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In the News:

0) Brief fundraiser update …
1) “Intense effort” didn’t seal UK-EU Brexit deal
2) Saudi Arabia: Regime says it will retaliate against any sanctions over Khashoggi case
3) Freed US pastor leaves Turkey, meets Trump
4) Clinton’s security clearance withdrawn at her request
5) Trump: Defense Secretary Mattis is “sort of a Democrat” and may leave
6) GA: Statue of Revolutionary War general given googly eyes by prankster
7) Austria: Politician convicted of libel for accusing man of sexual harassment on Facebook
8) Hillary Clinton says husband’s affair was not an abuse of power
9) Somalia: Man executed on anniversary of Mogadishu bombings
10) Afghanistan: At least 22 killed in campaign rally bombing
11) Germany: Bavaria election humbles Merkel allies, raising tensions in Berlin
12) Pope Francis defrocks two more Chilean priests accused of sex abuse
13) MI: Best Buy employees say deer walked through front door
14) ICE thugs send abducted kids abroad without notifying families
15) New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms
16) FDA gang unveils latest effort to protect Big Tobacco, keep up smoking rates
17) FCC tells court it has no “legal authority” to impose Net Neutrality rules
18) Gaza: Israeli troops kill seven in alleged border incursion
19) DoJ says Trump advisers discussed adding unconstitutional question to 2020 census
20) MN: Gang rep whines about placards advising immigrants of their rights

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Facebook meddles in the 2018 midterm elections
22) Are taxes a democratic alternative to charity?
23) Internet censorship just took an unprecedented leap forward, and hardly anyone noticed
24) Yes, inequality is a problem — when caused by the government
25) SWIFT and the weaponization of the US dollar
26) The case for giving every American “democracy vouchers” for every election
27) USMCA sets a worrying precedent
28) When health policy neglects economic principles, patients suffer
29) Trump signals journalists are fair game
30) Liberalism, democracy, and polarization
31) American democracy is on the ballot in November
32) Kavanaugh, abortion, and using the law as a weapon
33) Don’t blame Karl Marx for “cultural Marxism”
34) From Brazil to Bosnia, politics of confrontation
35) Three bad propositions
36) Reality is far more complex than protectionists realize
37) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 2
38) Hillary Clinton wants a war on civility? That will cost Democrats, big time
39) Saudi Arabia is still a lousy friend
40) Sir Roger Scruton: How to preserve freedom in the west
41) Trump may be inching toward broad criminal sentencing reform
42) Just vote harder
43) How the SALT deduction subsidizes opportunity hoarding
44) Don’t take too much comfort from surveys showing widespread opposition to “political correctness”
45) ObamaCare failed to make healthcare affordable; here’s a plan that will
46) Congress must regulate the regulators to restore accountability
47) Max Boot is very sorry for backing the GOP and the Iraq invasion. Why is he being praised for this?
48) Quantum Vibe, 10/12/18
49) When “populist” becomes a slur
50) Indian Supreme Court’s Sabarimala verdict — a lesson Indians never learn

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Big L Podcast, episode 4
52) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 125
53) AnarchoChristian, episode 20
54) Free Talk Live, 10/13/18
55) The Anarchist Experience, episode 186
56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1260
57) Scott Adams Says, 10/13/18
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 257
59) Reason Podcast, 10/12/18
60) Felony Friday, episode 145
61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 261
62) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/12/18
63) CQ on Congress with Shawn Zeller, episode 124
64) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/12/18
65) Daniel Lazare on The Scott Horton Show

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1) “Intense effort” didn’t seal UK-EU Brexit deal
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The European Union’s top Brexit negotiator says urgent talks with Britain’s point person did not result in their reaching agreement on outstanding issues. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said: ‘Despite intense efforts, some key issues are still open’ in the divorce talks between the European Union and Britain. Barnier and his British counterpart, Dominic Raab, met in Brussels for surprise talks on Sunday. The discussion prompted rumors that a full agreement might be imminent, but Barnier says the future of the border on the island of Ireland remain a serious obstacle. He says the need ‘to avoid a hard border’ between Ireland and the U.K’s Northern Ireland is among the unsettled issues. An EU official says no further negotiations are planned before an EU leaders summit on Wednesday.” (10/14/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-Latest-EU-ambassadors-gather-amid-Brexit-13306151.php

