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In the News:

1) Iraq: Regime forces reach Tigris in Mosul as suicide bombs hit Baghdad
2) Wikileaks to respond to CIA report on Monday
3) US: Congress certifies Electoral College results
4) Israel: Four soldiers killed, 17 injured in truck attack
5) CA: SpaceX delays return launch due to weather
6) Cruz meets with Taiwanese president, blasts China
7) Trump tweets his anger that Kellyanne Conway interview cut short
8) Psychologist: Smoking cannabis is healthier than obesity
9) North Korea’s missile testing called “serious threat” to US
10) McConnell: Democrats need to “grow up,” confirm Trump nominees
11) Report: US dropped more than 26,000 bombs in 2016
12) Theresa May: UK cannot keep “bits” of EU membership
13) Ivory Coast: Fresh gunfire as officials seek end to mutiny
14) UK: Israeli embassy apologizes for official’s call to “take down” British pol
15) Mexico: Suspect arrested in shooting of US consular official
16) Despite being illegal in most of the US, legal pot sales booming more than Dot-Com era
17) US federal regime moves to seize greater control over local election infrastructure
18) US Federal Trade Commission gang sues D-Link over alleged security flaws
19) Hundreds of US tanks arrive in Europe to support NATO anti-Russian buildup
20) FBI exposed for letting child predators walk free just to keep its hacking tool secret

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Nat Hentoff, 1925-2017
22) Life and death in today’s Chicago
23) The shallow state
24) Sheriffs as slavemasters: Will inmate labor be used to build Trump’s wall?
25) Why it makes sense that police are outlaws
26) Democrats who oppose Betsy DeVos have nothing to lose
27) In praise of political apathy
28) NPR Marketplace blows a chance to teach sound economics
29) Committing to commercial space launch
30) Question: What’s a good question?
31) Is any concept in economics as prodigious a source of misunderstanding and mischief as is “the trade deficit?”
32) You have two Chows
33) The GOP is trying to kill you
34) Purge the CIA
35) We think leisure’s a good thing too but we do note that it is is luxury
36) Milton Friedman: The compromise candidate
37) Republicans want revenge for Obamacare and it’s making them do stupid things
38) How to make new drugs more affordable
39) Did the Libertarian Party blow it in 2016?
40) Trump must expose Obama-era power grabs
41) A messy march of folly to Brexit, and beyond
42) What do you do for money, honey
43) Gracian’s aphorism #207: Be moderate.
44) The Ottoman Empire and libertarianism
45) No right to free water — except for Nestle
46) A libertarian solution to climate change
47) The Elon Musk myth looks to contaminate Texas
48) Algorithm and blues: Why Hillary’s Moneyball strategy failed
49) How they will “fix” the Fort Lauderdale “problem”
50) Look twice
51) Science fiction and the humanity of the libertarian ethos
52) Government must stop protecting cow milk producers from competition
53) Bakers Dozen (TM) — markers of a truly free society
54) Ditch the CIA, the Pentagon, and the NSA
55) US envy of Russia’s mid-east leadership is toxic

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Libertarians support individual rights not states’ rights
57) The Jason Stapleton Program, 01/06/17
58) Felony Friday, episode 53
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 819
60) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 111
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/06/17
62) Panel discussion: Introduction to voluntaryism
63) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/06/17
64) spiked podcast, 01/07/17
65) Free Talk Live, 01/07/17

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***** In the News *****

1) Iraq: Regime forces reach Tigris in Mosul as suicide bombs hit Baghdad
Source: Reuters

“Iraqi special forces battling Islamic State reached the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Mosul on Sunday for the first time in a three-month, U.S-backed offensive to capture the city from the militants, who still control its entire western half. The group also claimed attacks at two Baghdad markets in which 20 people were killed, the latest in a spate of bombings, tactics to which Islamic State is resorting as it comes under pressure in Mosul, its last major stronghold in Iraq.” (01/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-mosul-idUSKBN14S0LP

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2) Wikileaks to respond to CIA report on Monday
Source: Raw Story

“Transparency group WikiLeaks said late Saturday it would hold a press conference Monday morning in response to the U.S. intelligence report published last week which said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacks related to the U.S. 2016 election race in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump win. The declassified assessment by the NSA, CIA and FBI published Friday said Russian hackers relayed the information to WikiLeaks which then published the emails.” (01/08/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/wikileaks-to-respond-to-cia-report-on-monday

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3) US: Congress certifies Electoral College results
Source: CNN

“Donald Trump was formally certified as the winner of the presidential election Friday, after handful of congressman tried to object during the tally of Electoral College votes, a desperate gambit quickly squashed by Vice President Joe Biden. Vice President Joe Biden repeatedly told objecting congressman that their attempt to disrupt the usually staid moment that their objections were invalid because they did not have the signature of a United States senator. Biden, at times exasperated by the scene, at one point cautioned his fellow Democrats: ‘It is over.'” (01/06/17)

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/06/politics/electoral-college-vote-objections/

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4) Israel: Four soldiers killed, 17 injured in truck attack
Source: New York Daily News

“Four Israeli soldiers were killed and 17 others injured Sunday when a Palestinian man with suspected ISIS ties slammed his truck into them at a popular Jerusalem tourist spot, marking the deadliest single attack in Israel in more than a year. Fadi Qunbar, 28, of East Jerusalem, committed the deadly attack along a popular overlook in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood that provides a sweeping vista of the city, according to authorities.” (01/08/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/truck-strikes-israeli-soldiers-leave-bus-killing-4-article-1.294003

