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Volume XVI, Issue #4,007
Thursday, July 5th, 2018
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In the News:

1) NZ: Court says Dotcom can be handed over to US as political prisoner
2) Libertarian Party rebuffs Mises uprising
3) Syria: Son of Islamic State “caliph” reported killed
4) Woman climbs base of Statue of Liberty to protest migrant child abductions
5) Panama: Monkeys may have begun their own Stone Age, scientists say
6) Walmart removes “Impeach 45” clothing after boycott threats
7) AZ: Mom shoots, kills son who tried to put her in nursing home
8) China: Regime to nix US soybeans
9) US regime begins lifting ban on ZTE
10) Philippines: Two mayors assassinated in two days
11) Report: Trump asked aides if he could invade Venezuela last year
12) UK: Two collapse near Russian spy poisoning site
13) OH: Security theater, Cleveland 4th of July edition
14) Report: Google allows third party developers to scan your Gmail
15) IN: Church “detains” Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in protest of child abduction policy

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) How cryptoanarchy saved the world
17) Harlan Ellison memories
18) Are you for due process, or merely against cruelty?
19) Another “state of democracy” report ignores real cause of plummeting trust
20) Put independence back in the day
21) What I learned from my paper route
22) The revolutions of Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson
23) What the Declaration of Independence said and meant
24) Freedom “weaponized”
25) Process comes first
26) Thirty
27) What if we treated public schools as monopolies?
28) An agenda for the Trump-Putin summit
29) Crime and capital punishment
30) There is no such thing as “gaming disorder”
31) Even if you’re not interested in free speech, free speech is interested in you
32) The problem with “free speech” that defends power
33) Why are some libertarians so conservative about immigration?
34) Quantum Vibe, 07/04/18
35) TDS vs. TWS: Two sides of the same coin
36) Left and right have abandoned American exceptionalism
37) Does economic growth cause inflation?
38) Democracy dies in the blinding light of day
39) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 9, part 2
40) Many Trump supporters now cheering for Deep State over WikiLeaks & Iran
41) Blockchain basics: Bitcoin, Lightning, and Ripple
42) The tragedy of Venezuela’s socialism
43) It can’t come soon enough
44) SCOTUS decision restores free speech to those who speak for a living
45) It’s still not about the sex, part 2

The Sound and the Fury:

46) Free Talk Live, 07/03/18
47) Building tomorrow, episode 1
48) Anarchist communities: Past, present, and future
49) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/04/18
50) Scott Adams Says, 07/04/18
51) Essential Libertarianism, episode 37
52) Interview: Mary Ruwart
53) Ancap Barber Shop, episode 45
54) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/01/18
55) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 167
56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1190
57) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 65
58) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 112
59) Electric Libertyland, episode 79
60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 72

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

1) NZ: Court says Dotcom can be handed over to US as political prisoner
Source: NBC News

“The New Zealand Court of Appeal ruled Thursday that internet entrepreneur and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom could be extradited to the United States to face racketeering and criminal copyright charges. The court’s written decision rejected Dotcom’s appeal and upheld a lower court ruling in 2017 that the extradition could take place. The six-year legal saga is widely seen as a test for how far the United States can reach globally to apply U.S. firms’ intellectual property [sic] rights [sic]. … Dotcom’s lawyers have argued in previous court cases that copyright infringement isn’t a criminal offense in New Zealand and that there wasn’t enough evidence that Dotcom and other Megaupload executives conspired to commit a crime.” (07/04/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/new-zealand-court-says-megaupload-founder-kim-dotcom-can-be-n888901

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2) Libertarian Party rebuffs Mises uprising
Source: Reason

“The Libertarian Party on Monday afternoon re-elected in a surprising first-ballot landslide incumbent Chair Nicholas Sarwark to an unprecedented third consecutive two-year term. In doing so, the nation’s third-largest political party swatted down what was supposed to be the most contentious challenge at its biannual national convention — to a leadership that was considered by various critics to be too operationally incremental, too ideologically tepid, and too (in the words of Ludwig von Mises Institute Senior Fellow and popular podcaster Tom Woods at a nearby New Orleans rally Saturday) ‘SJW-friendly.’ … In the vice chair race, two-term incumbent Arvin Vohra, who has become a lightning rod over the past year-plus for intentionally provocative public comments such as ‘Bad Idea: School Shootings. Good Idea: School Board Shootings,’ was resoundingly drummed out of office, never receiving more than 11 percent of the vote in three rounds of balloting that ended Tuesday with a positivity-exuding 33-year-old finance/tech/consulting guy named Alex Merced squeaking past the 50 percent finish line.” (07/04/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/04/libertarian-party-rebuffs-mises-uprising