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2) Saudi Arabia: Regime says it will retaliate against any sanctions over Khashoggi case
Source: Japan Today [Japan]

“Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned against threats to punish it over last week’s disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as European and U.S. allies piled on pressure. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh’s policies, disappeared on Oct 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkey believes he was murdered and his body removed. Saudi Arabia has denied that. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened ‘severe punishment’ if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, though he said Washington would be “punishing” itself if it halted military sales to Riyadh.” (10/14/18)

https://japantoday.com/category/world/update-6-s.arabia-says-will-retaliate-against-any-sanctions-over-khashoggi-case

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3) Freed US pastor leaves Turkey, meets Trump
Source: ABC 11 Eyewitness News

“An American pastor originally from North Carolina is back in the United States, after he was detained for nearly two years in Turkey. … [Andrew] Brunson, along with his family, met with the President, various US officials, and Senators Tom Thillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, amongst others. A Turkish court on Friday convicted Brunson of terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, a move that’s likely to ease the tensions between Turkey and the United States.” (10/13/18)

https://abc11.com/politics/nc-pastor-andrew-brunson-released-from-turkey-meets-president-trump/4468065/

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4) Clinton’s security clearance withdrawn at her request
Source: CNN

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security clearance was withdrawn in August at her request, the State Department confirmed in a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, which his office released to the public Friday. Clinton’s request came after retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post issuing a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump’s decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, Clinton’s spokesperson tweeted Friday night. … Clinton’s attorney, David E. Kendall, submitted a letter to the State Department on August 30 that reads, ‘(Clinton) has no desire to have her clearance become part of an unprecedented partisan controversy over the clearance process, for the reasons eloquently stated by Admiral William McRaven. Accordingly, she requests that you withdraw her clearance immediately.’” [editor’s note: Her clearance should have been withdrawn as soon as she left her last government position, especially after her grossly negligent handling of classified information came to light – TLK] (10/13/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/13/politics/hillary-clinton-security-clearance-withdrawn/index.html

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5) Trump: Defense Secretary Mattis is “sort of a Democrat” and may leave
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump described his defense secretary as ‘sort of a Democrat’ and said he may leave the administration after the midterm elections, in an interview airing on ’60 Minutes’ Sunday. ‘He may leave,’ Trump said of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, according to an interview excerpt released by CBS News. ‘I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington.’ The New York Times reported last month that Trump may have soured on Mattis. In addition to thinking that Mattis is a Democrat at heart, the Times said, Trump doesn’t like being unfavorably compared to Mattis. For his part, the defense secretary has said Trump acts as if he has the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader, according to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s recently published book ‘Fear.’” (10/14/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/14/donald-trump-jim-mattis-defense-secretary/1640214002

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6) GA: Statue of Revolutionary War general given googly eyes by prankster
Source: Fox News

“Authorities in Georgia are on the lookout for whoever decided to dress up a statue of a Revolutionary War general with ‘googly eyes.’ The city of Savannah said in a Facebook post on Thursday that the historic Nathanael Greene statue in the city’s Johnson Square is now sporting google eyes that were placed on the figure by some prankster. ‘It may look funny, but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter. In fact, it’s a crime,’ the post said.” [editor’s note: Apparently last year’s 35 homicides, 608 aggravated assaults, 242 street robberies, and 100 rapes weren’t enough to keep the city’s police force busy, if they have time to investigate googly eyes on statues – TLK] (10/14/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/statue-of-revolutionary-war-general-given-googly-eyes-by-prankster

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7) Austria: Politician convicted of libel for accusing man of sexual harassment on Facebook
Source: USA Today