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5) CA: SpaceX delays return launch due to weather
Source: KTLA 5 News

“SpaceX postponed a scheduled launch of its Falcon 9 rocket Sunday because of high winds and rain at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch would have been the company’s first since a launch-pad explosion destroyed another rocket last September at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.” (01/08/17)

http://ktla.com/2017/01/08/spacex-delays-rocket-launch-at-california-base-due-to-bad-weather/

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6) Cruz meets with Taiwanese president, blasts China
Source: Fox News

“Texas Sen. Ted Cruz scolded China for trying to quash his meeting with the Taiwanese president on Sunday, the second time in just over a month a prominent Republican has publicly poked the People’s Republic over a communication with the contested island nation. Cruz and Texas’ Republican Gov. Greg Abbott were among the officials who met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen as she stopped in Houston during a trip to the Americas. ‘The People’s Republic of China needs to understand that in America we make decisions about meeting with visitors for ourselves,’ Cruz said in a statement obtained by the Texas Tribune. ‘This is not about the PRC. This is about the U.S. relationship with Taiwan, an ally we are legally bound to defend. The Chinese do not give us veto power over those with whom they meet. We will continue to meet with anyone, including the Taiwanese, as we see fit.'” (01/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/08/cruz-meets-with-taiwanese-president-blasts-china.html

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7) Trump tweets his anger that Kellyanne Conway interview cut short
Source: USA Today

“President-elect Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter on Sunday against NBC’s Meet the Press, saying the show edited out nine minutes of a 10-minute interview that host Chuck Todd did with Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s top counselor. ‘Kellyanne Conway went to @MeetThePress this morning for an interview with @chucktodd. Dishonest media cut out 9 of her 10 minutes. Terrible!,’ Trump tweeted. Meet the Press tweeted out a link to the full interview with Conway, which Trump then re-tweeted.” (01/08/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/01/08/trump-tweets-his-anger-kellyanne-conway-interview-cut-short/96315016

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8) Psychologist: Smoking cannabis is healthier than obesity
Source: Smell the Truth

“An addiction to either food or drugs can both lead to poor health, but according to notable psychologist Gary L. Wenk, people are better off smoking weed than smoking ham. Wenk, a distinguished psychology professor at the Ohio State University and Medical Center, recently penned an article for Psychology Today explaining why obesity is worse for both the body and brain than frequently using marijuana. ‘An overwhelming body of evidence across a wide spectrum of medical disciplines strongly argues that obesity accelerates the aging process, impairs overall cognitive function and, ultimately, is responsible for numerous processes that kill you,’ says Wenk. Smoking marijuana doesn’t lead to such dire consequences, Wenk explains. It might even provide benefits to your health instead.” (01/05/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/01/05/smoking-marijuana-is-healthier-than-obesity-says-leading-psychologist

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9) North Korea’s missile testing called “serious threat” to US
Source: Reuters

“North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities and ballistic missile defense programs constitute a ‘serious threat’ to the United States, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Sunday. The United States is prepared to shoot down a North Korean missile launch or test ‘if it were coming towards our territory or the territory of our friends and allies,’ Carter said during an appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.'” (01/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-usa-idUSKBN14S0ST

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10) McConnell: Democrats need to “grow up,” confirm Trump nominees
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Republicans are vowing to press ahead with confirmation hearings this week for Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees despite the concerns of a federal watchdog that their complex backgrounds are slowing required ethics reviews. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday that there are no plans to alter a packed confirmation calendar, but he vowed that no nominee will earn an up-or-down vote until the requisite background checks are completed by the FBI and a federal ethics office.” (01/08/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-mitch-mcconnell-trump-cabinet-nominees-20170108-story.html

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11) Report: US dropped more than 26,000 bombs in 2016
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016, according to new figures from the Council on Foreign Relations. That number marks a 13 percent increase from the number of bombs dropped in 2015. As the Graphiq data visualization shows, U.S. airstrikes were conducted in seven countries throughout the year, although the majority of these (nearly 93 percent) occurred in Syria and Iraq. The number of U.S. bombed dropped in Afghanistan also increased in 2016 to a total of 1,337. However, U.S. bombing totals decreased in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan in the last two years. The rise in U.S. bombing abroad coincides with increased violence by the Islamic State, which remains the primary target of U.S. airstrikes in the Middle East and Africa. The U.S. engaged in military campaigns against several Islamic State strongholds in 2016, including the Iraqi city of Mosul and the city of Raqqa in Syria. ISIS attacks also escalated, with massacres occurring on a larger global scale.” (01/06/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2017/01/06/us-dropped-more-than-26000-bombs-in-2016-primarily-in-syria-and-iraq

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12) Theresa May: UK cannot keep “bits” of EU membership
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The UK cannot expect to hold on to ‘bits’ of its membership after leaving the EU, Theresa May has said. The prime minister’s comment came after she was asked whether she would ‘prioritise’ controlling immigration over staying in the single market. She told Sky News her approach was not ‘muddled,’ following criticism by the UK’s former EU ambassador. Mrs May, whose critics have demanded more detail of her aims, promised to provide this in ‘the coming weeks.’ But Labour urged the prime minister to give “more clarity” ahead of the ‘most important negotiations for a generation.’ Brexit talks with the EU are expected to begin as early as April.” (01/08/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38546820

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13) Ivory Coast: Fresh gunfire as officials seek end to mutiny
Source: Epoch Times

