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In the News:

1) Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana
2) Trump ends policy of separating abducted migrant children from families
3) DC: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop, alleged to have sexually abused minor
4) OH: ICE thugs carry out largest kidnapping exploit in recent history, abducting 146
5) House to vote Thursday on immigration legislation
6) WV: State Supreme Court justice faces 395 year sentence in federal fraud case
7) TX: Billboard telling “liberals” to keep driving will come down
8) Hungary: Lawmakers pass bills to deter asylum-seekers, aid workers
9) American Airlines to Trump: Don’t put abducted kids on our flights
10) Free speech advocates sound alarm over EU copyright proposal
11) For OPEC, oil tariff spat is short-term gain, long-term pain
12) PA: Cops murder fleeing teen
13) Astronauts eject UK-led space junk demo mission
14) WA: Seattle City Hall expanding to house homeless after “head tax” flop
15) UK: Lawmakers consider removing ban on medical cannabis

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) How to fight inhumane immigration policies? Better smugglers
17) The pro-war media deserve criticism, not sainthood
18) Libertarian criticisms miss mark
19) Chinese Big Brother
20) Universal Basic Income: What’s the plural of apocalypse?
21) The entropy of politico-economic systems
22) When it comes to data, measure what matters
23) Bitcoin is less volatile than its cryptocurrency cousins
24) Red Lobsters and Black Swans
25) How to “fix” social media without censorship
26) The immigrants fueling the gig economy
27) The problem with government licensing schemes
28) For our rulers, smearing dissident journalist as good as killing him
29) Mueller has Strzok out
30) At the border, Trump’s zero tolerance makes zero sense
31) Predicting trade wars
32) Imagining a world without free speech
33) America’s “poster child” syndrome
34) If you cross the border, we’ll kidnap your child
35) Assaults not allowed
36) Trump’s dominance display: Traumatizing children
37) “What? You think we’re so innocent?”
38) Sessions is right that separating families isn’t like the Nazis. It’s like slave owners.
39) Oliver North is still running arms
40) China is in trouble
41) Julian Assange and the Mindszenty case
42) Quantum Vibe, 06/20/18
43) Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?
44) When do we start counting lamp posts and measuring hemp?
45) The GDPR and browser fingerprinting: How it changes the game for the sneakiest web trackers

The Sound and the Fury:

46) Political Research Digest, 06/20/18
47) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/20/18
48) Scott Adams Says, 06/20/18
49) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/20/18
50) Electric Libertyland, episode 77
51) Intercepted, 06/20/18
52) Free Talk Live, 06/19/18
53) Reason Podcast, 06/19/18
54) The Libertarian Angle, 06/19/18
55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1182

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

1) Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana
Source: CNN

“Recreational marijuana use will soon be legal in Canada after the Senate passed a ‘historic’ bill on Tuesday with a vote of 52-29. Canada is only the second country in the world — and the first G7 nation — to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. In the neighboring US, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use.” (06/20/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/health/canada-legalizes-marijuana/index.html

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2) Trump ends policy of separating abducted migrant children from families
Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump, under mounting political pressure from angry members of his own party, signed on Wednesday an executive order that would reverse his administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border and [abducting] families together instead. ‘It’s about keeping families together while ensuring we have a powerful border,’ Trump said of the order. Trump said the order ‘will solve that problem’ of children being separated from their parents, but that it wouldn’t end his administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy of charging everyone who attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally [sic].” (06/20/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-says-he-ll-sign-order-stopping-separation-families-border-n885061

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3) DC: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former archbishop, alleged to have sexually abused minor
Source: USA Today

“Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C, is alleged to have sexually abused a minor 47 years ago when he was a priest in the Archdiocese of New York, Catholic church officials announced Wednesday. As a result of the allegations, called ‘credible and substantiated’ by church officials, the cardinal is stepping down from active ministry until a definite decision is made through the canonical process, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Washington. ‘While I have absolutely no recollection of this reported abuse, and believe in my innocence, I am sorry for the pain the person who brought the charges has gone through, as well as for the scandal such charges cause our people,’ McCarrick said in a statement. The 87-year-old McCarrick, who has been a priest for 60 years, is believed to be the first cardinal to step down from active ministry after allegations of sexually abusing a minor.” (06/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/06/20/cardinal-theodore-mccarrick-accused-sex-abuse-minor/717555002

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4) OH: ICE thugs carry out largest kidnapping exploit in recent history, abducting 146
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Dozens of federal agents descended on a major meat supplier in northeast Ohio on Tuesday, [abducting] 146 Fresh Mark employees in what the agency calls its largest workplace raid in recent history — and its second massive raid in the state this month. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that its investigative arm, Homeland Security Investigations, obtained a warrant to search the meat processing plant in Salem, Ohio, as part of a yearlong probe of Fresh Mark’s hiring practices and whether it may have knowingly hired undocumented immigrants. Agents also searched three other company facilities without [kidnapping any more victims].” (06/20/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/20/621810030/ice-carries-out-its-largest-immigration-raid-in-recent-history-arresting-146

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5) House to vote Thursday on immigration legislation
Source: Raw Story

