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Today: Wed, April 23 2014  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 Politics
02 April 2014
 
 
The "Progressive" Welfare State Fantasy - Part 2
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» General

So the actual dynamic we have here is: 1) the state set up a whole system of artificial scarcities, artificial property rights, monopolies, cartels and entry barriers, which enable an economic ruling class to extract rents of various sorts from the working population; and 2) the welfare state takes a tiny fraction of this surplus (previously extracted with the help of the state) and gives the most destitute of the working class just enough to prevent the disparities of wealth from undermining the levels of aggregate demand needed to keep the system running, and to prevent outright homelessness and starvation leading to political destabilization.

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01 April 2014
 
 
REVEALED: Government underestimates public sector pension liability by £610 billion
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» General

The official National Debt is around £1.2 trillion. But that doesn’t include liabilities for public sector pensions, which are kept off the books. Unlike private sector and local government pension plans, no funds are saved to meet the expected pension payments when they become due. The bill is simply left for future taxpayers to pay.

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31 March 2014
 
 
The "Progressive" Welfare State Fantasy - Part 1
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» General

More recently, as described by Colin Ward, the emerging welfare state bureaucracy in Britain actively suppressed working class mutuals, seeing them as atavistic relics of an outdated era. Then when the welfare state came under attack from the Right, the alternatives it proposed all involved “privatization” of state agencies by selling them off to the highest corporate bidder. So in fact the state itself played a central role in reducing the alternatives to a choice between the bureaucratic centralized welfare state and neoliberal “privatization.”

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14 March 2014
 
 
A 21st Century Magna Carta?
by Unlock Democracy
 sub-topic» General

The Magna Carta is admired around the world as a symbol of liberty – the first occasion the people of England were granted rights against an absolute king. It will be fitting that we celebrate this important moment in our history, but we must not lose sight of how far we still have to go. We want to hear what you think a Magna Carta for today should contain:

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10 March 2014
 
 
Head of Dutch Libertarian Party Arrested Just Weeks Before Election
by Peter Beukelman
 sub-topic» General

The Netherlands has become a country where violent criminals can be free to go the next day, while others are locked away in a psychiatric ward for a year (after having already endured a year in jail) for throwing a tealight holder in frustration at the Queen enroute to a presentation about how taxes were going to be wasted the following year. It has become a country in which Toine Manders, who advocates the non-aggression principle, is at risk of missing the first birthday of his son because he is held in a cage by a monopoly of violence that saw their revenue stream threatened.

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01 March 2014
 
 
Defining the Enemy
by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
 sub-topic» General

One crucial factor in creating a cohesive group is to define who is excluded from membership. Nazi propagandists contributed to the regime's policies by publicly identifying groups for exclusion, inciting hatred or cultivating indifference, and justifying their pariah status to the populace. Nazi propaganda played a crucial role in selling the myth of the “national community” to Germans who longed for unity, national pride and greatness, and a break with the rigid social stratification of the past. But a second, more sinister aspect of the Nazi myth was that not all Germans were welcome in the new community. Propaganda helped to define who would be excluded from the new society and justified measures against the “outsiders”: Jews, Sinti and Roma (Gypsies), homosexuals, political dissidents, and Germans viewed as genetically inferior and harmful to “national health” (people with mental illness and intellectual or physical disabilities, epileptics, congenitally deaf and blind persons, chronic alcoholics, drug users, and others).

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17 February 2014
 
 
What the British people want from their politicians... and what they get
by Robert Henderson
 sub-topic» General

The manifesto described above would not appeal in every respect to ever member of the “disenfranchised majority”. But its general political slant would be palatable to that majority and there would be sufficient within the detail to allow any individual who is currently disenchanted with politics to feel that there were a decent number of important policies for which he or she could happily vote. That is the best any voter can expect in a representative democracy. People could again believe that voting might actually change things.

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14 February 2014
 
 
Courage, mon vieux!
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» General

I think that there may be two practical options for a referendum. First, while Miliband is dead set against it, there is significant and increasing pressure on Labour to offer a referendum. It may become a political necessity. Second, the EU machine is pursuing substantial internal changes which will require a new Treaty, and therefore a UK referendum.

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12 February 2014
 
 
William Roache Should Never Have Been Put on Trial
by The Libertarian Alliance
 sub-topic» General

We further suggest that whoever in the Crown Prosecution Service authorised the charges against Mr Roache to go to trial should be named and sacked and deprived of his or her pension.

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30 January 2014
 
 
America's Bipartisan Political Class
by Doug Bandow
 sub-topic» General

Inequality is inevitable in any free society. However, the rule of law can limit political inequality. The starting point should be to make those in government to live by the same laws as the rest of us.

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15 January 2014
 
 
Nothing but Failure for Welfare-Warfare Statists
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

Despite the manifest failure of their most beloved programs, welfare statists and warfare statists just won’t let go. They plead, “We’re not responsible for this. Things just happened that were beyond our control. Judge us by our good intentions, not by the actual results of our statist programs. Please give us 10 more years to turn things around.”

They’re not entitled to another day. They’ve done enough damage. Their statist programs need to be dismantled, not reformed, along with the welfare-warfare departments and agencies that operate them. The time has come to let libertarian principles lead us to peace, prosperity, harmony, and freedom.

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08 January 2014
 
 
Marching Toward Smaller Government
by Jeff D. Opdyke
 sub-topic» General

Why should the 29,200 residents of those five counties pay taxes to and align themselves with a state that does not represent their values and interests — in fact, a state that forces upon them values they find abhorrent and which threaten their local economy? And don’t say they have the freedom to uproot and find somewhere more conducive to their beliefs. While that might be true, it’s just as true that they have the freedom to breakaway and form North Colorado if that best fits their needs.

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07 January 2014
 
 
ode to parasites
by Ted
 sub-topic» General

A tiny bit of research showed me that I could have every bit as much money in my pocket if I moved to the other side. Since the management I was working under was, to be polite, HORRID, I took my leave and moved over to the parasite class.

A parasite on a wholesome host is a bad thing. I’m not so sure how to classify a parasite on an evil beast. Are you?

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04 January 2014
 
 
From the annals of standard bureaucratic behaviour we bring you the RSPCA
by Tim Worstall
 sub-topic» General

But the real point comes from what this suggestion tells us about those inside the RSPCA. They're a bureaucracy just doing what bureaucracies do. Which is, as Parkinson pointed out to us, simply exist for the sake of existing. Once established, once past that first flush of success in addressing whatever it is, the point and purpose of a bureaucracy is simply to maintain its own existence and, if possible, expand the budget and size of it. And that's it.

Which is precisely what the RSPCA is doing here. There is no point or purpose to licencing all of the nations pets other than to give the RSPCA something to do. Which is why they have suggested it.

And, of course, why we should tell them where they can get off and the horse they rode in on.

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28 December 2013
 
 
The Criminal ATF
by James Wilson and Jim Babka
 sub-topic» General

If it is wrong for citizens to initiate criminal conspiracies, then it is doubly wrong for "public servants" to do so. Agents of The State are supposed to "serve and protect," not "entrap and sting."

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21 December 2013
 
 
What Divide Between Liberals and Conservatives?
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

But when one deals with principle, it is easy to see that there really isn’t any divide at all. The argument between conservatives and liberals is not over such issues as the role of government in a free society or the meaning of liberty. They both agree that it’s the role of government to take care of people and that that is what freedom is all about. Their differences are over the extent to which they want government taking care of people.

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11 December 2013
 
 
Freedom is the Cure for the Homelessness Problem (and Everything Else!) in America
by Scott Lazarowitz
 sub-topic» General

Alas, to some people the thought of such freedom is so overwhelming and frightening, they fear that it would cause rampant criminality by the masses who presumably need government restrictions on activities to control them.

But we already HAVE rampant criminality being committed against us, by corrupt and covetous, greedy politicians and bureaucrats, banksters and other corporatists, police, prosecutors and judges. Let’s take away their legislative and weaponized means of committing such criminality, frauds and extortions, and such violence against so many millions of innocent people, I say.

