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