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Monday, August 21st, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump to speechify on Afghanistan (war likely to continue)
2) Five hurt, ten missing in collision between US Navy destroyer, oil tanker
3) Catalonia: Police set up 800 checkpoints in manhunt for Barcelona suspect
4) Trump, first lady pull out of Kennedy Center Honors ceremony
5) CIA torture architects settle lawsuit (you get to pay)
6) US national monument review to test key land protection law
7) Spain: Regime grants Erdogan critic Dogan Akhanli conditional release
8) CA: Berkeley modifies city laws to empower officials during protests
9) “Confused” anti-fascist stabs innocent man over “neo-Nazi” haircut
10) OR: Golden retriever digs up heroin in backyard
11) Chemists discover why water improves whiskey
12) MA: Counterprotesters dwarf controversial rally in Boston
13) Civilian team finds wreck of USS Indianapolis, lost in 1945 with 880 crew
14) Biggest near-Earth asteroid recorded by NASA will make a pass in September
15) Brooklyn pastor resigns from Trump’s evangelical advisory board
16) Lebanon: Regime, Hezbollah declare offensives on Islamic State at Syrian border
17) Lawsuit: Poland Spring Water is committing “colossal fraud”
18) ACLU announces it won’t be defending civil liberties anymore
19) Trump lifts Cyber Command status
20) Atlas V launches TDRS-M relay satellite for NASA

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Blood on the streets
22) Statism and tribalism: Fraternal twins
23) Yes, let’s rethink free speech
24) Moral superiority among neocons and Nazis
25) Do we really need “moral leadership” from the White House?
26) Violent extremists are a threat on both sides
27) School is not “the real world”
28) Trump vs. the business community
29) Here’s what to do with those reviled statues
30) All that glitters is not gold: A parable
31) Arguments statists should avoid
32) Poland Spring and the perils of the regulatory state
33) Get your own house in order first
34) Don’t blame cutbacks in state spending for college tuition hikes
35) The US spy hub in the heart of Australia
36) How to know you’re in a mass hysteria bubble
37) Chomsky: “Antifa wrong in principle, major gift to militant right”
38) Robert E. Lee at West Point
39) The left can’t rely on boycotts alone
40) Duke president’s perfect words to community about statues & painful history
41) The corporate war on free speech
42) Trump using old Jim Crow tactics to usher in new era of racist violence
43) Let’s talk about statues: A little perspective from a Daughter of the Confederacy
44) Political action exacerbates the problem of hate
45) The free market is not omnibenevolent
46) Lincoln on equality
47) Tribalism and economic nationalism — cut from the same cloth
48) South Korea should give US troops the boot, part 2
49) Slavery and justifications for southern secession in their own words
50) Statues and limitations

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Solar eclipse: GOP deniers and Democratic alarmists
52) Free Talk Live, 08/19/17
53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 978
54) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 641
55) The Cost, episode 8
56) Felony Friday, episode 85
57) PanAm Podcast, 08/18/17
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 81
59) spiked podcast, 08/18/17
60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 32

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

1) Trump to speechify on Afghanistan (war likely to continue)
Source: ABC News

“Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corps, declaring that ‘we are with you and we will stay with you.’ Gen. John Nicholson’s exhortation of continued support for the Afghans suggested the Pentagon may have won its argument that America’s military must stay engaged in the conflict in order to insure terrorists don’t once again threaten the U.S. from safe havens in Afghanistan. The White House announced that President Donald Trump would address the nation’s troops and the American people Monday night to update the path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia.” [editor’s note: Aaaaand, “libertarian”/”non-interventionist” Trumptards start making excuses for their man in 3, 2, 1 … – TLK] (08/20/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mattis-tight-lipped-afghanistan-war-strategy-49319936

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2) Five hurt, ten missing in collision between US Navy destroyer, oil tanker
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Ten U.S. sailors are missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy’s 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. The Navy said five sailors were hurt in the collision between the guided-missile destroyer and the 600-foot Alnic MC, an oil and chemical tanker. Four of them were evacuated by a Singaporean navy helicopter to a hospital in the city-state for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, and one did not require further medical attention. … The Singapore government said no crew were injured on the Liberian-flagged Alnic, which sustained damage to a compartment at the front of the ship some 23 feet above its waterline.” [editor’s note: Perhaps it’s time to ban the US Navy from the high seas, at least until its ship commanders complete the equivalent of a post-DUI traffic school? – TLK] (08/21/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-destroyer-collides-merchant-ship-20170820-story.html

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3) Catalonia: Police set up 800 checkpoints in manhunt for Barcelona suspect
Source: Washington Post

“Desperate to ease public fears and neutralize a terrorist cell responsible for the deadliest attack in Spain in a decade, Spanish police erected 800 checkpoints across the region of Catalonia on Sunday — part of a massive manhunt for a Moroccan-born man they suspect was the driver of the van that killed 13 and injured scores in Barcelona last week. Authorities could not say whether Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, was still in Spain or had crossed the border into France, but they were clearly frustrated that he continued to elude police. ‘We don’t know where he is,’ regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said at a news conference in Barcelona, adding that the terrorist cell had planned a ‘much more serious attack’ that was probably thwarted by an accidental explosion Wednesday at a house used to assemble components for a bomb.” (08/20/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/spains-manhunt-forges-ahead-for-man-suspected-of-driving-van-in-barcelona-attack/2017/08/20/3986a70e-8530-11e7-9e7a-20fa8d7a0db6_story.html

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4) Trump, first lady pull out of Kennedy Center Honors ceremony
Source: USA Today