“A witness in Bouake, Ivory Coast’s second-largest city, says gunfire has been heard for a second day in as security officials prepare to meet with disgruntled soldiers who staged a mutiny over pay and other conditions. Moussa Fofana, a taxi driver in Bouake, said Saturday the latest shooting began at 3 a.m. and continued sporadically for several hours before dying down. Soldiers launched their mutiny early Friday by opening fire at a military camp and in the streets of Bouake. Similar unrest was reported in other cities including Daloa in the west and Korhogo in the north.” (01/07/17)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2207650-fresh-gunfire-in-ivory-coast-as-officials-seek-end-to-mutiny/

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14) UK: Israeli embassy apologizes for official’s call to “take down” British pol
Source: Toronto Star [Canada]

“Israel’s embassy in Britain apologized Sunday after an employee was recorded saying he wanted to ‘take down’ a U.K. government minister who has criticized Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank. The Mail on Sunday newspaper published footage of senior political officer Shai Masot saying Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan was causing ‘a lot of problems.’ The meeting between Masot and an aide to a British Conservative lawmaker at a London restaurant was covertly filmed by a journalist for Qatari-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera, posing as a pro-Israel activist.” (01/08/17)

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/01/08/israel-apologizes-for-embassy-officials-call-to-take-down-uk-minister.html

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15) Mexico: Suspect arrested in shooting of US consular official
Source: Yahoo! News

“The Mexican authorities have arrested the alleged gunman who shot and wounded an official from the US consulate in the western city of Guadalajara, prosecutors said Sunday. The official was shot on Friday in a brazen attack by a man wearing a black wig and a blue nurse uniform outside a shopping center’s garage in Mexico’s second biggest city. A special unit ‘detained the attacker of the consular official,’ the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office said on Twitter, without specifying when he was caught or a possible motive for the attack.” (01/08/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-arrests-suspect-shooting-us-consular-official-163150223.html

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16) Despite being illegal in most of the US, legal pot sales booming more than Dot-Com era
Source: The Free Thought Project

“Legal cannabis sales have exploded in North America, experiencing unprecedented 30 percent growth in 2016, totaling a massive $6.7 billion — a greater and faster economic boom than even the oft-heralded dot-com era. Even more positive — particularly for cannabis purveyors and eager consumers — Forbes reports, assuming compound annual growth of 25 percent, sales are projected to top $20.2 billion in just the next four years.” (01/08/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/legal-weed-boom-growth-billions/

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17) US federal regime moves to seize greater control over local election infrastructure
Source: Newsweek

“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday designated U.S. election infrastructure as critical, widening the options the government has to protect [sic] voting machines from cyber attacks. The decision, announced in a statement by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, followed a 2016 presidential campaign marred by [propaganda asserting] that hackers could disrupt the election.” [editor’s note: In other words, election systems will be made more vulnerable by an imposed one-size-fits-all system operated by a secretive state bureaucracy. This isn’t a way to “protect” election infrastructure FROM cyber attacks. It IS a cyber attack on election infrastructure – TLK] (01/07/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/homeland-security-widens-election-infrastructure-protections-540079

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18) US Federal Trade Commission gang sues D-Link over alleged security flaws
Source: CNet News

“The Federal Trade Commission is taking D-Link to court, accusing the company of poor security practices for its routers, web cameras, baby monitors and other products. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco’s district court, argues that D-Link failed to meet security standards from 2007, leaving widespread vulnerabilities open to hackers. The commission alleges that D-Link coded easy to crack login credentials into its camera software, enabling hackers to easily spy on the company’s customers.” [editor’s note: Keep in mind that the FTC doesn’t represent D-Link’s customers, it represents its own interests – TLK] (01/06/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/d-link-lawsuit-ftc-security-hackers/

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19) Hundreds of US tanks arrive in Europe to support NATO anti-Russian buildup
Source: Ron Paul Institute

“As we reported yesterday, Lithuania confirmed the presence of U.S. special forces inside its territory, stating the deployment’s purpose is to train local forces and act as a deterrent against Russian aggression. Supposedly, the move is in response to a ‘escalation’ by Vladimir Putin, who has been deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad located in the heart of central Europe. This move has prompted the neighboring Baltic states to become ‘highly concerned’ about Russian military activity.” (01/06/17)

http://ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2017/january/06/hundreds-of-us-tanks-arrive-in-europe-to-support-nato-anti-russian-buildup/

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20) FBI exposed for letting child predators walk free just to keep its hacking tool secret
Source: The Free Thought Project

“The Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Department of Justice would rather let hardened pedophiles go free than to turn over information related to their methods of gathering evidence against such suspects. In some cases, the FBI has reportedly run porn sites in order to gather information on child porn seekers. And in other instances, the FBI has infected suspects’ computers with malware, all in an effort to gather the evidence necessary for a conviction. Labeled ‘The Playpen,’ the FBI’s kiddie porn sting operation on Friday saw the latest suspect to walk free.” (01/07/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/fbi-child-predators-free-hacking/

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

21) Nat Hentoff, 1925-2017
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“Nat Hentoff, the prolific critic, journalist, and civil libertarian, passed away yesterday at age 91. His son Nick reports that he ‘died surrounded by family listening to Billie Holiday,’ which I suspect is exactly how he would have wanted to go. Hentoff wrote many things, from young adult novels to the sleeve notes of an early Bob Dylan album. But he was most famous for two great passions: his defenses of the Bill of Rights, especially Amendment One, and his enthusiastic writing about music, especially jazz. When people talk about old-school liberals who’d defend to the death your right to say anything you want, chances are good that Hentoff is the fellow they’ve got in mind.” (01/08/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/08/nat-hentoff-19252017

