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In the News:

1) BTC drops as Twitter joins Facebook, Google in stampede toward dustbin of history
2) Daniels sues Trump lawyer as White House denies affair
3) South Korea: Regime will attack Korean steel producers to aid Trump’s attack on American consumers
4) Rumors of Kim Jong Un visit to China sparked by mysterious train
5) SCOTUS takes on war party wings over one-sided maps
6) Finance complaint filed in Mississippi US Senate campaign
7) Dow rebounds by 669 points
8) FTC, state attorneys pile on to Facebook in search for someone besides Clinton to blame for Clinton’s election loss
9) Mitch McConnell supports bill to legalize industrial hemp
10) Linda Brown, 1943-2018
11) Noor Salman trial: Defense seeks mistrial or dismissal after it’s revealed that shooter’s dad was FBI asset
12) Wisconsin students take anti-rights protest on road to Ryan district
13) Trump expels 60 Russia diplomats
14) Israel: IDF says Iron Dome launch in response to gunfire not a malfunction
15) Israel: Netanyahu again faces police in corruption probe
16) Remington bankruptcy: Oldest US gun maker files for Chapter 11
17) AK: Pols, residents head toward showdown over oil checks
18) US regime deports army veteran after he serves two tours in Afghanistan
19) US regime sanctions Pakistani companies over nuclear trade
20) Saudi Arabia: Regime claims interception of seven missiles fired from Yemen

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The war on drugs is far deadlier than most people realize
22) The monetary and financial system of the future
23) Neocons are back with a big war budget and big war plans
24) In defense of “gunsplaining”
25) On socialism’s rhetorical appeal
26) Silicon Valley has gone from liberating to creepy; next stop, government regulation
27) Bolton and Trump’s anti-restraint foreign policy
28) Electing progressive prosecutors not enough; now, activists are holding them accountable
29) How prosecutors punish undeserving people with plea deals
30) Government hands out goodies for everyone, but hides costs
31) The end of “too big to regulate”
32) Can the government force you to speak contrary to your beliefs?
33) Why are Americans still so afraid of Islamist terrorism?
34) Russia’s malign shadow
35) Ludwig von Mises the man and his monetary policy ideas based on his “lost papers”
36) How I self-police my work
37) The end of the world, or not
38) Forcing Nozick Beyond the Minimal State: The Lockean Proviso and Compensatory Welfare
39) The consistent consent ethic (volume 1)
40) This is what makes John Bolton so dangerous
41) If Congress reclaims its war powers, there would be little reason to worry about John Bolton
42) Russian collusion? Trump just smacked down Putin by expelling 60 spies
43) The great lie at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scare
44) Quantum Vibe, 03/26/18
45) Was the line crossed?
46) Death and impunity: Iraq fifteen years after
47) Singing the Bolton blues
48) Is the United States a despotic democracy
49) Will the Democrats blow it in 2020?
50) Why mainstream economics consistently fails to explain the occurrence of recessions?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Why government never learns
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/26/18
53) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/25/18
54) Scott Adams Says, 03/26/18
55) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 340
56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 172
57) One Free Family, episode 10
58) Reason Podcast, 03/25/18
59) Free Talk Live, 03/25/18
60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 157

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

1) BTC drops as Twitter joins Facebook, Google in stampede toward dustbin of history
Source: Marketwatch

“Cryptocurrency prices were sharply lower Monday, with the No. 1 digital currency trading at a weekly nadir as popular sites banned digital-currency advertisement. A single [Wrecked] bitcoin last traded at $7,885.15, down 6.7% on the day, and well off its overnight high of $8,489.61, according to news-and-research site CoinDesk. The plummet in cryptocurrency prices comes as Twitter Inc. confirmed last week’s rumors that it would join Facebook Inc. and Google-parent Alphabet Inc. in banning advertising of cryptocurrencies and a novel venture raising method known as ICOs, or initial coin offerings.” (03/26/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bitcoin-slides-after-week-of-record-low-volatility-2018-03-26

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2) Daniels sues Trump lawyer as White House denies affair
Source: Bloomberg

“Stormy Daniels added Donald Trump’s personal lawyer as a defendant in her lawsuit against the president, another fold in the legal morass stemming from her alleged affair with Trump in 2006 and a subsequent agreement not to discuss the relationship. Daniels, an adult actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claimed on Monday that she was defamed by a statement Trump’s lawyer issued last month that made her sound like a liar. In a Feb. 13 statement, Michael Cohen said, ‘Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or damage’ in connection with the $130,000 he paid Clifford in 2016 to keep quiet about the alleged relationship with Trump. According to Clifford, the statement harmed her reputation and exposed her to contempt, ridicule and shame” (03/26/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-26/white-house-denies-daniels-account-of-trump-affair-and-threats

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3) South Korea: Regime will attack Korean steel producers to aid Trump’s attack on American consumers
Source: Yahoo! News

“Seoul has agreed to a quota for steel exports to the US 30 percent below current sales and accepted extended tariffs on pick-up trucks to secure a revised trade deal with Washington and escape its steel duties, the government admitted Monday. South Korea and the United States are security allies both threatened by the nuclear-armed North but since taking office US President Donald Trump repeatedly threatened to tear up their free-trade [sic] agreement, raising concerns about undermining the economic leg of their alliance. The Trump administration instigated talks in July to renegotiate the free-trade [sic] treaty, known as KORUS, and the US last week imposed duties on steel imports from multiple countries including China, raising fears of a trade war.” (03/26/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/korea-makes-concessions-preserve-us-trade-deal-055854586–finance.html

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4) Rumors of Kim Jong Un visit to China sparked by mysterious train
Source: Fox News

