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In the News:

1) UK: May, dancing atop still warm bodies, demands Internet censorship because “terrorism”
2) OR: Police riot in Portland as “alt-right,” “antifa” groups clash
3) Cuba: Regime arrests Libertarian Party members — “only the Communist Party is legal”
4) Ireland: Varadkar likely to become country’s first minority, openly gay prime minister
5) Authorities stifle women’s protest in Morocco’s Rif
6) Report: Global alcohol sales drying up
7) Facebook aims to be “hostile environment” for terrorists
8) IA: “Fearing for her life,” Democrat abandons race to unseat King
9) Harley-Davidson recalls 57,000 motorcycles for oil line defect
10) California moves closer to becoming a “cannabis sanctuary state”
11) GA: Democratic upset depends on a balancing act
12) IL: Kennedy says Pritzker doesn’t “deserve” to be governor, cites FBI recordings with Blagojevich
13) Trump files for extension on 2016 tax returns
14) Democrats weigh using debt ceiling debate to thwart GOP tax cuts
15) Trump to unveil plan to “privatize” air traffic control
16) “March for Truth” street performers demand more robust Trump/Russia theatrics
17) NC: Woman on trial for “beating man to expel homosexual demons” admits fueling mass attack
18) Hack brief: Dangerous Fireball adware infects a quarter billion PCs
19) NASA considering using pre-flown SpaceX rockets for cargo flights
20) CIA names D’Andrea to run Iran operations

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Remembering R. Lee Wrights
22) CIA torture report: Where’s our next heroic whistleblower?
23) An idiot abroad
24) The indestructible idea of the basic income
25) Democracy, anarchism, and freedom
26) Kathy Griffin apologizes, but backlash builds
27) Capitalism is about working less to earn more
28) The maps that kill competition
29) Government cronyism — looking to stop the power of technology and the free market
30) A tale of two populisms
31) Another way private farmers help the environment, not the government
32) Trump’s Democratic budget
33) Haven’t we had enough of Afghanistan?
34) Is Trump a new Nixon? Historians can’t agree
35) TSA treatment of gun-toting travelers
36) Merkel is wrong about Trump and Brexit
37) Deflation, easy money, and the boom-bust cycle
38) Don’t retweet Lloyd Blankfein
39) The myth of the kindly General Lee
40) Hating white people is cultural appropriation
41) Paris deal harms US prosperity
42) Choosing the easy battles
43) Paris climate deal: A “fraud” and a “sham” … until Trump decided to ditch it
44) Does it matter how Trump goes or even that he does?
45) Homer’s recall odyssey
46) Debts, Bastiat and modern economics
47) How Donald Trump’s presidency could inadvertently lead to a far less powerful Washington DC
48) Classic
49) Free speech is for all, not just for people you like
50) The Excelsior Scholarship: Who gets a free ride?
51) Taming the imperial presidency
52) Segregated Witness and the possibility of patent infringement
53) Is industry for or against the Paris climate agreement?
54) You may be entitled to your opinion, but I have the right to ignore it
55) Why Republicans can’t admit they need a new agenda
56) The death of reason
57) The national security state: The biggest mistake in US history
58) The opioid crisis and the law of unintended consequences

The Sound and the Fury:

59) Second Circuit court upholds Ulbricht’s double life sentence
60) Non-Aggression Parenting, episode 3
61) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 125
62) Reason Podcast, 06/03/17
63) Free Talk Live, 06/03/17
64) Felony Friday, episode 74
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 923
66) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 17
67) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 48
68) Anarcho Agenda, episode 21

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

1) UK: May, dancing atop still warm bodies, demands Internet censorship because “terrorism”
Source: CNN

“Prime Minister Theresa May has called for closer regulation of the internet following a deadly terror attack in London. At least seven people were killed in a short but violent assault that unfolded late Saturday night in the heart of the capital, the third such attack to hit Britain this year. May said on Sunday that a new approach to tackling extremism is required, including changes that would deny terrorists and extremist sympathizers digital tools used to communicate and plan attacks.” (06/04/17)

http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/04/technology/social-media-terrorism-extremism-london/index.html

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2) OR: Police riot in Portland as “alt-right,” “antifa” groups clash
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A much-anticipated ‘alt-right’ rally in Portland, Oregon has ended in police using stun grenades and tear gas against the most militant segment of a counter-protest. At 3.30pm, police began pushing antifascist or ‘antifa’ activists out of Chapman Square, just across from the rally in Terry Schrunk Plaza, in downtown Portland. Officers discharged grenades and gas as missiles were thrown. Portland police said on Twitter that they had closed the park due to ‘criminal behavior’ including the use of ‘bricks, mortar and other projectiles.’ As the antifascists were pushed out, ‘alt-right’ activists interrupted their schedule of speakers to rush to the edge of Schrunk Plaza and taunt them. Police said they had confiscated makeshift weapons and shields from protesters in Chapman Square, and said that at around 2pm protesters there launched marbles and other projectiles towards Schrunk Plaza.” [hat tip — David Klaus] (06/04/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/04/portland-oregon-alt-right-rally-antifa

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3) Cuba: Regime arrests Libertarian Party members — “only the Communist Party is legal”
Source: PanAm Post

“Members of the Cuban Libertarian Party were arrested this week without warrant or cause, a party spokesperson reported. … a group of 15 special agents entered the house, violently attacking those inside while tearing apart the house, [Nelson Rodriguez] Chartrand said. President of the party Caridad Ramirez Utria, Vice President Heriberto Pons Ruiz and party member Eduardo Ramos were transferred to a detention center while Nelson and Miguel Lopez, best known as ‘Miguelito cartelito,’ who are currently on a hunger strike in solidarity with illegally imprisoned Libertarian political prisoners, were sent to a different one.” (06/02/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/06/02/cuban-authorities-illegally-detain-libertarian-party-members/

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4) Ireland: Varadkar likely to become country’s first minority, openly gay prime minister
Source: Washington Post

“Ireland’s governing Fine Gael party on Friday elected Leo Varadkar, the gay son of an Indian immigrant, as its new leader and the country’s likely next prime minister. Varadkar defeated rival Simon Coveney in a contest to replace Enda Kenny, who resigned last month. … He is highly likely to become prime minister in Ireland’s coalition government, although not immediately. Kenny will remain in place for a couple more weeks while Varadkar holds talks with other parties and independents propping up the Fine Gael-led government.” (06/02/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/irelands-ruling-fine-gael-party-set-to-announce-new-leader/2017/06/02/b0e0860c-47a6-11e7-8de1-cec59a9bf4b1_story.html