“The White House, already facing a growing boycott by several honorees, announced Saturday that President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not participate in this year’s annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony to avoid any ‘political distraction’ for the recipients of the prestigious award. The 40-year-old arts and humanities award, presented every December in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center, recognizes honorees for their lifetime contributions in the arts and the positive change they have made in the world. Past presidents and first ladies have hosted a reception for the honorees at the White House before the Kennedy Center gala and sat with them at the televised event. This year’s ceremony will be held Dec. 3 and broadcast on Dec. 26. ‘The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,’ the White House press office said in a statement. … Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Deborah F. Rutter said they respect Trump’s decision.” (08/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/19/trump-first-lady-pull-out-annual-kennedy-center-honors-program-avoid-any-political-distraction-forho/582818001

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5) CIA torture architects settle lawsuit (you get to pay)
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Two CIA torture psychologists, who were paid $80 miliion by the government to develop interrogation techniques, made a secret settlement to avoid going to trial. James Mitchell and John ‘Bruce’ Jessen were contracted by the agency to design the department’s harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror following the September 11 attacks. The two psychologists were sued by two living ex-detainees and one who died of hypothermia after brutal questioning in US custody, alleging they were illegally tortured using the men’s methods.” [editor’s note: Unfortunately, the US government had an indemnification agreement with the evildoers, guaranteeing that taxpayers would cover any civil legal liabilities for their work – TLK] (08/18/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4803112/CIA-torture-psychologists-make-settlement-avoid-trial.html

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6) US national monument review to test key land protection law
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land. Zinke is expected to recommend that at least some of the national monuments under review (all created since 1996) be rescinded or shrunk in size, responding to an order by President Donald Trump, who believes there should be greater opportunity to increase local resource development and economic opportunities. Any recommendation of reductions could herald a move into unchartered territory. Under the Antiquities Act, a president can declare certain areas of historic or scientific interest a national monument. However, no president has ever revoked a previous designation. Previous presidents, including Woodrow Wilson and William Howard Taft did reduce the size of some existing monuments.” [editor’s note: Okay, let me get this straight … One set of monuments are being torn down over who they honor from history, while mostly the same people opposed taking others down that have no apparent purpose? – SAT] (08/20/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interior-monuments-idUSKCN1B00H7

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7) Spain: Regime grants Erdogan critic Dogan Akhanli conditional release
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A critic of Turkey’s government, arrested in Spain at Turkey’s request, has been granted conditional release. German-Turkish writer Dogan Akhanli has written extensively about human rights in Turkey. He usually lives in Germany, where his arrest is seen as politically motivated, and Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised Turkey over the case. Mr Akhanli is being released on condition that he stays in Madrid, his lawyer said. ‘The fight was worth it,’ Ilias Uyar said in a Facebook post after the hearing. ‘Dogan Akhanli is free.’ Mr Akhanli was detained on Saturday in the city of Granada, where he was reportedly on holiday. The arrest was carried out on an Interpol ‘red notice’ — a request to arrest a wanted individual for extradition. The request is made by national police forces, and it does not indicate the person is wanted by Interpol itself.” (a08/20/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40992647

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8) CA: Berkeley modifies city laws to empower officials during protests
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Berkeley officials have tweaked local laws to give the city more power over unauthorized demonstrations, just days before another far-right rally is planned for downtown. The City Council passed the emergency ordinance on a 7-1 vote during a special meeting Friday evening. The move gives the city manager the power to issue rules for street events whose organizers did not obtain a permit. The planned protest next Sunday, billed as an anticommunist rally, will be the fourth such gathering in the city this year. Pro-Trump events in March and April drew throngs of counterprotesters, including self-styled ‘antifascist’ groups, as police struggled to prevent confrontations. But skirmishes and all-out brawls broke out, resulting in bloodied participants on both sides, a cache of confiscated weapons and numerous arrests. Only a few of those involved have since been criminally charged by Alameda County prosecutors. Eric Clanton, a former community college professor, was charged with assault for allegedly using a bike lock to attack a supporter of President Trump. A different Trump supporter in a separate incident, Kyle Chapman of Daly City, was charged with possessing a lead-filled stick that he allegedly used to hit counterprotesters.” (08/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Berkeley-modifies-city-laws-to-empower-officials-11944715.php

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9) “Confused” anti-fascist stabs innocent man over “neo-Nazi” haircut
Source: Fox News

“A ‘confused anti-fascist’ swung a knife towards the face of a man with a haircut similar to the one popular with white nationalists. Joshua Witt, 26, was getting out of his car at Steak ‘n Shake in Sheridan, Colorado when a man ran over to him yelling, ‘Are you one of them neo-Nazis?’ The man aimed for his head over his car door, but Witt blocked the blow with his hand, which needed three stitches. ‘I threw my hands up and once the knife kind of hit, I dived back into my car and shut the door and watched him run off west, behind my car.'” [editor’s note: I’m almost as concerned with this Antifa wanna-be’s poor English; can they be recruiting rednecks now? – SAT] (08/20/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/08/20/neo-nazi-haircut-anti-fascist-stabs-innocent-man-over

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10) OR: Golden retriever digs up heroin in backyard
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An Oregon family’s golden retriever has been honored by a sheriff for digging up $85,000 worth of black tar heroin in a family’s backyard. KATU-TV reported Friday that the owners of the 18-month-old dog named Kenyon thought he had dug up a time capsule in their backyard, so they decided to film themselves opening it. As they did, they realized Kenyon had found drugs. Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics officials said they have discovered four new kinds of fentanyl in the last year in Oklahoma. Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson identified the substance as more than 15 ounces of black tar heroin. Svenson presented Kenyon with a ribbon and named him an honorary narcotics dog for life.” (08/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Golden-retriever-digs-up-heroin-in-Oregon-backyard-11942509.php

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11) Chemists discover why water improves whiskey
Source: Newser