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3) Syria: Son of Islamic State “caliph” reported killed
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“[Islamic State] media outlets are reporting that the son of the group’s leader has been killed in Syria while fighting against government forces. The announcement of the death of the young son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared on the group’s social media accounts late on Tuesday. It included a picture of a young boy carrying a rifle, identifying him as Huthaifa al-Badri. The statement did not specify when he was killed. It said he was an elite fighter who was killed while fighting Syrian and Russian troops at a power station in central Homs province. Al-Baghdadi has been reported killed or wounded several times but is widely believed to still be alive.” (07/04/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/isil-leader-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-son-killed-syria-180704090841256.html

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4) Woman climbs base of Statue of Liberty to protest migrant child abductions
Source: CNN

“A woman who climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty to protest the separation of migrant families was taken into custody after a standoff with police on the Fourth of July. Authorities had tried to talk the woman down but she refused to leave. For nearly two hours, she crossed the base of the statue, at times sitting in the folds of the statue’s dress and under Lady Liberty’s sandal. Finally, officers with ropes and climbing gear reached her. They put a harness and ropes on her to bring her down, and she crossed to the other side of the statue with the officers where a ladder was propped up on the base of the statue. … Earlier, other protesters unfurled a banner over a railing around the base of the statue saying ‘Abolish ICE!’ At least seven people were arrested on Liberty Island and the site was closed to visitors.” (07/04/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/04/us/new-york-statue-of-liberty-protest/index.html

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5) Panama: Monkeys may have begun their own Stone Age, scientists say
Source: Fox News

“A group of Panamanian monkeys may have entered their own stone age, scientists said. A population of white-face capuchin monkeys living on the Panamanian island of Jicaron have been observed using stones to smash open nuts and shellfish, New Scientist reported Monday. Scientists first made the discovery in 2004, but returned to the island in March 2017 with cameras to catch the monkeys in the act. Scientists do not know when the 6-million-year inhabitants of the island began the practice, but believe the skill was learned ‘by chance.’” (07/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/07/04/panama-monkeys-may-have-begun-their-own-stone-age-scientists-say.html

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6) Walmart removes “Impeach 45” clothing after boycott threats
Source: Yahoo! News

“Walmart is pulling its ‘Impeach 45’ merchandise aimed at President Trump, after a Twitter campaign to boycott the retailer. ‘These items were sold by third-party sellers on our open marketplace and were not offered directly by Walmart,’ a company spokesperson tells Yahoo Lifestyle. ‘We’re removing these types of items pending review of our marketplace policies.’ The clothing, which includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, football jerseys, and baby clothing, was first spotted by Ryan Fournier, chairman of the coalition Students for Trump, who tweeted Tuesday, ‘Walmart, why are you selling Impeach 45 baby clothes on your website????? What kind of message are you trying to send?’” (07/03/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/people-threatening-boycott-walmart-selling-impeach-45-clothing-155511027.html

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7) AZ: Mom shoots, kills son who tried to put her in nursing home
Source: Aol News

“A 92-year-old woman shot her son to death after she took exception to his plan to move her into an Arizona retirement home, authorities said Tuesday. The elderly mother faced off with her 72-year-old son at his Fountain Hills home, pulled a pistol from her bathrobe and blasted him around 10 a.m. Monday, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.” [editor’s note: This could have some interesting angles. Was he plotting a kidnapping, or getting her out of his home? If she is not competent to live on her own, is she competent to be held responsible for her actions? Etc. – TLK] (07/04/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/04/mom-shoots-dead-son-who-tried-to-put-her-in-nursing-home-you-ended-my-life-so-im-taking-yours/23474356/

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8) China: Regime to nix US soybeans
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

“Chinese companies are expected to cancel most of the remaining soybeans they have committed to buy from the United States in the year ending Aug. 31 once the extra tariff on U.S. imports takes effect Friday. China, the world’s top soybean buyer, has yet to take delivery of about 1.14 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans booked for the current marketing year, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The USDA reported last week that China had resold some 123,000 tons of committed deliveries to Bangladesh and Iran. Soybeans are a key flash point in the worsening trade relations between the U.S. and China after Beijing said it would levy tariffs on imports starting Friday in retaliation against a raft of duties imposed by the Trump administration. By focusing on U.S. agricultural produce, as well as raw materials such as coal, China is targeting the rural communities in states that voted for Trump in 2016.” (07/04/18)

http://www.journalgazette.net/business/20180704/china-to-nix-us-soybeans

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9) US regime begins lifting ban on ZTE
Source: The Verge