“A mysterious train that arrived in China’s capital with unusually heavy security on Monday sparked rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was making a surprise visit to Beijing. Reports of the train arriving in Beijing first surfaced when photos emerged from the train station. Japanese television network NTV and public broadcaster NHK said the heavy security that was seen in the videos and photos suggested a senior official was aboard. The train may have traveled through the northeastern Chinese border city of Dandong and was possibly carrying the North Korean despot, Japan’s Kyodo News reported. Three sources who spoke to Bloomberg News confirmed Kim’s visit to Beijing, though further details were not provided.” (03/26/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/26/rumors-kim-jong-un-s-visit-to-china-sparked-by-mysterious-train.html

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5) SCOTUS takes on war party wings over one-sided maps
03/27/2018 News, PND News No comments Edit This

Source: USA Today

“The Supreme Court will hear evidence this week that Democrats try to game the political system with the same zeal employed by Republicans. They just don’t have as many opportunities. The challenge mounted by opponents of Maryland’s congressional district lines will give the court a second opportunity within six months to find a blatantly partisan election map unconstitutional — something it has never done before. Across the nation, hundreds of members of Congress and thousands of state legislators are elected in districts drawn to favor the party that controls state government. That has largely favored Republicans during the past decade, as the justices heard in October when confronted by Wisconsin’s partisan artistry. The lines in some major states are so one-sided that Democrats would need a landslide in November to win control of the House of Representatives, a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law estimates.” (03/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/03/26/supreme-court-takes-democrats-and-republicans-over-one-sided-maps/453458002

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6) Finance complaint filed in Mississippi US Senate campaign
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A nonpartisan group says in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that a super PAC has been improperly organizing and funding activities for a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Mississippi. The Washington-based Campaign Legal Center filed the complaint Monday against the Remember Mississippi super PAC and Chris McDaniel’s campaign fund. It asks the FEC to investigate. Remember Mississippi raised nearly $1.1 million last year, with $500,000 coming from Richard Uihlein of Illinois, a packaging company executive who has donated to anti-union causes, and $500,000 from billionaire investor Robert Mercer of New York. The super PAC takes its name from the slogan McDaniel supporters adopted after McDaniel, a tea-party backed state lawmaker, lost a bitter 2014 Republican primary to longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who was supported by the political establishment.” (03/26/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Finance-complaint-filed-in-Mississippi-US-Senate-12781692.php

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7) Dow rebounds by 669 points
Source: USA Today

“The Dow notched its best daily point gain since October 2008 on Monday as fears of tightening global trade restrictions eased and the blue-chip index rebounded from its worst week in two years. Wall Street appears to be lowering the odds of an all-out trade war. Signs have emerged that China and the U.S. are in negotiations to work through their trade differences and avoid a prolonged fight that could harm the global economy. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 669.40 points, or 2.8%, to close at 24,203. It was a broad advance on Wall Street with the Standard & Poor’s 500 rising 2.7% and the technology dominated Nasdaq jumping 3.3%.” (03/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/03/26/stock-market-mounts-big-rebound-trade-war-fears-ease/458009002/

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8) FTC, state attorneys pile on to Facebook in search for someone besides Clinton to blame for Clinton’s election loss
Source: Reuters

“The leading U.S. consumer protection regulator and attorneys representing 37 states stepped up pressure on Facebook Inc on Monday to explain how the social network allowed data of 50 million users to get into the hands of a political consultancy. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission took the unusual step of announcing that it had opened an investigation into the company (which it generally only does in cases of great public interest) citing media reports that raise what it called ‘substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook.’ On the same day, a bipartisan coalition of 37 state attorneys wrote to Facebook, demanding to know more about the company’s role in the manipulation of users’ data by the consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, which used it to target U.S. and British voters in close-run elections.” (03/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cambridge-analytica-ftc/u-s-regulator-state-attorneys-look-for-answers-from-facebook-idUSKBN1H2212

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9) Mitch McConnell supports bill to legalize industrial hemp
Source: Smell the Truth

“Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hopes to expand industrial hemp production with a new bill to federally reclassify the once-popular commodity. The leader of the U.S. Senate plans to introduce a bill to remove hemp from the government’s list of controlled substances, the AP reports. The proposed Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would remove hemp from the federal list of controlled substances, as well as ‘give hemp researchers the chance to apply for competitive federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — allowing them to continue their impressive work with the support of federal research dollars,’ according to a press release. ‘Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky’s agricultural heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future,’ McConnell said in a statement released by his office. ‘I believe that we are ready to take the next step and build upon the successes we’ve seen with Kentucky’s hemp pilot program.’” (03/26/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/03/26/mitch-mcconnell-supports-bill-to-legalize-industrial-hemp

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10) Linda Brown, 1943-2018
Source: CNN

“Linda Brown, who as a little girl was at the center of the Brown v. Board of Education case that ended segregation in American schools, has died, a funeral home spokesman said. Brown died Sunday afternoon in Topeka, Kansas, the spokesman said. She was 75 years old. Brown was 9 years old in 1951 when her father, Oliver Brown, tried to enroll her at Sumner Elementary School, then an all-white school in Topeka, Kansas, near her home. When the school blocked her enrollment her father sued the Topeka Board of Education. Four similar cases were combined with Brown’s complaint and presented to the Supreme Court as Oliver L. Brown et al v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, et al. The court ruled in May 1954 that ‘separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,’ a violation of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, which states that no citizen can be denied equal protection under the law.” (03/26/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/26/us/linda-brown-dies/index.html

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11) Noor Salman trial: Defense seeks mistrial or dismissal after it’s revealed that shooter’s dad was FBI asset
Source: Orlando Sentinel

