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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
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In the News:

1) FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from building amid internal review
2) Syria: Turkish, US invaders begin patrols near Manbij
3) Trump threatens American consumers with new tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods
4) German, French leaders propose Eurozone budget
5) Cruz introduces legislation to keep immigrant families together after they cross the border
6) US regime quits UN Human Rights Council, saying it’s anti-Israel
7) West Point grad who posed with “Communism will win” in cap discharged
8) KS: Federal judge strikes down voter suppression law
9) TX: Legal weed gains momentum as Republicans back marijuana decriminalization
10) Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data
11) McAfee to stop promoting ICOs after threats from SEC gang
12) CA: Convicted US felon [sic?] arrested with more than 500 guns in home
13) South Florida activist is 2-0 at the Supreme Court after First Amendment victory
14) Tesla chief Elon Musk accuses worker of sabotage
15) CA: Lawmakers combine bills to provide corporate welfare for Big Data
16) Trump administration puts skimpy [sic] health insurance plans in place
17) Trade war with Canada hurts US home builders’ confidence
18) VA: School honoring Confederate general to be renamed for Obama
19) NY: Health commissioner recommends legalizing cannabis
20) Pentagon confirms halt of August war games with South Korea

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Separation of children: An American tradition
22) Taxed Enough Already, you say? Trump disagrees.
23) After the IG report, let’s kill the FBI while we can
24) Housing: The case for YIMBY (Yes, In My Back Yard!)
25) The cronyist origins of Social Security
26) The JCPOA and the Singapore statement
27) Mounting debt isn’t just Italy’s problem
28) Separating families at the border: The hysteria overlooks some key facts
29) The foolishness of a consumer society
30) Immigration: A confession and a value judgment
31) Will Trump agree to unify Korea under Kim?
32) Fake support for a “free market” in energy
33) Statists against humanity
34) From “I alone can fix it” to “change the laws!”
35) Brownells defends itself
36) Trump’s dangerous approach to the “supreme court” of global trade
37) As sexual assault investigation scandal engulfs England, US law enforcement stages lovefest with #StartByBelieving
38) How paranoid parenting fuels kids’ “Internet addiction”
39) Protect immigrant rights; end the crises that drive migration
40) Disaster capitalism [sic] strikes Puerto Rico’s schools
41) Living dangerously
42) Trumping to serfdom
43) Create two, three, many Stonewalls
44) The military-industrial drain
45) Why protect speech?
46) How the Church of England abolished itself via the welfare state
47) The myths we tell ourselves
48) Separating families at the border isn’t new, we’ve been doing it for centuries
49) ICE pee
50) Trump lies about Germany, again, to cast immigrants as an existential threat

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 61
52) Scott Adams Says, 06/19/18
53) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 165
54) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/19/18
55) Free Talk Live, 06/18/18

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

1) FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from building amid internal review
Source: The Hill

“[FBI counterintelligence agent Peter] Strzok, who had a central role in the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State, was reportedly escorted from the FBI building on Friday amid an internal review of his conduct. … Strzok became a target of President Trump and conservatives after it was discovered that he had exchanged private text messages with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that disparaged Trump and other political figures. … Last week a report from the Justice Department’s inspector general into the handling of the probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server also made public previously undisclosed texts where Strzok told Page they would have to “stop” Trump from becoming president.” (06/19/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/393101-fbi-agent-peter-strzok-escorted-from-building-amid-internal-review

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2) Syria: Turkish, US invaders begin patrols near Manbij
Source: Reuters

“Turkish and U.S. soldiers have started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based, Turkey’s military said on Monday. Earlier this month Turkey and the United States endorsed a tentative deal to overcome months of dispute over the town, in which the Kurdish YPG militia would withdraw from Manbij and Turkish and U.S. forces would jointly maintain security and stability there. Ankara has been infuriated by U.S. support for the YPG — which it views as a terrorist organisation — and has threatened to target Manbij because of the presence of Kurdish fighters there, alongside U.S. troops.” (06/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkish-us-units-begin-patrols-near-northern-syrias-manbij-idUSKBN1JE1A3

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3) Trump threatens American consumers with new tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump just raised the stakes in the fight with China over trade. The White House said Monday evening that if China goes through with its promise to retaliate against the US tariffs announced last week, the United States will impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. … The escalating conflict between the world’s two largest economies has rattled markets and companies, which fear disruption to their global supply chains.” (06/19/18)

http://money.cnn.com/2018/06/18/news/economy/trump-china-tariffs-retaliation/index.html

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4) German, French leaders propose Eurozone budget
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The leaders of Germany and France agreed Tuesday to create a Eurozone budget they hope will boost investment and provide a safety mechanism for the 19 nations using the euro currency, and also to seek a European solution to migration issues. The announcement from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron came after a meeting in Berlin to coordinate the two major powers’ positions on the future of the European Union ahead of next week’s EU summit. Merkel, who has been lukewarm on Macron’s idea of a European budget, said they had agreed to use the European Stability Mechanism, or ESM, as a basis for establishing one. The ESM was established in 2012 to provide eurozone nations access to financial assistance in the event of crisis. Merkel said with the budget, Europe could respond earlier and better to immediately ‘answer asymmetric shocks,’ before a country is already in a financial crisis.” (06/19/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/German-French-leaders-meet-to-mold-plans-for-13005949.php