“The US Commerce Department has temporarily lifted a portion of the ban on ZTE that all-but shut down the company almost three months ago. After paying a $1 billion fine, ZTE has been authorized by the United States to continue supporting much of its already deployed equipment and consumer devices. This largely seems designed to keep infrastructure up and running and allow ZTE to deliver security patches to its phones (and other products). The eased restrictions are temporary, only lasting until August 1st. It’s not stated what will happen after that point, but Bloomberg reports that ZTE is expected to be in full compliance with the agreement it made with the US government by then, meaning the ban may be fully lifted.” (07/03/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/3/17532508/zte-ban-us-temporarily-lifts-security-updates

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10) Philippines: Two mayors assassinated in two days
Source: CNN

“A second town mayor in the Philippines has been shot and killed by an unknown assailant, a day after one was assassinated by a sniper in a brazen daylight attack. Mayor Ferdinand Bote of the town of General Tinio in Nueva Ecija province was gunned down by a motorcycle-riding suspect in nearby Cabanatuan City on Tuesday afternoon, police told CNN Philippines. Bote appears to have been the victim of a drive-by shooting, in which he was struck multiple times, while riding in his beige Toyota Fortuner, according to the police report.” (07/03/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/03/asia/second-philippine-mayor-shot-dead-intl/index.html

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11) Report: Trump asked aides if he could invade Venezuela last year
Source: New York Post

“President Donald Trump pressed aides about whether he could invade Venezuela during an Oval Office discussion last year about imposing sanctions on the South American country as it was roiled by political and economic crises, according to a report on Wednesday. ​The suggestion stunned the aides, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster — both of whom are no longer with the administration — and sparked a heated debate for about five minutes last August, the Associated Press reported. ” (07/04/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/07/04/trump-asked-aides-if-he-could-invade-venezuela-last-year-report/

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12) UK: Two collapse near Russian spy poisoning site
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A man and woman are in a critical condition after being exposed to an unknown substance, which counter terrorism officers are investigating. The pair, believed to be Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, were found unconscious at a house in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday. It is understood tests are being carried out on the substance at a government chemical weapons laboratory. Amesbury is about eight miles from the Salisbury Russian spy poisoning site. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with [allegedly] Novichok, a suspected military nerve agent, in March.” (07/04/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-44707052

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13) OH: Security theater, Cleveland 4th of July edition
Source: USA Today

“The day after the FBI arrested an Ohio man on accusations of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, an aunt said she was ‘thrown for a loop’ on the news of her nephew’s arrest. The FBI announced Monday they had arrested Demetrius Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rafiq, 48, of Maple Heights, Ohio, for allegedly plotting an attack in Cleveland on July 4 for al-Qaida.” [editor’s note: I would bet money that this is yet another case of “bait a mentally unstable individual, over a long period of time, into thinking about going terrorist so we can make a loud public arrest” FBI tactics – TLK] (07/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/03/cleveland-july-4-terror-plot-suspect-aunt/753896002/

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14) Report: Google allows third party developers to scan your Gmail
Source: Times of India [India]

“Despite assuring users to ‘remain confident that Google will keep privacy and security paramount,’ the search giant is still reportedly allowing third-party app developers scan through Gmail accounts, the Wall Street Journal has claimed. Google ‘continues to let hundreds of outside software developers scan the inboxes of millions of Gmail users who signed up for email-based services offering shopping price comparisons, automated travel-itinerary planners or other tools,’ the report said late Monday.” (07/04/18)

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/google-allowing-3rd-party-developers-to-scan-your-gmail-report/articleshow/64847901.cms

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15) IN: Church “detains” Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in protest of child abduction policy
Source: NBC News

“An Indianapolis church protested President Donald Trump’s child separation policy by ‘detaining’ statues of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph in a chain-linked, enclosed cage on their lawn. ‘The statement with the Holy Family says as much about our policy as any statement would say,’ the Rev. Canon Lee Curtis of Christ Church Cathedral, who came up with the idea, told NBC News. ‘We want an end for family detention. Families, all families, every family, is holy, and we hope and pray that families who are seeking out a better life for their kids are afforded that opportunity.’ The display went up at 10 p.m. Monday and Curtis said they currently don’t know how long it will stay up.” (07/03/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/indianapolis-church-detains-jesus-mary-joseph-protest-child-separation-policy-n888596

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

16) How cryptoanarchy saved the world
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“The things that actually change the world are very often kept out of view. The stronger the mainline culture, the more the things that will change it are portrayed as weird, stupid, naive, and even dangerous. And so it has certainly been with cryptoanarchy. But however much ignored, cryptoanarchy has already changed the world and will continue to change it. It is, in fact, the future taking root.” (07/03/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/how-cryptoanarchy-saved-the-world/