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5) Authorities stifle women’s protest in Morocco’s Rif
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Moroccan authorities stifled a women’s protest in the coastal city of Al-Hoceima, campaigning for access to jobs, health services and infrastructure in the northern Rif region. Police encircled hundreds of female protesters in a public park late on Saturday, impeding others from joining, as the women chanted ‘freedom, dignity and social justice,’ Reuters news agency reported. Female police officers and riot police pushed the leader of the protest Nawal Ben Aissa — a prominent member of Hirak — away from the group.” (06/04/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/authorities-stifle-women-protest-morocco-rif-170604151709881.html

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6) Report: Global alcohol sales drying up
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“People are drinking fewer alcoholic drinks, according to a new industry report tracking consumption worldwide. Beer sales continued to slide last year and the trend towards cider sipping stalled. The global market for all alcoholic drinks contracted 1.3% in 2016, driven by a 1.8% fall in beer sales, the International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR) found. Cider sales went in reverse, down 1.5% after several years of growth. The overall contraction of international alcohol sales is far greater than the average dip of 0.3% in the previous five years. The IWSR market report for 2016 found global wine sales to be relatively flat, down 0.1% and spirits consumption grew 0.3%.” (06/04/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40149648

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7) Facebook aims to be “hostile environment” for terrorists
Source: Reuters

“Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a ‘hostile environment’ for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms. Three attackers rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby on Saturday night in Britain’s third major militant attack in recent months. May responded to the attack by calling for an overhaul of the strategy used to combat extremism, including a demand for greater international regulation of the internet, saying big internet companies were partly responsible for providing extreme ideology the space to develop. Facebook on Sunday said it condemned the London attacks. ‘We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists,’ said Simon Milner, Director of Policy at Facebook in an emailed statement.” (06/04/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-security-facebook-idUSKBN18V0ZQ

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8) IA: “Fearing for her life,” Democrat abandons race to unseat King
Source: Raw Story

“The Democratic candidate running against anti-immigrant Congressman Steve King (R-IA) announced Saturday that she is dropping out of the race for her own safety. In a Facebook post published Saturday night, Kim Weaver wrote, ‘Over the last several weeks, I have been evaluating personal circumstances along with the political climate regarding this campaign. After much deliberation, I have determined that the best decision for me is to withdraw my candidacy for the US House race in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.’ She explained that beginning during her 2016 campaign, she has been receiving threats of physical violence and murder, and said that ‘recent events at my home’ were forcing her to re-evaluate her decision to run against King.” [editor’s note: Delusional paranoia? Apparently “Hillary disease” actually is contagious – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Or maybe Trumpism is having the results one would predict of Trumpism – TLK] (06/04/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/06/fearing-for-her-life-iowa-democrat-abandons-race-to-unseat-gop-rep-steve-king

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9) Harley-Davidson recalls 57,000 motorcycles for oil line defect
Source: USA Today

“Harley-Davidson is recalling about 57,000 motorcycles worldwide because an oil line can come loose, spewing oil into the path of the rear tire. The recall covers certain 2017 Electra Glide Ultra Classic, Police Electra Glide, Police Road King, Road King, Road King Special, Street Glide, Street Glide Special, Road Glide and Road Glide Special motorcycles built from July 2 through May 9. Milwaukee-based Harley said a clamp on an engine oil cooler line may not have been installed correctly. The company said it has nine reports of oil lines coming off. The problem caused two crashes and one minor injury. Dealers will inspect the clamps and fix them free of charge. The recall is expected to start Tuesday. ‘”This is a voluntary recall in the interest of customer safety,’ Harley said in a statement. Separately, federal regulators said last summer that they were investigating complaints from Harley-Davidson owners who said their motorcycle brakes failed without warning.” (06/04/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/06/04/harley-davidson-motorcycle-recall/102488808

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10) California moves closer to becoming a “cannabis sanctuary state”
Source: Smell the Truth

“California may soon protect its citizens from federal laws conflicting with the state’s legal marijuana policy. The state Assembly approved a bill on Thursday prohibiting state and local police from assisting in enforcing federal marijuana laws, reports the Los Angeles Times. The measure introduced by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) would shield Californians complying with state pot laws, such as dispensary owners and recreational users, from state or local police actions.” (06/02/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/06/02/california-moves-closer-to-becoming-a-marijuana-sanctuary-state

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11) GA: Democratic upset depends on a balancing act
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Watch Atlanta television long enough and you’re bound to see a young congressional candidate pledging to cut ‘wasteful spending’ and make ‘both parties in Washington’ be ‘accountable to you.’ Yet follow Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District and you’ll see the 30-year-old Democrat joining fellow millennials for happy hour, convening a group of women’s health advocates and hosting specific minority groups across Atlanta’s northern suburbs. That two-track approach (going directly to typically Democratic voters and vocal opponents of President Donald Trump, while using television to convince just enough independents and even moderate Republicans) is a necessary balancing act for Ossoff to pull off an upset over Republican Karen Handel in a district Republicans have held since 1979.” [editor’s note: If this Dem were serious about backing up the rhetoric, it would be a welcome sign; time will tell – SAT] (06/04/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/In-Georgia-a-Democratic-upset-depends-on-a-11194606.php

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12) IL: Kennedy says Pritzker doesn’t “deserve” to be governor, cites FBI recordings with Blagojevich
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Democratic governor hopeful Chris Kennedy on Sunday said J.B. Pritzker doesn’t “deserve” to hold the state’s highest office, citing comments his opponent made to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich during phone conversations recorded by federal agents in 2008. The FBI recordings, first reported by the Tribune last week, captured Pritzker asking Blagojevich to appoint him state treasurer should the office become open. In one conversation, Blagojevich sought a campaign donation, with Pritzker replying he didn’t ‘think we should even talk about it,’ but also saying at one point, ‘I hear ya.’ Kennedy, appearing on WGN 720-AM on Sunday, seized on that remark.” (06/04/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chris-kennedy-pritzker-blagojevich-met-0605-20170604-story.html

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13) Trump files for extension on 2016 tax returns
Source: New York Post

“Even the IRS will have to wait to see President Trump’s tax returns. Trump has requested an extension for filing his 2016 tax returns, a White House official told CNN. The official did not say when the request was filed or what reason Trump may have given. This year’s deadline was April 17. Trump’s taxes have been an issue since he announced his candidacy.” (06/04/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/06/04/trump-files-for-extension-on-2016-tax-returns/