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22) Life and death in today’s Chicago
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Crime of the sort that Chicago suffers, exactly like street-level terrorism, is a diffuse problem. Unlike the organized crime of the Al Capone days, it doesn’t have a head that you can cut off, a structure that you can disrupt. Respecting everybody’s fundamental right to self-defense — to obtain and carry the means of self-defense — is the diffuse solution. The cops can’t be everywhere, but the people of a great city already are. … Victim disarmament (gun control) is the pathological product of a class of disturbed individuals (and their cowardly, gullible, and stupid supporters) who do not trust the very people who put them in office, and would much rather allow massive crime to reign, than give up the sick psycho-sexual pleasure of wielding power over them.” (01/08/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle905-20170108-02.html

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23) The shallow state
Source: Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

“Phil Ebersole has blogged a clip of Chuck Schumer warning Trump to not mess with the CIA. While I have no doubt that the CIA is a scary and occasionally competent organization, I’m no longer convinced that the ‘Deep State’ means much in the US. Or, at least, I’m not convinced that it’s on the side of Democratic technocrats the way that they thought it was. For all I know, Hillary Clinton may have turned off key elements of the Deep State on a purely personal level, but surely they are Deep enough to understand that their interests are less about an individual’s personality and more about broad policy sympathies. If we had a Deep State with interests broadly aligned with … everything that the US establishment has been doing for the last few decades, they would surely understand that Clinton would be better for them than Trump, and they surely would have acted on her behalf. (Isn’t the essence of a Deep State that it can get what it wants?)” (01/06/17)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2017/01/06/19431

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24) Sheriffs as slavemasters: Will inmate labor be used to build Trump’s wall?
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“The tyrannical measures that had provoked the American rebellion, wrote Burke, threatened liberty throughout Britain’s dominions. Once imposed in a time of crisis, he explained, they ‘may be advanced further and further at pleasure, on the same argument of mere expediency.’ Thomas Hodgson is a sheriff of Bristol — in this case, Bristol County, Massachusetts — and a very different kind of ‘public servant’ from those to whom Burke sent his message. Indeed, he seems to embody the preference for authoritarian expediency that Burke condemned, as demonstrated by his suggestion that the federal government should conscript prison labor to build Donald Trump’s proposed border wall.” (01/06/17)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2017/01/sheriffs-as-slavemasters-will-inmate.html

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25) Why it makes sense that police are outlaws
Source: Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

“Take a moment and ponder what would happen if cops were actually held accountable to the letter of the written codes and statutes (let’s us, at least, not dignify them by calling them ‘laws,’ but rather, leave that designation where it belongs — to science) as they exist. I think it’s fairly clear to see that if such were the case, many more of them would be fired, sued, fined, and jailed than currently are. And that would invariably mean fewer cops — both in the initial purge, and in terms of future hiring. Let’s not forget that, as in virtually all things governmental, it’s the most sociopathic and psychopathic elements of society who are predominantly attracted towards such taxpayer-financed positions of hard-to-ever-challenge power. Making such venal individuals open to full liability greatly reduces the appeal of such occupations to them.” (01/06/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/why-it-makes-sense-that-police-are-outlaws

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26) Democrats who oppose Betsy DeVos have nothing to lose
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“In ‘an unprecedented break’ from tradition, Democrats in the US Senate are expected to challenge as many as eight of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, including Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education, according to a report by the Washington Post. The opposition to DeVos, Politico reports, comes from ‘more than a dozen Democratic senators from all wings of the party’ who ‘will portray DeVos’ views as being outside the education mainstream.’ The non-mainstream ‘views’ Politico cites include her ‘bankrolling efforts to create state voucher programs’ and to expand a ‘loosely-regulated charter school sector’ in Michigan, her home state. The Senators are ‘also intent on drawing attention to her lack of experience in a traditional public school setting. DeVos has never worked as a public school teacher or superintendent, nor has she sent her own kids to public schools.’ … It’s true that the opposition to DeVos is a radical departure from what’s happened in the past.” (01/06/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170106/democrats-who-oppose-betsy-devos-have-nothing-to-lose

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27) In praise of political apathy
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Marco den Ouden

“My children are both non-voters. They have little to no interest in politics. To them it is a big waste of time. They have more important things to do — like develop careers, enjoy the company of friends, have a good time and just live their lives. Some, on both the left and the right, would condemn them as apathetic. The leftists have decried political apathy for years. They cry in their beer whenever there is a low voter turnout, which is fairly often. Why can’t people care more? Why can’t they get involved in public affairs? They feel miffed that not everyone sees politics as important. And some want to institute mandatory voting. Vote, by God, or we’ll steal your money (fine you). If you resist that, we’ll throw you in a cage. They don’t care who you vote for. They just want you to acknowledge that politics is important. Well, it isn’t.” (01/07/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/praise-political-apathy

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28) NPR Marketplace blows a chance to teach sound economics
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“This week, thanks to the Independent Institute (which lists me as a research fellow), I was interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace (American Public Media) for a piece on Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on goods that come from China. (It’s the first story for the January 3 show here at 2:44.) The interviewer wanted to look back at the effects of the Reagan administration’s protectionist policies against Japan. (In 1988 I wrote a paper for the Cato Institute on Reagan’s appalling protectionism.) I’ve done many media interviews, but this one really drove home the media’s lack of interest in informing their listeners and viewers on important economic topics. Of course, the producers of the show would themselves have to understand economics in order separate what’s important from what’s unimportant. This may be a case of the blind leading the blind.” (01/06/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/tgif/tgif-npr-blows-chance-teach-sound-economics/