“Whisky connoisseurs have long claimed that whisky tastes better with a splash of water, or on the rocks with ice cubes. And while that will always, ultimately, be a matter of taste, scientists in Sweden have decided to study how the addition of water chemically alters the drink. They report in the journal Scientific Reports that they think they’ve hit upon a clue: diluting whisky with water coaxes the fixed number of taste molecules to the drink’s surface, where we can enjoy them infiltrating our nostrils and mouths.” (08/20/17)

http://www.newser.com/story/247360/chemists-discover-why-water-improves-whisky.html

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12) MA: Counterprotesters dwarf controversial rally in Boston
Source: CNN

“A self-described ‘free speech’ rally on Saturday in downtown Boston was dwarfed by thousands of counterprotesters opposed to the organizers’ right-wing views. Organizers of the ‘Boston Free Speech Coalition Rally’ expected about 100 people to attend, according to a permit they obtained for the event. A Facebook page for the rally suggested more than 300 people would show up. However, aerial photos and videos show a much smaller number of demonstrators huddled in a gazebo on Boston Common, flanked by counterprotesters on all sides. … Organizers of Saturday’s rally described themselves as a coalition of ‘libertarians, conservatives, traditionalists, classical liberals, (Donald) Trump supporters or anyone else who enjoys their right to free speech.’ They also sought to distance themselves from the violence in Charlottesville.” (08/19/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/19/us/boston-counterprotest-crowd-video-trnd/index.html

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13) Civilian team finds wreck of USS Indianapolis, lost in 1945 with 880 crew
Source: Gizmodo

“A team of civilian researchers has discovered the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, a US Navy cruiser which Imperial Japanese forces sunk in July 1945 to the loss of nearly three quarters of its crew. According to a statement from the Navy, two Japanese submarine torpedoes struck the ship, sinking it more than 18,000 feet (roughly 5,500 meters) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean in the closing stages of World War II. The cruiser went down in approximately 12 minutes, preventing the transmission of a distress signal. Though about 800 of its 1,196 sailors and Marines survived the initial sinking, following four days of floating in shark-infested waters with few supplies or protection from the elements, just 316 made it back home. It had just finished delivering components to the atomic bomb later detonated in Hiroshima.” (08/19/17)

http://gizmodo.com/civilian-team-finds-wreck-of-uss-indianopolis-lost-in-1798065811

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14) Biggest near-Earth asteroid recorded by NASA will make a pass in September
Source: Sacramento Bee

“If Monday’s approaching solar eclipse has you excited about astronomy, there’s some good news: Not even two weeks later, another rare feat will pass us by. And miss us, thankfully. An asteroid called Florence will pass within 4.5 million miles of Earth on Sept. 1, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced in a Thursday press release. That’s 18 times the distance from the Earth to the moon. If that doesn’t sound impressive, consider its size: At 2.7 miles, Florence is the largest asteroid to pass Earth since NASA began tracking near-Earth asteroids. And this particular asteroid won’t come this close again until 2500, NASA says.” (08/18/17)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article168095622.html

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15) Brooklyn pastor resigns from Trump’s evangelical advisory board
Source: Religion News Service

“The Rev. A.R. Bernard has resigned from the White House’s evangelical advisory council, the first departure from that board in the wake of President Trump’s widely-condemned comments on a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Bernard owed his departure to a ‘deepening conflict of values’ with the administration. The lead pastor at the Christian Cultural Center, the largest evangelical church in New York City, Bernard tweeted out his letter of resignation from the high-profile board on Friday (Aug. 18). Its members endured criticism this week for standing by Trump after he appeared to many on Tuesday to draw a moral equivalence between protestors and counter-protestors in Charlottesville.” (08/19/17)

http://religionnews.com/2017/08/19/brooklyn-pastor-resigns-from-trumps-evangelical-advisory-board/

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16) Lebanon: Regime, Hezbollah declare offensives on Islamic State at Syrian border
Source: CNBC

“The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeast border with Syria as the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier. The Lebanese army operation got underway at 5 a.m. (0200 GMT), targeting Islamic State positions near the town of Ras Baalbek with rockets, artillery, and helicopters, a Lebanese security source said. The area is the last part of the Lebanese-Syrian frontier under insurgent control. The operation by Hezbollah and the Syrian army targeted the area across the border in the western Qalamoun region of Syria.” (08/19/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/19/lebanese-army-hezbollah-declare-offensives-on-islamic-state-at-syrian-border.html

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17) Lawsuit: Poland Spring Water is committing “colossal fraud”
Source: USA Today

“A lawsuit claims that Poland Spring Water is deceiving consumers with evergreen labels that say their bottle contains ‘100 percent natural spring water’ that hails from Maine. The legal complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut claims that parent company Nestle Waters North America is bottling common groundwater that doesn’t meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s definition of spring water. … A Nestle Waters representative says the water meets all relevant federal and state regulations for spring water. Nestle Waters settled a 2003 Connecticut lawsuit claiming Poland Spring’s water was not sourced deep in the Maine woods. The lawsuit comes as the Stamford, Connecticut-based company embarks on an expansion in Maine, as well as during rising U.S. demand for bottled water.” (08/18/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/18/maine-poland-spring-water-colossal-fraud-lawsuit/579140001/

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18) ACLU announces it won’t be defending civil liberties anymore
Source: Vice News