“The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, said on Wednesday the House would vote on immigration legislation on Thursday that would end the practice of separating families who cross the U.S. border illegally.” (06/20/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/house-vote-thursday-immigration-legislation-paul-ryan

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6) WV: State Supreme Court justice faces 395 year sentence in federal fraud case
Source: Fox News

“A West Virginia Supreme Court justice faces up to 395 years in prison and $5.5 million in fines after being hit with a 22-count indictment on numerous charges of fraud and corruption. Allen H. Loughry II, a 47-year-old justice at the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, was charged by a federal grand jury on Wednesday with fraud, false statement, and witness tampering offenses. … Among the offenses, Loughry is accused using a government vehicle and credit card on personal trips, and unlawfully converting to his own use a historically significant piece of furniture — a desk that belonged to famed architect Cass Gilbert. He has also been charged with attempting to corruptly obstruct and influence testimonial evidence of a Supreme Court employee in an imminent grand jury investigation. Loughry was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday morning at his home and was taken to the federal courthouse in Charleston for processing and to schedule his arraignment.” (06/20/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/20/west-virginia-supreme-court-justice-faces-395-years-behind-bars-in-federal-fraud-case.html

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7) TX: Billboard telling “liberals” to keep driving will come down
Source: USA Today

“A billboard in the Texas panhandle that gained national attention for its message urging ‘liberals’ to keep driving until they leave the state will be coming down. ‘Liberals please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS,’ the sign reads, according to a photo taken by Kyle Mccallie. That photo was been shared more than 10,000 times on Facebook. Burkett Outdoor Advertising, the company that owns the sign, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the sign would be taken down after all the attention, much of it negative. ‘I was shocked that it traveled that fast,’ Burkett told the newspaper. ‘I believe in free speech, but this country is divided enough as it is. I’ve spoken with the client, and he’s agreed that it should come down. We’ll be reimbursing him.’ Mccallie, 25, who lives in Fritch, Texas, said he saw the sign on Tuesday along a route he travels regularly for work. He told USA TODAY that the sign is located along I-40 east near Vega, Texas — about a 35-mile drive from the New Mexico border.” (06/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/20/texas-billboard-tells-liberals-keep-driving/716756002

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8) Hungary: Lawmakers pass bills to deter asylum-seekers, aid workers
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Hungarian lawmakers voted to tighten the country’s asylum eligibility rules and threatened Wednesday to incarcerate people who help asylum-seekers, votes that coincided with a United Nations’ observance dedicated to refugees. The approved changes include a constitutional amendment making it more difficult for refugees to qualify for asylum depending on how they reached Hungary. For example, asylum-seekers’ claims will be rejected if they traveled through countries where they were not persecuted or at risk of persecution. The criteria would make it possible to turn back Syrian refugees who cross into Hungary from Serbia, like most now do after following a route through the Balkan region to western Europe. The amendment passed on a 159-5 vote, with lawmakers from Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, a small ally party and the nationalist Jobbik party all in support.” (06/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Laws-to-deter-asylum-seekers-aid-workers-passed-13010960.php

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9) American Airlines to Trump: Don’t put abducted kids on our flights
Source: New York Post

“American Airlines does not want the US government to use its planes to transport the immigrant children torn from their families as a result of the Trump administration’s controversial border policy. ‘We bring families together, not apart,’ the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline said in a strongly-worded statement Wednesday. The airline acknowledged that it has contracts with the federal government that have previously involved transporting refugees to be reunited with their families. American Airlines said it was not aware of the federal government using its fleet to transport children who had been [abducted by US government enforcers] as a result of the zero-tolerance policy for immigrants illegally crossing the Mexican border that went into place in May.” (06/20/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/06/20/american-airlines-to-trump-dont-put-separated-migrant-kids-on-our-flights/

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10) Free speech advocates sound alarm over EU copyright proposal
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“In 2001, the last time the European Union overhauled its copyright laws, there was no YouTube, Facebook, or Google News. Today, the landscape is much different. Users can easily share content, and automated aggregators can scrape news outlets for headlines, photos, and summaries. On Wednesday, the European Parliament is set to address what some see as a ‘value gap’ between copyright holders and online platforms. The proposal would require platforms to pay a fee when quoting news snippets and to establish content filters that would prevent users from posting copyrighted material. Proponents of the law, which include some of Europe’s largest publishing houses and entertainment companies, call it a much-needed relief measure for writers and artists facing declining revenues in the Digital Age. Critics call it censorship. ‘It’s going to absolutely devastate the public discourse that makes Wikipedia legal,’ says writer and activist Cory Doctorow.” (06/20/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2018/0619/Free-speech-advocates-sound-alarm-over-EU-copyright-proposal

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11) For OPEC, oil tariff spat is short-term gain, long-term pain
Source: Reuters