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14) Democrats weigh using debt ceiling debate to thwart GOP tax cuts
Source: Bloomberg

“Congressional Democrats might abandon their calls for raising the nation’s debt limit without any conditions, with House and Senate party leaders now discussing whether to use their leverage to try to prevent Republicans from enacting tax cuts for wealthy Americans. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi signaled the shift Friday, telling reporters that ‘we’re not there to raise the debt ceiling to throw a few crumbs to the middle class’ and provide big cuts for the wealthy. It’s unclear how this would work in practice, but Democratic aides in both chambers said they are discussing possible strategies to tie the debt ceiling to blocking tax cuts. Such an approach would be a significant change for Democrats, who have spent the past eight years arguing that debt ceiling increases should be free from conditions, and could further complicate efforts to raise the government’s borrowing authority when the current limit is reached later this year.” [editor’s note: Whatever the motive, anything that gets in the way of a debt ceiling increase is good news – TLK] (06/03/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-03/democrats-weigh-using-debt-ceiling-debate-to-thwart-gop-tax-cuts

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15) Trump to unveil plan to “privatize” air traffic control
Source: United Press International

“President Donald Trump next week will give Congress a proposal seeking to privatize the nation’s air traffic control system to kickstart a weeklong effort to ramp up support for his $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, his chief economic adviser said. Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic Council, told reporters Saturday that Trump is expected to announce the proposal Monday from the Oval Office and Rose Garden. Later in the week, the president is scheduled to travel to the Ohio River where it separates Ohio and Kentucky to talk about his plan to improve roads, bridges and inland waterways.” [editor’s note: No, not real privatization — “the FAA would still have oversight of air traffic control.” Just a way of privatizing profits while continuing to socialize expenditures and risks – TLK] (06/03/17)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/06/03/Trump-to-unveil-plan-to-privatize-air-traffic-control/8661496515968/

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16) “March for Truth” street performers demand more robust Trump/Russia theatrics
Source: ABC News

“Marchers took to the streets across the country today, calling for an independent commission to investigate the White House’s alleged ties to Russia and demanding that Congress force President Trump to release his tax returns. Organizers said ‘March for Truth’ events were planned in more than 135 cities, including New York, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and London. ‘People have to understand that this is a president who not only is trying to lead a coverup of his own Russia ties, but he has a problem with the truth in general,’ Andrea Chalupa, an organizer with the March for Truth, told ABC News.” [editor’s note: I don’t see any stories about Portland mayor Ted Wheeler asking that this march be suppressed via “permit” denial, as he wanted with two “alt-right” rallies – TLK] (06/03/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/march-truth-protesters-demand-independent-investigation-ties-trump/story?id=47807465

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17) NC: Woman on trial for “beating man to expel homosexual demons” admits fueling mass attack
Source: Pink News

A woman charged with beating a fellow church member to ‘expel homosexual demons’ has admitted to ‘starting’ the mass assault in court. Sarah Anderson is one of five people on trial for the assault on Matthew Fenner, who was beaten in his church. 30 people reportedly attacked Fenner in 2013 at the Word of Faith church in North Carolina. Anderson has testified that she told others leaders in the church that she believed the man to be ‘unclean and sinful.’ After this, the minister of the church, Brooke Covington, allegedly started the two-hour long attack by screaming at Fenner after a service. Anderson said she then slapped Fenner and Covington and around 30 others joined in, slapping, beating, choking and screaming at the man for two hours.” (06/03/17)

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/06/03/woman-on-trial-for-beating-man-to-expel-homosexual-demons-admits-fuelling-mass-attack/

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18) Hack brief: Dangerous Fireball adware infects a quarter billion PCs
Source: Wired

“Adware that infects your computer to display pop-ups is an annoyance. But when it infects as many as one in five networks in the world, and hides the capability to do far more serious damage to its victims, it’s an epidemic waiting to happen. The security firm Check Point has warned of a massive new outbreak: They count 250 million PCs infected with malicious code they’ve called Fireball, designed to hijack browsers to change the default search engine, and track their web traffic on behalf of a Beijing-based digital marketing firm called Rafotech. But more disturbingly, Check Point says it found that the malware also has the ability to remotely run any code on the victim’s machine, or download new malicious files. It’s potentially serious malware, disguised as something more trivial.” (06/02/17)

https://www.wired.com/2017/06/hack-brief-dangerous-fireball-adware-infects-quarter-billion-pcs/

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19) NASA considering using pre-flown SpaceX rockets for cargo flights
Source: Space.com

“SpaceX may not be far away from a big milestone — its first mission that involves both a reused rocket and a reused spacecraft. The California-based company launched a pre-flown Dragon capsule for the first time ever Saturday (June 3), using a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket to blast the robotic craft toward the International Space Station (ISS) on a cargo run for NASA. So the agency is obviously comfortable with used SpaceX spacecraft, at least on uncrewed flights. And it’s now entertaining the possibility of going with used Falcon 9 boosters on future resupply missions as well, NASA officials said.” (06/04/17)

http://www.space.com/37083-nasa-considers-used-spacex-rockets.html

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20) CIA names D’Andrea to run Iran operations
Source: New York Times

“He is known as the Dark Prince or Ayatollah Mike, nicknames he earned as the Central Intelligence Agency officer who oversaw the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the American drone strike campaign that killed thousands of Islamist militants and hundreds of civilians. Now the official, Michael D’Andrea, has a new job. He is running the C.I.A.’s Iran operations, according to current and former intelligence officials, an appointment that is the first major sign that the Trump administration is invoking the hard line the president took against Iran during his campaign.” [editor’s note: Statists of the “national security uber alles” variety are whining about the Times publicly naming a CIA bureaucrat, as if he was actually a secret agent in the field – TLK] (06/02/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/world/middleeast/cia-iran-dark-prince-michael-dandrea.html