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5) Cruz introduces legislation to keep immigrant families together after they cross the border
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced emergency legislation Monday evening to keep immigrant families together after they cross the border into the United States. The legislation follows comments Cruz made on Saturday that essentially called for more resources to adjudicate asylum claims. He also called for keeping immigrant kids with their parents as long as those adults are not associated with criminal activity. ‘All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers,’ Cruz wrote in a release. ‘This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week.’” [editor’s note: Lessee now, a GOPer introduces legislation to humanely resolve a problem; will the Democrats help it pass or stand firm on anything that makes Trump look good? We shall see … – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Does Cruz’s plan still provide for the abduction of peaceful travelers by US government thugs? If so, there’s nothing “humane” about it – TLK] (06/19/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/ted-cruz-introduces-legislation-keep-immigrant-families-together-cross-border

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6) US regime quits UN Human Rights Council, saying it’s anti-Israel
Source: Bloomberg

“The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, making good on a pledge to leave a body it accused of hypocrisy and bias against Israel. ‘For too long, the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias,’ Nikki Haley, the American ambassador to the UN, said Tuesday at the State Department in Washington. She said the decision was an affirmation of U.S. respect for human rights, a commitment that ‘does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.’” [editor’s note: On the one hand, yeah, the Council is hypocrisy embodied. On the other hand, Haley wouldn’t know human rights if they walked up behind her and whacked her across the ass with a bass fiddle – TLK] (06/19/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-19/trump-is-said-ready-to-pull-u-s-from-un-s-human-rights-council

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7) West Point grad who posed with “Communism will win” in cap discharged
Source: Fox News

“The West Point graduate, who last year posed in a picture holding a cap that had ‘Communism will win’ written inside, is officially out of the U.S. Army with an other-than-honorable discharge. Spenser Rapone rocked the military community last year after his social media posts were revealed, showing him wearing a Che Guevara shirt underneath his military uniform. He is no longer part of the U.S. military after top brass at Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division accepted his resignation Monday after an earlier warning for ‘conduct unbecoming of an officer.’ He’s leaving the military with an other-than-honorable discharge. Army officials condemned the cadet last year and opened an investigation into his social media activity. ‘Second Lieutenant Rapone’s actions in no way reflect the values of the U.S. Military Academy or the U.S. Army,’ an Army statement read.” [editor’s note: ?!?!? – SAT] (06/19/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/19/west-point-grad-who-posed-with-communism-will-win-in-cap-discharged.html

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8) KS: Federal judge strikes down voter suppression law
Source: Reuters

“A federal judge struck down a Kansas law requiring proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in a decision on Monday that could make voter registration easier in the state in the run-up to November mid-term elections. The ruling ended a two-year legal battle in which Democrats argued that such ID laws targeted voters who typically support their party, such as the young and minorities. Republican proponents of the law said it was necessary to ensure the integrity of elections.” (06/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kansas-voterid/kansas-judge-strikes-down-voter-id-law-idUSKBN1JF09K

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9) TX: Legal weed gains momentum as Republicans back marijuana decriminalization
Source: Newsweek

“The Republican Party of Texas will now support the decriminalization of marijuana and use of medical marijuana. More than 8,000 Delegates representing the party voted to add a number of marijuana-related tenets to their official platform at their San Antonio party convention Saturday. In addition to decriminalization, the party voted to call for marijuana to be rescheduled to a lower class of drug federally and for the legalization of industrial hemp. Each measure passed with more than 80 percent of delegate votes.” (06/19/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/texas-republicans-marijuana-legalization-weed-pot-982324

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10) Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state voters. The complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas alleges ‘reckless maintenance’ of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which compares voter registration lists among participating states to look for duplicates. The program is aimed at cleaning voter records and preventing voter fraud but has drawn criticism for its high error rate and lax security. Kobach, a conservative Republican seeking his party’s nomination for governor, was vice chairman of President Donald Trump’s now-disbanded commission on election fraud. The ACLU claims Kobach has made the program a linchpin in his efforts to reduce citizen participation in Kansas elections.” (06/19/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Lawsuit-claims-Kansas-official-exposed-private-13007137.php

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11) McAfee to stop promoting ICOs after threats from SEC gang
Source: CryptoGlobe

“John McAfee, the eccentric crypto-advocate and cyber-security pioneer, has said today that he will no longer be promoting ICOs due to ‘threats’ from the SEC. Tweeting early this morning to his 828,000 followers, the famous figure said he will completely rein in his frequent promotions and recommendations of ICOs …. While the SEC offered some much-needed relief to cryptocurrency markets last week with its statement that bitcoin and ether are not deemed to be securities, the comments also placed the massive ICO market under greater scrutiny as the regulator confirmed that it does consider ICOs to be securities.” (06/19/18)

https://www.cryptoglobe.com/latest/2018/06/John-McAfee-To-Stop-Promoting-ICOs-After-Threats-From-SEC/