“Defense lawyers in the trial of Noor Salman are asking for the case to be thrown out or declared a mistrial, arguing prosecutors failed to disclose that Pulse shooter Omar Mateen’s father is a former confidential informant for the FBI. Mateen’s father was also investigated after agents assigned to the shooting case found receipts for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan, according to a motion filed Sunday by Salman’s defense. Prosecutors didn’t share that information with defense lawyers in the case against Mateen’s widow, according to the defense motion. Now Salman’s lawyers are seeking a mistrial or dismissal of the charges against her.” (03/26/18)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/pulse-orlando-nightclub-shooting/os-noor-salman-pulse-trial-day-16-story.html

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12) Wisconsin students take anti-rights protest on road to Ryan district
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Some Wisconsin students are taking the momentum of weekend demonstrations against gun violence on the road — straight to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district. About 40 students launched a ’50 Miles More’ march from Madison on Sunday. They planned to make it to Janesville, Ryan’s home turf, on Wednesday for a rally. As the students trekked through rural Wisconsin on Monday, organizer Brendan Fardella said they were determined to keep people passionate about their issue. ‘We want to keep it going, we want to keep it in the news cycle, keep people empowered and passionate for as long as we can until there’s common sense gun reform or until we get to November and all of these politicians are up for re-election and we vote them out if they don’t do anything,’ Fardella said.” (03/26/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Students-press-for-tougher-gun-laws-with-walk-to-12781295.php

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13) Trump expels 60 Russia diplomats
Source: Bloomberg

“President Donald Trump ordered 60 Russian diplomats the U.S. considers spies to leave the country in response [sic] to the nerve-agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the U.K. and closed Russia’s consulate in Seattle, senior administration officials said Monday as European allies moved to take similar measures. The expulsions are the most aggressive U.S. move against Russia under Trump, who has sought a closer personal relationship with President Vladimir Putin while at the same time introducing new sanctions against people and entities with ties to the Kremlin.” (03/26/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-26/trump-is-said-to-expel-60-russian-diplomats-for-u-k-attack

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14) Israel: IDF says Iron Dome launch in response to gunfire not a malfunction
Source: Jerusalem Post [Israel]

“The Israeli army’s preliminary investigation has found that there was no technical or human fault after several Iron Dome interceptor missiles were fired in southern Israel late Sunday night in response to machine gun fire in the Gaza Strip, said Brig.-Gen Zvika Haimovitch, the head of the IDF’s Aerial Defense Division. ‘The system identified a launch towards Israel, towards the community of Zikim, which acted like a ballistic missile in every way, it was a serious threat,’ Haimovitch said, confirming that no rockets were actually fired upon Israel, but inviting speculation about what actually was fired. … Incoming rocket sirens blared across several communities in the Hof Ashkelon and Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Councils, including the cities of Sderot and Ashkelon, sending several residents and tourists into shock. Local residents and soldiers stationed around the Gaza Strip also uploaded videos on social networking sites of close to a dozen Iron Dome interceptor rockets being launched.” (03/26/18)

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/IDF-says-Iron-Dome-launch-in-response-to-gunfire-not-a-malfunction-547133

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15) Israel: Netanyahu again faces police in corruption probe
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“On Monday, police questioned Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, for an investigation into whether his government improperly awarded benefits to Israel’s largest telecom company, Bezeq, an official source told media on condition of anonymity after inspectors arrived at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem on Monday. Officers also sought a statement from the Netanyahu’s oldest son, Yair. In what authorities call Case 4,000, investigators believe that Netanyahu may have sought favorable coverage from Walla, a news site owned by Shaul Elovitch, Bezeq’s largest shareholder, in exchange for regulatory kickbacks to benefit the telecom.” (03/26/18)

http://www.dw.com/en/netanyahu-again-faces-israeli-police-in-corruption-probe/a-43131259

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16) Remington bankruptcy: Oldest US gun maker files for Chapter 11
Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

“Remington, the nation’s oldest gun maker, has filed for bankruptcy after more than 200 years in business. Fortune reports Remington’s various businesses filed for Chapter 11 Sunday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The North Carolina-based gun manufacturer has not made an official announcement or detailed restructuring plans, but the company said last month it was planning to restructure its $950 million debt so it can continue operating in bankruptcy. Remington Arms said business will continue as usual, but the company has laid off more than 170 employees at its manufacturing plant in the Herkimer County village of Ilion, N.Y. due to a decline in sales for gun makers nationwide.” (03/26/18)

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2018/03/remington_bankruptcy_guns_chapter_11.html

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17) AK: Pols, residents head toward showdown over oil checks
Source: Washington Post

“Alaska lawmakers, faced with limited options for filling the state’s budget deficit, may have to dip into earnings from Alaska’s famed oil-wealth fund. Major proposals for doing so, however, involve changing how the annual checks that residents receive from fund earnings are calculated. The decision by Gov. Bill Walker and later lawmakers to cap the size of the check the past two years has fueled anger and distrust among some Alaskans. They fear a money grab, even as state leaders say they’re motivated by a desire to protect a dividend into the future.” (03/26/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/alaska-heads-toward-showdown-over-residents-oil-checks/2018/03/26/63a0cd32-30af-11e8-b6bd-0084a1666987_story.html

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18) US regime deports army veteran after he serves two tours in Afghanistan
Source: Time

“U.S. Army veteran Miguel Perez Jr. was deported to Mexico Friday, despite having served two tours in Afghanistan that reportedly left him with post-traumatic stress disorder, CNN reports. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) escorted Perez, 39, across the US-Mexico border and handed him over to Mexican authorities after a felony drug charge prevented him from obtaining U.S. citizenship.” [editor’s note: Expecting any kind of reciprocal loyalty from the state is a mug’s game – TLK] (03/26/18)

http://time.com/5215153/army-veteran-deported-tammy-duckworth/

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19) US regime sanctions Pakistani companies over nuclear trade
Source: US News & World Report