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

21) Remembering R. Lee Wrights
Source: Peer 2 Peace
by Thomas Hill

“‘I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.’ — Thomas Jefferson My dearly departed friend Lee Wrights used this quote as a tagline under his email signature. I received hundreds of emails from Lee over the years. Hundreds of times, I was exposed to this saying. Quotes, like mantras, are sometimes so often used and repeated, they seem to lose luster and become blurred in the background of our over-stimulated minds. Knowing Lee as I did, this particular quote never faded into my subconscious. With his love and respect for his friends, Lee brought this quote to life.” (06/03/17)

https://libertarianhippie.com/2017/06/03/remembering-r-lee-wrights/

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22) CIA torture report: Where’s our next heroic whistleblower?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“What do the CIA, the US Senate, and the White House have to hide? My guess is quite a bit. Should they be allowed to hide those things from the taxpayers who pay the bills and whose lives are put at risk by the criminal acts of the US intelligence community? Absolutely not. Will they get away with hiding it? Not forever. The days of governments being able to permanently bury secrets are over, thanks to heroes like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and the folks at WikiLeaks.” (06/03/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10723

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23) An idiot abroad
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Trump has learned nothing over the past year. He admits that when, during his campaign, he declared NATO obsolete, he knew nothing about it. He still knows nothing. I’m not saying NATO is a good thing. It’s not. I’m saying rather that Trump’s cluelessness is no help whatever in making the case against NATO and all such alliances. He’s a liability to the anti-NATO argument. Trump, in keeping with his absurd aggrieved-America shtick, would have us believe that western Europe free-rides off the American taxpayers. The taxpayers are indeed victimized, but the victimizer is Amerca’s ruling elite and its bipartisan imperial foreign policy. NATO was never about protecting western Europe.” (06/02/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-idiot-abroad/

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24) The indestructible idea of the basic income
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“This isn’t the first time the basic income or an idea like it has edged its way onto the agenda. It isn’t even the first time we’ve seemed to see an ideological convergence. This patchwork of sometimes-overlapping movements with sometimes-overlapping proposals has a history that stretches back centuries. Just where you pinpoint the start of that history depends on how broadly you’re willing to define basic income. The idea’s advocates have identified plenty of precursors to their proposals, but sometimes the connection can be a little tenuous. It’s true, as they’ll tell you, that in 1516 St. Thomas More suggested that society could reduce crime by ‘provid[ing] everyone with some means of livelihood.’ It’s a bit of a leap from there to the plans being debated today. But we have to start somewhere, and for two reasons 1795 is a good place to begin. That’s the year Thomas Paine started to write his pamphlet Agrarian Justice. It’s also the year some squires introduced a new system of relief to the English district of Speenhamland.” (for publication 07/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/06/03/the-indestructible-idea-of-the

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25) Democracy, anarchism, and freedom
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Wayne Price

“On the relation between anarchism and democracy, anarchists have held varying opinions (those who addressed the issue, anyway). Many reject ‘democracy.’ Mainly they make two arguments. One is that ‘democracy’ is the official ideology and rationalization of most capitalist states today. They do not wish to support this ideology, the main justification for the modern state. Instead, they wish to expose it and oppose it, advocating ‘anarchism’ as the goal. … The other main argument raised by these anarchists is that anarchism, by definition, rejects all forms of domination. This means domination of the many by the few, but also of the few by the many …. However, there are other anarchists who regard themselves as supporters of democracy. They claim that anarchism is the most extreme, radical, form of democracy.” (06/03/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49237

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26) Kathy Griffin apologizes, but backlash builds
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“By Wednesday afternoon comedian Kathy Griffin had apologized for posing for a photo with what looked like the blood-soaked decapitated head of President Donald Trump. ‘I went too far,’she said in a contrite follow-up video. ‘I sincerely apologize.’ But it was too late. Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards announced that it was suspending an ad campaign featuring Griffin as the Utah-based bathroom-stool company saw the stunt as ‘deeply inappropriate’ and ‘contrary to the core values our company stands for.’ CNN also announced it was terminating Griffin’s appearance its New Year’s show, after earlier criticizing the photos as ‘disgusting and offensive.’” (06/02/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/06/02/kathy-griffin-apologizes-for-gruesome-trump-photo-but-backlash-builds-n2334995

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27) Capitalism is about working less to earn more
Source: Students For Liberty
by Ferghane Azihari

“In 1800, you had to work, on average, one hour to obtain ten minutes of artificial light. Today, this same hour allows you to buy 300 days of light. In 1900, one kilowatt-hour of electricity cost one hour of work. This costs five minutes of our time now. Buying one cheeseburger in McDonald’s required 30 minutes of hard labor in 1950. This same sandwich now costs about three minutes of your life. According to British intellectual Matt Ridley, this evolution is the ultimate illustration of wealth in modern societies. In his book The Rational Optimist published in 2010, he evaluates our prosperity by outlining the goods and services we can purchase for the same amount of work. Thus, the main objective of economic development is to reduce the amount of time we have to work in order to produce what we need to live.” (06/03/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/06/03/capitalism-working-less-earn/

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28) The maps that kill competition
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“Democrats eyeing the 2018 midterm elections have a lot to feel optimistic about–fired-up liberal activists are thronging to protests and town halls, low-dollar donors are opening their wallets, candidate recruitment is setting records. But Democrats also face a massive handicap: cleverly drawn electoral maps that dramatically favor Republicans, in both House and state legislative races. Democrats have mounted an aggressive, multi-million dollar effort to fight back against district lines that they say were unfairly and even illegally drawn. And they may get an assist from the Supreme Court. The practice of gerrymandering (manipulating electoral boundaries to favor the party in power) is hardly new, and the arcane topic of redistricting typically makes voters’ eyes glaze over. But the issue is drawing national attention amid mounting voter anger, a string of state and federal lawsuits, and growing concern among Democrats that gerrymandering could lock them out of power for another decade.” (06/02/17)

http://prospect.org/article/maps-kill-competition

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29) Government cronyism — looking to stop the power of technology and the free market
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“The big government cronyism racket — is absurd. It is a disjointed, discombobulated mess of ridiculous ideas and assertions — put forward in steadfast defiance of the fundamentals of the free market and human nature. Government intervention in the private sector is nigh always stupid and anti-productive. Private companies usually don’t go begging for government assistance — unless and until they have proven themselves failures in the private sector. (Unless they’re intensely obnoxious, have succeeded on their own — and want the added edge of government favoritism anyway. See: Google and Apple, amongst so many others.) Most of the time, government isn’t picking winners and losers — government is picking losers at the expense of winners.” [editor’s note: Sounds a lot like the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline scams … but I’m pretty sure Motley supported those – TLK] (06/03/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/06/government-cronyism-looking-to-stop-the-power-of-technology-and-the-free-market/

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30) A tale of two populisms
Source: The American Prospect
by Guy Molyneux