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17) Harlan Ellison memories
Source: Steemit
by Steve Trinward

“I once actually had the pleasure of meeting and even talking one-to-one with the recently ‘crossed-over’ Harlan Ellison. It was fall of 1975 (or maybe spring 1976?), and the woman I now refer to as ‘my ex’ (eight years under the same roof, sharing a bed, common law and all that…) and I were in New York City for the Star Trek convention, staying with an old friend of hers. It was my second trip ever to the Big Apple; the first one had been the 1975 Libertarian Party convention, a few months (or a year?) earlier, but that’s not important here. I don’t recall how it all set up, but at some point I was in the hallway outside some panel I had no real interest in, when I saw Harlan standing all by himself, probably waiting to go inside for the next event. I wandered over, introduced myself and told him what a fan of his work I was. I might even have told him that my mission in life as a writer was to become an amalgam of him Hunter S. Thompson and H. L. Mencken.” (06/29/18)

https://steemit.com/harlan/@wordmaker7/harlan-ellison-memories

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18) Are you for due process, or merely against cruelty?
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“The No-Fly List forced airlines to refuse to board American citizens who were on the list. The federal government infringed on the human right to travel without due process of law. Innocent people were ensnared, as is inevitable when due process is ignored. I know of one, then a high schooler, with a very common name. He was delayed on his class trip. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy was on the list. People thought that was funny. So we go from the No-Fly List to the victimization of these foreign children. Who knows what emotional scars won’t be healed. Who knows how many children will be ‘lost’ in the system. It’s worse in many ways than the No-Fly list, just as bank robbery is worse than shoplifting. But the violation of Due Process was the same. And people who had no complaints against the No Fly List or other travel restrictions without due process, are now advocates of human rights and Constitutional rights. They’re suddenly for Due Process.” (06/30/18)

https://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2018/06/are-you-for-due-process-or-merely.html

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19) Another “state of democracy” report ignores real cause of plummeting trust
Source: The Hill
by James Bovard

“The 937th report on the crisis of democracy in the Trump era was released Tuesday. Half of Americans polled believe that the U.S. is in ‘real danger of becoming a nondemocratic, authoritarian country’ and two-thirds believe democracy is ‘getting weaker,’ according to the study. This report is a co-production of the George W. Bush Institute, the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center, and Freedom House, partnering to create the Democracy Project. A quick search reveals that the word ‘tainted’ is nowhere in the report. But the list of authors effectively assures that the report will overlook how the abuses of recent presidencies sabotaged Americans’ faith in their political system.” (06/29/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/394867-another-state-of-democracy-report-ignores-the-real-cause-of-plummeting

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20) Put independence back in the day
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“What does Independence Day mean to you? To me, Independence Day has morphed into the most tragic of holidays. Its original meaning has been completely lost; turned on its head. The way it is most commonly celebrated now is like celebrating Christmas with hatred and theft. It has become a shadow of what it should be. Of what it may have been once upon a time. Instead of being a celebration of American independence, it has been turned into a worship service for the U.S. government — a government orders of magnitude more thieving and tyrannical than the government which was sent packing after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. How can this make sense to anyone?” (07/04/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/07/04/voices/put-independence-back-in-the-day/158316.html

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21) What I learned from my paper route
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Marc Beauchamp

“‘Where have all the paperboys gone?’ asked a subhead in a must-read Reason magazine cover story by Lenore Skenazy and Jonathan Haidt published last December, provocatively entitled: ‘The Fragile Generation: Bad policy and paranoid parenting are making kids too safe to succeed.’ I had a paper route, from age ten to almost my 16th birthday. It was a remarkably valuable experience. In fact, it probably taught me more about myself, money, people, and business than anything I learned in grade school, high school, and college combined. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that everything I needed to know I learned as a paperboy — to paraphrase the title of a popular mid-’80s self-help book by Robert Fulghum, in his case extolling life lessons supposedly learned in kindergarten.” (07/04/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1868

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22) The revolutions of Adam Smith and Thomas Jefferson
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the most fascinating aspects of Independence Day is that the year the Declaration of Independence was signed — 1776 — was the same year that saw the publication of Adam Smith’s famous treatise on economics, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. That is quite a coincidence, one that had enormous ramifications for liberty.” (07/03/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/03/the-revolutions-of-adam-smith-and-thomas-jefferson/

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23) What the Declaration of Independence said and meant
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Randy Barnett