“OPEC, which has lost Chinese market share to U.S. oil producers, should in theory view a tariff spat between Beijing and Washington as a boon. But while OPEC can sell more oil to China as a result of import tariffs on U.S. crude, in the long term the trade dispute could hit economic growth and oil demand, OPEC officials and oil executives said. ‘In the long term, this will have a negative effect on the global economy even if, in the short term, it might be positive for other non-U.S. producers,’ Austrian oil company OMV’s chief executive Rainer Seele said on the sidelines of an OPEC seminar in Vienna. ‘In the long-term, (U.S. President Donald) Trump’s policies will weigh on the global economy.’ A trade spat between the U.S. and China escalated last week with China threatening to slap a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of U.S. goods, including oil and refined products.” (06/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-oil-opec-usa-china/for-opec-oil-tariff-spat-is-short-term-gain-long-term-pain-idUSKBN1JG2CX

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12) PA: Cops murder fleeing teen
Source: ABC News

“Police shot and killed a 17-year-old boy who fled from them near Pittsburgh Tuesday after he was pulled over in a car believed to have been connected to an earlier shooting that night, authorities said. … An East Pittsburgh police officer spotted a car matching the description — a silver Chevy Cruze — and pulled the car over at 8:40 p.m., police said. The driver, 20, was ordered out of the car and directed to the ground, police said. But two other people who were in that car fled on foot, police said. The officer shot three times at one of the fleeing people -– the 17-year-old — and struck him three times, police said. The teen, Antwon Rose, was taken to a hospital where he died, the medical examiner’s office said. Rose did not have a weapon on him and none of the three suspects fired at officers, police said, adding that ‘two firearms were later recovered from the suspect vehicle.’” (06/20/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/pennsylvania-police-kill-17-year-fleeing-traffic-stop/story?id=56023716

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13) Astronauts eject UK-led space junk demo mission
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A UK-led project to showcase methods to tackle space junk has just been pushed out of the International Space Station. The RemoveDebris satellite was ejected a short while ago with the help of a robotic arm. The 100kg craft, built in Guildford, has a net and a harpoon. These are just two of the multiple ideas currently being considered to snare rogue hardware, some 7,500 tonnes of which is now said to be circling the planet. This material (old rocket parts and broken fragments of spacecraft) poses a collision hazard to operational satellites that deliver important services, such as telecommunications.” (06/20/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44550082

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14) WA: Seattle City Hall expanding to house homeless after “head tax” flop
Source: Fox News

“Seattle lawmakers, after being pressured by business leaders to repeal a controversial tax meant to address the city’s homeless problem, have a brand new plan: turn City Hall’s lobby into a homeless shelter. The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a plan expanding the number of housing and shelter units by 25 percent. That includes an extra 100 spaces at City Hall. ‘When people have access to shelter, they’re more likely to take advantage of services like behavioral health, hygiene services, and employment support, and then move to permanent housing,’ Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. ‘We all have to contribute to solutions to this crisis, which is why we’re opening City Hall [to] more people each night.’” (06/20/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/20/seattle-city-hall-expanding-to-house-homeless-after-head-tax-flop.html

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15) UK: Lawmakers consider removing ban on medical cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“British medical patients could soon treat their conditions with the help of legal cannabis. The UK’s government announced on Tuesday plans to lift its ban on marijuana for medical use after growing concern for epileptic children with no access to medicine, the AP reports. Home Secretary Sajid Javid spoke to fellow lawmakers about 12-year-old Billy Caldwell, a boy with severe epilepsy whose cannabis oil medication was recently confiscated at a London airport. The boy’s situation was the impetus for William Hague, a high-profile former conservative leader, to write an opinion piece for The Daily Telegraph in favor of reversing the UK’s current cannabis laws. The case ‘provides one of those illuminating moments when a longstanding policy is revealed to be inappropriate, ineffective and utterly out of date,’ wrote Hague. The boy’s mother, Charlotte Caldwell, would like to hear more details regarding any changes to the law, although she welcomed the announcement.” (06/20/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/06/19/uk-lawmakers-consider-removing-ban-on-medical-marijuana

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

16) How to fight inhumane immigration policies? Better smugglers
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“On Sunday, immigrants and their supporters rallied at Phoenix’s Central United Methodist Church against the Trump administration’s policy of criminal prosecution of border-crossers and the resulting separation of thousands of children from their families. Instead of concessions from the administration, though, they got the dispatch of Wisconsin National Guard troops to bolster Customs and Border Patrol agents. Good for the protesters. But they might be well-advised to redirect at least some of their efforts away from demonstrations and instead put resources into more effectively and humanely smuggling migrants into the country past the border checkpoints. … If hardline federal policy is worth undermining, it’s worth sabotaging in a host of ways. And an underground railroad for migrants would do just that by harnessing the ingenuity and resources of private groups and public officials that already oppose the current administration to more directly confront its policies.” (06/20/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/06/20/fight-trump-border-smuggling-immigration

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17) The pro-war media deserve criticism, not sainthood
Source: Future of Freedom Foundtion
by James Bovard