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12) CA: Convicted US felon [sic?] arrested with more than 500 guns in home
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have found more than 500 guns inside the home of a convicted felon after a tipoff from a neighbour. Deputies arrested Manuel Fernandez, 60, after a two-day search of his home revealed the massive illegal arsenal. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and illegally having an assault rifle [sic] and large-capacity magazines. He was released on a $35,000 bond one day after his arrest. Authorities say their Palmdale station received a tip that a man in the Agua Dulce region was in possession of a large amount of guns despite having a criminal record. … According to the LA Times, a source familiar with the investigation says the owner appears to be a firearms collector rather than someone with plans to use the guns for violence. Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) are examining the weapons (some appear to be decades old) in an attempt to trace their origin.” [editor’s query: What was his “felony?” Why was he released (in 2017, serving only a few months), if he was a danger? – SAT] (06/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44537028

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13) South Florida activist is 2-0 at the Supreme Court after First Amendment victory
Source: Bradenton Herald

“A South Florida man just won a First Amendment victory at the Supreme Court in a case that could protect disgruntled citizens from arrest for voicing their displeasure at elected officials during public meetings. The nation’s highest court ruled in favor of political gadfly Fane Lozman on Monday in a 8-1 decision, the culmination of more than a decade of work for Lozman after he was dragged out of a Riviera Beach city council meeting and arrested after speaking about the allegedly corrupt dealings of a Palm Beach County commissioner. Lozman is now 2-0 at the Supreme Court, an accomplishment that his lawyer said is unprecedented for an individual plaintiff in a court that rejects around 7,000 cases every year and hears only 80. He also won a maritime law case related to his floating home in 2013.” (06/18/18)

http://www.bradenton.com/news/politics-government/article213374049.html

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14) Tesla chief Elon Musk accuses worker of sabotage
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has accused an employee of carrying out ‘extensive and damaging sabotage’ at the electric carmaker. In an email to staff, Mr Musk said an unnamed employee made unspecified coding changes to its manufacturing operating system and sent sensitive data to unnamed third parties. The company did not comment and the allegations have not been verified. The matter will be investigated, Mr Musk said. ‘The full extent of his actions are not yet clear, but what he has admitted so far is pretty bad,’ he said in the email. ‘His stated motivation is that he wanted a promotion that he did not receive. As you know there are a long list of organisations that want Tesla to die,’ he added, citing Wall Street short-sellers, oil and gas companies and rival car makers as being among them.” (06/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44531777

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15) CA: Lawmakers combine bills to provide corporate welfare for Big Data
Source: CNet News

“Legislators in California are combining two net neutrality bills into one in an effort to pass the strictest set of net neutrality protections in the country. On Monday, California state Sens. Scott Wiener from San Francisco and Kevin de Leon from Los Angeles officially linked their bills to create unified legislation they hope will become the ‘gold standard’ for other states to follow in developing net neutrality protections. … California is one of more than two dozen states considering legislation to reinstate net neutrality rules, which were repealed by the Trump administration’s FCC in December. The repeal became official on June 11.” (06/18/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/california-lawmakers-combine-net-neutrality-bills/

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16) Trump administration puts skimpy [sic] health insurance plans in place
Source: Reuters

“The Trump administration on Tuesday issued a finalized rule that will enable millions of Americans to buy [minimal] health insurance plans that do not comply with key Obamacare coverage requirements, marking its latest effort to chip away at the healthcare law. The rule, which the U.S. Department of Labor will post Tuesday, allows small businesses and those who are self-employed to band together and buy lower-cost health insurance policies, similar to large employers. But these insurance plans would not be subject to requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called Obamacare, which included mandatory coverage for a set of 10 essential health benefits, such as maternity and newborn care, prescription drug costs and mental health treatment. They are expected to be far less expensive than Obamacare plans. Health providers, insurers and medical groups have warned that the plans could drive up premiums and make insurance unaffordable for some people by siphoning off healthy consumers who want cheaper coverage, leaving behind a sicker patient pool with higher medical costs in Obamacare plans.” (06/19/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-insurance/trump-administration-puts-skimpy-health-insurance-plans-in-place-idUSKBN1JF2AQ

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17) Trade war with Canada hurts US home builders’ confidence
Source: MarketWatch

“The numbers: The National Association of Home Builders’ monthly confidence index fell two points to 68 in June. What happened: Home builders are torn, their industry association said Monday. There’s seemingly limitless demand for their products, yet input costs are pushing higher and higher. … Big picture: The Trump administration’s trade spat with Canada is costing builders. A lumber pricing index known as the Random Lengths Composite Framing Price index is up 59% since the start of 2017, mostly due to the administration’s 20% lumber tariffs, NAHB Chief Economist Rob Dietz told MarketWatch.” (06/18/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/home-builder-sentiment-slumps-as-lumber-costs-soar-2018-06-18

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18) VA: School honoring Confederate general to be renamed for Obama
Source: Fox News