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27 November 2013
 
 
"The Commies, the Terrorists, the Uh, Er, Bogeymen are Coming!"
by Butler Shaffer
 sub-topic» General

Should the threat of the “terrorist” ever wear thin – or should Boobus become bored by it – rest assured that the corporate-state forces are resilient enough to fathom the depths of our inner fears of ourselves to find a substitute for the unpleasant task of self-examination. For all that we know, aliens from the planet Xaniptikon – in the galaxy of Andromeda – may already be on their way to destroy us. In that case, we may enlist the “terrorist” forces as allies against the “dreaded Xans.” The post-World War II transformations of Germany, Italy, and Japan from “enemies” to “friends” served the political establishment quite well. There is little doubt that such trickery – bolstered by well-trained and obedient media and academic hacks – will continue to be energized on behalf of keeping the Lemuel Gullibles of society huddled at the feet of those who presume to be their masters.

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23 November 2013
 
 
A More Unequal America
by Hans Bader
 sub-topic» General

Inequality grows hand-in-hand with the growth of the regulatory state. The proliferation of regulations increases economic inequality, since powerful people and politically connected companies know how to shape and manipulate the regulatory process to harm their rivals and enrich themselves at the expense of the public. As the Roman senator and historian Tacitus observed, ‘The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” Moreover, regulations disproportionately increase the cost of consumer staples that are a larger part of middle class people’s budgets than of rich people’s budgets.

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18 November 2013
 
 
Politicians as Interchangeable Units
by Wendy McElroy
 sub-topic» General

The double standards within Obamacare have received little attention compared to the act’s disastrous roll out. For one thing, only comedians (not the mainstream media) seem to discuss the exemptions, all of which have been granted oh so quietly. And the politicians themselves have been unusually mute, especially about their own elite health care.

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23 October 2013
 
 
American Apocalypse
The case for divine retribution
by Justin Raimondo
 sub-topic» General

As the workers go off every morning, lining up at Starbucks and preparing to earn their daily bread, American drones take off from secret silos somewhere in the desert, seeking out their intended victims – and some not intended. As the sounds of normalcy stream in through an open window – leafblowers in the distance, chirping birds crowding around the feeder, children brawling in the schoolyard – the news that the NSA is collecting our emails seems irrelevant. We go about our business, and the political class goes about theirs – the former quite ordinary, the latter quite another story altogether.

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12 October 2013
 
 
Politics, Ideas and the West
by Samuel Gregg
 sub-topic» General

This brings me to what I think has to be conservatism’s long-term agenda as well as a central element in any lasting conservative resurgence: the defense and promotion of what we should unapologetically call Western civilization. By this, I mean that unique culture which emerged from the encounter of Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome, the brilliance of which—if I may be deeply politically-incorrect for a moment—is somewhat harder to discern in other societies. As anathema as this culture may be in the contemporary faculty lounge, this is the tradition that conservatives should be in the business of safeguarding and advocating: not just in opposition to those who deploy violence in the name of a divine un-reason, but also against the obsessive egalitarianism, rank sentimentalism and wild-eyed utopianism of those who live inside the West’s gates but who have long inhabited a different mental universe altogether.

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09 October 2013
 
 
The Kinda-Coolness of Liberty
by Lori Heine
 sub-topic» General

One special surprise has been that even deep in the woods of Obama’s rule, far more liberals express concern about government overreach and the erosion of our freedoms than I remember conservatives displaying when Bush II was in power. We can, perhaps, tell more about people’s affinity for liberty when their “side” holds the upper hand than we can when they are out in the cold. Outright Libertarians, I know, are attracting far more interest from those to the left of us than we are from conservatives such as my snarling friend with the brother in Afghanistan.

Maybe that’s why dedicated leftwing statists are so afraid of libertarians. The field may be riper for poaching than we realized. That is a very interesting discovery. And for this former progressive Democrat, it is a heartening one.

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04 October 2013
 
 
The Inhumanity of Politics
by Aaron Ross Powell
 sub-topic» General

The trouble is, as politics grows–as political decision making continues to crowd out private decision making–it becomes increasingly difficult to escape the inhumanity it engenders in us. Political decisions are either-or. Either this is legal or it’s not. Either my preference wins out or yours does. As a result, politics encourages us to see each other as enemies. You aren’t just someone with a different opinion on a given issue than me. Instead, you’re someone who wants to make me do things your way–and backs it up with threats of violence.

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03 October 2013
 
 
Two, Three, Many Snowdens!
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» General

These are not people who believe “the rules” governing institutions are made for the benefit of “all of us,” or that information is secret for a good reason. These are people who believe those in charge will screw them over without thinking twice, and that secrecy exists mainly to hide the dirty stuff those in authority are up to.

But the entire system depends on this generation for its grunt work. The post-industrial, informational model of corporate capitalism depends heavily on what McKenzie Wark called the “Hacker Class.” Even in authoritarian institutions like the NSA, the cubicles are riddled with the kind of people who, like Snowden, would have Electronic Frontier Foundation stickers on their laptops. The Hacker Class is governed largely by its own set of mores, largely corresponding to Pekka Himmanen’s “Hacker Ethos.” They include an increased desire for autonomy, a blurring of the lines between work and play, a belief that a “good hack” is its own reward, and a strong resentment of interference by pointy-haired bosses.

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30 September 2013
 
 
What the GramscoFabiaNazis forget (or perhaps don’t give a f**k about) is how angry, how really, really deeply angry, we all now are
by David Davis
 sub-topic» General

The MSM will of course be all over this for days, orgasmically wetting their pants about the “death of UKIP” and the “killing of its conference”. However, I suspect that because there are so many angry, really very, very deeply angry people out here, it will not quite turn out as hoped for the GramscoFabiaNazis. I expect that there will be a temporary blip in the polling figures for UKIP, especially among the more Nazi-leaning organisations and “caucuses or groupings” such as “mumsnet” and the “BBC”, whatever that is. But I don’t think any long-term damage will be dome by telling the truth about racism among leftoNazi journalists as Bloom did, and about behind-the-fridge-cleaning.

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05 September 2013
 
 
Is Obama Looking for a Way to Preempt Congress?
by Thomas L. Knapp
 sub-topic» General

But not so fast. That very day, I predicted that between Obama’s speech and any congressional vote on the issue, some new incident or atrocity would be brought forward to justify immediate, “emergency” action on the president’s orders, followed by high pressure on Congress to retroactively approve.

Why? Because if Obama loses the vote in Congress, he’s faced with the choice of provoking constitutional crisis by acting anyway, or conceding that the executive branch lacks authority to go to war on its own hook. And no president wants to make such a concession.

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26 August 2013
 
 
The Whshful Thinking Left
by Jean Bricmont
 sub-topic» General

People who succumb to the illusions of revolutionary romanticism or who side with the apparent underdog, regardless of the underdog’s agenda, are being taken in by the tactics of present-day imperialism. But those who aspire to a more peaceful and more just world order, and who think that a precondition of this order is the weakening of U.S. imperialism, easily see through this camouflage. These two different world views divide both the Left and the Right: liberal interventionists and neoconservatives on one side, libertarians, paleoconservatives and traditional leftists on the other, and it may call for new and heterodox alliances.

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30 July 2013
 
 
We shouldn't subsidize the new political class
by James Lawson
 sub-topic» General

Rather than cutting the number of MPs and supporting politics as a full time career, MPs should be part time. Politicians should understand real world working Britons as workers themselves. They should bring genuine specialist expertise, not just the skillset of a student hack. This might reduce time for legislation, though the MPs of past debated in the evenings after work and were not supported by a modern Civil Service. Why must every government create more laws anyway? What of simplification and repeals?

MPs should take a pay cut. We need more parliamentarians from the real world rather than the rising political class. MPs should be part time, and driven by a desire for public service not the raw pursuit of power and a fat cheque at the expense of their constituents.

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20 July 2013
 
 
How to Fix MPs' Pay
by Neil Humphrey
 sub-topic» General

And this is where my idea comes in. MPs’ salaries should be withdrawn, and instead, they should solicit contributions from their “constituents.” Each of us should give what we wish to them – no compulsion, of course - up to a maximum of £2 a year.

Why the maximum of £2? Well, anyone who claims to “represent the people” in his area must, surely, have a majority behind him? So, if the majority are willing to pay £2 rather than £1, because an MP genuinely does represent his “constituents,” that MP will earn more than now? Even a bit extra from the half-hearted, who don’t contribute the full £2?

Heh heh.