“The media nowadays are busy congratulating themselves for their vigorous criticism of Donald Trump. To exploit that surge of sanctimony, Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg rushed out The Post, a movie depicting an epic press battle with the Nixon administration. Critics raved over the film, which the New York Post enthusiastically labeled ‘journalism porn of the highest order.’ Boston Public Radio station WBUR called it the ‘most fun you’ll ever have at a civics lesson.’ Spielberg, touting his movie, claimed that ‘the free press is a crusader for truth,’ But the media hoopla around The Post is akin to geezers boasting of having shown moments of courage when they were almost 50 years younger. … Perhaps the memory of winning the Pentagon Papers showdown with the feds helped make the media overconfident about their ability to resist the temptation to become political tools.” (06/20/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-pro-war-media-deserve-criticism-not-sainthood/

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18) Libertarian criticisms miss mark
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Recently, I read a rant describing libertarianism in unlibertarian ways. This is normal. I’ve never seen a criticism of libertarianism that hit the mark. The point is usually that libertarians are selfish and don’t care about other people; a claim that only works on those who are in the dark. It is said we don’t care about the poor because the taxes and regulations we’re against are for their protection. Yet taxes and regulations hit those hardest who are least able to afford them; much harder than those with a stable of lawyers standing ready.” (06/20/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/06/20/voices/libertarian-criticisms-miss-mark/158160.html

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19) Chinese Big Brother
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Upset because Facebook and Google invade your privacy? Be glad you don’t live in China. Facebook and other Western apps are banned there. The government views their openness as a threat. So the Chinese use platforms like WeChat and Alibaba. Now the Chinese government takes data from those platforms to assign all people who use them a ‘social credit score.’ In other words, the government monitors your web activity and gives you a grade. Your purchases, social interactions and political activity will determine what privileges you get. Having a low score (because you smoke, are slow to pay bills or criticize a government official) could get you barred from flying, using certain hotels or sending your kids to better schools. Li Schoolland grew up in China. As a teenager, she survived China’s Great Leap Forward, Great Famine and Cultural Revolution. Her parents were doctors, which meant they, and she, were intellectual enough to be targeted for communist ‘re-education.’” (06/20/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/06/20/chinese-big-brother-n2492334

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20) Universal Basic Income: What’s the plural of apocalypse?
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews

“The UBI (sometimes called guaranteed basic income or guaranteed minimum income) is one of the twin-peak responses to an assortment of ‘future of work’ issues, such as contracting, outsourcing and the gig-economy. The other extremist policy proposal is a guaranteed government job. While not being looked at in such terms, the UBI is actually one of the the most monumental confrontations society will face over the age-old question of the primacy of the individual vs. the state, and over the prospects for individual liberty in the world of tomorrow.” (06/19/18)

https://cei.org/content/universal-basic-income-whats-plural-apocalypse

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21) The entropy of politico-economic systems
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“Entropy, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, is not a promising topic for a newspaper column. However, its ramifications for politico-economic systems is a matter of common sense. In essence, entropy is a measure of the disorders that exist in a system, and here I am applying the Law of Entropy to the disorders that occur in politico-economic systems.” (06/20/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/06/20/the-entropy-of-politico-economic-systems/

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22) When it comes to data, measure what matters
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Jeff Allen

“Businesses are collecting more data than ever before. But only 4% of companies use that data to its full potential, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers and Iron Mountain report. Would you believe that over 20% derive zero value from the information they collect! Beyond boggling the mind, this inefficiency is costing firms millions in revenue. So what gives? Part of the problem is that brands aren’t asking themselves the right questions. Obvious questions such as ‘Did we over or underperform this month?’ have black-and-white answers. But without a holistic analysis of the company’s data, managers won’t be able to answer more important questions, such as why their sales or marketing team under- or over-performed. To answer these ‘why’ questions, companies need more quantitative experts, equipped with the right tools to analyze large data sets. For the past couple of decades, most companies had these data and skill sets in one centralized business-intelligence function. Today, we are seeing forward-thinking lines of business build this function up inside their own teams.” (06/20/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/big-data-artificial-intelligence-machine-learning

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23) Bitcoin is less volatile than its cryptocurrency cousins
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Gulker, PhD

“In their brief history, cryptocurrencies have been among the most volatile widely traded assets ever seen. But how do cryptocurrencies compare with each other on simple metrics of volatility? Do some fluctuate in price more than others? Earlier this year, we compared the volatility of Bitcoin to traditional currencies. We found that the average daily percentage change and standard deviation of Bitcoin’s exchange rate with the U.S. dollar were several times higher than the dollar exchange rate against the euro, yen, pound, and gold. Now we find that Bitcoin is consistently less volatile than four other widely traded cryptocurrencies: Litecoin, Ripple, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash.” (06/20/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/bitcoin-less-volatile-its-cryptocurrency-cousins

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24) Red Lobsters and Black Swans
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Federico Sosa Valle

“Back In 2007 Nassim Nicholas Taleb had estimated that, in the following years, the rate of irruption of highly improbable events that change our way to perceive reality would be on the increase. Using his terminology, we would swiftly drift from Mediocristan out to Extremistan. People would have to deal with black swans more often and adapt to the new scenario. The sudden spreading of Jordan Peterson’s lobsters might be a confirmation of Taleb’s surmise (in Extremistan, the term ‘surmise’ has not any derogatory connotation). ‘Stand up straight with your shoulders back’ is a piece of advice aimed at people who feel overwhelmed by a state of affairs, both personal and public, whose complexity they can hardly grasp. In Taleb’s terms, Jordan Peterson wants to prepare you for a world in which the Black Swans are the underlying reality.” (06/20/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/06/20/red-lobsters-and-black-swans/