“The former capital of the Confederacy is renaming a school to honor the United States’ first black president instead of a Confederate general. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Richmond School Board voted 6-1 Monday to rename J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School to Barack Obama Elementary School. Kenya Gibson represents the school on the board and was the lone dissenting vote. Gibson wanted the vote to be delayed and said there was a lack of local names included in the administration’s rebranding recommendations. The board declared its intent to rename the school (which has a student population of more than 90 percent black students) in April, kicking off a process that included five public input sessions and took online suggestions from students, teachers and administrators.” (06/19/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/19/school-honoring-confederate-general-to-be-renamed-for-obama.html

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19) NY: Health commissioner recommends legalizing cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“New York’s top health official has nearly completed a study that strongly recommends cannabis legalization. The state’s health commissioner Howard Zucker announced on Monday that a study commissioned by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo will recommend that ‘a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state,’ reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. ‘We looked at the pros, we looked at the cons,’ Zucker said. ‘And when we were done, we realized that the pros outweigh the cons and the report recommends that a regulated, legal marijuana program be available to adults in the state of New York.’ Zucker further explained that the study considered a wide range of issues (including a legal age limit, impaired driving, and production and distribution) and concluded that cannabis legalization should be implemented throughout the state.” [editor’s note: Naturally, too much regulation, but some “progress” – SAT] (06/19/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/06/18/new-york-health-commissioner-recommends-legalizing-marijuana

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20) Pentagon confirms halt of August war games with South Korea
Source: Fox News

“The Pentagon confirmed Monday that major U.S. military exercises this summer in South Korea would be suspended, following President Trump’s decision. Dana White, the Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman, said in a late afternoon statement: ‘Consistent with President Trump’s commitment and in concert with our Republic of Korea ally, the United States military has suspended all planning for this August’s defensive ‘wargame’ (Freedom Guardian).’ … The summer exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, consisted mainly of computer simulations to hone joint decision-making and planning. Some 17,500 American and 50,000 South Korean troops participated last year. The drill, held since the 1970s, usually took place in August.” (06/18/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/18/pentagon-confirms-halt-august-war-games-with-south-korea.html

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

21) Separation of children: An American tradition
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Fred Foldvary

“Many Americans deplore the forced separation of children from their parents when they attempt an unauthorized entry into the USA. The recorded crying of children traumatized from having their parents taken away is terrible to hear for anyone with empathy. Administrations excuse this by claiming that they are only enforcing a legally mandated zero tolerance, that this separation acts as a useful deterrent to immigration, and that the law is ordained by God. The claim by those opposing this policy is that this cruel separation is un-American. But in fact, the forced separation of children is an American tradition. Under slavery prior to the end of the Civil War, children were sold separately from their parents. This action too was presumably a law ordained by God. The separation of children from their parents was also imposed on native American Indians. … Since the current child separation is a continuation of past policies, we can expect similar outcomes: abuse, death, and suicides.” (06/19/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/06/19/separation-of-children-an-american-tradition/

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22) Taxed Enough Already, you say? Trump disagrees.
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“For reasons I’ve never understood, protectionism almost always successfully disguises itself as ‘populism.’ Foreigners, we’re told, are screwing us by selling us stuff cheap instead of charging us extra. American workers shouldn’t have to compete with foreign workers who accept lower wages. Trump, man of the people, is doing us a favor by making everything we buy more expensive. In fact, tariffs and other protectionist policies are the very essence of elitism and the very opposite of populism. They benefit the stockholders of politically connected corporations at the expense of ordinary Americans. A few American workers may get (or keep) jobs in the affected industries, but as consumers those workers (and the rest of us) take it in the shorts to buy new yachts for the beautiful people with friends in Washington.”

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13789

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23) After the IG report, let’s kill the FBI while we can
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“If you hoped for a scathing and yet inconclusive report that would satisfy absolutely none of the partisan players claiming the FBI played favorites in the 2016 presidential election, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz dropped exactly that last week. Basically, the IG found no evidence that the FBI intentionally acted to affect the outcome of the election, but that its staff and leadership behaved like rogue, politicized clowns. And if that’s all we can agree upon, perhaps it’s enough to pull the plug on this excessively powerful internal security force that’s been playing at politics since its founding.” (06/19/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/06/19/after-the-ig-report-lets-kill-the-fbi-wh

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24) Housing: The case for YIMBY (Yes, In My Back Yard!)
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sandy Ikeda

“Resisting change and sticking to the old ways, the tried-and-true, is a very natural sentiment for most of us. We grow accustomed, attached even, to where we live, even if we often complain about it. For the most part we pretty much like the way things are. If someone proposes building something nearby, even if it promises to make our lives somehow better, we tend to resist because, well, it could also make things worse or make us adapt to a new way of doing things. The policy question here, however, is whether some of us should be allowed to use the power of government against others in order to keep changes from happening that we don’t like. Is it right to use political power, the power to initiate violence, against other people who haven’t used violence against us? In particular, is it right to use political power to prevent a developer from building those apartments in our single-family neighborhood?” (06/19/18)

https://fee.org/articles/housing-the-case-for-yimby-yes-in-my-back-yard/

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25) The cronyist origins of Social Security
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brian Balfour