“If you want to bring guns to a protest, don’t expect the American Civil Liberties Union to represent you. The 97-year-old civil rights organization, which has been the Trump administration’s No. 1 adversary in the courts, announced the policy late Thursday, in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville. The ACLU team in Virginia had worked with the white supremacist organizers of the ‘Unite the Right’ protest to secure the permit necessary for a legal gathering. Many of the attendees were carrying guns, there were violent clashes with counterprotesters, and one person was killed when an alleged white-supremacist attendee plowed his car into the crowd. ‘If a protest group insists, ‘No, we want to be able to carry loaded firearms,’ well, we don’t have to represent them. They can find someone else,’ ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero told the Wall Street Journal.” (08/18/17)

https://news.vice.com/story/the-aclu-will-no-longer-represent-armed-protesters

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19) Trump lifts Cyber Command status
Source: New York Daily News

“President Donald Trump said on Friday he was elevating the status of the Pentagon’s U.S. Cyber Command to help spur development of cyber weapons to deter attacks and punish intruders. In a statement, Trump said the unit would be ranked at the level of Unified Combatant Command focused on cyberspace operations. … Cyber Command had been subordinate to the U.S. Strategic Command, which is also responsible for military space operations, nuclear weapons and missile defense. Once elevated, Cyber Command would have the same status as U.S. Strategic Command and eight other unified commands that control U.s. military forces and are composed of personnel from multiple branches of the armed services. … Trump also said the defense secretary was also considering separating the U.S. Cyber Command from the National Security Agency (NSA).” [editor’s note: Not sure of the full implications yet, but I’m betting they’re not good – TLK] (08/18/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/newswires/news/national/trump-lifts-cyber-command-status-boost-cyber-defense-article-1.3424504

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20) Atlas V launches TDRS-M relay satellite for NASA
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

“A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket roared off the pad with NASA’s newest communications spacecraft, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite M (TDRS-M). Liftoff took place at 8:29 a.m. EDT (12:29 GMT) on August 18, 2017. The launch occurred about 26 minutes into a 40-minute window due to an issue detected on the vehicle’s Centaur upper stage engine, the RL10C. Thermal conditioning took a bit longer than planned. The pre-chill eventually took place, clearing the way for a successful liftoff and eventual satellite deployment.” (08/18/17)

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/ula/atlas-v-launches-tdrs-m-data-relay-satellite-nasa/

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

21) Blood on the streets
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Andrew Ferguson

“The President of the United States is not a Nazi, in the sense of being a member of the historical National Socialist German Workers’ Party or any of its subsequent pale imitators. But as he made clear during his August 15 press conference, Donald Trump is a Nazi sympathizer, in the narrow yet very literal sense of showing sympathy to modern-day Nazis. Trump’s remarks came in the context of the August 12th white-nationalist ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville that started with Nazi salutes and slogans and ended in one murder and dozens of malicious woundings. As word of the happenings — and, more specifically, videos and images — fanned out, people began to wonder if Trump could or would do one of the most basic things presidents have done since World War II: issue a denunciation of Nazis. Surely even Trump, whose skills in split-second denunciation are famed all across the digital landscape, and who responded almost immediately to the Aug. 17 vehicular attack in Barcelona, could manage that. Turns out, no.” (08/19/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1747

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22) Statism and tribalism: Fraternal twins
Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“Friedrich Hayek once wrote, in The Road to Serfdom that the more politics came to dominate social and ecomomic life, the more political power became the only power worth having, which is why those most adept at using it were usually the most successful at attaining it. That’s why, for Hayek, ‘the worst get on top.’ Well, I don’t know if we have yet seen the worst, but one thing is clear. It is in the very nature of advancing government intervention that social fragmentation and group balkanization occurs; indeed, one might say that the rise of statism and the rise of group conflict are reciprocally related. Each depends organically on the other.” (08/20/17)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002338.html

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23) Yes, let’s rethink free speech
Source: National Review
by Charles CW Cooke

“It is high time that the ACLU moved onto the right side of History and abandoned the ‘narrow reading’ of the First Amendment that is the result of 50 years of unanimous Supreme Court precedent. In lieu, it must focus on working toward more diverse and productive ends, such as giving Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump the robust censorship powers that they so richly and urgently deserve. The United States federal government is now run at every level by Republicans. So, indeed, are the lion’s share of the governors’ mansions, statehouses, and localities. If the ACLU really knuckles down, it can ensure that these figures — and not pernicious ‘neutral’ principle — determine the edges and contours of America’s civil society. Don’t bore me with your objections.” (08/19/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/450610/new-york-times-free-speech-column-satire

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24) Moral superiority among neocons and Nazis
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“Trump and the Nazis in Charlottesville deserve the flak they’re getting. Condemning the president and white nationalism, and the former’s hamfisted tolerance for the latter is easy — and it is also important. But as none of the above people, nor the liberals, libertarians, even anarchist[s] who are happily sourcing them, seem to realize that the enemy of my enemy is still not my friend. The entirety of US foreign policy over the decades proves this, and the reaction of the wretched mainstream Republican party to Trump during the 2016 proved it again and again. Panicking about a few hundred white nationalists, who had months to come together and organize, and who had to come from across the nation to fill these sad, Tikki-wielding ranks, will not benefit anything except the state.” (08/19/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2017/08/18/moral-superiority-among-neocons-nazis/

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25) Do we really need “moral leadership” from the White House?
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“After the horrors of Charlottesville, and President Trump’s morally ambiguous initial statement, pundits, politicians and citizens complained that we weren’t getting the moral leadership we need. I have one question: Why do we need moral leadership? Moral leadership probably made sense in pre-Internet days. But today we get rapid moral clarity from social media, whether we want it or not. That doesn’t mean every person agrees. But social media usually produces a dominant moral opinion, and rapidly. No need for our ‘moral leaders’ to get involved. We got this. Do you know anyone who watched the news about Charlottesville and thought the White Supremacists might be the ones on the right side of this issue? Well, maybe, but those people would be white supremacists, and not likely to change because a president gave a tearful speech full of moral leadership.” (08/19/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/164370580166/do-we-really-need-moral-leadership-from-the