“In a setback for the global #MeToo movement, a former member of Austria’s parliament was convicted of libel this month against a man she publicly accused of sexually harassing her on Facebook. In an unprecedented case, a judge at the Regional Court for Criminal Matters in Vienna ruled that Green Party politician Sigrid Maurer libeled the owner of a city craft beer store because she couldn’t prove that he actually posted the harassing messages on his Facebook account. In March, Maurer, 33, an advocate for women’s rights, received obscene Facebook messages from the account of the owner of the store, where she walks by frequently. One said, ‘Hello you went to my shop today and looked at my c– as if you wanted to eat it.’ Maurer posted the messages on Facebook and Twitter, including his name and the store’s name. ‘There was no other way to defend myself,’ she said.” [editor’s note: So HE was “harassing” her by noting her (alleged) interest in HIM sexually? Imagining the roles reversed … – SAT] (10/14/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/13/metoo-setback-austrian-politician-guilty-libel-sex-abuse-claim/1630364002

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8) Hillary Clinton says husband’s affair was not an abuse of power
Source: Fox News

“Hillary Clinton vehemently denied in a recent interview that her husband’s extramarital affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky was an abuse of power and added that former President Bill Clinton was right not to resign amid a scandal that led to his impeachment on perjury and obstruction charges. ‘Absolutely not,’ the former first lady said during a CBS ‘Sunday Morning’ interview when asked if Bill Clinton should have stepped down. ‘It wasn’t an abuse of power?’ CBS News correspondent Tony Dokoupil asked. Clinton responded: ‘No. No.’ Hillary Clinton, who went on to be elected to the Senate and served as President Obama’s secretary of state, said the relationship was not an abuse of power because Lewinsky ‘was an adult.’ At the time of the affair, Lewinsky was 22.” [editor’s note: Anyone who defends this kind of abuse deserves NO support – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Anyone who classifies consensual sex between competent adults as “abuse” deserves NO credibility on the subject – TLK] (10/14/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-says-husbands-affair-was-not-an-abuse-of-power

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9) Somalia: Man executed on anniversary of Mogadishu bombings
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A man convicted of involvement in the deadliest bomb attack in Somalia’s history has been executed on the first anniversary of the blast. Hassan Adan Isak drove one of the vehicles involved in the attack on the capital, Mogadishu, a court ruled. Nearly 600 people were killed when a truck filled with explosives was detonated at one of the busiest intersections in the city. A commemorative ceremony was held at the intersection on Sunday. It has been renamed 14 October junction in memory of those who died there. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, although correspondents say all indications are that the militant Islamist al-Shabab group was responsible.” (10/14/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45856118

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10) Afghanistan: At least 22 killed in campaign rally bombing
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The number of people killed when a bomb went off at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan has climbed to at least 22, Afghan officials said. Khalil Aser, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Takhar province, said 32 others were wounded when an explosives-laden motorbike parked near the rally for Nazifa Yousufi Bek in Rustaq district blew up. The victims included security officials and civilians, a local police official said, adding that the candidate was not at the rally at the time. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It is the third attack against the election campaign process this month.” (10/13/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/afghanistan-elections-explosion-hits-poll-meeting-takhar-181013093419122.html

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11) Germany: Bavaria election humbles Merkel allies, raising tensions in Berlin
Source: Reuters

“Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, bleeding votes to the far-right and the ecologist Greens in a setback that raised tensions within Germany’s crisis-prone national government. The Christian Social Union (CSU) won 37.3 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed, losing its absolute majority for only the second time since 1962 — an outcome sure to stoke infighting in the conservative party, already a difficult partner for Merkel in Berlin. ‘Of course today is not an easy day for the CSU. We did not achieve a good result,’ Bavarian premier Markus Soeder told a gathering of his party. ‘We accept the result with humility,’ he said, adding that the CSU nonetheless wanted to form a stable government as soon as possible. The result, which saw the pro-immigration Greens come second and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) enter the state assembly for the first time, means the CSU will need to form a coalition.” (10/14/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-politics-bavaria/merkels-bavarian-allies-humbled-in-historic-election-setback-idUSKCN1MN0UI?il=0

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12) Pope Francis defrocks two more Chilean priests accused of sex abuse
Source: CBS News

“Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean prelates accused of sexually abusing minors. To show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex abuse crisis, the pontiff publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican’s unusually detailed statement announcing the laicization of Jose Cox Huneeus and Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez signaled a new degree of transparency following past missteps that appeared to underestimate the gravity of the scandal. Explaining the latest removals as Chile’s church is called to account for decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups, the statement made clear the two were defrocked for abusing minors with evidence so overwhelming that a canonical trial was unnecessary. The Vatican said the move could not be appealed.” (10/13/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-francis-defrocks-chilean-priests-accused-of-sex-abuse-2018-10-13/

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13) MI: Best Buy employees say deer walked through front door
Source: Fox News

“Employees at a Novi, Michigan, Best Buy had an unexpected customer this week: a deer, which reportedly ran through the store’s front door. The six-point buck entered the store at roughly 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Hometown Life reported. ‘We wear headsets and one employee on the headset said, “There’s a deer in the store.” One of our managers was thinking that was a code word for something,’ Erin Ellison, one of the store’s employees, told the publication. Needless to say, it wasn’t a code word. After bolting through the front door, the deer made its way to the customer service department before moving to the store’s appliance section, knocking over items on the way. ‘There was a lot of havoc and screaming,’ Ellison told local news station WDIV. Customers were asked to wait in a break room as employees cornered the animal in the back of the store.” (10/14/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/michigan-best-buy-employees-say-deer-walked-through-front-door

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14) ICE thugs send abducted kids abroad without notifying families
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has sent young immigrant children who were [abducted] from their parents back to their home countries without notifying their families, according to advocates working on behalf of immigrants. It’s unclear how often this has occurred, but in a recent case a 4-year-old girl was deported to Guatemala without the government telling her parents she was on her way, according to Kids in Need of Defense, an immigration advocacy organization that has been working with the government to reunify [members of abducted] families. … ICE officials declined to comment due to ongoing litigation brought by the American Civil Liberties Union concerning the immigrant children who have been [abducted] from their parents.” (10/12/18)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6271113/ICE-officials-deported-immigrant-children-without-notifying-parents-pick-up.html

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15) New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“In a windowless conference room, Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally was asking executives at a small crane manufacturing company how the GOP tax cut has helped their business when one woman said: ‘I want to ask you a question about health care.’ Marylea Evans recounted how, decades ago, her husband had been unable to get health insurance after developing cancer, forcing the couple to sell some of their Texas ranch to pay for his treatment. Now she was worried about Democratic ads saying McSally, currently a congresswoman, supported legislation removing the requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing medical conditions. ‘It’s a lie,’ McSally said quickly, accustomed to having to interrupt a discussion of the tax cut to parry attacks on health care. But she had voted for a wide-ranging bill that would have, among other things, undermined protections for people with pre-existing conditions and drastically changed and shrunk Medicaid.” [editor’s note: The only sane way to discuss healthcare reform is “pilot programs” to test the options; consider the lessons that could have been learned from TennCare, MassCare and similar efforts, but were maybe not – SAT] (10/14/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/New-strategy-Democrats-go-all-in-on-health-care-13306054.php

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16) FDA gang unveils latest effort to protect Big Tobacco, keep up smoking rates
Source: CNBC

“The Food and Drug Administration is threatening to pull new e-cigarette products from shelves if the companies don’t prove they’re selling the items legally. The FDA sent letters on Friday to 21 e-cigarette manufacturers requesting information to investigate whether they illegally introduced more than 40 new devices and nicotine liquids to the market without receiving agency approval.” (10/12/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/12/fda-threatens-to-pull-new-products-from-21-e-cigarette-companies.html

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17) FCC tells court it has no “legal authority” to impose Net Neutrality rules
Source: Ars Technica

“The Federal Communications Commission opened its defense of its net neutrality repeal yesterday, telling a court that it has no authority to keep the net neutrality rules in place. Chairman Ajit Pai’s FCC argued that broadband is not a ‘telecommunications service’ as defined in federal law, and therefore it must be classified as an information service instead. As an information service, broadband cannot be subject to common carrier regulations such as net neutrality rules, Pai’s FCC said. The FCC is only allowed to impose common carrier regulations on telecommunications services.” (10/12/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/ajit-pais-fcc-tells-court-that-net-neutrality-rules-were-illegal/