“Many analysts, and leading Democrats, have attributed Donald Trump’s impressive 2016 vote margin among white working-class voters to his embrace of economic populism. In the wake of Trump’s victory, Senator Bernie Sanders suggested that ‘millions of Americans registered a protest vote on Tuesday, expressing their fierce opposition to an economic and political system that puts wealthy and corporate interests over their own. … Donald J. Trump won the White House because his campaign rhetoric successfully tapped into a very real and justified anger, an anger that many traditional Democrats feel.’ Senator Elizabeth Warren also identified possible common ground on economic issues: ‘When President-elect Trump wants to take on these issues, when his goal is to increase the economic security of middle-class families, then count me in.’ Democrats can take obvious comfort in a story about Trump winning in large measure because he stole our ideas.” (06/01/17)

http://prospect.org/article/tale-two-populisms

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31) Another way private farmers help the environment, not the government
Source: Palm Beach Free Press
by Tate Watkins

“Markets helped transform farmers into conservationists. Each year, about a billion birds frequent the Pacific Flyway, a 4,000-mile route that stretches from the Bering Strait to Patagonia. More than 300 species rely on part of the Pacific Flyway during spring and fall, and for many — including thousands of geese and numerous shorebirds like dunlins, dowitchers, and least sandpipers — California’s Central Valley is a linchpin along the way. However, after years of drought across the western United States, wetlands along the vital pathway began to dry up. So in 2014, the Nature Conservancy came up with a solution: pop-up wetlands, furnished by Californian rice farmers.” (06/03/17)

https://palmbeachfreepress.com/2017/06/03/another-way-private-farmers-help-the-environment-not-the-government/

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32) Trump’s Democratic budget
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Donald Trump has now submitted his proposed federal budget to Congress for fiscal year 2018. Unlike Barack Obama’s last six budgets, which were an exercise in futility since the Republicans controlled either the House or the House and Senate for the last six years he was in office, Trump’s budget has a chance of actually being adopted by the Republican-controlled Congress. Let’s hope not.” (06/02/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trumps-democratic-budget/

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33) Haven’t we had enough of Afghanistan?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Will there ever be an end to the war in Afghanistan? Apparently not if our generals have anything to say about it — and they do. President Trump has turned over the prosecution of our perpetual ‘war on terrorism’ to the Pentagon, claiming that they’ve been held back by previous administrations. The new policy is to turn them loose.” (06/02/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/06/01/havent-we-had-enough-of-afghanistan/

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34) Is Trump a new Nixon? Historians can’t agree
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“On May 9, hours after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, journalist Rick Perlstein took to Facebook to complain (not about what the president had done, but about the contents of his inbox. ‘Trump is Trump, people! TRUMP! Stop messaging me about OTHER PRESIDENTS!!’ the Nixonland author wrote. Two days later, he posted an article comparing Comey’s ouster to Nixon’s firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox (aka the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’), and bemoaned that ‘editors and writers keep clamoring to tap my expertise for more such listicles (histicles? Nixicles?).’ One of the nation’s leading experts on ‘Tricky Dick,’ Perlstein has been in high demand since Trump’s rise, and even more so as the Russia scandal increasingly resembles Watergate. It’s not that he hates the attention, necessarily; as one of his Facebook posts coyly concludes, ‘by all means buy everyone you know copies of NIXONLAND and THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE.’ But the prevalence of the Trump-Nixon comparison is making him question all such comparisons between past and present.” (06/02/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143014/trump-new-nixon-historians-cant-agree

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35) TSA treatment of gun-toting travelers
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“hat happens if the TSA catches someone with a firearm at one of their checkpoints? It happens a lot. Last year the TSA found 3,391 guns in carry-ons at checkpoints. This happened to a friend of mine this week. Here’s what he told me. He and his wife were going through the TSA checkpoint to go to their flight when the TSA found a handgun in her purse. She carries it regularly and had forgotten to leave it home before her flight. The TSA allowed my friend to take his wife’s handgun back to their car in the airport parking lot. A TSA employee accompanied my friend to the car and watched him lock the handgun in the car’s glove compartment. They then left on their flight, gun-free. My friend’s story reminded me of another story I’d read in the news a few months ago. Guitarist Rick Derringer had been found with a handgun at a TSA checkpoint, was charged, pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000. Some people are charged; some they let go.” (06/02/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/06/02/tsa-treatment-of-gun-toting-travelers/

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36) Merkel is wrong about Trump and Brexit
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“The chancellor of Germany no longer trusts the United States or the United Kingdom. In a May 28 campaign speech in Bavaria, Angela Merkel signaled distance from the two ‘Anglo Saxon’ states, telling her audience ‘we Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.’ German commentators were quick to point out that the radicalism of the address has been over-emphasized: ‘Europe has a vital interest in keeping the U.S. engaged,’ wrote Europe expert Ulrich Speck in the Financial Times. ‘[Merkel] has no ambition to replace the current transatlantic arrangement with something else.’ Merkel did in fact qualify her remarks, saying she couldn’t ‘fully rely’ on the United States and the U.K., and the times in which she could were ‘somewhat over.’ The chancellor faces a general election in September, and though her conservative Christian Democrats not only won an upset victory in a significant May state election but is also several points ahead of the center-left Social Democrats in the national polls, she cannot take victory for granted.” (06/02/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-merkel-commentary-idUSKBN18T22J

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37) Deflation, easy money, and the boom-bust cycle
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute

“Many economists maintain that a fall in prices generates expectations for a further decline in prices. As a result of this, it is held, consumers postpone their buying of goods at present since they expect to buy these goods at lower prices in the future. For most economists and various commentators a decline in the growth rate of the CPI raises the likelihood of an outright general decline in prices, which is labeled deflation and is considered to be a terrible thing. Consequently, this weakens the overall flow of spending and this in turn weakens the economy. A fall in consumer expenditure subsequently not only weakens overall economic activity but also puts further pressure on prices. Or so it is argued. Note that from this it follows that deflation sets in motion a spiraling decline in economic activity. But is it true that a fall in prices should always be bad news for the economy?” (06/02/17)

https://mises.org/blog/deflation-easy-money-and-boom-bust-cycle

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38) Don’t retweet Lloyd Blankfein
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Don’t retweet Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO of Goldman Sachs. Just don’t. It’s so easy! Thursday, Blankfein fired up his long-dormant Twitter account to express support for the Paris Agreement. Here’s what his post said: ‘Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement.’ On the whole, that’s not a bad tweet! The Paris Agreement, while deeply flawed, is generally a positive and even momentous step in the world of climate policy, and we would all be better off if our walking train wreck of a president hadn’t announced that he was pulling us out of it. Blankfein, meanwhile, played a central role in careening the United States into a crippling financial crisis from which many have not recovered.” (06/02/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20189/dont-retweet-lloyd-blankfein