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26) Violent extremists are a threat on both sides
Source: USA Today
by James S Robbins

“When it comes to the violent extremist politics of the right and left, it is reasonable to say ‘a pox on both your houses.’ So, it is puzzling that when President Trump made that very argument, he touched off yet another round of teeth gnashing and frantic virtue signaling from the press, pundits and politicians. It is a canard that by calling out left-wing violence the president was implicitly endorsing violence from the right, especially since he explicitly condemned neo-Nazism. Trump was fully within a time-honored intellectual tradition when he denounced ‘both sides’ that were rioting in Charlottesville. After World War II, scholars and policymakers recognized that totalitarianism was not the exclusive product of either branch of the accepted democratic right/left political spectrum. Whether cloaked in nationalism, internationalism, populism, militarism, or religious fanaticism, the principle ends of these movements was the same: total, dictatorial control of society and the imposition of stringent ideological purity. These groups regard violence as a fully legitimate mode of political expression.” [editor’s note: It’s an odd day when a mainstream site shows more perspective on liberty than even some libertarian ones – SAT] [additional editor’s note: That would be an odd day indeed, but this is no example of it – TLK] (08/17/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/17/condemn-all-extremists-all-political-stripes-dot-pick-and-choose-james-s-robbins-column/574235001

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27) School is not “the real world”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by James Walpole

“[I]f you are one of those school-goers who believes that returning to a world of desks and periods and busywork paperwork and bell-regulated life is a ‘return to the real world,’ I don’t know what to say to you. I can only say that summer — especially if you spent it exploring, playing, learning, and building — is a far better reflection of a real world (and one worth having). The real world does not reward regimentations, and it does not reward good grades. Only if you choose to remain in academia forever can a break from school be anything but an improvement on your relationship to a ‘real world’ where you can grow into your own person.” (08/20/17)

https://fee.org/articles/school-is-not-the-real-world/

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28) Trump vs. the business community
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steve Chapman

“Most business executives fumed and groused for the eight years Barack Obama was in the White House. He was a former community organizer who had never met a payroll, and those in the corporate boardrooms thought he was no friend of free enterprise. … As ordeals go, though, theirs was notably mild. The stock market soared; corporate profits nearly tripled; and the unemployment rate declined from 7.8 percent to 4.8 percent. From the depths of the Great Recession, the economy began what is now the third-longest expansion on record. When it came to the economy, the Obama years looked more like Mardi Gras than Hurricane Katrina. Now, instead of a liberal lawyer in the White House, CEOs have one of their own. And they’re finding it’s not everything they hoped.” (08/20/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/08/20/trump-vs-the-business-community

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29) Here’s what to do with those reviled statues
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Statues live. The Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville certainly does. The majority of Americans, including his fellow Republicans, disapprove of Donald Trump’s defense of Confederate monuments and his tardiness in condemning the white supremacists whose protests against a decision to remove the Lee statue led to the violence that killed a woman demonstrating against them. … Momentous as the fallout from the Charlottesville rally and battle has been, it’s part of a global trend. Though set in marble or bronze, meant to last and impress through the ages, statues everywhere now show themselves to be porous, forced open to controversy, challenge and the bitterness of collective memory. Some statues are removed in the heat of a moment — as was one of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad as his armed forces collapsed in 2003, and one of KGB founder Felix Dzerzhinsky from outside the organization’s headquarters in Moscow in 1991, as the Soviet Union also collapsed. Others, as now, remained to be held to contemporary, often hostile, account.” (08/18/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-statues-commentary-idUSKCN1AY247

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30) All that glitters is not gold: A parable
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Atlantis is on the gold standard. The unit of account is called the ‘dollar’ and it’s defined as one gram of gold. Atlantis has a state-owned gold mine with a monopoly on gold production, near limitless reserves, and a very low cost of production. The gold mine is charged with the responsibility of keeping the value of the Atlantis dollar stable, by adjusting the quantity of gold it sells (or buys) each month. There are also privately produced metals such as silver, palladium and especially platinum, which are close (but not perfect) substitutes for gold. When the gold mine injects gold into the economy, they typically buy platinum, which is considered a relatively safe asset (in case the gold mine later has to sell assets to keep gold from losing purchasing power.)” (08/20/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/08/all_that_glitte.html

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31) Arguments statists should avoid
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gangol

“After watching Shane Killian’s YouTube series on How to Argue for Statism, I decided to make my own little list to help statists argue for their positions a little better than repeating the same cliches over and over again.” (08/20/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle936-20170820-03.html

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32) Poland Spring and the perils of the regulatory state
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Somethings do indeed need regulating — other can be regulated but should not be. The difficulty of course is in deciding which must be and which should not be. A general rule of thumb coming from game theory.” (08/20/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/poland-spring-and-the-perils-of-the-regulatory-state

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33) Get your own house in order first
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Before making a big deal of someone else’s actions, it’s a good idea to look in the mirror. You might be surprised by what you see. The national media is currently obsessed with trying to prove the Russian government meddled in the most recent US presidential election. This after using every resource at their disposal to influence the election by mocking, ridiculing, and painting one of the candidates as a clown, before labeling him the next Hitler. The media elites didn’t hide their preference. Theirs was such a heavy-handed effort to manipulate the voters that it likely caused blow-back, resulting in the defeat of their darling. It’s almost as if they now realize their clumsy attempt to steer the election drove American voters away from the anointed candidate, and they’re desperate to shift the blame.” (08/20/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/08/get-your-own-house-in-order-first.html

