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'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 9
By Paul Rosenberg - May 30, 2015
Rome deviates from the cultural pattern we have been examining in that their creativity was not home grown and they did not simply overrun nearby creative peoples. Instead, they gathered to themselves the good ideas of distant peoples and made use of them, without ...
Washington Protects Its Lies With More Lies
By Paul Craig Roberts - May 29, 2015
My distrust has deepened of Seymour Hersh’s retelling of the Obama regime’s extra-judicial murder of Osama bin Laden by operating illegally inside a sovereign country. That Hersh’s story, which is of very little inherent interest, received such a large amount of ...
Let the Clock Run Out on the NSA
By Sheldon Richman - May 28, 2015
Regarding the feverish effort either to reauthorize, "reform," or abolish the National Security Agency's collection of our phone and email data, two things need to be said: First, thank you, Edward Snowden. Second, isn't it great to see the ruling elite panicking? Of ...
The NSA’s Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance
By John Whitehead - May 27, 2015
We now have a fourth branch of government. As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, this fourth branch came into being without any electoral mandate or constitutional referendum, and yet it possesses superpowers, above and ...
The Bait-and-Switch Behind Economic Populism
By Mises Institute - May 27, 2015
Argentina will hold elections this year, and a number of provinces will be electing governors. Buenos Aires, the capital city, is holding elections for mayor, and Mauricio Macri, who is stepping down as mayor, is a favorite to become the next president. Toward the ...
Markets, Not Janet Yellen, Should Set Interest Rates
By Richard Ebeling - May 26, 2015
Financial markets in the United States and around the world are all waiting with "bated breath" for when the Federal Reserve modifies its "easy money" policy and starts to raise interest rates. No one, however, asks a simple question: Why is the American central bank ...
Janet Yellen is Right: She Can’t Predict the Future
By Ron Paul - May 25, 2015
This week I found myself in rare agreement with Janet Yellen when she admitted that her economic predictions are likely to be wrong. Sadly, Yellen did not follow up her admission by handing in her resignation and joining efforts to end the Fed. An honest examination ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 8
By Paul Rosenberg - May 23, 2015
The cynical dictum, one sows, another reaps, is sometimes true in real life, but it has been burned into our history books. In some primary instances, usurpers have, famously, been given credit for what they did not create, but rather destroyed. Continued from last ...
Magna Carta and Libertarian Strategy
By Sheldon Richman - May 23, 2015
The middle of next month will mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. My knowledge of the "great charter" is modest, to be sure, but lately I have been reading about it and legacy. (See the "Liberty Matters" discussion, in which I have a small editorial role, ...
Unionized Leviathan
By Shane Smith - May 22, 2015
The idea that government employees can or should have the right to unionize appears absurd on the face of it. Unlike the private sector, we are forced to pay for the "product" offered by government. We can't take our business elsewhere in the same way we do in the ...
The Forgotten Depression
By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. - May 20, 2015
American prosperity demand fiscal and monetary stimulus to jump-start the sick economy back to life. And so we got fiscal stimulus, as well as a program of monetary expansion without precedent in US history. David Stockman recently noted that we have in effect had ...
Militarization Is More Than Tanks and Rifles
By John Whitehead - May 20, 2015
It’s a Cultural Disease, Acclimating the Citizenry to Life in a Police State. Talk about poor timing. Then again, perhaps it’s brilliant timing. Only now—after the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense have passed off billions of dollars worth ...
Why Government Deficits and Debt Do Matter
By Richard Ebeling - May 19, 2015
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported in early May that for the month of April 2015 the Federal government ran a budget surplus, taking in more in taxes than it laid out in expenditures. Don't be fooled by one month, especially when it was a month when ...
Military-Industrial Congressional Complex - No Debate Allowed
By Ron Paul - May 18, 2015
New Military Spending Bill Expands Empire But Forbids Debate on War - On Friday the House passed a massive National Defense Authorization for 2016 that will guarantee US involvement in more wars and overseas interventions for years to come. The Republican majority ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 7
By Paul Rosenberg - May 16, 2015
There have been lots of complaints about governments sticking their fingers into school curricula... and the people complaining have been right; setting knowledge free from the state was the key to its growth. We'll cover the story this week. … Chapter Three: ...
How GDP Metrics Distort Our View of the Economy
By Mises Institute - May 15, 2015
GDP purports to measure economic activity while largely divorcing itself from the quality, profitability, depth, breadth, improvement, advancement, and rationalization of goods and services provided. For example, even if a ship – built at great expense – cruised ...
The Philosophy of Liberty Transcends Political Labels
By Shane Smith - May 14, 2015
One of the most amazing aspects of Ron Paul's twin presidential campaigns was the way they brought together people who, on the surface, attached themselves to many different political labels. I met wonderful people who identified as conservative, liberal, ...