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39) The myth of the kindly General Lee
Source: The Atlantic
by Adam Serwer

“The myth of Lee goes something like this: He was a brilliant strategist and devoted Christian man who abhorred slavery and labored tirelessly after the war to bring the country back together. There is little truth in this. … To describe this man as American hero requires ignoring the immense suffering for which he was personally responsible, both on and off the battlefield. It requires ignoring his participation in the industry of human bondage, his betrayal of his country in defense of that institution, the battlefields scattered with the lifeless bodies of men who followed his orders and those they killed, his hostility towards the rights of the freedmen and his indifference to his own students waging a campaign of terror against the newly emancipated. It requires reducing the sum of human virtue to a sense of decorum and the ability to convey gravitas in a gray uniform.” (06/04/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/the-myth-of-the-kindly-general-lee/529038/

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40) Hating white people is cultural appropriation
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“For obvious reasons, hating ‘the white man’ didn’t originate with white people. It originated with black people as a response to systemic oppression and racism. Not all black people hate white people, obviously, but it certainly wasn’t gay people who invented hatred of gay people, trans people who invented hatred of trans people, or white people who invented hatred of white people. In every real sense, ‘hating the white man’ and ‘hating the white devil’ are aspects of black culture and Middle Eastern culture. By adopting this battle cry as your own, white liberals, you are undermining their struggle and appropriating their culture.” (06/04/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/06/04/hating-white-people-is-cultural-appropriation/

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41) Paris deal harms US prosperity
Source: USA Today
by Roger Wicker

“Last month, I signed a letter with 21 of my Senate colleagues urging President Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The 2015 deal made by the Obama administration runs counter to the actions President Trump has taken to deliver regulatory relief to American families and workers since he took office. Chief among those actions is an executive order to end President Obama’s so-called Clean Power Plan. The carbon dioxide rules at the center of the Clean Power Plan amount to an intrusive overreach, and the Supreme Court has halted their implementation. The Paris agreement stood in the way of President Trump’s efforts to eliminate these costly carbon dioxide rules. But this would be the least of its harm. A report released in March by NERA Economic Consulting suggests that the climate deal could cost the U.S. economy nearly $3 trillion and more than 6 million industrial sector jobs by 2040.” [editor’s note: Lest we forget this – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Since the “deal” is that each country decides how much it’s going to reduce emissions and how it’s going to reduce them, the basic cost is zero dollars, zero cents, and zero jobs. Everything is optional. And that’s also what’s saved by withdrawing from it – TLK] (06/03/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/01/paris-deal-harms-us-prosperity-opposing-view/102401950

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42) Choosing the easy battles
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“As an outside observer, when both the alt-right and antifa tout their magnificent triumphs on the battlefield of Berkeley you realize something. Both groups have pursued easy fights instead of hard fights. In this article an individual who considers themselves a leftist performs a bit of introspection and notes that his team has a tendency of choosing battles that can be easily won over the hard battles that need to be won …. The author’s criticism is equally applicable to libertarians as it is to his fellow leftists. Wars have been fought over lesser tyrannies than we suffer today but most libertarians can’t even bring themselves to perform a little unlawful commerce to withhold their resources from the parasite known as government. And I understand why.” (06/02/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/06/02/choosing-the-easy-battles/

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43) Paris climate deal: A “fraud” and a “sham” … until Trump decided to ditch it
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Shouldn’t environmentalists be celebrating the fact that President Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris climate-change agreement? After all, when it was signed, many of them called it a fraud, or worse. The reaction to Trump’s announcement was ferocious. Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer said Trump is ‘committing a traitorous act of war against the American people.’ John Kerry declared that Trump’s decision ‘will rightly be remembered as one of the most shameful any president has made.’ The ACLU said that dropping out of the Paris agreement is “a massive step back for racial justice and an assault on communities of color across the U.S.” These are the more polite responses.” (06/02/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-paris-climate-deal-was-a-fraud-and-a-sham-until-trump-decided-to-ditch-it

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44) Does it matter how Trump goes or even that he does?
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Levine

“The chances are good and getting better that Donald Trump’s presidency will be done in, at least in part, by the most odious sector of the ‘deep state,’ the so-called intelligence community. Would this be something to regret? Of course, it would. But there are good reasons for concluding, even so, that getting rid of Trump, the sooner the better, matters more. Even if that means relying on noxious scoundrels, the least bad option may well be to buck up.” (06/02/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/06/02/does-it-matter-how-trump-goes-or-even-that-he-does/

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45) Homer’s recall odyssey
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Freedom of speech isn’t a free pass to avoid the consequences of what one says. Or does. Tell that to three members of the Homer, Alaska, city council — Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds — who are the subject of a recall petition. Well, a superior court judge just did. Represented by the ACLU, the trio sued to block a recall petition with more than enough voter signatures. Their lawsuit challenged the city attorney’s acceptance of the legal rationale for the recall, claiming the recall attempt punishes the politicians for their speech.” (06/02/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/06/02/homers-recall-odyssey/

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46) Debts, Bastiat and modern economics
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

There is a well-worn conundrum told about a stranger, who walks into the hotel in a remote, sleepy village in Mexico, and reserves a room for the night, paying 1,000 pesos in advance. The innkeeper rejoices at this unexpected turn of events, for the village is remote, few people have any reason to go there, and there is very little money. The innkeeper goes to the village butcher, to whom he owes 1,000 pesos, and discharges his debt. The butcher takes the 1,000 pesos and pays it to the farmer, who supplies him with his meat for which he owes the same amount. The farmer hands this money over to Maria, which he in turn owes for her services. Maria, who is the entertainment centre for the village’s men, then goes to the innkeeper and pays off her bar bill, incurred as a necessary expense of her business, and which, as you might have guessed amounts to 1,000 pesos. Finally, the stranger returns, tells the innkeeper his plans have changed, and demands his 1,000 pesos back. He gets his money, the innkeeper, butcher, farmer and Maria have cleared their debts, and life in this backwater is all fine and dandy. The story takes a poke at economists, challenging them to explain where the fault lies.” (06/02/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/06/debts-bastiat-and-modern-economics/