“The Declaration of Independence used to be read aloud at public gatherings every Fourth of July. Today, while all Americans have heard of it, all too few have read more than its second sentence. Yet the Declaration shows the natural rights foundation of the American Revolution, and provides important information about what the founders believed makes a constitution or government legitimate. It also raises the question of how these fundamental rights are reconciled with the idea of ‘the consent of the governed,’ another idea for which the Declaration is famous.” (07/04/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/07/04/what-the-declaration-of-independence-sai

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24) Freedom “weaponized”
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Justice Elena Kagan has a way with words. The conservative majority on the court, she said after two recent rulings, is ‘weaponizing the First Amendment.’ What a phrase! But what does it mean? ‘Conservative groups, borrowing and building on arguments developed by liberals,’ explains The New York Times, ‘have used the First Amendment to justify unlimited campaign spending, discrimination against gay couples and attacks on the regulation of tobacco, pharmaceuticals and guns.’ First: if ‘liberals’ now find themselves not supporting the idea of particular freedoms, or freedom in general, are they really ‘liberal?’” (07/03/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/03/freedom-weaponized/

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25) Process comes first
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I often emphasize the importance of process. Thus in a recent post I criticized the Trump administration for giving advice to the Fed, which violated an ‘independence’ norm that has developed over recent decades. (The content of the advice is less important.) I am unmoved by people pointing to outcomes, when the process is not sound. Thus I want good judges, not liberal or conservative decisions by judges. I oppose the Electoral College, even if it ends up helping my favored party. I favor term limits, as without them it is much easier for countries to slide from democracy to authoritarianism.” (07/04/18)

https://www.econlib.org/process-comes-first/

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26) Thirty
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Never trust anyone a day older than thirty. I’ve spent most of my young life more or less living by that ancient hippie code and I’ve had good reason to do so. My childhood is pockmarked by adult authority figures who have in one way shape or form betrayed my trust in humanity. Growing up, the lion share of my fiercest bullies have always been older than thirty. Most of them were people that I was told (by other people over thirty) to trust and confide in, teachers, clergy, psychiatrists, administrators, people who taught me how to hate myself and shut the fuck up. Thankfully, their lessons never stuck but they sure as hell left a mark.” (07/02/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/07/thirty.html

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27) What if we treated public schools as monopolies?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kevin Currie-Knight

“Many of my friends who defend public education are also the political type who are very worried about monopolies. They often point to the damage that companies with large market shares — think Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Google — can do. These friends point out how these companies’ large market presence allows them to squeeze out competitors, exploit employees, and hold customers captive. Those points, of course, are debatable, but what really troubles me is that while these friends decry monopolies in commerce, they defend a huge monopoly: public schools. All the same criticisms should apply — but never seem to.” (07/03/18)

https://fee.org/articles/what-if-we-treated-public-schools-as-monopolies/

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28) An agenda for the Trump-Putin summit
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“President Donald Trump will meet Russia’s Vladimir Putin next month in Helsinki, Finland. President Trump long sought this summit and talking is better than silence. However, without a change in U.S. policy it isn’t clear what positives will result.” (06/29/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/agenda-trump-putin-summit

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29) Crime and capital punishment
Source: OpEdNews
by Harold Novikoff

“With all the smoke and confusion of the Trump administration, the topic of capital punishment, which previously had taken some space in the headlines, seems to have been pushed aside. Senator Diane Feinstein did recently announce her opposition to it. Nevertheless, questions about the basic morality of CP go to the very roots of justice in our society and the world. In our country, there is the question of uniformity of practice among the various states. Nineteen states have abandoned CP. A few states conduct CP with a fury, Texas leading the way. Who deserves to die?” (07/04/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Crime-and-Capital-Punishme-by-Harold-Novikoff-Capital-Crime_Crime-Corporate_Crimes-Against-Humanity-180704-274.html

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30) There is no such thing as “gaming disorder”
Source: spiked
by Hardeep Singh

“In the 11th update of its International Classification of Disease (ICD-11), the World Health Organisation (WHO) has provisionally added a new mental-health condition to its ever growing list: ‘gaming disorder.’ There has already been a backlash against its inclusion from academics and scientists. A group of 28 academics have published a paper saying doing so would ‘waste public-health resources’ and cause ‘harm to healthy videogamers.’ So it may not make it into the final draft. But the WHO’s decision to give some credence to the idea of ‘gaming disorder’ speaks to a broader pathologisation of gaming, a hobby enjoyed by 2.5 billion people across the globe. And this is already making parents unduly anxious about their children playing games like Fortnite.” (07/04/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/there-is-no-such-thing-as-gaming-disorder

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31) Even if you’re not interested in free speech, free speech is interested in you
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Caitlin Quinn