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29) Committing to commercial space launch
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joshua Hampson

“With the dawn of a new year, SpaceX is resolving to restart its commercial space launches. After a pause of four months to investigate the explosion of one of its rockets, the commercial launch company announced plans to resume launches on January 8. Last September’s accident sparked concerns about the safety of using commercial launch companies. With a new administration coming into office this month, and its signaled interest in space policy, it is important to highlight how essential a robust commercial space launch industry is to American interests.” (01/06/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/committing-commercial-space-launch/

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30) Question: What’s a good question?
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“What should reporters ask President-elect Donald Trump at his first post-election press conference scheduled for Jan. 11? The answer isn’t as simple as it may seem. Trump has not held a formal news conference for six months. He postponed until January the news conference promised for December. He refers to the press on Twitter as ‘the dishonest media.’ Trump seems to enjoy sparring with the media more than responding to the media. Richard Grenell, who served as U.S. spokesman at the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration, believes the press shoulders its own special burden — having to ‘get their credibility back.’ He sees the 2016 vote as a repudiation of ‘the D.C. media circuit,’ which generally opposed Trump.” (01/08/17)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/01/08/question-whats-a-good-question-n2267969

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31) Is any concept in economics as prodigious a source of misunderstanding and mischief as is “the trade deficit?”
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“In this real world of ours with nearly 200 different countries, most of which are woven together into a single global economy, there is no more reason to expect that we Americans will over time sell as much to the Chinese as we buy from the Chinese than there is to expect that, say, General Motors will over time sell as much to Goodyear as General Motors buys from Goodyear. And just as General Motors would be foolish to restrict its purchases from Goodyear on the grounds that Goodyear annually spends less on outputs sold by G.M. than G.M. spends on outputs sold by Goodyear, it would be foolish for us Americans to restrict our purchases of outputs sold by the Chinese on the grounds that the Chinese annually spend less on outputs sold by us than we spend on outputs sold by the Chinese.” (01/07/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/01/41958.html

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32) You have two Chows
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

“You have two Wows. You’ve composed two songs. You think they’re the best things since sliced bacon. You spent decades educating yourself to become a songwriter, and weeks creating these two songs. You release one, and it starts to sell well. Then someone takes a copy of what you sold them, and starts to sell your song, taking away most of your potential new customers. Have you lost any of your property? Some say no. You still have the original recording, after all. But you’ve lost the ability to sell your song, and so its utility to you. Through someone else’s willed action, you’ve lost access to the market for one of your Wows. Is that OK? Some wowsers who call themselves libertarians say there’s no such thing as intellectual property. I disagree. Indeed, to me the case for rights in intellectual property seems, perhaps, even a little stronger than for rights in physical property.” (01/07/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/01/07/you-have-two-chows/

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33) The GOP is trying to kill you
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“The Purge movies revolve around a relatively simple premise: A shady regime–comprised almost entirely of wealthy white men–has come to power in a not-too-distant United States. Their hallmark policy is the titular purge, said to foster low crime rates and widespread prosperity via an annual night of cathartic bloodletting. At least that’s their side of the story. The way the purge actually works is that the wealthy (those who can afford to hire private militias) hunt down the poor for sport. Those in dire poverty, often communities of color, are most vulnerable. The middle classes, which can afford weapons, help pick off the poor or shutter up their apartments, praying that hired guns don’t come knocking down the door. The winners are the regime, and the ranks of the ultra-wealthy from which it emerged. The losers? Everyone else.” [editor’s note: Funny how this scenario has been alleged for decades, on a private island, only with both Ds and Rs allegedly shooting people, not just raping children – SAT] (01/06/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19781/the-gop-is-trying-to-kill-you

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34) Purge the CIA
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified at a hearing on ‘Russian interference’ in the election that there’s a difference between ‘skepticism’ of the intelligence community’s assessment and ‘disparagement’ of said community. While stopping short of asking for a ‘safe space,’ this admitted liar used the opportunity to cry on the shoulders of Donald Trump’s assembled enemies: ‘We’re not perfect,’ he burbled, but hey everybody makes mistakes. Clapper’s remarks were clearly aimed at Trump, who has tweeted his contempt for the effort by the CIA and allied agencies to conjure up a Russian conspiracy to put him in the White House.” (01/06/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/01/05/purge-the-cia/

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35) We think leisure’s a good thing too but we do note that it is is luxury
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The results of the latest interesting little experiment in Sweden are in. Yes, shorter working hours make people happier. It’s also more expensive for people to have shorter working hours and the same income. We’re not entirely sure that an experiment was necessary to discover all this but this is what was discovered. Thus follows the usual insistence that we really shouldn’t be looking over there …” (01/08/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/we-think-leisures-a-good-thing-to-but-we-do-note-that-it-is-a-luxury

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36) Milton Friedman: The compromise candidate
Source: EconLog
by Emily Skarbek

“As the economics job market in underway and the AEA meetings in Chicago wrap up today, it is perhaps apropos to recount how one of the leading figures of economics in the 20th century was hired. Milton Friedman is one of the few names synonymous with Chicago Economics. For many it would be easy to assume that he was a straightforward appointment when hired at University of Chicago in 1946. As it turns out, he was not. Friedman was the compromise candidate.” (01/08/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/01/milton_friedman_18.html