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18) Gaza: Israeli troops kill seven in alleged border incursion
Source: Reuters

“Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians on Friday in protests along Gaza’s border, Gaza health officials said. Israel said its troops had shot a group who broke through the fence with a bomb and attacked an army post. The Palestinian deaths bring to around 200 the number of Gazans killed since the border protests began on March 30, according to Palestinian Health Ministry figures. Gaza medics said that, in addition to the seven dead, around 140 others were wounded.” (10/12/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-protests/seven-palestinians-killed-in-border-protests-gaza-health-officials-idUSKCN1MM22Q

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19) DoJ says Trump advisers discussed adding unconstitutional question to 2020 census
Source: ABC News

“Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross talked to former White House advisor Steve Bannon in the spring of 2017 about the possibility of adding a[n unconstitutional] citizenship question to the 2020 Census, according to a document filed by the Department of Justice on Thursday. Ross previously testified to Congress that the first discussion of the question was in a letter from the Department of Justice in December 2017. … In a filing submitted Thursday in response to requests for more information, the DOJ identified Bannon and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as some of the ‘senior administration officials’ who in spring 2017 discussed adding a citizenship question before the official process began.” (10/12/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/doj-trump-advisers-discussed-adding-citizenship-question-2020/story?id=58446662

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20) MN: Gang rep whines about placards advising immigrants of their rights
Source: Fox News

“Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced this week that mandatory placards detailing immigrants’ rights will be displayed in police squad cars, and now some officers are pushing back. The signs will be in both English and Spanish, and will be displayed in all of the city’s squad cars. … Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, said on ‘Fox & Friends First’ Friday that this is an example of city leaders’ ‘extreme, left-wing politics.’ … He said there’s been a big backlash to the placards from Minneapolis officers, who want to work with federal authorities to enforce immigration law.” (10/12/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/10/12/minneapolis-mayor-angers-police-mandatory-placards-aimed-helping-illegal-immigrants

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21) Facebook meddles in the 2018 midterm elections
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Facebook’s administrators are meddling in politics — including the 2018 US midterm elections — in the name of preventing meddling in politics. Who benefits from the meddling? It doesn’t seem to fall along ‘left/right’ lines in particular. The victims come from across the political spectrum — from Reverb Press on the left, to Right Wing News on the right, to the libertarian Free Thought Project — some with millions of Facebook followers. The primary thread connecting victims of the purge seems to be that they are critics and/or opponents of the American political ‘mainstream’ or ‘establishment.’ In a sense, this is nothing new.” (10/14/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14010

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22) Are taxes a democratic alternative to charity?
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D’Amato

“Today’s political left — e.g., progressives, ‘liberals,’ socialists, social democrats — reliably advances the idea that free people, left to their own devices, will do the wrong thing, their actions producing aggregate social results that most of us find quite undesirable. They won’t, for example, donate to charities in sufficiently high amounts, so they must be taxed by the state; they won’t provide adequate funding to the arts, so, again, they must be forced to do so, etc. Their ultimate claim, then, seems to be that an ordering of society premised on nonviolence and the assumption of equality in authority between individuals produces bad outcomes, that fairness requires, in a fundamental way, some people (those who hold political power) to use violence against others.” (10/12/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/are-taxes-democratic-alternative-to-charity

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23) Internet censorship just took an unprecedented leap forward, and hardly anyone noticed
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“While most indie media was focused on debating the way people talk about Kanye West and the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an unprecedented escalation in internet censorship took place which threatens everything we all care about. It received frighteningly little attention. After a massive purge of hundreds of politically oriented pages and personal accounts for ‘inauthentic behavior,’ Facebook rightly received a fair amount of criticism for the nebulous and hotly disputed basis for that action. What received relatively little attention was the far more ominous step which was taken next: within hours of being purged from Facebook, multiple anti-establishment alternative media sites had their accounts completely removed from Twitter as well. As of this writing I am aware of three large alternative media outlets which were expelled from both platforms at almost the same time: Anti-Media, the Free Thought Project, and Police the Police, all of whom had millions of followers on Facebook. Both the Editor-in-Chief of Anti-Media and its Chief Creative Officer were also banned by Twitter, and are being kept from having any new accounts on that site as well.” (10/13/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/13/internet-censorship-just-took-an-unprecedented-leap-forward-and-hardly-anyone-noticed