“For as long as I can remember, my dinner table has been an intellectual battle ground embroiled in controversy. My father, a conservative small business owner from New York City, was constantly engaged in ideological warfare with my mother, a liberal leaning lawyer from a small town in Wisconsin. Though they jockeyed to gain my allegiance to their opposing political camps, I ended up committing the ultimate act of treachery — becoming an independent. While my parents bemoaned their inability to win me over, I secretly felt as if I had been given an immense gift. I was fortunate that my formative years were spent in an intellectual environment that encouraged and at times even demanded dissent. This diverse conversational upbringing had the effect of making me an ardent believer in the power of free speech and discussion as a promoter of tolerance and inclusion. So it is no surprise that I eagerly anticipated my arrival to college.” (07/03/18)

https://www.thefire.org/even-if-youre-not-interested-in-free-speech-free-speech-is-interested-in-you/

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32) The problem with “free speech” that defends power
Source: Cato Unbound
by Anthony Leaker

“Jacob Mchangama vividly paints a possible future scenario of a world governed by increasingly outlandish free speech restrictions. He does so in order to illustrate the point that people with opposing political and moral views might invoke the same rationale to justify laws that police language and behavior that they disapprove of, so that the very things defended by one group could easily be undermined by the other, without the content-neutral role of free speech as a sacred principle ensuring that no views or ideas are suppressed. Notwithstanding the rigorous and convincing detail and eloquence of Mchangama’s imagined scenario this is a standard defense of free speech. Unfortunately it does not really address the points I attempted to make in my initial response, which were less to do with free speech as a principle than the way in which ‘free speech’ has been weaponized not only for highly dubious causes, but by dubious means.” (06/29/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/06/29/anthony-leaker/problem-free-speech-defends-power

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33) Why are some libertarians so conservative about immigration?
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

“I frequently hear libertarians object to open borders on the grounds that removing immigration restrictions would immediately and radically disrupt American culture. Aside from the empirical reasons for thinking this objection is unfounded, here’s why I can’t take seriously those libertarians who raise it: you want to allow 7-11 to sell crystal meth, privatize all schools, dismantle the welfare state, and permit sex workers to set up shop next to Cold Stone Creamery! Don’t you think these changes might radically disrupt American culture? So why single out immigration?” (07/02/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/07/why-are-some-libertarians-so-conservative-about-immigration/

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34) Quantum Vibe, 07/04/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/04/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1816

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35) TDS vs. TWS: Two sides of the same coin
Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“There are a lot of folks out there who are still fighting the 2016 election: those who seem to wholeheartedly believe that Trump is Satan Incarnate and who are typically affected by ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ and those who seem to believe there is nothing Trump can do wrong. Let us call this ‘Trump Worship Syndrome.’ In my view, both sides of this false alternative fundamentally misunderstand the problem. The problem is that whether Demon or Deity, no one man can alter the trajectory of the system, because the system itself is fundamentally committed to traveling down ‘the road to serfdom.’” (07/02/18)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002480.html

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36) Left and right have abandoned American exceptionalism
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“On this July 4, the American left and right, which disagree on almost everything, are both turning against American exceptionalism. Democrats don’t think America lives up to liberal democratic ideals. Republicans don’t think Americans need to.” (07/04/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/07/the-left-and-the-right-have-abandoned-american-exceptionalism/564425/

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37) Does economic growth cause inflation?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“Most experts are of the view that as the economy gains strength the Fed must step in at some stage and introduce a tighter stance in order to prevent the rate of inflation getting out of control. Why however, should economic growth be positively associated with a general increase in the prices of goods and services? Let us examine how prices in general could go up.” (07/04/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/07/does-economic-growth-cause-inflation/

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38) Democracy dies in the blinding light of day
Source: The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussein

“Recent events suggest that, even now, American democracy may be starting to enter a decrepit late-middle age. While many people assume that our current political turbulence is an aberration, long-term trends suggest that undemocratic illiberalism may one day become the norm in the United States and elsewhere. Democracy is eroding and may no longer be a plausible means of governance. Technological change, decaying institutions, and populist demagoguery may well make genuine democracy effectively impossible, validating Adams’s prediction that a democratic system could never really endure.” (07/04/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/04/how-democracy-ends-david-runciman-review/

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39) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 9, part 2
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Cryptocurrency has an advantage that almost every other alternative money in the past has lacked. It does not mimic state-issued currency or state-controlled transfer systems, such as banks. Its revolutionary structure and function are as uniquely compatible with society as they are antagonistic to the state. State versus society: Libertarian class analysis is based on the interaction of the two categories, which are in irresolvable conflict with each other.” (06/30/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-crypto-and-the-structure-of-class-warfare/