“The commonly held belief is that Social Security was created by FDR as a compassionate, ‘progressive’ program to help older people feel more secure in their retirement. Like so many progressive programs, however, Social Security was likely the creation of big businesses turning to big government technocrats to protect themselves against competition.” (06/19/18)

https://mises.org/wire/cronyist-origins-social-security

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26) The JCPOA and the Singapore statement
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The president and other members of the administration have boxed themselves in with their insistence that anything less than ‘comprehensive, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization’ (CVID) is unacceptable. Trump’s delusion that North Korea agreed to anything close to this in Singapore compounds the problem, because it means that he is already taking victory laps for a process that has just barely started. Instead of continuing to ‘fudge’ the huge gap between the two sides, the administration needs to modify its demands and expectations to match the reality that North Korea isn’t disarming. Once there is no longer any illusion that North Korean disarmament might happen, U.S. and North Korean officials could have potentially very productive talks to reach important compromises on a permanent test freeze. … The trouble is that the president isn’t going to be interested in a modest, useful agreement when he already thinks North Korea has given up ‘everything.’” (06/19/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-jcpoa-and-the-singapore-statement/

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27) Mounting debt isn’t just Italy’s problem
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“Much of the news media has been focusing on Italy, where a coalition of leftwing and rightwing populist parties has taken over the reins of government in the context of severe economic problems. Italy’s government debt amounts to about 130 percent of the country’s GDP, and the banking system holds, among other things, about one-fourth of Europe’s toxic assets. Combined with a strong anti-European Union and anti-establishment sentiment in the midst of a very weak economic recovery, all this has produced a populist government and spooked markets, politicians, and commentators around the globe. But Europe is not the only part of the world that should have us worried about mounting debt and its political ramifications. The United States has serious debt problems that have not been addressed since the financial crisis shook the world a decade ago — they have actually been compounded.” (06/19/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/06/19/mounting-debt-isnt-just-italys-problem/

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28) Separating families at the border: The hysteria overlooks some key facts
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The latest outrage by the Trump administration is its policy of ‘ripping’ children away from parents who’ve crossed the border illegally. As with so many other things involving Trump, there’s plenty of emotion but precious little in the way of facts. … The practice has generated a rising storm of protests, including from Republicans, ever since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ for illegal border crossers. Laura Bush took to the Washington Post’s op-ed page to decry it as ‘cruel’ and ‘immoral.’ Trump supporter Franklin Graham called it ‘disgraceful.’ Trump himself says he doesn’t want to see families separated while the legal process works its way out, and then went on to blame Democrats for the problem. So what’s going on here?” [editor’s note: Once again, there are seemingly only two bad choices – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Only if one doesn’t bother to look for better choices, Steve – TLK] (06/19/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/separating-families-illegal-immigrants-trump-immigration-zero-tolerance-asylum

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29) The foolishness of a consumer society
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Do custom-embroidered powder room towels actually make your life better? If you think so, and if you’re not of the very few who care about towels as an art form, you’re getting your kicks from other people being impressed by you. You’re buying the approval of others … and you’re all being foolish together. Quality food makes your life better. A reliable car makes your life better. Good medicine makes your life better. Olive spoons do not. Sadly, much of the Western world, and America especially, has become addicted to status symbols. This has been going on for generations now.” (06/19/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/foolishness-consumer-society/

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30) Immigration: A confession and a value judgment
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“I must confess that, contrary to my former anarcho-capitalist stance for unrestricted immigration (shared by many of my co-bloggers here), I now find the topic more complicated. I of course have no economic objection to immigration, if by ‘economic’ is meant its effects on wages, incomes, and the allocation of resources. Basically, as Jean-Baptiste Say would have said, supply creates its own demand. As far as value judgments are concerned — some are ultimately needed to evaluate any government policy — I find no moral case for banning competition by the poorest. Any newborn citizen is an immigrant from within, and — except for Malthusian environmentalists — we understandably don’t worry about that. The invasion argument is more difficult to reject. Assume that ‘our’ state is a contractual agent for protecting our liberty. An invasion of immigrants who do not share that value would compromise it. We then have a classical-liberal argument against open immigration.” [editor’s note: No, we don’t, because the assumption itself contradicts the tenets of classical liberalism – TLK] (06/19/18)

https://www.econlib.org/immigration-a-confession-and-a-value-judgment/

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31) Will Trump agree to unify Korea under Kim?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“South Korean President Moon Jae In and the people of South Korea may come to rue the day when Moon decided to let President Trump negotiate a peace agreement with North Korea’s communist dictator Kim Jong Un, especially given the close relationship that now exists between Trump and Kim. That’s because in the topsy turvy world of U.S. conservatism in which we now live, no one can reasonably discount the possibility that Trump could enter into a permanent settlement of the Korean War by agreeing to unify the country under Kim’s leadership in return for full and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea, which, under Tump’s America-first policy, is his top priority.” (06/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/06/19/will-trump-agree-to-unify-korea-under-kim/