“The United States has imposed sanctions on seven Pakistani companies over suspicion they have links to the nuclear trade, potentially hurting Pakistan’s ambitions to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Pakistani government spokesmen could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday. … The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce imposed the sanctions on the Pakistani companies on March 22 by placing them on its ‘Entity List.’ The companies had been ‘determined by the U.S. government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States,’ the bureau said in a report on a U.S. government website. The Department of Commerce’s Entity List does not freeze assets but requires that U.S. and foreign companies doing business with those on the list first obtain a license.” (03/26/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-03-26/us-sanctions-pakistani-companies-over-nuclear-trade

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20) Saudi Arabia: Regime claims interception of seven missiles fired from Yemen
Source: CNN

“Saudi Arabia’s air force intercepted seven missiles fired from Yemen on Sunday and, in the debris that rained down on residential suburbs from the interceptions, one man was killed, the Saudis said in a statement. Coalition forces spokesman Col. Turki Al Maliki said the missiles were fired from Yemen at four target areas, and all the missiles were intercepted and destroyed, according to the statement. This isn’t the first time the kingdom was the target of missile strikes from neighboring Yemen, but it is the first time there’s been a fatality on Saudi soil. After previous interceptions, the Saudis responded with airstrikes on the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.” [editor’s note: Nothing the Saudi military does can be considered a “response.” They are engaged in an invasion of Yemen and an attempt to install their own puppet regime there – TLK] (03/26/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/25/middleeast/saudi-arabia-intercepts-missile/index.html

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

21) The war on drugs is far deadlier than most people realize
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brian Saady

“While accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said: ‘The manner in which this war against drugs is being waged is equally or perhaps even more harmful than all the wars the world is fighting today, combined.’ The death toll from the drug war is much less than the actual warfare throughout the world. However, his sentiment is quite appropriate because a significant percentage of the world’s violence could be prevented with a flick of a pen by ending the War on Drugs.” (03/26/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-war-on-drugs-is-far-deadlier-than-most-people-realize/

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22) The monetary and financial system of the future
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In the last ten years — historians of the future will note this — we’ve observed the creation of a new monetary and financial architecture that could serve as a replacement for everything that’s been known and used in the lifetime of every living person. We’ve experienced a useful and secure money that works all over the world, is not connected to the state, and doesn’t need the existing banking system. This same system can serve as a replacement for all existing payment systems that use national monies. This money is a purely market creation that adds to traditional accounting and store-of-value functions one additional feature: it is also a global peer-to-peer means of payment. A decade ago, even high-level theorists said this couldn’t happen. Then it did happen.” (03/26/18)

https://www.aier.org/blog/monetary-and-financial-system-future

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23) Neocons are back with a big war budget and big war plans
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“On Friday, President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill for 2018. The $1.3 trillion bill was so monstrous that it would have made the biggest spender in the Obama Administration blush. The image of leading Congressional Democrats Pelosi and Schumer grinning and gloating over getting everything they wanted — and then some — will likely come back to haunt Republicans at the midterm elections. If so, they will deserve it. Even President Trump admitted the bill was horrible. As he said in the signing ceremony, ‘there are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill, but we were, in a sense, forced — if we want to build our military …’ This is why I often say: forget about needing a third political party — we need a second political party!” (03/26/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/neocons-back-big-war-budget-big-war-plans

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24) In defense of “gunsplaining”
Source: National Review
by David French

“It’s become popular on the left — thanks in part to a widely-shared Washington Post op-ed by Adam Weinstein — to scorn so-called ‘gunsplaining.’ Weinstein defines the term as the habit of gun-rights advocates to ‘bully’ gun-control supporters with technical jargon. Think the ‘AR’ in AR-15 stands for ‘assault rifle?’ Then you’re too dumb to talk about gun policy. Did you confuse a magazine and a clip? Then you’re too ignorant to talk about background checks. There’s a kernel of truth in Weinstein’s critique. There are gun-rights supporters who revel in jargon and belittle those with inferior knowledge, but the problem of ‘gunsplaining’ pales in comparison to the mass-scale ignorance of the gun-control movement and — critically — the mainstream media. It’s an ignorance that contributes to bad policy proposals and threatens constitutional rights.” (03/26/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/03/in-defense-of-gunsplaining/

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25) On socialism’s rhetorical appeal
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Socialism’s appeal has always lain primarily in its vision of living in a fantasy land, a land of lollipops and lemonade, a land where everyone has plenty and all have the same. Aside from the utter impossibility of attaining such abundance without private property and free markets, this vision has a fatal element of abstraction from the realities of the Iron Law of Oligarchy.” (03/26/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/03/26/on-socialisms-rhetorical-appeal/

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26) Silicon Valley has gone from liberating to creepy; next stop, government regulation
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Silicon Valley’s reputation used to protect it from regulation. Now it’s changed in ways that make regulation more likely. From the old days of Lotus and Visicalc and CP/M, to just a year or two ago with Facebook and Uber, Silicon Valley has basked in its glowing reputation. It was seen as a center of innovation, where hard-working entrepreneurs started businesses in garages, and produced things that made everyone’s lives better. Because it was constantly innovating, it stayed ahead of regulators’ ability to regulate, resulting in ‘permissionless innovation’ — change that didn’t have to ask for permission first. And that seemed fine, as it brought us personal computers, spreadsheets, word processing, databases, laptops, cell phones, smart phones and social media. Silicon Valley was making us richer and more capable as individuals, and if they made a lot of money in the process, that seemed only fair.” (03/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/03/26/silicon-valley-facebook-cambridge-analytics-regulation/456941002