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40) Many Trump supporters now cheering for Deep State over WikiLeaks & Iran
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I just want to briefly document some of the ways I’m seeing the 2015/2016 anti-establishment sentiment of Trump’s base being hijacked and re-routed into supporting some highly conspicuous pro-establishment interests this year. In 2016 and 2017, much of the anti-establishment sentiment on what passes for America’s political ‘left’ today was co-opted and re-routed into supporting longstanding establishment agendas against WikiLeaks, Russia, and Syria. I watched many Bernie Sanders supporters I’d fought alongside in 2015 and 2016 succumb one by one to the establishment Russiagate mind virus; it felt like watching a zombie apocalypse unfold, infection by infection. Fearmongering about Trump was used to herd people who support peace into cheering for ancient neoconservative agendas against Russia, making everyone terrified of a country they’d previously never thought much about using still-unproven and plot hole-riddled claims about hacking and election meddling. This in turn was used to create narratives about ‘Russian propaganda,’ which was used to poison the well against anyone who questioned the warmongering establishment Syria narrative.” (06/29/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/06/29/many-trump-supporters-now-cheering-for-the-deep-state-over-wikileaks-and-iran

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41) Blockchain basics: Bitcoin, Lightning, and Ripple
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by James L Caton, PhD

“Social media is abuzz with talk of blockchain technology. Discussions of public ledgers, distributed-payment systems, and cryptocurrency mining are fascinating but often fail to clarify the technology being discussed. In this article, I will consider the different structures of the Bitcoin, Lightning, and Ripple networks and how those different structures affect the networks’ efficiency and security.” (07/03/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/sound-money-project/blockchain-basics-bitcoin-lightning-and-ripple

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42) The tragedy of Venezuela’s socialism
Source: Acton Institute
by Victor Mata

“The real crisis in Venezuela didn’t start with the late Hugo Chavez. He and President Nicolas Maduro, a dictator in truth, are the inevitable result of more than 40 years of stable economic development combined with a steadily eroding democratic political culture. The 21st Century Socialism advanced by Chavez and now Maduro is the product of four decades of corruption and a bloated bureaucracy that advanced under a democratic system that has been subverted into totalitarianism.” (07/03/18)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2018/07/03/tragedy-venezuelas-socialism

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43) It can’t come soon enough
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Humans have a rather pathetic tendency to mistake form for substance, and to confuse symptoms with causes. So if I had thought about it hard enough, I probably would’ve been able to predict that eventually Americans would realize they were living in a fascist police state, but that they’d do so long after such a state was established and reach the conclusion for completely wrong reasons. It’s become fashionable to refer to Donald Trump and his government as ‘fascist’ due to his openly-racist rhetoric, but the US government has always been racist since its inception …” (07/04/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/07/04/it-cant-come-soon-enough/

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44) SCOTUS decision restores free speech to those who speak for a living
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Robert McNamara & Paul Sherman

“This past Tuesday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a groundbreaking decision in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case about California’s attempt to regulate so-called “crisis-pregnancy centers” — religiously affiliated centers that exist to dissuade women from having abortions. Because the case implicates abortion, much of the coverage of that ruling focused on which side came out ahead on America’s most contentious political issue. But that blinkered view of the Court’s decision is a mistake, because the Court’s decision is one of the most important free-speech rulings in a generation, with implications that extend far beyond the abortion debate. Unlike most cases related to abortion (which concern who may get an abortion and under what circumstances) the NIFLA case concerned government efforts to regulate speech about abortion. The plaintiffs in the case are a group of crisis pregnancy centers. As a matter of moral conviction, these centers do not talk to their clients about abortion.” (06/29/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/first-amendment-strengthened

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45) It’s still not about the sex, part 2
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“All over Washington, people are making deals and trades all the time. Every once in a while, a “scandal” will be revealed. People, most notably the media, will announce how outrageous it is, and act as if such behavior is extraordinarily rare, just as they have with this story. Those who study and remember history, including recent history, know that trades of all kinds are the lifeblood of government. This is especially true when a government has immense powers and touches every area of life — our present government, for example. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to read a long, long story documenting some of the various kinds of trades and exchanges that are made? The problem, of course, is that the corruption is so all-encompassing that such a story would necessarily expose and damage too many ‘untouchables,’ those with sufficient power to ensure that they will never suffer such exposure.” (06/29/18)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2018/06/its-still-not-about-sex-ii.html