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34) Don’t blame cutbacks in state spending for college tuition hikes
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“For years, we’ve heard that college tuition is skyrocketing largely because states are cutting back on their spending for higher education. A new paper shows that there is nothing to back up this claim. Over the past decade, average in-state tuition at public four-year colleges has shot up by 41%. At private nonprofit colleges, it’s climbed 27%, according to College Board data. That’s after adjusting for inflation. What’s driving this tuition hyperinflation? To hear many policymakers and pundits put it, the main cause is insufficient government spending. Cutbacks in state support for public colleges, for example, is routinely blamed for the bulk of the increase in in-state tuition costs. A story from the New York Times is typical. It asserts that ‘the main cause of tuition growth has been huge state funding cuts.’ So, the argument goes, if states want to cut college costs, they need to sharply boost spending.” (08/18/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/dont-blame-cutbacks-in-state-spending-for-eye-popping-college-tuition-hikes

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35) The US spy hub in the heart of Australia
Source: The Intercept
by Ryan Gallagher

“Hundreds of Australian and American employees come and go every day from Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, as the base is formally known. The official ‘cover story,’ as outlined in a secret U.S. intelligence document, is to ‘support the national security of both the U.S. and Australia. The [facility] contributes to verifying arms control and disarmament agreements and monitoring military developments.’ But, at best, that is an economical version of the truth. Pine Gap has a far broader mission — and more powerful capabilities — than the Australian or American governments have ever publicly acknowledged. An investigation, published Saturday by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in partnership with The Intercept, punctures the wall of secrecy surrounding Pine Gap, revealing for the first time a wide range of details about its function.” (08/19/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/19/nsa-spy-hub-cia-pine-gap-australia/

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36) How to know you’re in a mass hysteria bubble
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“The cool thing about mass hysterias is that you don’t know when you are in one. But sometimes the people who are not experiencing the mass hysteria can recognize when others are experiencing one, if they know what to look for. I’ll teach you what to look for. A mass hysteria happens when the public gets a wrong idea about something that has strong emotional content and it triggers cognitive dissonance that is often supported by confirmation bias. In other words, people spontaneously hallucinate a whole new (and usually crazy-sounding) reality and believe they see plenty of evidence for it. The Salem Witch Trials are the best-known example of mass hysteria. The McMartin Pre-School case and the Tulip Bulb hysteria are others. The dotcom bubble probably qualifies. We might soon learn that the Russian Collusion story was mass hysteria in hindsight. The curious lack of solid evidence for Russian collusion is a red flag. But we’ll see how that plays out.” (08/17/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/164297628606/how-to-know-youre-in-a-mass-hysteria-bubble

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37) Chomsky: “Antifa wrong in principle, major gift to militant right”
Source: Free Thought Project
by Jay Syrmopoulos

“Progressive intellectual icon Noam Chomsky has publicly stated that the Antifa movement, while being embraced by the mainstream media after the recent violence in Charlottesville, will only serve to embolden militant right-wing extremists — essentially creating a feedback loop of escalating violence. ‘As for Antifa, it’s a minuscule fringe of the Left, just as its predecessors were. It’s a major gift to the right, including the militant right, who are exuberant,’ Chomsky told the Washington Examiner. While the mass media has taken up the cause of portraying Antifa as freedom fighters who defend against ‘Nazis,’ the reality is starkly different, as many of the activists affiliated with the movement consider themselves left-anarchists or socialists, who often wear all black and masks to conceal their identity. ‘What they do is often wrong in principle (like blocking talks) and [the movement] is generally self-destructive.'” (08/18/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/chomsky-antifa-gift-militant-right

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38) Robert E. Lee at West Point
Source: The American Conservative
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Back in my own cadet days during the now-distant 1960s, I readily imbibed the line that assigned Lee a place of prominence among West Point’s most illustrious and revered graduates. He had, after all, graduated near the top of his class, served with distinction in the Mexican War, and during the Civil War won a series of spectacular victories against the larger and better equipped (but ineptly led) Army of the Potomac. … Lee embodied the values that West Point seeks to inculcate in its graduates: Duty, Honor, and Country. So I was taught and so I believed. It is my fate to be a quick study and a slow learner. Not until I was in my thirties, therefore, did I begin to wonder how it was that West Point should elevate to the status of role model a serving officer who had abandoned his country in its time of maximum need. … No less than Benedict Arnold, Robert E. Lee was a traitor.” (08/19/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/robert-e-lee-at-west-point/

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39) The left can’t rely on boycotts alone
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Elected as the businessman president, President Donald Trump is now facing an historically unprecedented revolt from the nation’s business elite. In the wake of a bizarre press conference where he blamed ‘both sides’ for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, CEOs from major corporations like IBM, General Motors, and Pepsi were weighing their membership in one White House advisory board, while CEOs from Campbell Soup, 3M, and other companies on a second advisory board did the same. Over conference calls, a consensus emerged that they needed to dissolve these boards and rebuke the president. Trump responded with a preemptive strike, tweeting on Wednesday that ‘Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy [sic] & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you!’ This was the equivalent of saying you can’t quit, because you’re fired.” [editor’s note: Oh goody, now the “progressives” are openly admitting they favor violence in the streets over peaceful means for resolving problems – SAT] (08/19/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144418/left-cant-rely-boycotts-alone

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40) Duke president’s perfect words to community about statues & painful history
Source: Town Hall
by Jennifer Van Laar