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27) Bolton and Trump’s anti-restraint foreign policy
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“‘Personnel is policy’ is a cliche, but there is a lot of truth to it. A president’s advisers and Cabinet members both reflect the kind of policies that the president wants to have and influence the president’s decisions. It may be that Trump prefers Pompeo and Bolton because they ingratiate themselves with him and don’t make him feel stupid, but that in turn makes him very willing to take their bad advice. Since Trump is impulsive and is instinctively drawn to combative and confrontational measures, someone like Bolton is in many respects the perfect fit. Both have appalling judgment, both seem oblivious to the negative consequences of their preferred policies, and both see the world as a zero-sum game that the U.S. is always in danger of losing. Trump was already the anti-restraint president before he chose Bolton, and now Bolton will put the president’s worst impulses to work.” (03/26/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/bolton-and-trumps-anti-restraint-foreign-policy/

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28) Electing progressive prosecutors not enough; now, activists are holding them accountable
Source: In These Times
by Adeshina Emmanuel

“In October 2015, Rev. Charles Straight, pastor of the Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton, Illinois, and other members of the People’s Lobby sat down with Kim Foxx to find out whether she was a worthy and willing partner in criminal justice reform. Straight remembers that Foxx, who was running for Cook County State’s Attorney, said she was committed to countering the failed war on drugs and stemming other drivers of mass incarceration. ‘She had a stake in seeing that the criminal justice system would work for all people, particularly people of color,’ Straight says. ‘We found that she was a partner we could talk to about some of these things.’ The People’s Lobby, a grassroots organizing group, and Reclaim Chicago, the political action committee it supports, are two of the progressive organizations that campaigned for Foxx. The two groups claimed they knocked on more than 300,000 voters’ doors across Chicagoland to build support for Foxx in her campaign against embattled incumbent Anita Alvarez.” (03/26/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21014/kim_foxx_larry_krasner_chicago_philadelphia_prosecutors_progressive

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29) How prosecutors punish undeserving people with plea deals
Source: The Intercept
by Shaun King

“Obinna Nwankpa was a violent man. Specifically, he was violent toward women. In 2011, he was convicted of domestic violence in Illinois. In December 2014, Nwankpa was charged with domestic violence against another woman …. Two months later he plead guilty to interfering with a 911 call …. just months after his latest domestic violence arrest, a third woman, Natalie Pollard, this time in St. Paul, Minnesota, called 911 …. Natalie Pollard, with four young children upstairs in the home, said that Nwankpa began beating and fighting her all over the house. She was pregnant and decided this time, she later told investigators, to grab a knife to protect herself. In the melee, she claimed she stabbed the man in self-defense. … With the possibility of serving 20 years in prison hanging over her head, earlier this month Pollard did what countless people who came before her have done: She took a lesser plea she did not believe in whatsoever, for a crime that she does not believe she committed, in the hopes that it will keep her out of prison and buy her more time with her family. I don’t blame her even a little bit, but it’s wrong.” (03/26/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/03/26/plea-deals-prosecutors-natalie-pollard-criminal-justice/

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30) Government hands out goodies for everyone, but hides costs
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Our public ‘servants’ in Congress have collaborated with President Donald Trump on an 11th-hour omnibus appropriations bill totaling a massive 2,232 pages in order to fund government for the rest of this fiscal year. The goodies for Republicans include an extra $80 billion for defense. The goodies for Democrats include an extra $63 billion for domestic spending. The problem is that these spending increases, coupled with last year’s tax cut and already existing deficits, mean that the federal government is on schedule to rack up trillion-dollar deficits for the foreseeable future, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.” (03/26/18)

https://www.lp.org/government-hands-goodies-everyone-hides-costs/

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31) The end of “too big to regulate”
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Speaking to a group of entrepreneurs in Kenya in 2015, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky had a telling bit of advice. If you want to avoid regulation, ‘the first thing you need to do is grow really, really fast,’ Chesky said. ‘You either want to be below the radar or big enough that you are an institution. The worst is being somewhere in between.’ Former Uber CEO Travis Kulanick had similar advice, adopting what journalist Brad Stone refers to as ‘Travis’s Law’ to guide his company through its regulatory battles: ‘It went something like this,’ Stone writes in The Upstarts. “Our product is so superior to the status quo that if we give people the opportunity to see it or try it, in any place in the world where government has to be at least somewhat responsive to the people, they will demand it and defend its right to exist.”” (03/26/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147642/end-too-big-regulate

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32) Can the government force you to speak contrary to your beliefs?
Source: Forbes
by George Leef

“The whole point of the First Amendment was to keep government out of crucial aspects of life — religion, speech, the press — that should be left entirely to voluntary action. It is supposed to shield people against governmental mandates and prohibitions. Government cannot keep you from practicing any religion and it cannot make you practice any; it cannot prevent you from speaking your mind and it cannot make you speak if you do not want to. That’s the concept, anyway. A case that the Court recently heard, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, puts that concept in jeopardy. At issue is a California statute that compels pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise the state’s pro-abortion alternative …. A case that I think the Court should look to for guidance is West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnett, the 1943 case in which the Court rebuked the state for its punishing Jehovah’s Witness children for declining to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.” (03/25/18)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeleef/2018/03/25/can-government-force-you-to-speak-contrary-to-your-beliefs

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33) Why are Americans still so afraid of Islamist terrorism?
Source: Cato Institute
by John Mueller & Mark G Stewart

“In the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, American fears of terrorism spiked sharply. Right after the attacks, more than 70 percent of Americans said that another terrorist attack ‘causing large numbers of American lives to be lost’ in the ‘near future’ was likely. What is remarkable, according to our research, is that this percentage is much the same today. Polls in the United States since 2001 generally find little decline in Americans’ fear of terrorism — even though there are good reasons to expect a decline. What is driving this? At the root is a special fear of Islamist terrorism, in particular, which is seen to be part of a large and hostile conspiracy that is international in scope.” (03/26/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-are-americans-still-so-afraid-islamist-terrorism