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24) Yes, inequality is a problem — when caused by the government
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“When the topic of inequality comes up, some libertarians and conservatives tend to approach the issues as something that doesn’t matter at all. ‘I don’t care about inequality,’ they say. ‘Inequality occurs naturally, and its just an obsession of leftists … if anything it’s a good thing.’ … But rising inequality isn’t necessarily the doing of the marketplace. In a world of ‘third-way’ regimes, government intervention is a cause of inequality at least as much as is the market. There are a number of ways that governments increase inequality, primarily through government regulations and through monetary policy.” (10/12/18)

https://mises.org/wire/yes-inequality-problem-%E2%80%94-when-caused-government

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25) SWIFT and the weaponization of the US dollar
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The Trump administration dropped 44,000 bombs in its first year — a faster bombing pace than Pres. Obama, who bombed more than Pres. Bush. America has intervened militarily in other countries for decades, against the council of founders like George Washington who advised America should ‘observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all.’ But the U.S. doesn’t only project power across the globe through its massive military. It also weaponizes the U.S. dollar, using its economic dominance as both a carrot and a stick. The U.S. government showers billions of dollars in foreign aid to ‘friends.’ On the other hand, ‘enemies’ can find themselves locked out of the global financial system that the U.S. effectively controls using the dollar. How exactly does the United State weaponize the dollar? It utilizes the international payment system known as SWIFT.” (10/12/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/10/12/swift-and-the-weaponization-of-the-u-s-dollar/

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26) The case for giving every American “democracy vouchers” for every election
Source: In These Times
by Adam Eichen

“With the November midterms just weeks away, more and more media outlets and liberal pundits are predicting huge electoral gains for Democrats. While much reporting has focused on the potential of such a ‘blue wave’ to flip control of Congress, another less covered aspect of this Democratic insurgency is the ever-growing list of candidates refusing to accept corporate money. In fact, almost 200 candidates across the country (including high profile names such as Democratic Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke in Texas, and incumbent senators Elizabeth Warren [D-MA], Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY] and Bernie Sanders [I-VT]) have taken some version of a no-corporate-money pledge. These pledges all speak to the festering anger citizens feel toward our broken campaign finance system. But while refusing individual corporate donations is laudable, it’s not enough. Individual actions will not change structural pressures that distort our public policy. And they do not make the current donor class any less powerful or break down the barriers women and people of color face when running for office.” (10/12/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21510/seattle_democracy_vouchers_campaign_finance_reform_midterms

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27) USMCA sets a worrying precedent
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Muray

“Economists — and the world — breathed a sigh of relief when the United States, Canada, and Mexico stepped back from the brink of a trade war. That’s good news as far as it goes, but there’s still reason for concern. Trade deals are better than no trade deals, generally speaking. But bad trade deals can set dangerous precedents.” (10/12/18)

https://cei.org/content/usmca-sets-worrying-precedent

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28) When health policy neglects economic principles, patients suffer
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond March

“The healthcare sector of the U.S. economy is extraordinarily dynamic and complex, providing constant challenges for policymakers and regulators working to improve healthcare markets. However, recent research and policies suggest the greatest challenges for policymakers might be their misunderstanding of economic fundamentals.” (10/13/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/10/13/when-healthy-policy-neglects-economic-principles-patients-suffer/