“Wednesday night, a statue of Robert E. Lee on the campus of Durham’s Duke University was vandalized. The statue was removed early Saturday morning, university president Vincent E. Price said, to protect the integrity of Duke Chapel, to protect the statue, and to protect students and worshipers who visit Duke Chapel. To announce the removal and explain his reasoning Price published a letter to the university community. His words and proposed course of action are wise and calm, and in a tone not common in today’s political conversations: ‘The removal also presents an opportunity for us to learn and heal. The statue will be preserved so that students can study Duke’s complex past and take part in a more inclusive future. Wednesday night’s act of vandalism made clear that the turmoil and turbulence of recent months do not stop at Duke’s gates. We have a responsibility to come together as a community to determine how we can respond to this unrest in a way that demonstrates our firm commitment to justice, not discrimination; to civil protest, not violence; to authentic dialogue, not rhetoric; and to empathy, not hatred.'” (08/19/17)

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/jennifervanlaar/2017/08/19/duke-university-presidents-perfect-words-to-community-about-statues-and-painful-history-n2370814

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41) The corporate war on free speech
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad

“This occurred after domain registrar GoDaddy delisted the Daily Stormer, effectively removing their entire Internet presence. (Web pages and email.) Google did likewise, as have Zoho, Sendgrid, Squarespace, Apple, PayPal, and others. Let me be clear: I think the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements are vile, evil, hateful, despicable, and contemptible. And private businesses — even wedding-cake bakers — have the right to choose who they do business with. But the Daily Stormer and its disgusting ilk have the same free speech rights as the rest of us, and it’s disturbing to see massive unaccountable corporations engage in a concerted campaign of censorship. Because we — and you — will be next.” (08/19/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.8254

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42) Trump using old Jim Crow tactics to usher in new era of racist violence
Source: In These Times
by Stephanie Guilloud & Emery Wright

“The Trump administration is having a hard time governing by legislation. We can count the administration’s failures in Congress as cold comfort, but it is imperative to work harder to understand what is really happening on the political landscape. Executive orders, tweets, public speeches, briefs and memos are the signals of governance that point towards repressive state policy and brew social hostility on the ground. The Trump administration is governing by suggestion, and the impact is deadly. Charlottesville is erupting and, similar to the social eruption in Ferguson three years ago, this is not a moment to call ourselves ‘protesters.’ We are community members who are horrified and outraged at heightened, organized and violent white supremacy, whether it manifests as police murders or Nazi rallies.” [editor’s note: Spit-take warning … posted mainly for your amusement; no, this did not come from the Onion, it just shows how deep the cocoon actually is – SAT] (08/19/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20435/Donald-Trump-Jim-Crow-Racist-Violence-Charlottesville-white-supremacist

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43) Let’s talk about statues: A little perspective from a Daughter of the Confederacy
Source: Maural Outrage
by Maury Jacob-Etter

“A person is dead, hate groups are marching in the streets with torches, and Fox News wants to talk about statues. You want to talk about statues? I’ll be your Huckleberry. Let’s talk about some fucking statues. A statue is used to commemorate someone. It is an honor. We have no public statues of Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Kaczynski. When someone does something wrong, something that we judge to be immoral, we don’t erect a statue to them. We erect statues to honor people who have done great works. It is a way of saying, ‘This person helped to move us forward as a species. We are here because they did what they did.’ Stonewall Jackson and Robert E Lee were talented generals. No person who knows Civil War history would disagree with that. But Ted Kaczynski was also pretty good at bomb making.” [editor’s note: In case you wondered, this is Paul Jacob’s niece, as wise as the rest of her family – SAT] (08/18/17)

https://medium.com/@maural_outrage/lets-talk-about-statues-213f1bd8a003

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44) Political action exacerbates the problem of hate
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Politics is your neighbor and his like-minded friends rallying together to lobby for government to shift their criminal activities policies in their favor. If your neighbor and his friends hate intrusive government, those policy shifts may be a good thing for those who value peace and prosperity. But if your neighbor and his friends hate people wealthier than them, or people with a different skin color, those policy shifts are sure to bring about an exacerbated level of conflict, and thus a reduction in prosperity. Why? Because political actions fall anywhere between negative and zero-sum. Either one group wins at the expense of another, or everyone loses. Market action, on the other hand, is quite the opposite. By definition, trade is positive sum. Why? Because it doesn’t happen if all parties involved don’t expect to benefit.” (08/18/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/politics-exacerbates-problem-hate

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45) The free market is not omnibenevolent
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“People are cheering the firing of Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. I’m actually inclined to view this as a Pandora’s Box — one that we painstakingly managed to close in the 60s and 70s, and one that we should not, under any circumstances, open again. … Thirty years ago, we all (those of sound mind and reasonable ideas — I didn’t even exist then) condemned the idea of firing a man because he was a drag queen two Fridays out of the month, because he and his wife were swingers, because his wife was black, because he was living with his girlfriend and they weren’t married, or because he was gay. How far have we truly come, if we now revisit these ideas, but simply reverse the power structures so that, instead of the white supremacists firing the transsexual black swinging Satanist homosexual for being a transsexual black swinging Satanist homosexual, the transsexual black swinging Satanist homosexual fires the white supremacist for being white supremacist?” (08/18/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/08/18/the-free-market-is-not-omnibenevolent/

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46) Lincoln on equality
Source: Heartland Institute
by Clifford Thies

“The pre-Civil War Lincoln entertained himself with the possibilities of gradual emancipation or compensated emancipation. He also entertained himself with the possibility of repatriation, or ‘returning’ slaves, once freed, to Africa. But, during the Civil War, he changed his views. Partly, this was due to the military necessity of freeing the slaves in the Confederacy to disrupt their war efforts, and to recruit freed slaves to swell the ranks of the Union Army. But, partly this was due to Lincoln’s maturing as a Christian. As a young man, it is fair to say he was something of a deist. But, as President, he became profoundly Christian. Lincoln feel deeply in love with republicanism. He considered the Declaration of Independence sacred. And, there were those words, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'” (08/18/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/08/lincoln-on-equality/