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19 July 2013
 
 
On Politics in British Columbia
by Paul Vaughan
 sub-topic» General

For the frustrated BC electorate, the lesser of evils ends up being a parasite because people deeply fear the other option is a predator that will kill the economy.

People aren’t voting for the crap they get. They’ve voting against something they deeply fear will be far worse.

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06 May 2013
 
 
In praise of UKIP
by Russell Taylor
 sub-topic» General

Mainstream political parties must be spooked by the rise of UKIP, because they’ve paid it the compliment of slander. By describing its members as racist, sexist clowns, they have inadvertently played into its hands. What they have failed to grasp is that their consensus on what respectable opinion looks like doesn’t hold much sway beyond the Westminster bubble and members of the chattering classes. Having spent years browbeating the public into holding the ‘right’ beliefs, they thought they had instilled a refined liberal conscience in everyone. They thought they could turn the searchlight on those who had left the ideological reservation and the nation would recoil in horror.

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24 April 2013
 
 
The 'you are the government' canard
Obama joins predecessors in blaming his overreach on us
by James Bovard
 sub-topic» General

The notion that “the people are the government” is one of the biggest slanders that the average citizen will endure in his lifetime. This is the political version of the doctrine of Original Sin: It assumes that a person is born politically damned with the weight of all of the past and future sins of his government upon his head. The notion that “you are the government” is simply a way to shift the guilt for every crime by the government onto every victim of government.

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15 April 2013
 
 
Hope Amid Death and Destruction in La Plata, Argentina
by Alan Furth
 sub-topic» General

With political leaders of supposedly diametrically opposing ideologies all of a sudden displaying strikingly similar incompetency and cynicism, collective anger began to subtly shift toward the state per se rather than a particular political party. One could almost hear a faint echo of the “out with them all!” shout that rocked the country during the 2001 financial crisis.

But more than people directing their anger at the right target, what was truly remarkable was the spontaneous eruption of solidarity they showed toward each other, in sharp contrast with the clumsy and slow governmental response. Across the country, organizations from civil society collected funds, clothes, food and drinking water for Platenses. The media haven’t stopped portraying stories of La Plata neighbors who risked their lives rescuing children and the elderly.

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06 April 2013
 
 
Politicisation of Authority
by Ralf Ellis
 sub-topic» General

  • Police superintendents who happily prosecute thought crimes in line with political policy, but let career criminals go free.
  • Archbishops who give sermons that could have been written by the government, and fail to maintain their own organisation.
  • Health officials who not only abide by government policy, but sue anyone who isagrees.
  • Chief scientists who spout government policy, rather than science, to the grave detriment of science as a whole.
  • Local councilors who spout government policy, even though they know their area will suffer as a result.

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20 March 2013
 
 
Watch Cyprus
by Wendy McElroy
 sub-topic» General

For the last day and a half I have been following the news from Cyprus. In case you hadn't heard, the country's banks are nearly insolvent, the country itself can't afford to bail them out, and as part of a bailout package, the EU has insisted that the country levy a special "tax" on the deposits of the bank. Even those below the Euro 100,000 deposit guarantee.

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15 March 2013
 
 
Iraq Shows the Failure of Militarism and Socialism
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

U.S. officials blame the failure of their “rebuilding” projects on poor planning and supervision. They just don’t get it. The projects are nothing more than socialist public-works projects, no different from those in socialist countries. As such, they are inherently defective. Therefore, it’s not a question of incompetency or inefficiency. Instead, the problem is that the Pentagon embraces socialism as the way to rebuild the countries it destroys. It fails to realize that socialism has never worked and will never work.

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14 March 2013
 
 
Italy's Populists
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa
 sub-topic» General

The populist reaction against Europe’s crisis continues to move south, as exemplified by the astounding success of the Five Star Movement led by comedian Giuseppe Grillo, which became Italy’s largest single party in the recent general elections. An organization that has been in existence for three years, the Five Star Movement has capitalized on the country’s growing disgust with politics, austerity and Europe.

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13 February 2013
 
 
Iceland's Revolt Wants to Go Viral
by Andrew Sullivan
 sub-topic» General

Another by-product of the overall reform movement is the expansion of older forms of direct democracy. Once the draft of the new Constitution had been published and submitted to Parliament, six of its proposals were presented to the people in a national referendum. One of the questions even pertained to the future use of national referendums. Before the crisis, Iceland had not held a national referendum since its independence in 1944. Since 2010, three have been held, including two relating to major economic policies. All six proposals in the constitutional referendum were approved by a majority of respondents. Although many found the response unequivocal, members of the Independence Party asserted the results were not truly representative of the majority of citizens. Nevertheless, the draft will now be debated in the legislature.

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13 January 2013
 
 
The Washington Con Game Goes On
by Sheldon Richman
 sub-topic» General

America is smothered by government, but the news media are too busy to notice. They’re far more interested in picking political winners and losers. That’s to be expected. The Washington media are little more than the propaganda arm of the ruling elite, and most reporters and pundits see things through the eyes of the governing class. Cable TV programs are merely parades of stale establishment types who repeat the same old clichés, while blithely tossing off plans to spend other people’s money. Fed a steady diet of this gruel, most people are lulled into a state of semiconsciousness (at most) or helplessness about government policy.

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23 November 2012
 
 
Police elections: undo the damage
by Unlock Democracy
 sub-topic» General

Turnout across England and Wales varied from 11.6% in Staffordshire to a high of 20% in Northamptonshire, where the high profile by-election in Corby was being held on the same day. The number of spoiled ballot papers was also unusually high.

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21 November 2012
 
 
The orgy of greed spoiling our countryside: why I campaigned in Corby
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» General

Here, roughly, is how the spoils will be divided among the troughers at Ovenden Moor. The landowner will be paid £401,000?pa, index-linked, for the next 25 years. The developer will get an income of around £2,679,300?pa, index-linked, over the same period. The vast bulk of this will come straight from the taxpayer in the form of compulsory subsidies, payable even if the turbines produce no power.

And the energy that will emerge from this orgy of greed and destruction? It will be neither green, clean, abundant or useful. Wind power requires full back-up from fossil-fuel-powered stations. It doesn’t save CO2, nor provide energy security, nor contribute anything to the base load power Britain so badly needs to keep the lights on.

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15 November 2012
 
 
An Open Letter to Republicans
by Babar Jumbo Skreeleel
 sub-topic» General

To sum up, if you ever possessed a scrap of honor, decency, or integrity, you have long since abandoned them. We want nothing more to do with you. Please remove us from your logos, banners, bumper stickers, and advertising.

For our part, we will strive to forget—not an easy thing for us to do, you'll understand—that we were ever associated with you and yours in any way.

Sincerely,
The Elephants

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13 November 2012
 
 
Is This Child Dead Enough for You?
by Chris Floyd
 sub-topic» General

Is that what you would say if shrapnel from a missile blew into your comfortable house and killed your own beloved little boy? You would not only accept, understand, forgive, shrug it off, move on — you would actively support the person who did it, you would cheer his personal triumphs and sneer at all those who questioned his moral worthiness and good intentions? Is that really what you would do?

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31 October 2012
 
 
Fred Throws Sombrero in Ring
by Fred Reed
 sub-topic» General

Do not misunderstand me. I am as patriotic as the next guy, and consequently happy to kill remote strangers for no reason, and their wives, children, dogs, and flocks. Unfortunately, we can no longer afford it. Do you know what bombs cost these days? Thus we must either find a cheaper means of terminating Afghan children, perhaps by poisoning, or else, on purely economic grounds, we must restrain the Pentagon’s appetites.

Therefore, under my administration all military officers will be required to wear pink tutus, toe shoes, and brassieres with expandable boob compartments. This will discourage history majors in arrested development from becoming lieutenants and strutting around like Genghis Kahn simulacra. An army of ballerinas will be much less troublesome.

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28 October 2012
 
 
Doug Casey on Voting, Redux - Part 3
by Louis James
 sub-topic» General

Doug: I think it's like they said during the war with Viet Nam: Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came? I also like to say: Suppose they levied a tax, and nobody paid? And at this time of year: Suppose they gave an election, and nobody voted?

The only way to truly de-legitimize a corrupt system is by not voting. When tin-plated dictators around the world have their rigged elections, and people stay home in droves, even today's "we love governments of all sorts" international community won't recognize the results of the election.