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34) Russia’s malign shadow
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Ahead of Italy’s 1948 election, the CIA funneled millions of dollars (this when a million dollars was a lot of money) into anti-communist parties in Italy. The Soviet Union sent in even more. Former CIA officer F. Mark Wyatt recalled in an interview how Moscow delivered black bags of money directly from the Soviet compound in Rome to Italy’s communist groups. In those hungry post-war years, the Communist Party was rising rapidly in popularity after its wartime leadership of the anti-fascist resistance, threatening to beat the centrist Christian Democrats and other non-Communist forces at the polls.” (03/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-russia-commentary/commentary-russias-malign-shadow-idUSKBN1GZ2LD

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35) Ludwig von Mises the man and his monetary policy ideas based on his “lost papers”
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“One day in 1927 Austrian economist, Ludwig von Mises, stood at the window of his office at the Vienna Chamber of Commerce, and looked out over the Ringstrasse (the main grand boulevard that encircles the center of Vienna). He said to his young friend and former student, Fritz Machlup, ‘Maybe grass will grow there, because our civilization will end.’ He also wondered what would become of many of the Austrian School economists in Austria. He suggested to Machlup that, clearly, they would have to immigrate, perhaps, to Argentina, where they might find work in a Buenos Aires nightclub. Friedrich A. Hayek could be employed as the headwaiter, Mises said, while Machlup, no doubt, would be the nightclub’s resident gigolo. But what about Mises? He would have to look for work as the doorman, for what else, Mises asked, would he be qualified to do?” (03/26/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/ludwig-von-mises-man-monetary-policy-ideas-based-lost-papers/

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36) How I self-police my work
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“I have a long list of strange and extreme views, and I’ve been an arrogant hedgehog for as long as I can remember. As a rule, arrogant hedgehogs with lots of strange and extreme views are severely biased and grossly unreliable. Which raises two daunting questions. The Reputational Challenge: Why should people take me seriously? Even if I happen to be correct, why would a reasonable person bother giving me a chance? The Self-Referential Challenge: Why should I take myself seriously?” (03/26/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/03/how_i_self-poli.html

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37) The end of the world, or not
Source: Fox News Forum
by Greg Gutfeld

“Friday afternoon I was being my normal obnoxious self around the office, pretending to be a stoned philosopher: ‘Dude, like are you aware the earth is just a rock hurtling through space at thousands of miles an hour….we’re all just passengers on this ship we call a planet,’ I said, doing a terrible Jeff Spicoli impression, for a reason I can’t remember. But as I finished, a coworker looked at me from her desk, fretful, saying ‘I don’t like hearing that. It gives me a panic attack.’ She wasn’t kidding. I saw it in her eyes. After all, there are certain things that, if you think about them super hard, can create anxiety to the point of inducing panic. Panic is like a gravitational attraction. That’s its power. When my coworker said that she wasn’t feeling right, I understood what she meant: my pseudo-observation that we are moving, despite feeling as though we are standing still, creates a disorientation that undermines your being. You begin to get a little lightheaded. Try it, just sitting here now; think about the fact that you’re actually moving thousands of miles an hour without a seat belt.” (03/26/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/03/26/greg-gutfeld-end-world-or-not.html

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38) Forcing Nozick Beyond the Minimal State: The Lockean Proviso and Compensatory Welfare
Source: Libertarian Papers
by Adam Blincoe

“Abstract: Critics of Nozick have claimed that his formulation of the Lockean proviso is too permissive to serve as a morally plausible constraint on resource acquisition. In this essay, I advance a new critique of Nozick’s entitlement theory. In particular, I argue that even on his own permissive formulation of the Lockean proviso, he faces a dilemma. Either: (a) Nozick must accept redistributive taxation for the purposes of guaranteeing a compensatory level of welfare, which pushes him far beyond his goal of a minimal state, or (b) he must admit that his entitlement theory cannot satisfy the Lockean proviso. I will develop this dilemma by advancing a unique challenge to the way Nozick and contemporary libertarians like Jan Narveson evaluate the welfare prospects of the poor in conditions of moderate scarcity. In brief, they weight material welfare too heavily and discount more subjective elements of wellbeing, including self-mastery.” [abstract — full paper available as PDF download] (03/23/18)

http://libertarianpapers.org/blincoe-nozick-minimal-state/

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39) The consistent consent ethic (volume 1)
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“One of the most common misconceptions about anarchism is that it’s all about lawlessness. The truth is that laws aren’t the source of tyranny, the hierarchical machinery of the state is, and statelessness does not inherently equal lawlessness. With that being said, when it comes to law and order, most anarchists tend to air on the safe side with a less is more approach and I count myself among them. The common libertarian dictum is ‘don’t hurt anybody and don’t steal anybodies shit.’ I would take it a step further and argue that the core philosophy on what constitutes criminality is the concept of consent.” (03/26/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-consistent-consent-ethic-volume-1.html

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40) This is what makes John Bolton so dangerous
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“‘Snowpocalypse’ … ‘Robo-apocalypse’ … ‘Retail apocalypse.’ Casual references to annihilation pop up every day in American life. That makes it harder to communicate the danger posed by Donald Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor. Bolton has poor judgement, a mean spirit, and an intellect that’s weaker than he thinks. He spreads ethnic hatred and argues for sending others to fight and die. This weekend, young people around the country stood up against gun violence in their schools. Bolton’s appointment tells us that senseless violence may soon dominate our foreign policy, too, even more than it already does.” (03/26/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180326/this-is-what-makes-john-bolton-so-dangerous