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46) Free Talk Live, 07/03/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Straw and Utensil Ban in Seattle Now in Effect :: Discrimination :: Intellectual Property :: Libertarian Party Embraces Prostitution Decrim :: Independence Day :: Regional Planning Commission :: Zen Magnets Defeats the CPSC :: Roe vs Wade :: Court and Bad Evidence :: Trump Dictator :: Edgington Post — Tom Bell :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/03/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-03

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47) Building tomorrow, episode 1
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Welcome to Building Tomorrow! A new podcast by Libertarianism.org and the Cato Institute.” [various formats] (07/03/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/building-tomorrow/welcome-building-tomorrow

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48) Anarchist communities: Past, present, and future
Source: Attack The System

“[Keith Preston’s] recent presentation to the National-Anarchist Movement in England.” [Flash video] (07/01/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/07/01/anarchist-communities-past-present-and-future/

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49) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/04/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“What does Independence Day mean to us in 2018? What did it mean to the Founders? Independent states? Ron Paul gives us a bit of history on this July 4th.” [Flash video] (07/04/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/happy-independence-day

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50) Scott Adams Says, 07/04/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams tells you why Trump Derangement Syndrome is so strong. With coffee.” [Flash video] (07/04/18)

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

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51) Essential Libertarianism, episode 37
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The superiority of moral power over political power, by Adin Ballou.” [various formats] (07/04/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/07/04/the-superiority-of-moral-power-over-politcal-power-el037/

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52) Interview: Mary Ruwart
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Dr. Mary Ruwart. Herein we discussed her family history, Martie’s medical journey, Dr. Kevorkian, Martie’s miracle, her last few moments, defending Dr. Kevorkian, responding to religious criticism, pet euthanasia hypocrisy, Alfie Evans case, healthcare regulatory bottleneck, over-worked surgeons and physicians, healthcare in Communism/Socialism, regulation requirement stifles new people, origin of American Medical Association, rent seeking, why suicide is illegal, love your neighbor, God’s will, Christian Anarchists, global Voluntaryists, judge and be judged, libertarianism is about love, the goodness of people and more!” [Flash video or Flash audio] (07/02/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/mary-ruwart-assisted-suicide-dr-kevorkian-and-her-sisters-experience/

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53) Ancap Barber Shop, episode 45
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“This episode we’re talking about a recent tweet from actor Peter Fonda wherein he prompted his followers to force Baron Trump into a cage full of pedophiles as well as the new supreme court justice seat vacancy.” [various formats] (07/02/18)

https://www.ancapbarbershop.com/peter-fonda-and-the-supreme-court-justice-kennedy-abs045/

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54) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/01/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“The End of Nation-States?” Mark Lutter on Free Cities.” [various formats] (07/01/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/6/29/aqi1ct0r8w2822r9fjluwxvlx31d6a

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55) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 167
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Dry as a Desert.” [various formats] (07/02/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-167-dry-desert/

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1190
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“At the recent event in New Orleans sponsored by the Mises Caucus of the Libertarian Party I spoke very bluntly about what a libertarian party should be doing and the good that it could accomplish, and contrasted that with the missed opportunities and self-sabotage that continues to plague it.” [various formats] (07/02/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1190-me-to-the-libertarian-party-wake-people-up-dont-put-them-to-sleep/

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57) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 65
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“I’ve had some major life changes the last few weeks that are really rustling my jimmies but will likely be a blessing in disguise. How can you help? What’s in the News with stories on Bill Weld, hemp legalization, government waste, slavery in France, and New Hampshire it’s like this too. Also, a Herding Cats segment on a PorcFest XV recap!” [various formats] (07/03/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/life-changes-tlf095/

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58) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 112
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Troop Withdrawal, Carter Foiled, Marijuana Votes, Booting Assange, RPI Conference.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/01/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/01/five-minutes-five-issues-troop-withdrawal-carter-foiled-marijuana-votes-booting-assange-rpi-conference/

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59) Electric Libertyland, episode 79
Source: Lions of Liberty

“This week Brian McWilliams examines two wins for ‘Democratic’ Socialism, with media darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upsetting Joe Crowley in New York, and Mexico’s new socialist president ‘AMLO.’ Brian also has some hot takes on the Chair and Vice Chair (another upset!) positions form the LNC, tales of horror from the left including Rand Paul’s ax murderer and finally cronyism in CA kills one bad tax bill while enabling thousands more. Oh yeah, and Happy 4th of July.” [various formats] (07/04/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/07/04/tales-from-the-left-democratic-socialists-and-rand-pauls-ax-murderer/

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60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 72
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Why is secession no longer cool, Scotland is still fighting England for more independence, plus much more.” [various formats] (07/02/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-72-2018-07-02

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