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47) How Donald Trump’s presidency could inadvertently lead to a far less powerful Washington DC
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Voluntary action is far more healthy and sustainable than bureaucratic mandate or coercion. These are the right tactics to use for change. More decentralization and experimentation is needed at the local level across the U.S. in red states and blue states. The key thing is we need to urgently move away from the centralized one-size fits all approach of hopelessly corrupt and entirely disconnected Washington D.C. Such experimentation will lead to spectacular failures but also and incredible achievements. This is, after all, how human beings evolve and learn. Which brings me to what may end up being the most unexpected consequence of a Trump Presidency (assuming no major terrorist attack).” (06/02/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/06/02/how-donald-trumps-presidency-could-inadvertently-lead-to-a-far-less-powerful-washington-d-c/

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48) Classic
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The current fad is cyberbullying. But there is still a lot of the regular kind, all over the Fifty States. Bullying is wrong, no? It is, when it involves ‘children’ (which include teens under 18), illegal: it is ‘child abuse,’ and even parents can be found guilty of it. Unless, of course, the bully is the government, or someone else using government. Then, it is apparently part of the society and culture and government. This case has all the classic symptoms of both government-stupidity and child abuse. According to The Free Thought Project, the City of Gardendale, Alabama is taking action against teens who mow grass and don’t have a $110 business license, after a local businessman filed a complaint against his competitors.” (06/03/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/06/03/classic/

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49) Free speech is for all, not just for people you like
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Elias J Atienza

“Conservatives were the original anti-free speech defenders. Joe McCarthy and his witch hunt against communism in our government (who was defeated in part by Dwight E. Eisenhower.) Or the FBI’s constant monitoring and assault on communist and progressive groups in the Red Scare. Ronald Reagan was elected partly on the base of dealing with the ‘Berkeley problem’ where the original Free Speech Movement began in response to restrictions on academic freedom and political activities. They still are in a way; just as Reince Priebus and Donald Trump about libel laws and the 1st Amendment. Or banning books they don’t like because it [sic] has LGBT characters. However, even with all this, conservatives and other speakers now find themselves under assault both in their freedom of speech and sometimes physically.” (06/03/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/free-speech-not-just-people-like/

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50) The Excelsior Scholarship: Who gets a free ride?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Patrick Coate, PhD

“This fall, New York introduced the Excelsior Scholarship, a program to waive four-year college tuition for in-state students in New York public colleges. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders endorsed making college tuition free for all, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed New York’s program alongside Senator Sanders. While these proposals are well-intentioned, they are misguided about how the government should relate to education and whether such proposals would achieve their stated objectives of better educational attainment and access for students.” (06/02/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/excelsior-scholarship-who-gets-free-ride

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51) Taming the imperial presidency
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mark Pulliam

“Going back to the tumultuous reign of Abraham Lincoln, political scientists have long been fascinated with the ‘Imperial Presidency,’ and this interest was heightened further by the executive overreach that characterized the administration of Barack Obama. Some scholars contend that the modern presidency has morphed into a de facto monarchy, wielding power far in excess of what the Framers contemplated in Article II of the Constitution. But that is only part of the problem. The republican form of government envisioned by the Founding Fathers rested on several essential principles that — unfortunately — became highly attenuated during the 20th century, including robust state sovereignty (federalism), the separation of powers, and the checks and balances inhering in each branch jealously guarding its power from ‘encroachments’ by another.” (06/04/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/06/04/taming-the-imperial-presidency/

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52) Segregated Witness and the possibility of patent infringement
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“During the late evening of June 1, Bitcoin.com received an email from an anonymous source who has been researching possible patent infringements associated with the Segregated Witness (Segwit) protocol. According to the researcher, Segwit may be at risk violating two specific patents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).” (06/02/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/segregated-witness-patent-infringement/

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53) Is industry for or against the Paris climate agreement?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In his speech withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, Donald Trump cited an econometric study by National Economic Research Associates. The study, which is both credible and alarming, speculated that meeting the emissions targets could cost 2.7 million jobs, with manufacturing hit particularly hard. Overall growth would suffer. To be sure, professional economists today (in contrast to 50 years ago) have doubts about such studies, and are quick to add enough caveats to cover their tracks. The authors of this one did so. Yet you don’t even have to read such studies to know that more industrial controls via government will cost jobs and productivity. And perhaps that’s why the financial market’s response to Trump’s move to withdraw was generally positive (unlike the hysterical reaction from the mainstream press).” (06/04/17)

https://fee.org/articles/is-industry-for-or-against-the-paris-climate-agreement/

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54) You may be entitled to your opinion, but I have the right to ignore it
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“Our democratic and free speech convictions lead us to proclaim that we have an incontestable right to our opinions. However, that expression embodies a logical fallacy in which an individual discredits any opposition by claiming a right. When we assert the existence of a right, we excuse ourselves from having to offer any justification for our opinion. We have a right to it period. That is all; no further discussion is necessary. And worse, if we have a right, it is irrelevant if our assertions are true or false. Opinions have a high degree of subjectivity and uncertainty and, as philosophers see it, we are not entitled to opinions; we are only entitled to what we can argue for. We are entitled to construct and defend an argument. To offer an opinion imposes an enormous responsibility to question our thought process and to be open to the possibility of being wrong.” (06/02/17)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2017/06/02/you-may-be-entitled-to-your-opinion-but-i-have-the-right-to-ignore-it/

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55) Why Republicans can’t admit they need a new agenda
Source: Niskanen Center
by Will Wilkinson

“Congressional Republicans have simply refused to acknowledge or to reckon in any way with the fact that Republican voters repudiated standard right-leaning small-government economic and social policy when they chose Donald Trump as their standard bearer. I don’t think they can grasp that this is why their legislative agenda in shambles. Paul Ryan and the Freedom Caucus/Tea Party faction have very weirdly behaved as though they have some sort of mandate. And there’s a lazy assumption among GOP elites that the fact that the guy in the White House happens to be a Republican means that they ought to get everything they’ve always desired, no adjustments necessary. But the Republican in the White House is in the White House because he ran against them and won.” (06/02/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/republicans-cant-admit-need-new-agenda/

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56) The death of reason
Source: Notes On Liberty
by William Rein