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32) Fake support for a “free market” in energy
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“All of a sudden, everyone on the left wants ‘free markets in energy policy.’ As someone who’s advocated for that for, oh, about three decades, this riff should be music to my ears. But is laissez faire energy policy really what liberals are seeking? First, some context. A few weeks ago, liberal activists leaked a draft of a Trump administration directive that would order utilities to purchase coal and nuclear power as part of their energy mix in supplying electricity to homes and businesses. There are good arguments for and against this policy (I’m fairly neutral), but what was fascinating was the indignant response from those on the left who hate fossil fuels. ‘Crony capitalism!’ they shrieked in unison. Catherine Rampell, an economic columnist at The Washington Post, moaned that President Donald Trump ‘is wielding the power of the state to keep uncompetitive companies in business, and costing taxpayers and consumers lots of money in the process.’” (06/19/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/06/19/fake-support-for-a-free-market-in-energy-n2491998

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33) Statists against humanity
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“One objection to a free society that statists frequently grasp at is their claim that without government control (‘laws,’ ‘taxes’), no one would help others. Or at least, there wouldn’t be ‘enough’ help to go around. This is so ridiculous that it doesn’t even need to be addressed, but I will anyway.” (06/19/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/06/statists-against-humanity.html

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34) From “I alone can fix it” to “change the laws!”
Source: The Atlantic
by David A Graham

“[O]n July 21, 2016, Donald Trump stood at a lectern in Cleveland and made a solemn vow. ‘Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,’ he said. To his critics, this line was chilling, even authoritarian, defying the democratic nature of the American system. But to many of Trump’s supporters, it was a heartening moment — a sign that he would not allow himself to be tied up in red tape and mealy-mouthed excuses. … Trump now faces a mushrooming political crisis over his administration’s policy of separating children of unauthorized immigrants from their parents at the border. While Trump has often been confounded by the checks and balances of the courts and the Congress, this is a rare case where Trump alone really can fix it. With a single word, he could reverse the policy, which his administration implemented last month. Instead … Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stood in the White House briefing room and echoed Trump’s comments in Cleveland — but flipped 180 degrees. ‘Congress and the courts created these problems, and Congress alone can fix it,’ she said.” (06/19/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/i-alone-can-fix-it-change-the-laws-trump-pass-buck-border-separations/563108/

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35) Brownells defends itself
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I’m glad to be able to say this: Brownells has, present tense, a YouTube channel. Especially glad because, on June 9, Google had shut that channel down without warning or explanation. Brownells is a family-owned supplier of firearms, firearm parts and accessories, gunsmithing tools, and emergency gear. Well-known and well-regarded by shooters, hobbyists and gunsmiths, the company has a website and a YouTube channel that serves as a ‘portal to everything shooting and hunting,’ as Pete Brownell explains.” (06/19/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/06/19/brownells-defends-itself/

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36) Trump’s dangerous approach to the “supreme court” of global trade
Source: Reuters
by Simon Lester

“Nominations for the U.S. Supreme Court are intense, partisan battles. The stakes are high, and political actors go all out to win. By contrast, appointments to international courts tend to be more diplomatic affairs, as the issues are narrower and the courts have less power. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has brought the rough-and-tumble culture of U.S. judicial politics to the appeals court of the World Trade Organization (WTO), by blocking all new appointments as the terms of the current judges expire. It’s a dangerous approach — not just for the United States, but for all of the WTO’s 164 members. If the Trump White House continues down this path, the court will soon have too few judges to function. In blocking new appointments, the Trump White House is undermining a tribunal that enforces the rules of a trading system that has served WTO members well for over 20 years, and continue to be crucial to the group’s interests.” (06/19/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lester-wto-commentary/commentary-trumps-dangerous-approach-to-the-supreme-court-of-global-trade-idUSKBN1JF1UI

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37) As sexual assault investigation scandal engulfs England, US law enforcement stages lovefest with #StartByBelieving
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by E Everett Bartlett

“Alison Saunders was an ambitious and crafty prosecutor who rose through the ranks of the English Crown Prosecution Service, finally named as its director in 2013. Saunders'[s] top priority was to prosecute sexual assault cases more aggressively, promising a one-third increase in prosecuted cases by 2015. Every prosecutor knows that in order to have a ‘successful’ prosecution, you need to obtain a conviction. But when you increase the number of prosecutions, a growing percentage of those cases rely on weak evidence. Saunders’ solution can be summed up in a eight words: ‘affirmative consent,’ ‘believe the victim,’ and ‘hide the ball.’ Alarm bells began to sound last December when media accounts revealed a growing number of rape cases in which police failed to disclose crucial evidence to defense counsel.” (06/19/18)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.8782

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38) How paranoid parenting fuels kids’ “Internet addiction”
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“Every summer, parents are confronted with new threats to their children to obsess about. We used to worry about our children being outdoors and being abducted. This year, we’re told that keeping them indoors will mean they become addicted to the internet. … It is understandable that parents are concerned with what their children are up to in their digital bedrooms. But the current one-dimensional focus on the internet confuses the symptom with the underlying problem. When I interviewed a group of parents recently, they complained that their children spend all their time either texting or online, and rarely engage directly with other children. When I asked about what opportunities they have provided for their children to explore the physical world, and to have direct offline experiences with other children, there was a hesitant silence.” (06/19/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-paranoid-parenting-fuels-kids-internet-addiction/