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41) If Congress reclaims its war powers, there would be little reason to worry about John Bolton
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“Commentators as varied as George Will and the New York Times editorial page have expressed great alarm about President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as his new national security adviser. The reasons are understandable: they fear that the almost cartoonishly hawkish Bolton might influence an already bellicose and impulsive Trump into starting an ill-advised war against Iran, North Korea, or elsewhere. While the national security adviser has little formal authority in his own right, he could potentially exercise great influence over a president; especially one who — like Trump — has little knowledge of world affairs, and whose impulses might align with Bolton’s. There would be far less need for such alarm if Congress would act to reassert its control over the power to initiate war. The Founding Fathers gave Congress that authority precisely to preclude a situation where a single person had the power to take the nation into war.” (03/26/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/03/26/if-congress-reclaims-its-war-powers-ther

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42) Russian collusion? Trump just smacked down Putin by expelling 60 spies
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“By expelling 60 Russian ‘diplomats’ and closing a Russian consulate, President Trump has sent a strong signal to Russia that the U.S. and its allies will stand together when Vladimir Putin badly misbehaves. If Putin didn’t get the memo, he has it now. This might be the first fruits of Trump’s new national security team, with Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security advisor, both fresh faces. Trump named those two hardliners — and we mean that as a compliment, not as a slight — to key national security slots because he wanted a more decisive foreign policy. With Defense Secretary Jim Mattis still in office, Trump now has the national security team he wants — and likely the one he needs, given the recent proliferation of problems around the globe that might require a military response, ranging from China and North Korea to Iran and Russia.” (03/26/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/russian-collusion-trump-just-smacked-down-putin-by-expelling-60-spies

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43) The great lie at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scare
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“There are many reasons we should be critical of the panic about data-mining and its ‘delivery’ of elections to sinister people who pay handsomely to ‘control mass sentiment.’ It presents itself as a kind of anti-capitalist, anti-Big Tech, anti-elite initiative, but in truth it pushes a powerfully elitist view of ordinary people as easy prey for the powerful. As blank minds easily filled by the memes and messaging of ‘dark, dystopian’ groups. It calls into question the very ideal of democracy, because what is the point of asking the public its opinion if significant sections of the public are so hollow that they can allow themselves to become the playthings of ‘a member of the global 1%,’ in Cadwalladr’s phrase? This Remoaner rage disguised as investigative journalism does far more to demean the value of democracy than any fat-cat paying millions of pounds to spread memes ever could.” (03/26/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/The-great-lie-at-the-heart-of-the-Cambridge-Analytica-scare/

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44) Quantum Vibe, 03/26/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (03/26/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1775

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45) Was the line crossed?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Everybody has a limit, a point after which they reach for the nearest weapon and fire. Or, in normal politics, withdraw support and go on the attack. But it is not normal politics right now. In mid-March, a Congressman from Long Island expressed his frustration with the Trump administration by saying, ‘This is where the Second Amendment comes in, quite frankly, because you know, what if the president was to ignore the courts?’ Days after this pol darkly implied insurrection, attacking gun rights became, on our Democratic Congressman’s end of the spectrum, a cause celebre.” (03/26/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/03/26/was-the-line-crossed/

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46) Death and impunity: Iraq fifteen years after
Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

“It might have made a bit more than a whimper had the US political scene not found itself in yet another paroxysm of the drama known as the Trump White House. Fifteen years before, governments aligning with the dogs of war decided, in defiance of millions of protestors globally, to invade a sovereign state. Papers cheered with blood lust; propagandists and public relations firms were hired to push the politics of regime change in a country that was already hemmed in by sanctions and surveillance. The invasion of Iraq must, over time, be given its own specific criminal gravity. It sundered the Middle East, it tore at the artificially imposed borders contrived by former colonial masters. It emboldened new foes and generated further disagreements. For generations, chaos will be guaranteed on the heaped folly of the 2003 decision.” (03/26/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/26/death-and-impunity-iraq-fifteen-years-after/

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47) Singing the Bolton blues
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The Bolton appointment, together with Mike Pompeo at State and Gina Haspel at the CIA, is being touted by #TheResistance as the signal that ‘the neocons’ have taken over the Trump administration. This is nonsense: none of these appointees is a neoconservative, which is largely a biographical characterization. Pompeo, far from being a former Trotskyite, is a former protege of libertarian-ish billionaire Charles Koch. Haspel is a career CIA apparatchik, no worse than any of them. The real neocons — Bill Kristol, Max Boot, the Weekly Standard crew — are firmly in the NeverTrump camp, because these people are relentless. Amid all the brouhaha over Bolton, what stands out is that the ‘we’re going to war’ crowd has been predicting disaster for over a year now, and yet that bloody denouement is nowhere to be seen.” [editor’s note: No, the author name is not a typo. Believe it or not, this piece wasn’t written by Walter Duranty – TLK] (03/26/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/03/25/singing-the-bolton-blues/

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48) Is the United States a despotic democracy
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“Soft despotism is not as obvious as hard despotism. It gives us the illusion of being in control; it degrades us rather than persecutes us. It often takes the form of a state within a state (imperium in imperio) where an internal organization, such as the armed forces, securities agencies or administrative agencies, evolves beyond the effective control of the civilian political leadership. For example, historically efforts to separate Church and State were anchored on the perception that the Church could turn into an imperium in imperio undermining civilian leadership. In other examples, in the Soviet Union, the secret policy (KGB) was considered a State within a State. The same is true of its successor, The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB). And, in the United States, the government’s bureaucracy is often portrayed as a modern day example of an imperium in imperio.” (03/25/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/03/25/is-the-united-states-a-despotic-democracy/