The Empire Lies
By Sheldon Richman - May 14, 2015
Four years ago the late great journalist Alexander Cockburn wrote, "Alas, the actual story of 'our history' is an unrelenting ability to lie about everything, while simultaneously claiming America's superior moral worth." It so happens he wrote that sentence in ...
‘We the People’ Need to Circle the Wagons: The Government Is on the Warpath
By John Whitehead - May 13, 2015
How many Americans have actually bothered to read the Constitution, let alone the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights (a quick read at 462 words)? Take a few minutes and read those words for yourself—rather than having some court or ...
Spending and Redistribution Are Not the Answers to Slow Growth
By Richard Ebeling - May 12, 2015
Old fallacies never seem to die, they just fade away to reemerge once again later on. One such fallacy is that if there is significant unemployment and slow economic growth it must be due to not enough consumers' spending in the economy, what Keynesian economists ...
NSA Spying Ruled Illegal, But Will Congress Save the Program Anyway?
By Ron Paul - May 11, 2015
This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA's metadata collection program was not authorized in US law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, the court found. But the truth is the Act was intended to be vague so that the ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 6
By Paul Rosenberg - May 09, 2015
Any freedom advocate has to be amazed by the fact that millions of people seem emotionally bound to their abusers. Today, we'll explain how that began and uncover its roots. Continued from last week… THE GREAT TRADE. During the years between 5400 and 3000 B.C., a ...
Baltimore: Progressive Petri Dish Catches Fire
By Shane Smith - May 07, 2015
Much of the commentary on the rioting and torching of Baltimore resides within the predictable Red-versus-Blue dichotomy: Republicans blame the Welfare State, fatherless teenagers, a lack of self-responsibility. They dismiss the rioters as thugs and imply that ...
In a Cop Culture, the Bill of Rights Doesn’t Amount to Much
By John Whitehead - May 06, 2015
“In a democratic society,” observed Oakland police chief Sean Whent, “people have a say in how they are policed.” Unfortunately, if you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, searched, brutalized, terrorized, wrongfully arrested, and ...
The Choice Before Europe
By Paul Craig Roberts - May 06, 2015
Washington continues to drive Europe toward one or the other of the two most likely outcomes of the orchestrated conflict with Russia. Either Europe or some European Union member government will break from Washington over the issue of Russian sanctions, thereby ...
Free Trade Benefits vs. Fears of Foreign Goods
By Richard Ebeling - May 05, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke before a joint session of the U.S. Congress on April 29, 2015 and offered his "eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during World War II," but never directly said that he was sorry for Imperial ...
USA FREEDOM Act: Just Another Word for Lost Liberty
By Ron Paul - May 04, 2015
Apologists for the National Security Agency (NSA) point to the arrest of David Coleman Headley as an example of how warrantless mass surveillance is necessary to catch terrorists. Headley played a major role in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 166 people. ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 5
By Paul Rosenberg - May 02, 2015
Surveillance is nothing new. In fact, it goes back some seven thousand years. Then, as now, it quietly destroyed productive modes of life. Furthermore, it was fundamental in setting one class of people (rulers) above all other people (the ruled). This two-class ...
The Legislatively-Induced Violence of the Drug War
By Shane Smith - May 02, 2015
The story of Robert Bates has covered the news wire for the past two weeks. A sting gone bad, with a "pay for play" volunteer reserve officer fatally shooting the subdued suspect. These facts have been known for some time, along with the details of the sting: a ...
Does GMO Food Cause Stomach Inflammation?
By Shannara Johnson - May 01, 2015
GMO opponents have claimed for years that ubiquitous GMO produce such as corn and soy may have detrimental effects on our health. And in 2013, a group of researchers set out to prove it. The peer-reviewed study, which was published in the Journal of Organic Systems, ...
The Neoconservatives: Tyranny's Fifth Column
By Nelson Hultberg - April 30, 2015
The term "Fifth Column" came into popular use in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s and thereafter as socialism and fascism were sweeping into conflict to take over the nations of the West. It means a group of guerrillas, activists, intellectuals, etc. who work to ...
Police Brutality Is Not Skin Deep
By Will Tippens - April 29, 2015
Every day a new story comes out about something awful a police officer has done. And 99% of the time, nobody seems to care. The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland is just the latest in a constant barrage of public atrocities committed by men in government ...
Turning America into a Battlefield: A Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation
By John Whitehead - April 29, 2015
A standing army – something that propelled the early colonists into revolution – strips the American people of any vestige of freedom. How can there be any semblance of freedom when there are tanks in the streets, military encampments in cities, Blackhawk helicopters ...
The Myth of Global Gluts and the Reality of Market Change
By Richard Ebeling - April 28, 2015
You may not have noticed it when out buying things in the marketplace in the context of your personal budget, but according to the Wall Street Journal (April 24, 2015) the world is awash with too much stuff. We seemingly have too much of, well, almost everything: too ...