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37) Republicans want revenge for Obamacare and it’s making them do stupid things
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“For seven years now, the mantra ‘repeal Obamacare’ has been both a spasm of revanchist rage and a cynical ploy to keep a segment of the electorate motivated to vote for Republicans. It was also frequently deployed in the belief that the GOP would not be unexpectedly thrust into a position where their voters could expect them to make good on the promise. But Donald Trump’s Republican Congress convened only three days ago, and members are already finding that eliminating Obamacare will be far messier, politically, than devising and implementing it was for Democrats.” (01/06/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139680/republicans-want-revenge-obamacare-its-making-stupid-things

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38) How to make new drugs more affordable
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick

“Over the past several years, a few high-priced drugs have elevated drug spending to a political issue. Patients are more sensitive to rising costs due to increasing deductibles and, because consumers pay more of their drug costs, pharmaceutical companies are less able to pass on high prices without anyone noticing. A significant driver of high drug prices is the excessive regulatory regime at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA regulatory overreach is exacerbated by a lack of guidance from Congress. To boost competition and hold the line on drug prices, a more rational path to drug approval is badly needed.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (01/05/17)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26685

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39) Did the Libertarian Party blow it in 2016?
Source: Reason
by Brian Doherty and Matt Welch

“Objectively speaking, 2016 was the Libertarian Party’s best year ever. It was also a savage disappointment. On the positive side, the presidential ticket of two former Republican governors, Gary Johnson of New Mexico and William Weld of Massachusetts, received more than 4.46 million votes, amounting (as of press time) to 3.28 percent of the national haul, smashing the party’s previous highs of 1.28 million and 1.06 percent, respectively. … Still, measured against expectations — let alone the basic standard that successful political parties must win elections — the Libertarian Party had its most disappointing year ever.” (for publication 02/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/01/07/did-the-libertarian-party-blow

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40) Trump must expose Obama-era power grabs
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“President-elect Donald Trump will face pervasive doubts about his legitimacy from the day he takes office. His opponents will likely portray him as governing in unprecedented and reckless ways. The best response to such charges is to open the books and expose how the Obama administration commandeered far more power than most Americans realized. Trump should follow the excellent precedent set by President Obama. In 2009, shortly after he took office, Obama released many of the secret Bush administration legal memos that explained why the president was supposedly entitled to order torture, deploy troops in American towns and cities, and ignore the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on warrantless, unreasonable searches. The disclosures signaled a new era in Washington and helped give Obama a reputation as a champion of civil liberties. Turnabout is fair play. Trump should quickly reveal the secret memos underlying Obama’s ‘targeted killing’ drone assassination program.” (01/06/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/01/06/usa-today-trump-must-expose-obama-era-power-grabs/

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41) A messy march of folly to Brexit, and beyond
Source: Reuters
by Anthony Lester

“Barbara Tuchman published her masterpiece, The March of Folly, in 1984. It explored what the American writer and historian called ‘one of the most compelling paradoxes of history: the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interests.’ Today she might have explored the march of folly by ‘the people’ as well as governments in pursuing those harmful policies. … In the United Kingdom, a foolishly devised referendum on whether to remain in the European Union has split the nation and its political parties. It has split south from north, haves and have-nots, and has encouraged Celtic separatism in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Under Prime Minister Theresa May a weak and divided government is pursuing policies contrary to the interests of its citizens. British influence in Europe has drained away. The UK is disunited, its economy is shrinking, and investment is moving abroad.” (01/06/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lester-folly-commentary-idUSKBN14P1YU

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42) What do you do for money, honey
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“How far would you go to make a buck? Would you be willing to put lives at risk for personal gain? Fortunately, most people aren’t in a position where they have to ask themselves these questions. But politicians are. Let’s consider the ride sharing industry. Uber and Lyft allow people with cars to make a little extra cash by providing taxi services. Having this option available has been a boon for passengers as they are no longer restricted to the taxi cartels. However, the taxi cartels have been petitioning their protectors, municipal governments, to stifle their ride sharing competitors. Several major cities have responded by passing regulations that are too burdensome for Uber and Lyft. In addition to increasing the costs for passengers, kicking Uber and Lyft out of cities has had another side effect. Incidents of drunk driving have increased …” (01/06/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/01/06/what-do-you-do-for-money-honey/

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43) Gracian’s aphorism #207: Be moderate.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The title of this aphorism is variously translated as ‘Exercise Restraint’ and ‘Use Self-Control.’ And for the following sentence ‘A moment of wrath or of pleasure carries you on farther than many hours of calm, and often a short diversion may put a whole life to shame.’ One is carried away more by an instant of fury than by many hours of indifference. I prefer the rendering ‘One hacks up in a moment more than he can repair in the rest of his life.’ This advice may seem obvious but modern psychology tells people that ‘acting on their emotions’ is the path to health. I don’t believe it is — or, at least, the advice is woefully incomplete; instead, I am a fan of the classical virtues such as restraint, moderation, and discipline.” (01/07/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7655

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44) The Ottoman Empire and libertarianism
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“Every so often libertarians ask, in a speculative mode, whether the re-establishment of the Ottoman Empire would not be a formula for peace in the troubled Middle East. The question is interesting on several counts, one of which is that the regions affected by the Islamic State today, Arab and Kurdish alike, plus all of southern Iraq, plus Kuwait, plus Jordan and Palestine (including the current Israel), plus, more loosely, all of the Arabian Peninsula, were more or less under Ottoman/Turkish control until the end of World War One. Libertarians allude to the ‘millet’ system under which many different ethnic or national groups co-habitated peacefully for several centuries. Those are pretty much the same groups that have been eviscerating one another for several years and pretty much every time a strong and dictatorial leader does not clamp down on them. There is one large fault in this happy vision: the attempted genocide of the Armenians begun under full Ottoman power in 1895 and nearly completed as the empire was falling apart during World War One.” (01/06/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/01/06/the-ottoman-empire-and-libertarianism/