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27 October 2012
 
 
Doug Casey on Voting, Redux - Part 2
by Louis James
 sub-topic» General

Doug: The whole constellation of concepts is ridiculous. This leads us to the subject of democracy. People say that if you live in a democracy, you should vote. But that begs the question of whether democracy itself is any good. And I would say that, no, it’s not. Especially a democracy unconstrained by a constitution. That, sadly, is the case in the U.S., where the Constitution is 100% a dead letter. Democracy is nothing more than mob rule dressed up in a suit and tie. It's no way for a civilized society to be run. At this point, it's a democracy consisting of two wolves and a sheep, voting about what to eat for dinner.

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26 October 2012
 
 
Doug Casey on Voting, Redux - Part 1
by Louis James
 sub-topic» General

Doug: Right. The modern state not only routinely coerces people into doing all sorts of things they don't want to do – often very clearly against their own interests – but it necessarily does so, by its nature. People who want to know more about that should read our conversation on anarchy. This distinction is very important in a society with a government that is no longer limited by a constitution that restrains it from violating individual rights. And when you vote, you participate in, and endorse, this unethical system.

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22 October 2012
 
 
The Lesser of Two Evils
by Ellen Finnigan
 sub-topic» General

If you are choosing the lesser evil, it is still evil, and you are registering your consent to that evil. If you refuse to vote, you are at least depriving them of that: your consent. Flannery O’Connor once wrote: "Does one’s integrity ever lie in what one is not able to do? I think that usually it does." So stay home. Bake a cake. Say a prayer. Mow your lawn. Smoke a joint. Do anything except vote. After all, the whole point of a Christian life is to try your best to "come out with clean hands," right?

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12 October 2012
 
 
Statism Is Finished
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

It’s all cracking apart. The long run is upon us. The welfare-warfare state is finished. Oh, sure, they can still resort to their standard monetary crackpot policy of inflation for a short-term fix, but they’re just delaying the inevitable.

When a paradigm no longer works, there is only one choice — abandon it in favor of one that works. The one that works is libertarianism — i.e., free markets, private property, sound money, and a limited government, constitutional republic.

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08 October 2012
 
 
Down with Politics
by Gene Healy
 sub-topic» General

I've long found electoral politics seedy and dispiriting, but that sensibility has lately become a debilitating affliction: like being a sportswriter struck by the unhelpful epiphany that it's silly for a grown man to write about other grown men playing a game for kids.

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26 September 2012
 
 
The Death of the Death of a Thousand Cuts
by Thomas L. Knapp
 sub-topic» General

The current “emergency spending bill” nonsense is just that — nonsense. No “government shutdown” is at stake. In Washington, a “government shutdown” means that certain “non-essential government services” are temporarily stopped. The government employees who get laid off for a day or a week in order to heighten audience suspension of disbelief get paid for that time off when they return (as they inevitably shall). And if a “government service” is not, in fact, “essential,” then why is government providing that “service” in the first place, and how does the prospect that it might cease to do so become an “emergency?”

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24 September 2012
 
 
The War on Words and Facts
by Wendy McElroy
 sub-topic» General

A vigorous war on words is being waged. Whether you call the process political correctness, cultural Marxism or thought control, certain words have become crimes; they have become hate speech. Thought-crime legislation prohibits the expression of specific ideas, including religious ones and ones that ‘bully’, while encouraging the expression of sanctioned ideas. It is also illegal to indicate an intent to commit violence – for example, posting that Obama needs to be shot or the government should be overthrown through violence; it is illegal even if you take no action and have no means to do so.

In other words, some of the pamphlets that sparked the American Revolution would now be illegal. Or they would be rewritten, as school textbooks currently are, to eliminate politically wrong words and ideas.

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20 September 2012
 
 
The Cudjoemeter on the Campaign Trail: Hilarious but Serious
by Franklin Cudjoe
 sub-topic» General

It is pretty annoying hearing the two major political parties, NDC and NPP struggle over who has paid public sector workers more money. Isn’t it a little contradictory to hear our President suggest that we must demand value for money from the largely non-performing public service, seeing that we are forking out $3bn in taxes (Ghc 6bn, a fifth of our GDP) to pay for their ‘’services’’? Yet, the NPP intends on continuing the party if and when they get elected. The grim picture about the low confidence in the ability of many governments to create and sustain employment is mainly due to a not so forward looking understanding of the dynamics of creating employment. That forward looking attitude is in the place of the private sector. Incidentally with Government’s attempt to quadruple salaries of public sector workers through the single spine salary scheme, there has been a drawback to strengthening the private sector as crucially needed talent to think and innovate is lost to the largely unproductive public sector. The private sector must be seen as the real engine of growth.

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18 September 2012
 
 
Terrorizing the Two-Party System
by Jonathan David Morris
 sub-topic» General

Personally, I would love to see this. I would love to see every person in the country stay home. I would love to see a situation in which they couldn't name a president because zero people turned out on Election Day. This would be exactly the kind of chaos that I could sit back and enjoy with a beer. But since it would only take one person in a country of 300 million to blow it for everyone, this kind of thing would be hard to coordinate. Therefore, I cannot get behind it.

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14 September 2012
 
 
Sitrep 2012
by L. Neil Smith
 sub-topic» General

From the point of view of the Productive Class, democracy has been an abysmal failure, elevating the very worst among us, the dumbest, the least sane, and the most evil. In my lifetime—indeed, in all of the 21st century so far, in all of the 20th, and in most of the 19th, the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives have been filled with almost nothing but the moral equivalent of paralyzed autistic lepers.

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18 August 2012
 
 
Beware the Psychopath, My Son - Part 3
by Clinton Callahan
 sub-topic» General

Only when the 75% of humanity with a healthy conscience come to understand that we have a natural predator, a group of people who live amongst us, viewing us as powerless victims to be freely fed upon for achieving their inhuman ends, only then will we take the fierce and immediate actions needed to defend what is preciously human. Psychological deviants have to be removed from any position of power over people of conscience, period. People must be made aware that such individuals exist and must learn how to spot them and their manipulations. The hard part is that one must also struggle against those tendencies to mercy and kindness in oneself in order not to become prey.

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17 August 2012
 
 
Beware the Psychopath, My Son - Part 2
by Clinton Callahan
 sub-topic» General

Psychopaths are, to some extent, self-aware as a group even in childhood! Recognizing their fundamental difference from the rest of humanity, their allegiance would be to others of their kind, that is, to other psychopaths.

Their own twisted sense of honor compels them to cheat and revile non-psychopaths and their values. In contradiction to the ideals of normal people, psychopaths feel breaking promises and agreements is normal behavior.

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16 August 2012
 
 
Beware the Psychopath, My Son - Part 1
by Clinton Callahan
 sub-topic» General

When you understand the true nature of psychopathic influence, that it is conscienceless, emotionless, selfish, cold and calculating, and devoid of any moral or ethical standards, you are horrified, but at the same time everything suddenly begins to makes sense. Our society is ever more soulless because the people who lead it and who set the example are soulless – they literally have no conscience.

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13 August 2012
 
 
Expand freedom, not government
by Gary M. Galles
 sub-topic» General

What follows from the fact that Americans didn’t build their successes without cooperation from others? Not the President’s conclusion--pay more and expand government that does little well except inhibit social cooperation. It means we should expand the system that enabled those successes by expanding areas of voluntary individual choices—i.e., expanding freedom.

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10 August 2012
 
 
"I voted Demopublicratican because..."
by Kent McManigal
 sub-topic» General

12. I voted Republican because my head is so firmly planted up my a**, it's unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.

12a. I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my a**, it's unlikely that I'll ever have another point of view.

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02 August 2012
 
 
Anglers infuriate bird campaigners as they call for cull of cormorants that are demolishing fish stocks
by Tamara Cohen
 sub-topic» General

The Angling Trust, which has three million affiliated members, say some fisheries have been virtually destroyed and tackle shops have been forced to close due to the menace.

It launched the Action on Cormorants campaign yesterday calling for them to be generally licenced for culling, like magpies and crows, which can be killed if they threaten agriculture or public health.

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26 July 2012
 
 
The Massive Failure of the Welfare-Warfare State
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

We are living in an age of perpetual crisis, chaos, death, destruction, impoverishment, and loss of liberty. That’s because we’re living under a welfare state and a warfare state.