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47) Tribalism and economic nationalism — cut from the same cloth
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“I have no idea what goes on in Donald Trump’s head, but I can imagine a connection between his refusal to renounce the support of alt-right white identitarians and his rejection of globalism — that is, the freedom of people to trade across national boundaries and to move, consistent with individual rights, as they see fit. When Steve Bannon says he hopes the Democrats will talk about nothing but racism and let the White House get on with its program of ‘economic nationalism,’ he may be showing his clever side.” (08/18/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-tribalism-economic-nationalism/

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48) South Korea should give US troops the boot, part 2
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Although the Pentagon and the CIA have succeeded in reinvigorating Cold War hostilities against Russia, most everyone today acknowledges that there is no international communist conspiracy based in Moscow to take over the United States and the rest of the world, which was the guiding principle of the Cold War. That of course was the rationale that the U.S. national-security establishment relied on for intervening in what was purely a civil war in Korea in the early 1950s. The Reds were coming to get us, the Pentagon and the CIA maintained, and the North Korean communist aggression against South Korea was just the first step in a communist takeover of the world. But the fact is that the North Koreans were never coming to get America and turn it Red.” (08/18/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/08/18/south-korea-give-u-s-troops-boot-part-2/

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49) Slavery and justifications for southern secession in their own words
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“With the national debate over removing monuments to confederate war heroes dominating headlines, perhaps we need a reminder of the principles and justifications for southern secession for which these men fought. The following excerpts are from the articles of secession adopted by five states, and the ordinances of secession adopted by the legislatures, conventions, and voters of the remaining states. All the ordinances make clear that the primary motivation for secession was the rise of a ‘sectional party’ (re: anti-slavery Republican party in the Northern States), and the perception that slavery’s abolition was imminent.” (08/18/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/08/18/southern-state-seceded-from-the-union-to-protect-slavery/

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50) Statues and limitations
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“One can attack the messenger, Sharpton, sure. But what if we instead think of him as our neighbor? I certainly wouldn’t want to insult a neighbor, much less make him pay for the privilege. Notably, the Reverend embraced privatization, suggesting, ‘You have private museums.’ Privatizing controversial monuments would certainly solve Sharpton’s stated problem. Of course, the logic behind taking down statues or dismantling the Jefferson Memorial — or merely privatizing them — might also lead to changing the names of cities, counties and states, rivers and mountains.” (08/18/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/08/18/statues-and-limitations/

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51) Solar eclipse: GOP deniers and Democratic alarmists
Source: Reason

“How will Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, react to tomorrow’s solar eclipse?
Probably with the same mixture of denial and panic that they bring to virtually every issue, from regulations to crime to climate change. Fortunately, there is a third way, one grounded in rational debate, respect for the limits and power of science, and sound policy.” [Flash video] (08/20/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/08/20/solar-eclipse-deniers-and-alarmists-new

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52) Free Talk Live, 08/19/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Boston Free Speech Rally Shut Down by Protestors and Police :: NH Libertarian Candidate Justin O’Donnell Wrongfully Targeted as NAZI :: Ignorant Protestors? :: Cops, Antifa Prevent People from Entering Free Speech Rally :: Free Speech Under Attack :: Godaddy, Google Censor at DNS Level! :: Red Light Cameras :: Divide and Conquer :: Fed Gov Contributing to Campaigns :: The Majority of Protestors :: Cultural Genocide? :: Antifa :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/19/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-08-19

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53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 978
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Keith Preston, whose writing I always find interesting and challenging, wrote an excellent overview and analysis of what happened in Charlottesville last weekend. He does the impossible here: this is as dispassionate as it gets. Enjoy.” [various formats] (08/17/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-978-charlottesville-once-more-left-anarchist-keith-preston-discusses/

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54) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 641
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I know a lot of you are interested in my thoughts on Charlottesville and the violence we’ve seen over the last week. Here are my thoughts, as clear as I can make them.” [various formats] (08/18/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/641-charlottesville-white-nationalists-antifa-and-chris-cantwell/

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55) The Cost, episode 8
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle and Chloe Anagnos explain how government interferes with a person’s ability to improve their lives in a new installment of The Cost: The Human Toll of Government Policy.”[various formats] (08/18/17)

https://wearelibertarians.com/8-chloes-story-big-government-impedes-self-improvement/

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56) Felony Friday, episode 85
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Marc Clair, the host of Monday’s flagship show on Lions of Liberty, joins host John Odermatt to discuss North Korea, cops shooting a naked man in the back, a potential heroin vaccine and so much more!” [various formats] (08/18/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/08/18/felony-friday-085-crime-north-korea-edition/

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57) PanAm Podcast, 08/18/17
Source: PanAm Post

“PanAm Post English editor David Unsworth spoke with Buenos Aires journalist Marcelo Duclos about [Argentina’s] election results, and the implications going into October 2017 Congressional elections, and looking forward to the 2019 presidential election.” [Flash video] (08/18/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/08/18/marcelo-duclos-macri-strong-showing/

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 81
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Ryan Burgett makes his first appearance on Foreign Policy Focus to discuss Christianity and War. Ryan discusses his views on Christianity and uses bible verses to explain his positions. Ryan breaks down why some Christians have different views on war. Ryan also explains effective arguments to engage Christians with.” [various formats] (08/18/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-81-christianity-and-war-with-ryan-burgett

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59) spiked podcast, 08/18/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the aftermath of Charlottesville, Dolan Cummings on the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, and Naomi Firsht on sexism’s silly season.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/18/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/To-fight-racism-we-must-defeat-identity-politics/

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60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 32
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Charlottesville, and why it happened, plus an update on the Bundys.” [various formats] (08/18/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-32-2017-08-18

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