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39) Protect immigrant rights; end the crises that drive migration
Source: CounterPunch
by Kevin Zeese & Margaret Flowers

“Immigration, as we noted at the outset, is tied into issues of corporate trade agreements, regime change, US Empire, the drug war and capitalism. These issues are forcing a race to the bottom for worker rights and wages and destruction of the environment. They are driving a growing security state, militarization of law enforcement and mass incarceration. Border patrols lock people into countries where they face poverty, pollution and violence with little chance of escape. Immigrants are the scapegoats, but it is the systems that are driving migration.” (06/19/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/19/protect-immigrant-rights-end-the-crises-that-drive-migration/

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40) Disaster capitalism [sic] strikes Puerto Rico’s schools
Source: In These Times
by Hannah Wiley

“It’s Valentine’s Day at Eleanor Roosevelt elementary, and chocolate goodies and Krispy Kreme donuts sit in the back of Axamara Perez’s classroom. Her first-graders are eager to finish their assignment so they can start the party. Since Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, ‘to get them excited about something, you really have to do a lot,’ says Perez. It’s almost impossible to forget realities on the island, which include hurricane recovery, a 12-year financial crisis and devastating austerity measures. The island owes bondholders $75 billion, a result of mismanagement and a century under a colonial superpower. To save money, 179 schools have been shuttered, and Puerto Rico Education Secretary Julia Keleher announced in April that a quarter of the 1,100 remaining schools will close this summer. Morale is low in the Eleanor Roosevelt community, where some students still live without electricity. Letters to parents receive no response, requests for parent-teacher meetings are ignored, homework goes unfinished and teachers feel pressure to keep the school from closing.” (06/19/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21189/Puerto-Rico-schools-shuttered-Hurricane-Maria

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41) Living dangerously
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

“Regular readers of Goldmoney’s Insights should be aware by now that the cycle of business activity is fuelled by monetary policy, and that the periodic booms and slumps experienced since monetary policy has been used in an attempt to manage economic outcomes are the result of monetary policy itself. The link between interest rate suppression in the early stages of the credit cycle, the creation of malinvestments and the subsequent debt denouement was summed up in Hayek’s illustration of a triangle, which I covered in an earlier article. Since Hayek’s time, monetary policy, particularly in America, has evolved away from targeting production and discouraging savings by suppressing interest rates, towards encouraging consumption through expanding consumer finance.” (06/19/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/06/living-dangerously/

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42) Trumping to serfdom
Source: Mises Canada
by Doug French

“Hayek wrote that psychopaths, er politicians, have to ‘weld together a closely coherent body of supporters’ … appealing ‘to a common human weakness. It seems to be easier for people to agree on a negative programme — on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of the better off — than on any positive task.’ Think, the media, immigrants, the FBI, and now, gulp, Canadians.” (06/18/18)

https://www.mises.ca/trumping-to-serfdom/

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43) Create two, three, many Stonewalls
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“I’m sure I don’t have to tell anyone its Pride Month. Its been advertised everywhere from Google to Twitter. A coming out party for the wholesale corporate appropriation of an underground movement. Its not even Queer Pride Month anymore, that title has become too politically incorrect, it might make the straight world uneasy. It’s LGBTQ Pride Month, that Disneyfied assimilationist alphabet soup cooked up to get the breeders comfortable enough to bother curing AIDS. Not that I have anything against Pride Month, quite the contrary, I’m very proud to be a genderfuck lesbian. I’m just apoplectic over the fact that I finally came out just in time for my community to sell out. If you were to go on the advertisements and fanfare alone you’d think we were celebrating the day that drone strike sociopath Barack Obama granted us the right to government sanctioned monogamy. The liberal establishment who suddenly loves us so goddamn much always seems to fail to mention that Queer Pride Month was originally launched to commemorate a violent uprising against the very state they hold so near and dear.” (06/18/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/06/create-two-three-many-stonewalls.html

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44) The military-industrial drain
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“As Trump stokes tensions around the world, he’s adding fuel to the fire by demanding even more Pentagon spending. It’s a dangerous military buildup intended to underwrite endless wars and enrich defense contractors, while draining money from investment in the American people. President Dwight D. Eisenhower once noted, ‘Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.’ Eisenhower was a Republican and a former general who helped win World War II for the allies, yet he understood America’s true priorities. But Washington (and especially Trump) have lost sight of these basic tradeoffs. Since 2001, the Pentagon budget has soared from $456 billion (in today’s dollars) to $700 billion, including the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other national security expenses. All told, when you include spending on the military and war, veterans’ benefits, and homeland security, military-related spending now eats up 67 percent of all federal discretionary spending.” [editor’s note: When Reich is (for once) attacking the right issues, I post his stuff here – SAT] (06/19/18)

http://prospect.org/article/military-industrial-drain

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45) Why protect speech?
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Ethan Blevins