Why in the world would any rational American want to continue this aberrant system? It just makes no sense at all.

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14 July 2012
 
 
Assange's Last Stand?
They may get him, but he'll go down in history as a hero
by Justin Raimondo
 sub-topic» General

If there was ever a clear cut case of good versus evil, then surely it is the contest between Julian Assange and most of the world’s governments. They hate him because he exposed their lies, their manipulations, and their routine violations of the most elementary rules of human decency. By publishing virtually the entire corpus of messages sent to and fro between Mordor (Washington) and their Nazgûl (diplomats) in the field, WikiLeaks has given us the true history of the world in modern times, or, at least, a good glimpse into its secret underside historians rarely uncover.

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04 July 2012
 
 
Obama vs. the Rule of Law
by Jacob G. Hornberger
 sub-topic» General

The idea is that people should have to answer only to well-defined laws that have been enacted in advance of criminal punishment. In that way, people can adjust their conduct and decide whether to risk violating the law. But the point is that they answer to the law, not to the ruler’s arbitrary, ad hoc edicts.

Thus, the rule of law is necessarily a prerequisite to a free society. Under a regime governed by “the rule of men,” the government can punish people for whatever it happens to define as a crime at that particular time. When people are subject to that type of arbitrary power, there is no way that people in that society can genuinely be considered free.

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01 July 2012
 
 
A political glossary
by Thomas Sowell
 sub-topic» General

A political term that had me baffled for a long time was "the hungry." Since we all get hungry, it was not obvious to me how you single out some particular segment of the population to refer to as "the hungry."

Eventually, over the years, it finally dawned on me what the distinction was. People who make no provision to feed themselves, but expect others to provide food for them, are those whom politicians and the media refer to as "the hungry."

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14 June 2012
 
 
The Wisconsin Union Fight Reconsidered
by Sheldon Richman
 sub-topic» General

This analysis sheds light on the bargaining that takes place between governments and government-employee unions. Both sides of the negotiation have a basic goal: extraction of wealth from the taxpayers. And those taxpayers have no seat at the table! It is hardly an exaggeration to say that collective bargaining in the government realm is a conspiracy against the taxpayers, who of course include workers in private employment. If there is a harmony of interest, it is between government workers and their employers, not between government workers and private-sector workers.

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09 June 2012
 
 
This man called you "silly"
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» General

A few days ago, The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP said on Radio 4: “A referendum on our membership of the EU is an irrelevance. It is the demand of a few Right-wing journalists and a few extreme nationalist politicians. I cannot think of anything sillier to do than to hold a referendum.”

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05 June 2012
 
 
Dusk falling on era of authority
by Kent McManigal
 sub-topic» General

If you are in the group that doesn't care about liberty, then stay alert. You may seem to be on the winning side right now, but dusk has fallen on the era of authority. Its repetitious failures have awakened a new generation to the promise of liberty, just as a previous generation got a glimmer a couple of centuries ago, before their descendants dropped the ball. Let's make it a permanent change this time.

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04 June 2012
 
 
Thoughts on the Diamond Jubilee
Sixty Years a Rubber Stamp
by Sean Gabb
 sub-topic» General

The Queen has not sustained our national identity. It is actually worse than this. By expressing that identity, she has allowed many people to overlook the structures of absolute and unaccountable power that have grown up during her reign. She has fronted a revolution to dispossess us of our country and of our rights within it. How many of the people who turn out on Jubilee Day, with their union flags and street parties, will fully realise that the forms they are celebrating now contain an alien and utterly malign substance?

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29 May 2012
 
 
Should we obey all laws?
by Walter E. Williams
 sub-topic» General

In a word, if the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is constitutional, citizens should press their state governors and legislatures to nullify the law. You say, "Williams, the last time states got into this nullification business, it led to a war that cost 600,000 lives." Two things are different this time. First, most Americans are against Obamacare, and secondly, I don't believe that you could find a U.S. soldier who would follow a presidential order to descend on a state to round up or shoot down fellow Americans because they refuse to follow a congressional order to buy health insurance.

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15 May 2012
 
 
In Europe and America, "Austerity" Doesn't Mean What You Think it Does
by Thomas L. Knapp
 sub-topic» General

“Austerity,” it seems, is for the little people. You know, the ones busting their asses on factory floors and behind shop counters and in the farm fields, paying those taxes so that politicians can continue buying expensive toys from their friends at an ever-increasing (“but hey, we’ll slow the increases down a little!”) rate.

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11 May 2012
 
 
The Systematic Organization of Hatreds
by Robert Higgs
 sub-topic» General

We see the importance of this element of politics clearly in the contemporary conflict between Democrats and Republicans. Given that these two parties are but two wings of the same predatory one-party state that rules the United States, we might well wonder why their intramural feuding often reaches such vitriolic extremes. The short answer is that despite the two parties’ general similarity of fundamental positions, they comprise somewhat different sorts of people—different in regard to religious conviction (or the lack thereof), typical social position, culture, background, occupational distribution, urban-rural composition, and ethnic makeup, among other things—and the two groups tend to dislike each other; indeed, in many individual instances, they despise one another. And their political representatives, though more inclined to conspire and cut deals with the other side, also represent their supporters along the hatred dimension. Occasionally, when a politician does not realize that the microphone is live, we hear some honest expression of his true feelings about his political opponents—“enemies” is the more accurate word.

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10 May 2012
 
 
We can relate to Occupier anger
by Steven Greenhut
 sub-topic» General

Occupy Wall Street protesters are reminiscent of writer R. Emmett Tyrrell's criticism of radical feminists: They don't know what they want, but they want it very badly. On May Day, the protesters tied up the streets of Oakland, San Francisco and elsewhere. They are mad as hell, and they are not going to take it anymore, although it remains unclear what, specifically, they are angry about.

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09 May 2012
 
 
The Worms are Turning?
by Klingon Off the Starboard Bow
 sub-topic» General

We always DO revolt in the end, but things have to get REALLY bad first, because basically we are hard-working, civilised people who believe in "democracy". THAT TOO, the powers depend on. The problem is that too few people see how the democratic system has been abused.

However, there is also the old English saying: "The worm has turned." As a well-qualified worm, I feel myself very close to the turning point ......

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08 May 2012
 
 
The electorate's silently withering rebellion against the political class
by Brendan O'Neill
 sub-topic» General

Sixty-eight per cent of eligible voters did not vote in the elections, a bloc of people so big it could be described as "the vast majority", or certainly "most people". Most people chose not to take part in these elections, and in doing so they implicitly rejected the political class in its entirety; its ideas, its policy proposals, its representatives – all were very publicly and humiliatingly cold-shouldered. What we witnessed yesterday was a silent, withering rebellion against the political elites of this country. A good night for Labour? Are you kidding me? Labour got roughly 39 per cent of the vote on an estimated turnout of 32 per cent. This means around 12 per cent of the eligible electorate voted Labour. To put it another way, 88 per cent of us – the heaving mass of society – did not vote Labour. If that's a good night for Labour, I'd hate to see a bad one.

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02 May 2012
 
 
If I Wanted America to Fail
by Ryan Houck
 sub-topic» General

If I wanted America to fail …

I would prey on the goodness and decency of ordinary Americans.

I would only need to convince them … that all of this is for the greater good.

If I wanted America to fail, I suppose I wouldn’t change a thing.

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18 April 2012
 
 
Obama Gives Coal Miners the Shaft
by Cliff Kincaid
 sub-topic» General

The notion that President Obama is trying to fire up his “base,” as he prepares for a re-election campaign, raises the question of what constitutes his base. It is becoming increasingly clear that the “workers” he is supposedly concerned about are going to be dismissed or ignored so that wealthy environmental groups can be accommodated.

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05 April 2012
 
 
On the home straight in Thurrock
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» General

The polls close at 5pm this Thursday 5 April. No one knows how it will go, but having over 9,000 Pledges signed up locally is a good indication that the people of Thurrock want a referendum on the EU despite their local politicians, like national ones, trying to ignore the issue. We will email the result as soon as we know it.

