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  • The Real Reason for the Drug War

    by Keith Halderman

    Various sources of information such as the United States Congress, the British public, and the Mayor of New York are indicating this week that we are finally understanding that when he had employee Winifred Black write in her 1932 book Dope the Story of the Living Dead, “The man who smokes hashish runs through the streets hacking and killing everyone he meets”, William Randolph Hearst was not trying to help or protect people, he was just trying to sell newspapers. 


  • Saul Alinsky's Rules

    by Lester Hunt

          I don't know why people think this is a good thing. Just look at rules 4 and 5 and think about them in terms of the rules of rational discourse. This is the next step down into Civility Hell.

  • Saul Alinsky's Rules

    by Lester Hunt

     I don't know why people think this is a good thing. Just look at rules 4 and 5 and think about them in terms of the rules of rational discourse. This is the next step down into Civility Hell.  Three and a half years ago, I blogged about "the book" and I don't think I can improve on what I said then about why it is evil and will do this nation harm.  (Note that it doesn't matter who is following these rules -- it is the rules themselves that are unjust and irrational.)  Here is what I  said:

  • Saul Alinsky's Rules

    by Lester Hunt

     I don't know why people think this is a good thing. Just look at rules 4 and 5 and think about them in terms of the rules of rational discourse. This is the next step down into Civility Hell.  Three and a half years ago, I blogged about "the book" and I don't think I can improve on what I said then about why it is evil and will do this nation harm.  (Note that it doesn't matter who is following these rules -- it is the rules themselves that are unjust and irrational.)  Here is what I  said:

  • The Only Opposition Response

    by Keith Halderman

    Since the Republican Party establishment will accept and secretly welcome Barack Obama's proposals for increasing the size and scope of government this speech by Rand Paul is the only legitimate answer to our President’s State of the Union attempt to grab even more power.


  • The Danger is Government

    by Keith Halderman

    Were the Jewish people living in Germany in 1933 being paranoid and delusional, the way many people who are concerned about Second Amendment rights are being described now, when they feared they would be killed by their own government? In this video where Walter Williams talks about the true purpose of  the Second Amendment he asks the question are we in any less of a threat of tranny from our government in Washington than we were in 1787? History is absolutely clear on this point the, answer is yes. Many people have observed time and time again that when government says it is doing something for your own good it is not telling us the truth. The 20th century state has shown itself to be the greatest killer of all time.


  • Oswald Garrison Villard Audio from 1940

    by David T. Beito

    This is a real treat.  Here is an audio from 1940 of the great classical liberal, free trader, and co-founder of the NAACP, Oswald Garrison Villard discussing Franklin D. Roosevelt's national defense program.


  • Oswald Garrison Villard (Audio of Debate from 1940)

    by David T. Beito

    This is a real treat. In this audio of a debate from 1940, the great classical liberal anti-imperialist, free trader, and co-founder of the NAACP Oswald Garrison Villard discusses Roosevelt's national defense program.


  • Supreme Court Rules: Social Security is NOT a Binding Contract

    by Jonathan J. Bean

    This post was prompted by all-too-common opinions expressed in Randall Holcombe's recent "Federal Government Debt Undermines the Programs It Finances" blog. The respondents passionately insist that Social Security is a contract, whatever you do to the budget, do not touch Social Security. "I paid in and it is a contract. They owe me."

    The Supreme Court settled this issue in 1960! Even more to the point, the Social Security Administration mocks those who think it is a binding contract. On the SSA's own web site, it states:

    "There has been a temptation throughout the program's history for some people to suppose that their FICA payroll taxes entitle them to a benefit in a legal, contractual sense."


  • Did the Government Drive Aaron Swartz to Suicide?

    by Sheldon Richman

     

    My latest op-ed explores the case of Aaron Swartz, the programming prodigy and Internet freedom activist who faced 35 years in prison before taking his own life this month.


  • How the Drug War not Drugs Kills

    by Keith Halderman

    The drug policies pursued and bragged about by both Democrats and Republicans are extremely costly. This is terms of wasted tax money for very little return. Also the price includes an ever growing disrespect for the nation's laws and leadership. Not to mention the generating of a great of unnecessary human misery. But lastly there is the tally of many of our fellow citizens killed for no good reason.


  • Oliver Stone Understands Who Barack Obama Really Is

    by Keith Halderman

    It is very important for the American people to understand by knowing history and to proclaim as loudly as possible that Barack Obama  is every bit the callous war monger that Richard Nixon and George Bush ever were. Oliver Stone and my old professor American University’s Peter Kuznick are doing their part with their currently running Showtime historical series Untold History of the U. S. and this interview explaining their purpose. They do an outstanding job of illustrating the fact that the policies and mindset which got 50,000 Americans needlessly killed in Vietnam are still in place.


  • Government-Industry Revolving Door

    by Sheldon Richman

    Not that we thought it would be any different, but revolving door between government and industry spins just as fast in Obama's Washington. Read about it in my latest article at the Project to Restore America.


  • End the War on Drugs

    by Keith Halderman

    Barack Obama can accomplish significant good for this country by ending drug prohibition. He has won a new term  and no longer has to appease the drug warriors. This film Breaking the Taboo does a very good job of explaining why that is the right thing to do.

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