“The U.S. Supreme Court has extended more protection for speech than other major courts that adjudicate rights, such as the European Court of Human of Rights. Nonetheless, the Supreme Court is frequently wrong about why speech deserves constitutional protection. That error has undermined the First Amendment that the Court purports to protect. Do we protect speech because it is an inviolate component of individual identity, or because it furthers communal values? Doubtless, the answer is — at least to some extent — both. But the priority offered to one or the other often create divergent outcomes in important cases and First Amendment doctrines.” (06/18/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/06/18/why-protect-speech/

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46) How the Church of England abolished itself via the welfare state
Source: Acton Institute
by Richard Godden

“Frank Prochaska describes Christianity & Social Service in Modern Britain as ‘an interpretative study, which seeks to contribute to the history of social service, religious decline, and democratic traditions’ (p. vii). There is no doubt that, between the late Victorian years and the twenty-First century, the voluntary provision of social services in the UK was substantially replaced by State provision and, over the same period, Christianity in the UK declined. Frank Prochaska seeks to examine the connection between these two processes.” (06/18/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/06/18/how-church-england-abolished-itself-welfare-state

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47) The myths we tell ourselves
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Your average mass media pundit regularly decries the fact Americans no longer have trust in the country’s institutions, yet simultaneously refuse to take any sort of responsibility for the situation. Government bureaucrats and other assorted supporters of our decrepit status quo tend to do the same thing. As is typically the case, I’ll take the other side. Not only do I think it’s completely sane for Americans to have zero faith in their institutions, including but certainly not limited to the three-letter agencies, Congress and the Federal Reserve, I’ll take it a step further and argue we as citizens remain far too naive and trusting for our own good. If nothing else, the recent Justice Department Inspector General’s (IG) report on the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server should underscore the point.” (06/18/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/06/18/the-myths-we-tell-ourselves/

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48) Separating families at the border isn’t new, we’ve been doing it for centuries
Source: USA Today
by Antonio Cediel

“Much of the country is justifiably outraged about the Trump administration’s practice of separating undocumented children from their parents. According to Homeland Security figures, about 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in just six weeks and many are now being placed in tent camps in the desert. In a May interview with NPR, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen stated the administration’s case very clearly. When asked if families would be separated if they crossed the border illegally, she said the following: ‘Our policy has not changed in that if you break the law, we will refer you for prosecution. What that means, however, is if you are a single adult, if you are part of a family, if you are pregnant, if you have any other condition, you’re an adult and you break the law, we will refer you. Operationally what that means is we will have to separate your family. … Secretary Nielsen is absolutely correct. What is being done at the border is no different than what the government does to families every day in the U.S.” (06/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/19/separating-families-border-illegal-immigrant-undocumented-column/711086002

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49) ICE pee
Source: Cagle Post
by Daryl Cagle

Cartoon. (06/18/18)

https://darylcagle.com/2018/06/18/ice-pee/

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50) Trump lies about Germany, again, to cast immigrants as an existential threat
Source: The Intercept
by Robert Mackey

“The president of the United States told a blatant lie about Germany on Monday, claiming that the nation’s crime rate — which is at its lowest level in 25 years — has gone ‘way up’ since Europe granted asylum to hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the wars in Syria and Iraq. The lie, posted on Twitter by Donald Trump, was an attempt to justify the exceedingly cruel measures he ordered to deter unauthorized immigration, including the arrest of asylum-seekers at the southern border and the removal of their children for detention in cages. … Undeterred by the facts, Trump followed his false claim with a second tweet, in which he revealed that the lie about Germany was part of a broader effort to cast immigration, at least by nonwhites, as an existential threat to both Europe and the United States.” (06/18/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/18/donald-trump-angela-merkel-germany-refugees-immigration/

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51) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 61
Source: Libertarianism.org

“This week, Gary Chartier joins us to discuss the libertarian corporation problem.” [various formats] (06/19/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/corporation-problem-gary-chartier

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52) Scott Adams Says, 06/19/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about how the king and the queen are sacrificing the pawns. With coffee.” [Flash video] [editor’s note: as Scott notes here, there seems to be no good choice on the current border situation; it is seemingly between two bad choices: “kids crying in cages” (for a few weeks maybe?) or a continued increase in “child trafficking” … which do YOU choose? – SAT] [additional editor’s note: I choose freedom, a choice Adams is getting very consistent about leaving off the menu on this issue – TLK] (06/19/18)

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1OwxWWlWpRexQ

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53) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 165
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Trump on Weed.” [various formats] (06/19/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-165-trump-weed/

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/19/18
Source: Cato Institute

“If the U.S. military had understood insights from psychology in 2001, the mission in Afghanistan might have been substantially smaller. Erik Goepner is author of the new Cato paper, ‘War State, Trauma State.’” [various formats] (06/19/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/war-state-trauma-state-part-two

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55) Free Talk Live, 06/18/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Forkfest Day Four of Five :: Anypay :: Rodger’s Libertarian Migration Experience :: Libertarian Conventions :: Peaceful Parenting :: Human Foot Tacos :: Stateless Wedding :: Selling Organs :: Consensual Cannabalism :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Rodger Paxton.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/18/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-06-18

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