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04 April 2012
 
 
Bradford's Spring - a peaceful, democratic uprising
by George Galloway MP
 sub-topic» General

The Bradford spring. No matter how seemingly powerful, no corrupted, out-of-touch elite can last forever. The people of Bradford West have spoken, and politics in the city and in this country will never be the same again. Anyone who took part in this historic campaign, or who observed it dispassionately, knew by last weekend that something spectacular was going to take place.

A 5,000 Labour majority was transformed into a 10,000 majority for Respect – the same total vote for me as the outgoing MP had in a general election – winning across every ward in the constituency. It was the most spectacular by-election result in British political history.

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27 March 2012
 
 
'An absolute shocker': Queensland Labor humiliated
by The Brisbane Times
 sub-topic» General

Voters have emphatically ended Labor's rule in Queensland, effectively reducing the trounced government to the status of minor party.

So comprehensive was the LNP election victory under Campbell Newman that Labor has been virtually erased from the Queensland electoral map.

The ALP looks likely to be reduced to just seven of parliament's 89 seats. This would be four fewer seats than that won by One Nation in 1998.

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23 March 2012
 
 
The 99% and the 1%
by Sheldon Richman
 sub-topic» General

So our inquiry is directed to whether 1 percenters make their money through the political means or the economic means. The right answer is “both.” Let’s start by acknowledging that we do not live in a free-market economy, by which I mean an economy based solely on “equality of authority” and voluntary exchange, void of all privilege founded in coercion. Quite the contrary. Corporatist privilege abounds, and so we may reasonably suspect that any large fortune is the result of a combination of the economic and political means. In any individual case one or the other may predominate. Some people are genuine market entrepreneurs. But others are largely political entrepreneurs. Since the State touches all aspects of life, we are talking about matters of degree.

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22 March 2012
 
 
Keep Cool. Don't Panic.
by Claire Wolfe
 sub-topic» General

So keep cool. Don’t panic. “Humanity is Rising.” The so-called powerful, as cruel and dangerous as they are, FEAR US. And in their terror they retreat into a fantasy that modern history has shown to be just that — fantasy. They imagine that they can control the whole world from some centralized Tower of Power.

Day after day after day, our minds slip out of their control. Our parents, our grandparents, respected government. They believed the propaganda about it being Our Wise Protector. They Obeyed. We increasingly see government for exactly what it is.

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15 March 2012
 
 
Moving to UKIP
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» General

I think that everyone who reads this newsletter will understand already why I finally decided to make my move to UKIP. For years I have disagreed fundamentally with the Tory leadership on the EU. They roll out the eurosceptic rhetoric at election time, and then forget all about it.

We had seen too many false dawns and dashed hopes. William Hague; IDS; Michael Howard, and now David Cameron, who has done nothing about the Party's repatriation commitment, and who has told me face-to-face that he doesn't want an EU referendum because we're "better off in the EU"

The irony is that most East Midlands Conservatives broadly agree with me on these issues. That's why they selected me as their #1 euro-candidate three times running. The Tory Party doesn't agree with them. UKIP does.

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08 March 2012
 
 
Quietly, quietly, the Revolution arrives
by Wendy McElroy
 sub-topic» General

The mass of disillusioned fall into two general camps: those who still trust the political method and those who realize politics can bring no value to their lives. The politicos join the Tea Party or its like and campaign to elect the One Man Fit to Rule Us All. The non-politicos realize that no one man is fit to rule and, so, they take control of their own lives. They often do so silently because many of the peaceful, productive activities are illegal or could otherwise rouse the resentment of the bureaucracies they eschew.

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15 February 2012
 
 
PowerPigs
by L. Neil Smith
 sub-topic» General

American powerpigs have bullied, coerced, maimed, murdered, and destroyed their way to wealth and power all over the world since the middle of the 19th century, beginning, of course, with their very own people in the South and the unfortunate former Siberians they found in the West. What they don't understand yet (and quite possibly never will) is that this era of bullying, coercion, maiming, murder, and destruction is about to end abruptly. The rise of the Internet (turning communications ninety degrees from vertical to lateral) and the development by Iran of their own atom bombs only hint at what lies ahead.

The Age of Authority has reached its inevitable and inexorable end. There can be no going back. But between the easy way and the hard way that history appears to be presenting us with, those who still perceive themselves to be in authority seem to be opting for the hard way.

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11 February 2012
 
 
Romney! Romney! Romney!
by Larken Rose
 sub-topic» General

The shortest path from where we are today, to an actually free society, starts with Mitt Romney as President. Now there’s an awesome sentence to take out of context, huh? But it’s true. If you want state worship and blind faith in “government” to crumble, you should try to put the biggest elitist buffoon, the most obviously corrupt liar possible, on the throne. And Mitt Romney sure fits that bill! Go Mitt!

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09 February 2012
 
 
Does Britain Need a Libertarian Party?
by Alexander Baron
 sub-topic» General

Does Britain need a Libertarian Party? I remember discussing this issue on several occasions with the late Chris Tame, and he was firmly against the idea. Having given it some considerable thought over the past few years I can say that I have come to agree with his view that under no circumstances should Libertarians consider forming a political party in Britain. I will add further that all Libertarian parties in other countries should disband forthwith and spend their money in ways that will effectively further the cause of liberty.

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06 February 2012
 
 
First EU Referendum shortlist announced
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» General

Today, the People’s Pledge starts the largest ground campaign for an EU referendum ever held in this country.

There will be a first local referendum in one carefully chosen constituency beginning now, followed by a further 10 later this year, and then another 100 in 2013.

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04 February 2012
 
 
Huhne: you'd need a heart of stone not to laugh
by James Delingpole
 sub-topic» General

It is indeed a singular achievement for one man to rise so high in the reasonably clubbable, popularity-dependent world of politics while yet remaining so heroically charmless in almost every possible way.

But Huhne has managed it. That is why today on this happiest of days, let us all raise our glasses and let joy be unconfined.

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28 January 2012
 
 
Total Recall
by Unlock Democracy
 sub-topic» General

How many jobs do you know where you can’t be fired for five years, even if you don’t do what you promised you would and steal from the till? This is our chance to make sure MPs don’t think they can get away with ignoring us, or just toeing their party’s line.

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25 January 2012
 
 
Resignation Postponed
A short personal statement
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» General

I have always argued that when a Conservative MEP is out of sympathy with Party policy, and unable to defend it, he should resign to make way for another Conservative. I believe that that is the decent and honourable thing to do, and I have sought to do it, but my intention has been frustrated by the Party’s reprehensible prevarication.

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22 December 2011
 
 
Deliver Occupy from its "Friends"
by Kevin Carson
 sub-topic» General

So this time they’re not playing by the old rules. What, exactly, are they trying to accomplish? I believe their significance has to more to do with their form of organization itself — a distributed, self-organized network — as a model of the society they hope to build, than with any concrete demands. In Rowan Wolf’s elegant phrase, “the organizational model … is the carrier wave of the movement.”

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11 December 2011
 
 
End the Big Donor Culture
by Unlock Democracy
 sub-topic» General

It is crucial we take action on capping party donations before the next big scandal erupts. If the result is that political parties will have to live within their means - like everyone else at the moment - so be it. They shouldn’t be able to use the excuse of the economy being in a parlous state as an excuse for more delay. Indeed, at a time of cuts, ensuring the political process isn’t being dominated by vested interests is even more pressing.

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05 December 2011
 
 
Dear Left: Corporatism Is Your Fault
by Jason Brennan
 sub-topic» General

You balk: Isn’t the problem the regressive pro-market post-Reagan politics? Please, people. Let’s be serious a moment. Reagan used a bunch of pro-market, pro-liberty, anti-big government rhetoric, but the man was no libertarian, and he did little to make the country more libertarian. Reagan spent and spent, and thus ran up the debt. He doubled the number of imports with trade restrictions. He pursued militaristic foreign policy. He increased rather than decreased the size, scope, and power of government. Reagan ramped up the war on Americans’ civil liberties drugs. He wasn’t even a big deregulator—that was Carter. Look past rhetoric to reality. Reagan was in practice just a more militaristic version of one of you. (More militaristic? Maybe I’m giving you too much credit. While we spent Black Friday shopping, Obama spent it having his military murder innocent Afghan children.)

Point your fingers at yourself. You did this.