The Real War on the Middle Class
By Ron Paul - April 27, 2015
One of the great ironies of American politics is that most politicians who talk about helping the middle class support policies that, by expanding the welfare-warfare state, are harmful to middle-class Americans. Eliminating the welfare-warfare state would benefit ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 4
By Paul Rosenberg - April 25, 2015
Violent overlordship, as we mentioned last week, is not eternal and in fact did not exist for long periods of time. In this week's segment we will describe its beginnings. It is important in our time to understand this. If rulership is eternal and inevitable, as we ...
A Freed Society Would Not Be Problem-Free
By Sheldon Richman - April 25, 2015
In 1970 country singer Lynn Anderson had a hit recording of a Joe South song that opened with the line: I beg your pardon. I never promised you a rose garden. I often think of that song in connection with the libertarian philosophy. You may be asking: for heaven's ...
Battlefield America: The War on the American People
By John Whitehead - April 22, 2015
We have entered into a particularly dismal chapter in the American narrative, one that shifts us from a swashbuckling tale of adventure into a bone-chilling horror story. As I document in my new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, "we the ...
Defending the Ethical Enterpriser in an Anti-Business Climate
By Richard Ebeling - April 21, 2015
In spite of the great advances in reducing poverty and increasing the freedom and dignity of hundreds of millions of people around the world, the political and cultural climate virtually everywhere around the world is one of anti-business and anti-capitalism. Yet, it ...
Political Murders in Kiev, US Troops to Ukraine
By Ron Paul - April 20, 2015
Last week two prominent Ukrainian opposition figures were gunned down in broad daylight. They join as many as ten others who have been killed or committed suicide under suspicious circumstances just this year. These individuals have one important thing in common: ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 3
By Paul Rosenberg - April 18, 2015
Throughout this book, we will generally address specific cultures, to some extent reinforcing the idea that cultures are the natural order of humanity. We will do this because the mass of humanity has indeed organized itself in this way and because it is far more ...
'Libertarians Out Of Touch,' Concludes Person Who Wants Hillary Clinton To Be President
By Will Tippens - April 18, 2015
MEMPHIS, TN—In a momentous sequence of events, an area man announced Thursday that libertarianism is "totally out of touch with common people" while simultaneously endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. This logic-bending feat was performed by college student ...
America's Coming Crackup
By Nelson Hultberg - April 17, 2015
Our government bankers print money today like loons in an asylum spew absurdity. Glib media shills lure us every night into a disgraceful indolence. And our corporations lust like spoiled children after mega-billions of illicit lucre. Cataclysm is coming. No one with ...
GMO Apples: Another Frankenfood or a Great Innovation?
By Shannara Johnson - April 16, 2015
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away," goes the old adage. But with the advent of genetically modified apples courtesy of our friendly neighbors to the north, many health-conscious Americans worry that soon the opposite might be the case. Here's the story in a ...
Consent Is Not the State's Cup of Tea
By Will Tippens - April 15, 2015
What does it mean to "consent" to something? Thanks to the increasing, if often misplaced concern over sexual assault and rape, this important question is being posed now more than ever. One recent article went viral by aptly comparing sexual consent to offering ...
No Matter Who Wins the White House, the New Boss Will Be the Same as the Old Boss
By John Whitehead - April 15, 2015
The American people remain eager to be persuaded that a new president in the White House can solve the problems that plague us. Yet no matter who wins this next presidential election, you can rest assured that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, and we—the ...
More 'Tax Freedom' Requires Adherence to the 'Let-Alone' Principle
By Richard Ebeling - April 14, 2015
April 15th is the day that every American is expected to have filed their federal income tax form. Some of us may have done it long before the deadline, some of us will wait until just before the stroke of midnight on April 15th and some of us may be filing for ...
The New Militarism: Who Profits?
By Ron Paul - April 13, 2015
Militarism and military spending are everywhere on the rise, as the new Cold War propaganda seems to be paying off. The new "threats" that are being hyped bring big profits to military contractors and the network of think tanks they pay to produce pro-war propaganda. ...
'Production Versus Plunder' ~ Part 2
By Paul Rosenberg - April 11, 2015
We have no good way of knowing how the few and scattered humans on earth migrated at the end of the ice age. We have only a limited and fuzzy idea of where they came from and how they moved. What can be deduced from the available information is that three general ...
Kick Open the Doorway to Liberty: What Are We Waiting For?
By John Whitehead - April 08, 2015
"The greatness of America lies in the right to protest for right." — Martin Luther King Jr. Everything this nation once stood for is being turned on its head. Free speech, religious expression, privacy, due process, bodily integrity, the sanctity of human life, the ...
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