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45) No right to free water — except for Nestle
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Former Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck is famous for denying that access to drinking water is a human right. But based on the company’s actions, its management seems to believe that Nestle Corporation has a human right to free water. All over the world, including in some of the most destitute and water-poor countries on earth, Nestle has destroyed the drinking water that local populations depend on in order to feed its bottling operations. In Michigan, where the people of Flint still drink poisoned water, Nestle has pumped billions of gallons of groundwater since it opened its first bottling plant in 2002 — draining aquifers virtually free of charge. In drought-ridden California, where the government has imposed rationing for ordinary non-corporate citizens, it takes 80 million gallons of water a year from Sacramento, as well as tens of millions from the San Bernardino National Forest.” (01/07/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/47452

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46) A libertarian solution to climate change
Source: Students For Liberty
by Jesse Velay-Vitow

“Many consider climate change an issue that libertarians cannot address without violating the non-aggression principle. Since it’s always more advantageous in the short term for a country to be using fossil fuel resources, every country will do so unless some coalition forces everyone not to. It’s the old tragedy of the commons example writ large. The tragedy of the commons is the observation that with commonly owned resources, some percentage of people will take actions that benefit them in the short term, but leave few or no resources for anyone else. Common examples are unsustainable fishing practices or dumping of toxic waste. The situation is not as hopeless as it first seems, though. There are ways to save the environment that do not stray from deeply held libertarian principles.” (01/07/17)

http://studentsforliberty.org/blog/2017/01/07/libertarian-solution-climate-change/

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47) The Elon Musk myth looks to contaminate Texas
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“The Myth of Elon Musk is that of daring entrepreneur. An avant garde, cutting edge businessman who sees a little bit further around the curve of the Earth — to get a glimpse of the Next Big Thing before the rest of us are able see it. The Reality of Elon Musk is that of enormous government money welfare hog. Perhaps the single largest crony capitalist of all to dig in to Washington, D.C.’s $4-trillion-per-year trough (not to mention his multiple-state-level favoritisms). By far his greatest success — is his copious extraction of government money and favors. Government has thus far cut checks to Musk to the tune of $5 billion. This isn’t Musk original thinking — it is decades-old, tried-and-true welfarism. Musk shouldn’t be lauded and applauded — he should be ridiculed and dismissed.” (01/07/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/01/the-elon-musk-myth-looks-to-contaminate-texas/

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48) Algorithm and blues: Why Hillary’s Moneyball strategy failed
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St. Clair

“The Clinton brain trust made a fatal decision three years ago to run a campaign based on identity politics powered by deep demographic analytics and an almost unlimited reservoir of money from Wall Street and Silicon Valley elites. How could they lose. This wasn’t a case of the data being corrupt, but of the campaign programmers, from Bill Clinton to John Podesta, being biased. Illusions in, delusions out. What Mook and company still can’t fathom is that almost every national election is ultimately about economics or, more properly, how people feel about their economic security. Here the writing was on the wall and only politicians, like the Clintons, who stubbornly live in their own virtual reality could have missed it.” (01/06/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/06/algorithm-and-blues-why-hillarys-moneyball-strategy-failed/

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49) How they will “fix” the Fort Lauderdale “problem”
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“There’s an obvious way to make these kinds of attacks less likely to happen, less likely to succeed, and less deadly when they do succeed. That way is to lift all legal restrictions on the carry of firearms so that criminals know they won’t be automatically provided with rooms full of disarmed victims. It’s likely that the various airlines would themselves impose varying restrictions, ranging from ‘no guns on OUR planes’ to ‘guns on our planes only in the hands of people with special permission slips of some kind’ to ‘frangible ammunition only’ (to address concerns of explosive cabin decompression in the event of an on-board firefight), but the overall effect would be to make it harder for murderers to murder. The likelihood that that obvious solution will be implemented is effectively zero.” (01/08/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/01/how-they-will-fix-fort-lauderdale.html

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50) Look twice
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“In the critically acclaimed (but audience-panned) Manchester by the Sea, director Kenneth Lonergan demonstrates the inability of his protagonist, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), to face a horrific tragedy in his life. The director’s method is an artful avoidance of details. Lonergan sidles up to the tragedy, taking a full hour before he presents it to us and distracting us by other problems along the way: Lee is working as a janitor and living in a one-room basement apartment when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) takes him back to his hometown of Manchester. In flashbacks we see that Lee has had wonderful experiences in Manchester with his wife Randi (Michelle Williams), his three children, his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges), and his boisterous friends. Yet he refuses to return to Manchester to become Patrick’s guardian after Joe’s death.” (01/07/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1648

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51) Science fiction and the humanity of the libertarian ethos
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Libertarians love their science fiction. For many, SF was the launch pad that opened their imaginations to innovative ideas, unique ways of thinking, exciting future possibilities and escape from the conventional wisdom of the status quo. Ayn Rand and Objectivism only confirmed and expanded the concepts already accepted and libertarianism was merely the natural next step. From there the philosophy of individual freedom and personal responsibility orbited back onto itself, making ‘Libertarian Science Fiction’ a recognized subgenre of futurist literature.” (01/06/17)

http://hubpages.com/literature/Science-Fiction-and-the-Humanity-of-the-Libertarian-Ethos