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25) How to “fix” social media without censorship
Source: Reuters
by David Kaye

“The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal may have changed the way millions of people perceive the risks to privacy when they go online. But it could have obscured an equally profound digital age debate: widespread resistance to internet companies’ role as the global speech police of the digital age. The future of free speech depends on getting this debate right. Social media, messaging and search platforms offer real value. They provide connections, information and security for people who might not otherwise have them, such as sexual minorities in traditional societies, reporters in authoritarian environments, or dissenters in repressive regimes. They should be celebrated for this kind of openness. And yet the most influential corporations in this sphere wield extraordinary power from a distance. They develop rules, standards, and guidelines, often in Silicon Valley, to determine for people around the world the appropriate boundaries of expression. In many places, American companies provide the dominant source of news and information, having an enormous impact on public life.” (06/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kaye-media-commentary/commentary-how-to-fix-social-media-without-censorship-idUSKBN1JF34H

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26) The immigrants fueling the gig economy
Source: The Atlantic
by Lauren Markham

“Young immigrants comprise much of the retail and service sectors. They sometimes have limited education and English skills, and face extra costs like sending money to dependents back home and paying off debts they undertook to travel to the United States; those who are undocumented often face the additional burden of not having papers authorizing them to work. While breaking into the U.S. economy as a foreigner can be difficult, the gig economy offers quick, accessible work that allows for flexible schedules and generally pays well above the minimum wage (though it does require valid immigration papers and a social security number).” (06/20/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/06/the-immigrants-fueling-the-gig-economy/561107/

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27) The problem with government licensing schemes
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Lee Friday

“According to conventional wisdom, one of the prerequisites for a civilized society is a system of government enforced licensing of numerous occupations. Licensing laws establish the standards (e.g. educational) to be met before people are legally permitted to sell specified services. The government says the safety and wellbeing of consumers impels it to enact these laws, which ensure the superior quality of various products and services purchased by consumers, as compared to what would be available in the absence of such laws. Unfortunately, legal licensing also creates unemployment and underemployment which disproportionately affects the poor, while producing higher incomes for those employed in the protected occupations, higher prices for consumers, with fewer options available to consumers, thus moving us further away from the government’s stated goal.” (06/20/18)

https://mises.org/wire/problem-government-licensing-schemes

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28) For our rulers, smearing dissident journalist as good as killing him
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“As I write this, demonstrations around the world are taking place in protest of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange’s arbitrary detention and silencing by the US-centralized power establishment that has been actively pursuing his destruction for over a decade. The demonstrations will be well-attended, but not a fraction as well-attended as they should be. They will receive international attention, but not a fraction as much attention as they should. This is because the manipulators and smear merchants who have made their careers paving the way for oligarchic agendas have been successful in killing off sympathy for the plight of Assange. As we discussed yesterday, sympathy is key for getting narratives to take hold in public consciousness. This is why western corporate media will circulate pictures of dead children all day long when it’s in the interests of advancing longstanding imperialist agendas, but never when those children were killed by western weapons.” (06/20/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/06/20/for-our-rulers-killing-trust-in-a-dissident-journalist-is-as-good-as-killing-him

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29) Mueller has Strzok out
Source: The American Spectator
by George Neumayr

“The Mueller probe is like a Soviet show trial revolving around the hurt feelings of a pampered commissar. Comey was practically in tears as he recalled those ‘lies, plain and simple.’ But Mueller has an even bigger problem than just the silliness of Comey’s complaints, which is Comey’s utter lack of credibility: How do you build an obstruction-of-justice case on a witness who is himself under Department of Justice investigation for improprieties? That came out in the Congressional hearings this week with Inspector General Michael Horowitz. On Monday, Horowitz informed the senators that he is looking at Comey’s mishandling of classified information — a subject Comey with his inimitable presumption had dismissed as too ‘frivolous’ for anyone to investigate. The roots of Mueller’s tree are hopelessly poisoned — from a former FBI director whose word and behavior no one can seriously trust (yet it was his complaint that led to Mueller’s appointment) to a staff, both past and present, shot through with anti-Trump bias.” (06/20/18)

https://spectator.org/mueller-has-strzok-out/

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30) At the border, Trump’s zero tolerance makes zero sense
Source: USA Today
by staff

“‘Zero tolerance’ policies have almost perfect track records of failure. Zero tolerance in criminal justice (in the form of inflexible mandatory sentences) has filled limited prison space with people who are not serious threats to public safety. In schools, such mindlessly applied policies have led to students being needlessly suspended, or even arrested. You’ve heard the stories: An aspirin violating the zero tolerance policy for drugs. A plastic knife the one for weapons. An innocent hug or kiss the one for sexual harassment. And so on. Despite these nonsensical outcomes (often criticized most roundly by conservatives) President Donald Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, have now embraced a ‘zero tolerance’ approach toward illegal immigration. The result — 2,000 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in the past six weeks alone — is as predictable as it is outrageous.” (06/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/06/19/border-zero-tolerance-makes-zero-sense-editorials-debates/715483002