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49) Will the Democrats blow it in 2020?
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Donald Trump has lousy approval ratings. House Republicans are bracing for carnage in November. And the economy stands a reasonable chance of stalling between now and Nov. 3, 2020. So the next presidential election should be a prime opportunity for Democrats. But potholes abound on the road to the White House. Looking at the field of possible candidates and the direction the party is leaning, there are clear and plausible ways things could go wrong. The Democrats could nominate someone who will squander their advantages and lose. Or they could nominate someone who can win but will not make a good president (as the Republicans recently did). Neither is an outcome to welcome.” (03/26/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/03/26/will-the-democrats-blow-it-in-2020

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50) Why mainstream economics consistently fails to explain the occurrence of recessions?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“For Martin Wolf as for most mainstream economists the Keynesian remedy is always viewed with positive benefits — if in doubt just push more money and boost government spending to resolve any possible economic crisis. It did not occur to our writer that without understanding the causes of a crisis, administering Keynesian remedies could make things much worse. The proponents for strong government outlays and easy money policy when the economy falls into a crisis hold that stronger outlays by the government coupled with increases in money supply will strengthen monetary flow and this in turn will strengthen the economy. What is the reason behind this way of thinking?” (03/26/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/03/why-mainstream-economics-consistently-fails-to-explain-the-occurrence-of-recessions/

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51) Why government never learns
Source: JimBovard.com

“Here’s a link to my [James Bovard’s] speech at the Mises Institute Austrian Economics Research Conference this past weekend in Auburn, Alabama.” [Flash video] (03/26/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/03/26/why-government-never-learns-mises-institute-speech/

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 03/26/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Before any investigation into the alleged nerve agent attack in the UK has been completed, the Trump Administration announced this morning that some 60 Russian diplomats would be expelled from the US in retaliation for what it claimed was Russian government responsibility. Did the Russians use nerve agents in the UK? Should we at least ask for proof? Is this escalation a smoke-screen for economic events such as the Petro-Yuan?” [Flash video] (03/26/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-expels-russians-poison-attack-or-false-flag

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53) The Bob Zadek Show, 03/25/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Jonathan Bydlak of the Institute for Spending Reform thinks it’s wrong to equate big spending with strength and safety. As a self-proclaimed ‘cheap hawk,’ he says we can have a strong military without bankrupting the country. He quotes Michael Mullen — Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — who said, ‘The most significant threat to our national security is our debt.’ Mullen believes out-of-control spending actually weakens the military and the resources it uses. Bydlak has started an initiative called ‘Guide for a Strong America’ under the banner of the Institute for Spending Reform, which lays out concrete cuts to the Pentagon’s budget that would make us safer. Tune in to hear how D.C.’s culture of spending — which includes GOP leaders — is setting the U.S. up for something worse than a government shutdown.” [various formats] (03/25/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/3/22/cheap-hawks-not-cheap-talk

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54) Scott Adams Says, 03/26/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about expelled Russians, Stormy Daniels, the Wall, and delicious coffee.” [Flash video] (03/26/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1DXxyXolvreJM

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55) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 340
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s show, Marc is joined by CA Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate, Nickolas Wildstar! Nickolas tells his liberty tale of how he he went from being a Democrat to involvement with Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street to eventually being turned on to the ideas of libertarianism by Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential run. Nickolas discusses why he is running for CA Governor, what sort of push back he receives on the campaign trail, how he talks to progressives and conservatives, and tells a great story of how an unexpected supporter helped him officially get on the CA ballot for Governor.” [various formats] (03/26/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/03/26/nickolas-wildstar-brings-the-liberty-roar-to-the-ca-gubernatorial-race/

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56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 172
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #172, I discuss Trump’s announcement that John Bolton will replace HR McMaster as National Security Advisor. Bolton continues to support the Iraq War and he was involved in lying us into the war. Bolton has been a long opponent of the Iran Nuclear Deal. He has suggested preemptive strikes against North Korea and Iraq. Bolton supported Obama’s war in Libya. I also give some analysis of what this means for US foreign policy.” [various formats] (03/26/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-172-how-bad-is-bolton

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57) One Free Family, episode 10
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“What is it like to manage the situation with multiple children, all of whom we hope to care for and love equally, and who sometimes appear to have needs that are in conflict with one another, or who are sometimes the source of each other’s distress? It is possible to help siblings coexist as peacefully as possible.” [various formats] (03/26/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/helping-siblings-coexist-off010/

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58) Reason Podcast, 03/25/18
Source: Reason

“In this wide-ranging podcast interview with Nick Gillespie, [Steven] Pinker explains why he thinks Pope Francis is a problem when it comes to capitalism, nuclear energy is a solution to climate change, and why libertarians need to lighten up when it comes to regulation. He also makes the case for studying the humanities as essential to intellectual honesty and seriousness even as he attacks that ‘cluster of ideas, which is not the same as the humanities, but just happens to have descended over large sectors of the academic humanities: the deep hatred of the institutions of modernity, the equation of liberal democracy with fascism, the feeling that society is in an ever-worsening spiral of decline, and the lack of appreciation, I think, that the institutions of liberal democracy have made the humanities possible, made them flourish.’” [various formats] (03/25/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/03/25/steven-pinker-thinks-pope-francis-is-a-p

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59) Free Talk Live, 03/25/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Dr. Mary Ruwart about her new book Death By Regulation :: Fish Oil :: Cannabis Oil Bio-Hacking :: Asprin :: Atlantic Standard Time :: Monday Night Football :: The Free State Project :: :: HOSTS — Mark, Darryl and Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/25/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-03-25

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60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 157
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss the latest from the gun-grabbing commie left, what separates us from the alt-right, good reasons to use crypto, and why we got into it in the first place.” [various formats] (03/25/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/03/26/the-anarchist-experience-157/

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