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30 November 2011
 
 
Exposed: Taxpayers fund trade unions to the tune of £113 million a year
by The TaxPayers' Alliance
 sub-topic» General

Our devastating new report reveals the value of direct grants and paid time off that trade unions receive from taxpayers. In the run up to the disruptive strikes on November 30th we expose the staggering £113 million of your money that the unions raked in over the last financial year. There are now at least the equivalent of 2,840 full time staff working on trade union activities or duties at taxpayers’ expense. Taxpayers shouldn’t be funding staff to work for trade unions, providing them with a huge activist base to support strikes and freeing up resources for political campaigns. It is yet another burden on hard pressed families, diverting money they expect to be spent on frontline services. The trade unions should pay for this staff time themselves.

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23 November 2011
 
 
The truth will out on Labor's carbon scam
by Miranda Devine
 sub-topic» General

But no matter how Orwellian the tactics, no matter how many carbon cops are sent into hairdressing salons to interrogate barbers on the precise nature of their price rises, the truth remains: Australia has gone out on a limb, imposing a carbon tax that will send businesses to the wall, cause undue hard-ship to families, and tether Australians more tightly to government handouts.

And soon, we will send billions of dollars overseas to buy useless pieces of paper called carbon credits. Investment bankers, lawyers and carbon traders will get rich, as will all the usual spivs and scam artists ready to stick a bucket under the government spigot raining taxpayer cash.

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22 November 2011
 
 
DAY 3812: SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19TH 2011
by BrianHaw.tv
 sub-topic» General

The facades are crumbling.

And the "cognitive dissonance" that was created by all the lies that have been told by business and government are being revealed.

The people are seeing the reality of the world around them.

Obama cannot provide a very convincing argument that it is democracy that he is delivering around the world, when not only do people see all the videos of police attacking those protesting in the great U S of A, but upon seeing the truth of what is not a democracy, this is in turn, bringing even more people out.

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18 November 2011
 
 
Protesters need a plan, not just a complaint
by Lech Walêsa
 sub-topic» General

In the war of ideas, it's not enough just to be against something; you have to be for something that is sound as well. Before you set out to alter the status quo, you ought to know how to replace it - and you need to be convinced, intellectually and in your heart, that the new system will actually be better.

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17 November 2011
 
 
Corruption as Political Economy
by David S. D'Amato
 sub-topic» General

The fundamental, structural problem with the state, the thing that makes it unworkable in principle, is that it is simply coercive exaction, blackmail and nepotism — i.e., corruption — on a large, organized and legitimized scale. Italy and Greece are mere illustrations of the same general problems that characterize all politicized, hierarchical societies.

How indeed could a nation rationally allocate resources in the forms of time, labor and things of value if individuals and communities are forcibly restricted from doing so themselves? Genuine free markets have no relation whatever to the political capitalism of the global, state-dependent economy.

When dignity and autonomy return to the life of the individual, allowing her to trade with her fellow equals on a mutually-respectful basis, the crises that Europe now hosts with wane and pass away. The state, of course, will have passed away with them, leaving real order and peace behind.

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09 November 2011
 
 
A UK Bill of Rights?
by Unlock Democracy
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The government has set up a Commission on a Bill of Rights to investigate incorporating one into UK law and we’re encouraging people to submit their views to it before the deadline, which is this Friday. Can you spare a few minutes today to tell them your views?

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05 November 2011
 
 
Occupy Wall Street's Lack of Focus
by Tibor R. Machan
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There is no doubt that OWS folks can list numerous general failings that have occurred on Wall Street, plenty of misdeeds that have been perpetrated thereabouts, usually with the support of Washington’s politicians and bureaucrats. Yet there doesn’t appear to be much recognition of this within the ranks of the OWS folks. When they are interviewed they tend to lash out imprecisely, even blindly, and mostly at those in American society who are doing reasonably well, economically. The strategy seems to be to garner the sadly widespread prejudice around the country directed at those in the business community. In other words, OWS appears to be but a current version of the age old mentality and practice of business bashing. This is what fueled much of what the Third Reich was all about, including the deadly anti-Semitism evidenced during that era. While OWS doesn’t show direct hostility to Jews, it does appear to pick on those within the business community, giving the clearly guilty politicians a pass at the same time.

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02 November 2011
 
 
To Strike at the Root, You Have to Find It
by David D'Amato
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As long as there are favors to dispense, privileges grounded in authority and force, a small, inner circle of the rich will purchase access to them at our loss and their advantage. This is not the nature of the current manifestation of the state, but of the state itself.

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01 November 2011
 
 
Depoliticize Everything
by Stephen Mauzy
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Politics and government twist the overwhelming advantages of our unique desires and skills into conflict. Instead of each of us going his own way to satisfy his needs and earning a living satisfying other people's needs in a manner each of us finds most accommodating, we are forced to choose between suboptimal options imposed by institutions. Politics distills options to the most ascetic elements when a cornucopia should prevail.

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29 October 2011
 
 
Gaddafi's Execution: A Wake-ip Call for Americans?
by Jacob G. Hornberger
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Ironically, the powers now wielded by the federal government, post 9/11, are the same types of powers wielded by such Middle East dictators as Gaddafi, Egypt’s Mubarak, and Syria’s Assad. Perhaps that’s not surprising, given that the U.S government specifically selected these brutal dictatorships to serve as torture partners with the U.S. government. All three of those dictatorships tortured suspected terrorists on request of the U.S. government, without even the semblance of a trial to determine guilt or innocence.

Perhaps the brutal execution of Muammar Gaddafi will be a wake-up call for Americans, causing them to ask themselves a fundamentally important question: What are U.S. imperialism and the resulting “war on terrorism” doing to us, both as Americans and as human beings?

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25 October 2011
 
 
The Evil 1%
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
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The State is everybody’s enemy. Why don’t the protesters get this? Because they are victims of propaganda by the State, doled out in public school, that attempts to blame all human suffering on private parties and free enterprise. They do not comprehend that the real enemy is the institution that brainwashes them to think the way they do.

They are right that society is rife with conflicts, and that the contest is wildly lopsided. It is indeed the 99% vs. the 1%. They’re just wrong about the identity of the enemy.

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22 October 2011
 
 
Breaking News: Cameron Shuts Out Public on EU Vote after mass lobby was planned of Parliament
by The People's Pledge
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Mark Seddon Director of the People’s Pledge said: ‘It’s no coincidence that the government has brought forward the vote after we announced that our tens of thousands of supporters would be mobilised to lobby their MPs. This is an outrageous attempt to stifle debate and peaceful protest. Not only does the government want to not have our referendum on the EU, but they want to shut down the debate altogether.'

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21 October 2011
 
 
Historic EU Referendum vote in Parliament: Follow Our Three Steps to Take Control
by The People's Pledge
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The next 7 days are vital and we need as many of you to get involved as possible. To generate maximum pressure on MPs don’t just complete one of these steps; please do all three, and forward this email as widely as possible.

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17 October 2011
 
 
'Occupiers' Should Look Beyond Wall Street
by Fred L. Smith, Jr.
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Were the Occupiers and Partiers to find common ground in demanding repeal of all the special-interest policies that now entangle politics and business, competition would force the fat cats to diet and weed out those businessmen who rely on political clout to enrich themselves. After all, capitalism exists to allocate capital. Crony-capitalism misallocates it. Freeing the economy from that burden would make Wall Street investments more productive, allowing the American economy the opportunity to rebound.

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15 October 2011
 
 
Changing of the Guards
by Chris Floyd
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There’s nothing mystical about it. These eruptions are brought into being by a coalescence of unimaginably vast and varied elements, on every level of human life in the natural world. And they aren’t clearly defined, like cut glass, but amorphous, shifting, mixed, volatile, like a chemical reaction — a process, an elan vital, not a fixed property or party platform.

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13 October 2011
 
 
From Arab Spring to Fall Revolution
by Kevin Carson
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Forty years ago, the hippies and the New Left swam upstream against the dominant technological and institutional trends of their day. Today, we have that technological tide on our side, and we’ll eat the giant bureaucratic institutions alive like a school of piranha. We’ll display their bleeding heads on our battlements.

It’s a new world in the making — I just hope I live long enough to see how it comes out.

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03 October 2011
 
 
Next Up: Restrictions on Gold Buying?
by Bob Bauman
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With rioting in their streets and Greece teetering on the brink of a massive debt default; with the EU seriously wondering about its and the euro’s future (if any), are gold buying restrictions part of an international governmental plot leading to confiscation of precious metals?