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31) Predicting trade wars
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“As the aphorism goes, prediction is difficult, especially about the future. But sometimes, the incentives involved and some basic economic knowledge help prediction, at least regarding the not-too-distant future. Having an idea of how Leviathan works, which can be considered a sub-domain of public choice theory, is also useful.” (06/20/18)

https://www.econlib.org/predicting-trade-wars/

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32) Imagining a world without free speech
Source: Cato Unbound
by Jacob Mchangama

“In his response to my essay, Anthony Leaker argues that free speech is being abused to further all kinds of nefarious agendas including racism, xenophobia, transphobia, nationalism, and marginalization of minorities. At its core, Leaker’s argument seems to boil down to the fact that people he vehemently dislikes exercise their right to free speech to advance ideas Leaker hates. Which admittedly is a built-in feature of free speech. Leaker conveniently omits to detail what being ‘against free speech’ entails. Does it mean rolling back legal protections in order to remove the platform from those he deems beyond the pale? We’re not told. But it would seem the natural consequence. As such it is difficult to distinguish Leaker’s free speech fatigue with the underlying sentiments of the plurality (45%) of American Republicans who favor allowing courts to ‘shut down news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased and inaccurate.’” (06/20/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/06/20/jacob-mchangama/imagining-world-without-free-speech

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33) America’s “poster child” syndrome
Source: The New Republic
by Josephine Livingstone

“The only images that can make people care about the plight of migrants are those of suffering children. That’s a problem. The outcry that has greeted Donald Trump’s initiative to separate immigrant children from their parents at the American border has been propelled by a series of images, recordings, and reports in the media. We have seen photographs of wailing children, in cages or all alone; we have heard them crying. Their terror and sadness is overwhelming to witness. Though the Ann Coulters of this world claim that children can ‘act’ on screen to manipulate the public into opposing Trump’s policy, this is not true. A four-year-old cannot act. The power of this kind of media lies in that authenticity. When John Moore took his now-viral photographs of a two-year-old girl at the U.S. border, The Washington Post reported that ‘he understood at once that they were the photos he had been waiting for — for hours, if not years.’ The baby would become an image that changed something.” (06/20/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/149234/americas-poster-child-syndrome

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34) If you cross the border, we’ll kidnap your child
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“At a press conference on Monday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen indignantly rejected the suggestion that her department’s practice of forcibly separating illegal border crossers from their children was intended as a deterrent. ‘I find that offensive,’ Nielsen said, ‘because why would I ever create a policy that purposely does that?’ Nielsen’s mentor and predecessor, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, has explained why, describing family separation as a way of discouraging people from entering the United States without the government’s permission. But even if we take Nielsen at her word, the Trump administration cannot escape responsibility for the predictably cruel consequences of its ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy.” (06/20/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/06/20/if-you-cross-the-border-well-kidnap-your

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35) Assaults not allowed
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Have Americans forgotten that freedom makes getting along easier? We do not all have to like each other. We do not even all have to be nice to each other. We just don’t have license to hit or hornswoggle our fellows. Hate speech may be bad, but it is hate assaults — not talk — that should be punished by law. Yes, free people are at liberty to insult each other, call each other nasty names, even demean each other. And those insulted, besmirched, and dissed may return in kind or shrug the negatives off. But we needn’t let it go at that.” (06/20/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/06/20/assaults-not-allowed/

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36) Trump’s dominance display: Traumatizing children
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“As Americans grow increasingly accustomed to life under an authoritarian regime, the temptation is to examine every action by the regime through its designated prism. President Donald J. Trump’s summit with the dictator Kim Jong-Un is viewed through the foreign-policy lens; his horrific ‘zero tolerance’ policy toward people seeking asylum is viewed through the windows of immigration policy and human rights. But you really have to zoom out to see the larger pattern of the authoritarian actions consistently taken by the Trump administration. The administration’s current policy of taking children from their asylum-seeking parents as they arrive at the U.S. border after an arduous journey through Central America and Mexico is no doubt animated by the animus of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has apparently never met a non-white person deemed worthy of basic human dignity. And those general sentiments find sustenance among the Trump base. But there’s a larger construct at work here: the message these actions send to the population at large.” (06/20/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trumps-dominance-display-traumatizing-children

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37) “What? You think we’re so innocent?”
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Atwood

“I’ve encountered a number of folk who question why Trump would meet with such a blatant perpetrator of human rights crimes, usually citing Kim’s murder of ‘hundreds of thousands’ of his own people and North Korean ‘failure’ to live up to agreements. When I press them many know little if anything about the realities of recent events in their lives. Their dearth of actual facts (as opposed to ‘alternative facts’) is not offset by strongly held opinions. Leaving aside the grave probability that any intensification of the threats made by all sides in Korea until recently could have led to the deaths of many millions, the cold hard fact is that the United States has directly killed millions of Koreans in far greater numbers than any of the Kims. Somehow that fact never makes it on to the palmtop.” (06/20/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/20/what-you-think-were-so-innocent/