“Although Aristotle separated pathos, ethos and logos (adding that all informed each other), later philosophers like Feyerabend thought of reason as a sort of ‘practice,’ with history and connotations like any other human activity, falling far short of sublime. One could no more justify reason outside of its European cosmology than the sacrificial rituals of the Aztecs outside of theirs. To communicate across paradigms (Kuhn’s terminology), participants have to understand each other on a deep level, even becoming entirely new persons. When debates happen, they must happen on a principle of mutual respect and curiosity. From this one can detect a bold argument for tolerance. Indeed, Feyerabend was heavily influenced by John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty. Maybe, in a world disillusioned with scientism and objective standards, the next cultural move is multilateral acceptance and tolerance for each others’ ideas. This has not been the result of postmodern revelations, though. The 2016 election featured the victory of one psychopath over another, from two camps utterly consumed with vitriol for each other.” (06/02/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/06/02/the-death-of-reason/

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57) The national security state: The biggest mistake in US history
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“When the Constitution was ratified, it brought into existence a limited-government republic. That meant a government whose powers were very limited — limited, that is, to those powers enumerated in the Constitution itself. After World War II, that all changed. U.S. officials told the American people that while the Allied powers had been victorious against Nazi Germany, that did not mean, unfortunately, that Americans could rest. The United States, they said, now faced an enemy that was arguably an even bigger threat than Nazi Germany. This new enemy, they said, was America’s World War II partner and ally, the Soviet Union, which was ruled by a communist regime. … In the name of protecting America from communists and communism, the national-security state totally upended American principles and values.” (06/02/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/06/02/national-security-state-biggest-mistake-u-s-history/

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58) The opioid crisis and the law of unintended consequences
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Devon Herrick

“A letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine back in 1980 is thought to have been the nudge that set the opioid crisis in motion. The letter claimed only four addictions were documented out of nearly 40,000 patients who were prescribed powerful opioid pain pills. The article arguing addiction to prescription opioids is rare has been cited 600 times — often incorrectly. Doctors and drug makers used this as evidence that it was safe to prescribed opioids to more patients with chronic pain. Fast forward nearly 40 years and it has become clear that opioids can be dangerous in the wrong hands. There is also significant risk of diversion to the illicit market. After states began closing down so-called ‘pill mills,’ heroin and fentanyl began flooding the US to take the place of the prescription drugs that were no longer available. Whole regions of the country have been hard hit by prescription drug abuse, including large areas of Appalachia.” (06/02/17)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26758

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

59) Second Circuit court upholds Ulbricht’s double life sentence
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“In short, the judges said ‘Ulbricht hasn’t proven the evidence was tainted, therefore it wasn’t.’ This contradicts one of the edicts of our system of justice, that the prosecution is supposed to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The fact that the agents, who again were corrupt, had full access to the site and the ability to impersonate Dread Pirate Roberts (the alias of the Silk Road operator) should bring about reasonable doubt as to whether or not the evidence is legitimate. If there are reasonable doubts as to the validity of the evidence, there should likewise be reasonable doubt as to the guilt of the defendant.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (06/04/17)

http://fpp.cc/second-circuit-court-upholds-ulbrichts-double-life-sentence/

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60) Non-Aggression Parenting, episode 3
Source: Everything Voluntary

“on-Aggression Parenting 003 introduces this podcast series with hosts Danilo Cuellar and Melissa Rajkovich. Topics discussed include peaceful parenting, attachment parenting, self-ownership and non-aggression, and the like.” [various formats] (06/04/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/non-aggression-parenting-003-introduction-haircut-stories-1h1m

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61) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 125
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Normally we talk to some libertarians who came from the right, in this episode we shake things up and talk to a libertarian who came from the left! This week we welcome Kimberly Schjang! Kimberly is a self-described newborn libertarian who has ditched the philosophies of socialism, and democracy. Kimberly has found that freedom, and liberty is the most important thing of all! Kimberly is new liberty!” [various formats] (06/03/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/%E2%80%8Bjohnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-125-a-new-liberty-interview-w-kimberly-schjang/

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62) Reason Podcast, 06/03/17
Source: Reason

“Tune in to hear Reason magazine Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward talk with [Josh] Chafetz about how what you learned in school about the balance of powers isn’t quite right, the story behind why filibusters are so common these days, and why former House Speaker John Boehner (R–S.C.) is underrated.” [various formats] (06/03/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/03/the-new-book-alyssa-milano-thinks-every

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63) Free Talk Live, 06/03/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Expatriation Continues to be Popular :: Listener Dunker Launches Bike Ride from Florida to New Hampshire :: Why migrate to NH? :: FTL Host Conflict :: The Laws and Government Immunities :: Public Servants :: Mission Statement :: Malls Closing and Repurposing :: HOSTS — Ian & Mark.” (06/03/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-06-03

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64) Felony Friday, episode 74
Source: Lions Of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Randall Lord joins host John Odermatt. This is a heartbreaking interview, because Randall was just sentenced to 46 months in prison for buying and selling Bitcoins without a license. His son, Michael Aaron Lord, was sentenced to 106 months in prison after pleading guilty to running an unlawful money business and a narcotics distribution conspiracy charge. Randall is scheduled to begin serving time in July.” [various formats] (06/02/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/06/02/felony-friday-074-randall-lords-story-bitcoin-trader-sentenced-46-months-prison/

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65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 923
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Donald Trump has asked for a $54 billion increase in the military budget. That’s an opportune moment to revisit how much the U.S. government already spends, what precisely it’s spending the money on, and what it has to show for it all.” [various formats] (06/02/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-923-the-u-s-military-budget-throwing-money-out-the-window/

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66) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 17
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We discuss the war on drugs and the ethics of shrubbery. What happened in Portugal when it decriminalized all drugs, from weed to heroin?” [various formats] (06/02/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/war-drugs-ethics-shrubbery-abs017/

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67) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 48
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #48, I discuss the inconsistency of mainstream media coverage of international events. The media has associated Trump with governments that support terrorism for pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. After ignoring Obama’s support of Saudi Arabia for years. The media was also very critical of Assad’s war in Aleppo, while the media fails to report any of the US government’s crimes in Mosul. These differences in coverage led Americans to have a distorted view on foreign policy.” [various formats] (06/02/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-48-inconsistency-of-mainstream-media

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68) Anarcho Agenda, episode 21
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“There’s some bad news for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, and the Scottish National Party has posted its manifesto, showing that government is more important than liberty.” [various formats] (06/02/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-21-2017-06-02

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