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03 September 2011
 
 
Bureaucrats Have Gone Rogue
by Marlo Lewis, Jr.
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The E.P.A.’s power grab is only the most extreme example of a larger malady: regulation without representation. Today, agencies not only develop regulatory proposals, but also enact the rules, based on analyses they themselves conduct.

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12 August 2011
 
 
The Convoy of no confidence is amassing towards Canberra
by Jo Nova
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Something beautiful is unfolding. From all over Australia, people whose businesses and jobs are being driven into the ground by spectacular government mismanagement are gathering to drive from the corners of the continent to converge on Canberra to demand an election.

The productive class may not have easy rent-a-crowds for rallies and chirpy letter campaigns, but they have something that the keen teens do not — they have capital assets — in this case, assets that move.

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05 August 2011
 
 
Madison's Ghost
by L. Neil Smith
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I will be careful, I promise. But if there's any decency left in this land, I'm in no danger. As my readers all know, I do not advocate the initiation of violence against anybody for any reason. In fact, I took a formal oath to that effect many years before most of them were born. The Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor in the defense of what they stood for; to be willing to do less would make me feel like some kind of insect crawling in the baseboards.

The country that I serve is freedom, and I can only do what I must.

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23 July 2011
 
 
Metcrimes: UK top cop leaves ... skid marks
Stephenson: A Top Flop
by BrianHaw.tv
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In any event, a terribly British version of an Arab "Spring" seems to be taking place in the UK.

The revolution really will be televised (mainly on Sky News?) and being terribly British, no-one will even need to get off their backsides, while several scalps are offered up to the people. Then the powers that be, will announce that once again all is well, etc etc etc, as they all carry on with "business as usual".

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20 July 2011
 
 
Obama still in trouble, but so is the country
by CLS
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So, while this poll gives the GOP some cause for hope, they should remember that generic Republicans are not offensive, but real Republicans are. Come on, think about it: someone like Santorum or Bachmann is almost entirely offensive. Palin would send half the voters in fits of hysterical laughter. The independents are not likely to go for a theocrat. Befuddled old conservatives are not really that hot, and Ron Paul really doesn't intend to run for president anyway—just fund raise so he has a hefty fund to "donate" to his own 501(c)3. Sadly Paul would actively be undercutting the libertarian Gary Johnson.

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11 July 2011
 
 
In whidh I violate the alleged Supreme Law of the Land
by Thomas L. Knapp
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At no point have I authorized the Congress of the United States to borrow money in my name or on my behalf. Nor have I at any time co-signed said loans, guaranteed said loans, or agreed to repay any portion of said loans.

If the (occasionally rotating/shifting) group of 537 persons composing the US House of Representatives, the US Senate, the Vice President of the United States and the President of the United States want to repay the debts they've incurred (or intend to incur if they can get their act together), hey, that's just peachy (as long as they do so from their personal wealth, rather than through some kind of program of organized theft).

If they want to default on it instead, that's between them and their creditors.

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05 July 2011
 
 
Why the Left Fears Libertarianism
by Anthony Gregory
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But libertarianism, however weak its influence today, is a much greater long-term threat to the left than is any form of conservatism, and the leftist intellectuals sense this even if they can’t articulate why. Leftism, whether they know it or not, is a distorted permutation of the classical liberal tradition. The statist left did their deal with the devil – the nation-state, centralized authority of the most rapacious kind – supposedly with the goal of expediting the liberation of the common man and leveling the playing field. More than a century since the progressives and socialists twisted liberalism into an anti-liberty, pro-state ideology, they see that they have made a huge mess of the world, that, as they themselves complain, social inequality persists, corporatism flourishes, and wars rage on. As the chief political architects of the 20th century in the West, they have no one to blame but themselves, and so they target us – the true liberals, the ones who never let go of authentic liberal idealism, love of the individual dignity and rights of every man, woman and child, regardless of nationality or class, and hatred of state violence and coercive authoritarianism in all its forms.

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29 June 2011
 
 
It's not economy that's fragile; it's freedom
by Robert J. Grant
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In a free country we would care little who the president is, provided that he conducts himself in a dignified manner, is a competent administrator, and can manage the national defense. The president would not have the power to “radically transform” the country, nor would he have the power to transfer wealth from one group arbitrarily to another. Donations to his election campaign would be commensurately small.

In a free country we would not suffer from the illusion that our economy is “fragile.” Our experience would show us that our economy is not a thing in itself but a very real reflection of our virtues and social relations. It is our freedom that is fragile.

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24 June 2011
 
 
If only Britain's politicians were on the side of the ordinary people - and not the green fanatics and their council jobsworths
by Stephen Glover
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Now Mr Pickles has been overruled by the bossy-sounding Mrs Spelman and is reported to be furious — though not so furious that he is thinking about resigning. And, to be fair, why should he? If a minister in the Coalition stood down every time a pledge was broken, there wouldn't be anyone left.

But I do worry that this habit of making promises to win votes, and then almost casually breaking them, is likely to be injurious to democracy.

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20 June 2011
 
 
The Answer
by EQUAL Party USA
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We The decent People of our country must unify, win, and govern. After we unify, here's how we win:

1. Our Core Group of honest, open citizens (you and me) will be voted into office to replace all national elected leaders.

2. We win by Write-In voting, enforced by We The People.

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19 June 2011
 
 
Ghana's Mobile SIM Card Deactivation Time-Bomb
by IMANIGhana.org
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July 1st 2011 will see the curtailment of mobile phone services for subscribers who have unregistered SIM cards. A time space of 18 months prior to the June 30th deadline had been given for registration. The given and main rationale for Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) registration cards is to ensure that criminals, agent provocateurs and other such elements will not have the technology at their disposal for their activities.

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15 June 2011
 
 
Should the State Decide What Clothes Children Are Allowed to Wear?
by Sean Gabb
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Most people who complain about what is happening have no idea of how to stop it. They usually whine about “political correctness gone mad,” or call on the authorities to learn some common sense. Neither approach touches the root of the problem. What is being done is not some accidental madness, but is part of an overall agenda of social control. The abuses we read about in the newspapers are the intended outcomes. As for common sense, this is not a debate, in which positions can be advanced and rejected in the abstract. I have said there are jobs involved in this agenda of social control. There are tens of thousands of people whose only justification for employment or funding at our expense is the part they play in controlling us. The only answer to the endless advance of moral authoritarianism is to sack every one of these people. In short, we need to demand the following:

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18 May 2011
 
 
Cameron's price for saving his Coalition: the destruction of Britain
by James Delingpole
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But if what it says is even half way true, then David Cameron has made the most unforgivably damaging decision of his entire political career. It will delay our economic recovery, lay waste the British countryside and cement Cameron’s reputation as a man driven not by principle (as, say, Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill were) but by a grubby, son-of-Blair urge to keep clinging on to power at no matter what cost to the country at large.

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08 May 2011
 
 
Shut me up? Here's how...
by Kent McManigal
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How about this: You stop making it necessary for me to defend my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness/property from your goverthugs and "laws" and I'll shut up. I don't want to think about The State or any other idiotic superstition, but I have no choice when you make it a constant threat. Keep your filthy government to yourself!

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06 May 2011
 
 
Progressives are Reactionaries
by Tibor R. Machan
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Sure the statism embraced by contemporary liberals, socialists, fascists and the like is somewhat different from the older kind, from mercantilism, from monarchism, from the rule of Caesars and tsars. Not all statists are the same. But what is crucial about all of them is that they are statists. They do not favor certain particular version of statism such as monarchism that had been demoted, overturned by way of the American revolution. The Founders were nearly libertarians except for some matters they probably didn’t know how to handle without some coercive laws, such as the funding of law enforcement and maintenance via taxation. But taxation is the feudal kin of serfdom–the treatment of those in a society as if they and their resources belonged to the government. That idea is not new at all, nothing progressive about it whatever. It is however the idea that is close to socialism in which system all the major means of production are publicly owned, belonging to government (which goes by the euphemism of “the public”). And what does socialism see as the major means of production in a society? Human labor. So human labor–which is to say every human being–is owned by the state. The hallmark of serfdom and slavery.

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