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38) Sessions is right that separating families isn’t like the Nazis. It’s like slave owners.
Source: The Daily Beast
by Ronald Radosh

“[T]he Trump cultists who defend anything the president does have come up with laughable arguments to defend the indefensible. Laura Ingraham, the Trumpist host of her own Fox TV program, The Ingraham Angle, called opposition to Sessions'[s] policy ‘faux liberal outrage’ and said children are sent to facilities ‘that are essentially summer camps.’ Ingraham is a mother, and while there’s no sign she would send her own children to join these immigrants for the rest of the summer months, she also argues that the real problem is not the ‘summer camps’ where children separated from their families are held, sometimes in cages, but the liberals making the confinement of the children into a ‘political weapon attempting to emotionally implicate the public perception of immigration enforcement.’ In our current sick political climate, the Trump administration and its sycophants are defending the indefensible.” (06/20/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/sessions-is-right-that-separating-families-isnt-like-the-nazis-its-like-slave-owners

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39) Oliver North is still running arms
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“Oliver North is the new president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and an old bete noire of In These Times. Recall that this is the man who, in 1987, lied to Congress about his role in providing weapons to Iran in exchange for money (and the release of Americans held hostage by Hezbollah) and then using the profits from those arms sales to illegally fund the Contras in Nicaragua. He was eventually indicted on 16 felony counts and convicted on three, including lying under oath to Congress. In December 1987, In These Times covered the report of the joint House-Senate congressional investigation into the Iran-Contra scandal.” (06/20/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21192/Oliver-North-NRA-Iran-Contra-dictatorship-president-arms

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40) China is in trouble
Source: Cobden Centre
by Ronald-Peter Stoferle & Mark J Valek

“While the rulers of China have been able all along to hedge their plans over longer periods than their Western counterparts have, the new legal situation has extended this planning horizon even further. In comparison with those of Western economies, China’s countermeasures against the crisis in 2008 were significantly more drastic. While in the US the balance sheet total of the banking system increased by USD 4,000bn in the years after the global financial crisis, the balance sheet of the Chinese banking system expanded by USD 20,000bn in the same period. For reference: This is four times the Japanese GDP.” (06/20/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/06/china-is-in-trouble/

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41) Julian Assange and the Mindszenty case
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ray McGovern

“During World War II Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty was a huge critic of fascism and wound up in prison. In Oct. 1945 he became head of the Church in Hungary and spoke out just as strongly against Communist oppression. He wound up back in prison for eight more years, including long periods of solitary confinement and endured other forms of torture. In 1949 he was sentenced to life in a show trial that generated worldwide condemnation. Two weeks after the trial began in early 1949, Pope Pius XII (having failed to speak out forcefully against the Third Reich) did summon the courage to condemn what was happening to Mindszenty. … Where is the voice of conscience to condemn what is happening to Julian Assange, whose only ‘crime’ is publishing documents exposing the criminal activities and corruption of governments and other Establishment elites?” (06/20/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/mcgovern/2018/06/19/julian-assange-and-the-mindszenty-case/

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42) Quantum Vibe, 06/20/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (06/20/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1810

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43) Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?
Source: Winston-Salem Journal
by George Will

“‘This,’ exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome ‘The Constitution of Liberty’ on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, ‘is what we believe.’ It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential candidate. The former twice-elected Republican governor of Massachusetts has been visiting Libertarian Party state conventions and will be in New Orleans at the national convention June 30 – July 3.” [hat tip — Ballot Access News] [editor’s note: The Libertarian Party’s job is not to “restore conservatism.” Libertarians aren’t conservatives, they’re libertarians. Given his decision in 2016 to, among other things, endorse and donate to Republican candidates versus their Libertarian opponents, and campaign against due process rights and gun rights for people on secret government enemies lists, the Libertarian Party should just acknowledge that he’s not one of us and search for a credible candidate who’s on our side instead of entertaining the idiotic idea of Weld as our presidential nominee – TLK] (06/19/18)

http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/columnists/george-will-can-bill-weld-restore-conservatism/article_775b6f24-73f5-11e8-92a7-0fd1bb10a432.html

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44) When do we start counting lamp posts and measuring hemp?
Source: Vin Suprynowicz
by Vin Suprynowicz

“At least the Democrats aren’t hypocrites. In blatant defiance of the Constitution they laughingly swear to ‘protect and defend,’ they’ve wanted to disarm us so they could treat us like Hitler treated the Jews, like Stalin treated the independent farmers of the Ukraine, for more than 80 years, now. More dangerous — because the traitor moves smilingly among us, disguising his intent — are elected so-called Republicans who pose as defenders of the Second Amendment, but then cave as soon as the socialist teachers’ unions load some schoolkids up in buses and haul them to the capital (kids most of whom literally couldn’t tell you in what decade the Revolutionary War was fought, who we fought it against, the name of our commanding general, or even how to load a rifle), to chant and screech that they want ‘more gun control.’” (06/19/18)

https://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=6492

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45) The GDPR and browser fingerprinting: How it changes the game for the sneakiest web trackers
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Katarzyna Szymielewicz & Bill Budington