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52) Government must stop protecting cow milk producers from competition
Source: Reason
by Baylen Linnekin

“Last month more than 30 Members of Congress wrote a letter to the FDA asking the agency to require makers of non-dairy milks–including almond, rice, and soy–to stop using the term ‘milk’ to describe their milk. The congressional letter is ridiculous, and reeks of a mix of unconstitutional protectionism and unconstitutional restrictions on free speech. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont), who’s spearheading the misguided effort, says he’s pushing the FDA to act in order ‘to protect Vermont’s dairy farmers.’ Such action is neither part of the FDA’s mission nor job. Neither is it within the agency’s power. Thankfully, others agree–and are pushing back.” (01/07/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/01/07/government-must-stop-protecting-cow-milk

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53) Bakers Dozen (TM) — markers of a truly free society
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“As we lovers of liberty try to identify whether or not our society is gaining or losing liberty and freedom, we should consider what the characteristics of a society which enjoys real liberty are. Here is a list of suggested traits.” (01/07/17)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10508

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54) Ditch the CIA, the Pentagon, and the NSA
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The fight between Donald Trump and the CIA over the supposed Russian hacking scandal has at least two positive benefits: One, it helps to remind us what the conversion of the federal government to a national-security state has done to us here at home. Two, it enables us to ask an important fundamental question: Given that the Cold War ended decades ago, why don’t we just ditch the entire national security establishment and restore a constitutional republic to our land?” (01/06/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/01/06/ditch-cia-pentagon-nsa/

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55) US envy of Russia’s mid-east leadership is toxic
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Glaser

“While I’m hopeful for a peaceful settlement, I wouldn’t put good money on the prospects for success in these negotiations. But they at least demonstrate that the United States does not necessarily need to take the lead in trying to solve every problem in the world. Other countries with clearer interests at stake and more local knowledge than America can do the heavy lifting. And perhaps do it much more effectively. Much of the handwringing in Washington over Russia’s leadership in the negotiations centers on a fear that America might be demoted in its status as the indispensable nation if a geopolitical competitor like Russia successfully negotiates a resolution to one of the world’s worst conflicts while the U.S. sits it out. This concern is misplaced for at least two reasons.” (01/07/17)

https://fee.org/articles/us-envy-of-russias-mid-east-leadership-is-toxic/

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56) Libertarians support individual rights not states’ rights
Source: Free Press Publications

“Some people are claiming that Libertarians should embrace States’ Rights because it helps ensure a localized check on federal tyranny, and anyone opposed to this is a ‘libertarian centralizer’ — whatever that means. However the people making this claim often forget that States’ Rights can also be used as a form of localized tyranny, and they will oppose federal efforts to protect individual rights as a violation of States’ Rights. Frankly, they are making a constitutional argument instead of a philosophical libertarian argument. To understand whether or not States’ Rights is supported by the Libertarian Party, one needs only look at the Party Platform.” [various formats] (01/08/17)

http://fpp.cc/libertarians-support-individual-right-not-states-rights/

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57) The Jason Stapleton Program, 01/06/17
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“These have become some of my favorite episodes. We’ve got lots of great viewer submitted questions, from personal to political.” [various formats] (01/06/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/its-ask-me-anything/

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58) Felony Friday, episode 53
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode, Lions of Liberty Podcast founder Marc Clair joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt. Marc and John discuss important criminal justice issues and play America’s fastest growing podcast game show ‘Is this a crime, and should anyone do time?'” [various formats] (01/06/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/01/06/ff53/

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 819
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“I’ve spoken to numerous professors who have confronted the campus left, so I thought I’d talk to a current college student who writes about these subjects to find out what’s really up and what if anything we can do about it.” [various formats] (01/06/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-819-the-campus-crazies-what-theyre-up-to-and-what-we-should-do/

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60) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 111
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (alien economy; the rumor that I am dating Rachelle Lefevre is not true, as I should know since I started it; learning CSS from women in bikinis; sponsoring the podcast; mount Doom; Detroit proto-punk); Excerpts from a book that won’t be finished and published.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/08/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-111.html

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 01/06/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Barack Obama will have served as President during eight continuous years of war. Ben Friedman comments.” [various formats] (01/06/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/all-obamas-wars

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62) Panel discussion: Introduction to voluntaryism
Source: No More 2 Party System

“A panel discusses voluntaryism philosophies and why some people who are tried of the failed 2 party system might be interested in exploring these concepts.” [Flash video]

 

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63) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/06/17
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Jason Kuznicki joins us to discuss the chapter he wrote on Immanuel Kant for our new book, Arguments for Liberty. What’s Kant’s conception of the good, and what kind of government follows from that?” [various formats] (01/06/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/arguments-liberty-kantianism

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64) spiked podcast, 01/07/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Tom Slater talks about the relationship between liberals and the alt-right; Bridget Yuill tells the story of the teaching-assistant strikes in Durham; and Norman Lewis punctures the fear of technology.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/07/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-pc-war-is-becoming-interminable/

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65) Free Talk Live, 01/07/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Airline Security :: Airport Shooter Hearing Voices of Government? :: Voice to Skull :: Navy Vet Claims Whole Ship Experimented On :: Medusa Sound Transmission :: Respecting Military :: Foreign Entanglements :: Jury Nullification :: Jury Outreach Success in NH :: Hate Crimes.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/07/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-01-07

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