“Browser fingerprinting is on a collision course with privacy regulations. For almost a decade, EFF has been raising awareness about this tracking technique with projects like Panopticlick. Compared to more well-known tracking ‘cookies,’ browser fingerprinting is trickier for users and browser extensions to combat: websites can do it without detection, and it’s very difficult to modify browsers so that they are less vulnerable to it. As cookies have become more visible and easier to block, companies have been increasingly tempted to turn to sneakier fingerprinting techniques. But companies also have to obey the law. And for residents of the European Union, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which entered into force on May 25th, is intended to cover exactly this kind of covert data collection.” (06/19/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/06/gdpr-and-browser-fingerprinting-how-it-changes-game-sneakiest-web-trackers

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46) Political Research Digest, 06/20/18
Source: Niskanen Center

“Are Americans losing faith in democracy as our norms erode? Lee Drutman finds that support for democracy remains high, but Democrats and Republicans are increasingly polarized around authoritarian impulses, as Republicans follow Donald Trump’s lead. David Adler finds that people who place themselves in the middle of the ideological spectrum are the most skeptical of democracy, in Europe and the United States. Find out if support for strong man leadership is growing on the American Right and if our politics are becoming more like those in Europe.” [various formats] (06/20/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/whos-more-afraid-of-democracy-the-center-or-the-right/

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47) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 06/20/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The mainstream media has identified another ‘crisis’ over which we are supposed to drop everything and ‘do something’: people crossing our border illegally with children are being arrested and their children separated from them. But this is not a new phenomenon. The ‘crisis’ is largely manufactured because the media has no interest in looking at the real cause of the illegal immigration problem in the US.” [editor’s note: Starts off interestingly with notes about the war on drugs causing a refugee crisis before Paul goes off the rails on “cultural Marxism” (answering it with a does of exactly that, Hoppe-style – TLK] [Flash video] (06/20/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/border-crisis-is-it-all-about-the-childrenor-hatred-of-trump

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48) Scott Adams Says, 06/20/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams explains how analogies are destroying the country. With coffee.” [Flash video] (06/20/18)

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

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49) Cato Daily Podcast, 06/20/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Various new policies adopted by the Trump Administration have resulted in parents and children being separated at the U.S. border. Alex Nowrasteh discusses the problems created by the changes.” [various formats] (06/20/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trump-administration-policy-puts-kids-cages

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50) Electric Libertyland, episode 77
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian brings in his father Jamie McWilliams to talk evolution of political views and the degradation of communication in political discourse today. It’s a Father’s Day special episode, but don’t worry … Trump’s new SPACE FORCE will also be addressed. Plus the latest with FBI director of political bias, Peter Strzok, and Ted Cruz’ bill to end separation of migrant families.” [various formats] (06/20/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/06/20/fathers-day-with-brians-dad-and-trumps-space-force/

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51) Intercepted, 06/20/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux talks about his recent reporting in the border state of Arizona and paints a harrowing picture of the human toll of family separations by ICE. Alice Speri lays out her investigation of sexual abuse by ICE officers and contractors in immigration detention centers. Sohail Daulatzai discusses his new book, ‘With Stones in Our Hands: Writings on Muslims, Racism, and Empire,’ and explains why the film ‘The Battle of Algiers’ is still relevant more than 50 years since its release. The legendary resistance singer Barbara Dane shares stories from her 91 years on earth fighting militarism, racism, and economic injustice. Plus, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen competes on Jeopardy! and we hear a cover of ‘The Partisan’ from composers and musicians Leo Heiblum of Mexico and Tenzin Choegyal of Tibet.” [various formats] (06/20/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/06/20/administration-of-hate-the-snatching-and-caging-of-immigrant-children-it-is-happening-here/

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52) Free Talk Live, 06/19/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Forkfest Day Five of Five :: New Hampshire State House updates :: Crypto Show :: Dash :: Building housing in Mexico :: Liberty.menu :: Living in NH :: Open carrying arms :: HOSTS — Mark, Will, Ian, Chris W, Rich.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/19/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-06-19

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53) Reason Podcast, 06/19/18
Source: Reason

“At FEEcon, the annual gathering in Atlanta sponsored by the Foundation for Economic Education, [Matt] Kibbe talked with me [Nick Gillespie] about his belief that culture is more important than politics, how to reach the ‘liberty curious’ via social media, and Off the Grid, his group’s forthcoming documentary series about Rep. Thomas Massie’s ‘quest for a self-sustainable life on his farm in eastern Kentucky.’” [various formats] (06/19/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/06/19/matt-kibbe-podcast

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54) The Libertarian Angle, 06/19/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss how government licensing violates the non-aggression principle and distorts the market.” [various formats] (06/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-the-licensure-racket-video/

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55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1182
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Tom W. Bell joins me to discuss the variety of micro-experiments in liberty, of varying degrees of significance, going on all over the world — like special economic zones, the beginnings of seasteading, even Liberland.” [various formats] (06/19/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1182-micro-experiments-in-liberty-around-the-world/

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