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29) Trump signals journalists are fair game
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“It should come as little surprise, I suppose, that a president who routinely demeans the press and has contempt for First Amendment demonstrations should have nothing bad to say about a regime that allegedly tortured and executed, inside its own consulate, a journalist living in exile. Never mind that the agents of that regime who are believed to have murdered the journalist also reportedly dismembered his body, and spirited it out of the diplomatic compound. If you think the case of Jamal Khashoggi is simply a Saudi thing, think again. His suspected murder, which allegedly took place in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, could not have been carried out without the approval of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman — the very same crown prince who pals around with Jared Kushner, President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law, and who rules a country whose investments in the Trump and Kushner businesses have been significant.” [editor’s note: As a former “journalist” I see this from a very different perspective than most do; discussion welcome – SAT] (10/12/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-signals-journalists-are-fair-game

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30) Liberalism, democracy, and polarization
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Edwin van de Haar

“Modern-day democracy — with universal suffrage, a representative parliament, and elected officials — has been developed over the course of the twentieth century. The idea has its roots in antiquity, the Italian city states of the Renaissance, and several forms for shared political decision-making in Scandinavia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and England. Democracy is not a liberal ‘invention,’ but the term ‘liberal democracy’ has taken firm root. This is true because modern democracy is based on liberal ideas, such as the principle of ‘one man, one vote,’ protection of the classical rights of man, peaceful change of political leadership, and other rules that characterize the constitutional state. Remarkably, the majority of liberals embraced the idea of democracy only late in the nineteenth century.” (10/13/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/10/13/liberalism-democracy-and-polarization/

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31) American democracy is on the ballot in November
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“There’s a cynical old saying (often falsely attributed to Mark Twain) that if voting changed anything, it would be illegal. Over the past decade, Republicans across the country have tried to prove this aphorism right by passing a wave of restrictive voting measures at the state and local level. Those laws, combined with hardball tactics like partisan gerrymandering and certain structural advantages, helped entrench conservative rule over large swaths of an increasingly liberal America. In November, Americans will have a chance to reverse that tide. The midterm elections are widely seen as a referendum on the Trump administration, and for good reason. But voters will also be weighing in on something even bigger than the president: the future of American democracy.” [editor’s note: As usual, this “progressive” pundit embraces “democracy” as a goal rather than a flawed method for decisionmaking (and that saying is more often attributed to … Joseph Stalin) – SAT] (10/12/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151687/american-democracy-ballot-november-midterms-voting-rights

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32) Kavanaugh, abortion, and using the law as a weapon
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“Abortion was common and legal in the United States up to the mid-19th century; not even the Roman Catholic Church said it was wrong in the early stages of pregnancy. Abortion bans were promoted to force women out of labor markets (because they have children to attend to) and to force white Protestant women to have more children so that the nation wouldn’t be overrun by the children of immigrants. Sexism is also the root cause of laws against polygamy and prostitution, for at their core such laws say that women must be protected from their own choices. And it’s not just sexism that creates law.” (10/12/18)

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33) Don’t blame Karl Marx for “cultural Marxism”
Source: Reason
by Brian Doherty

“It may be comforting to believe your ideological foes are dupes of manipulative intellectual fiends. But declaring that advocates of multiculturalism, feminism, and gay rights are the pawns of dead Jewish communists is both mistaken as a matter of cultural history and foolish as a way to sell an alternate ideology. You won’t win the day by treating people who merely disagree with you as stalking horses for socialist tyranny.” (for publication 11/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/14/dont-blame-karl-marx-for-cultu

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34) From Brazil to Bosnia, politics of confrontation
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“The next president of Brazil, Latin America’s giant, is all but certain to be former army captain Jair Bolsonaro, who was relatively unknown, even in his own country, just a few months ago, but who now has a very large public profile all round the world. At 63, he has spent years in public life, leaving a mark (but not a large one) as a man of the far right, ready with insults for women who oppose him, disgusted by homosexuality, approving of the military dictatorship that killed and tortured leftists between 1964 and 1985. In the first round of the presidential election earlier this week, this obscure man nearly won outright, with 46 percent of the vote (as compared to the 29 percent secured by Fernando Haddad, a minister in the Workers’ Party government which had ruled Brazil for 13 years and whose time now seems to be up. Halfway around the world from Brazil, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, its 3.5 million population a mere 60th of Brazil’s 211 million, another strongly nationalist politician, Milorad Dodik, won election this week to the three-person presidency which has governed the tiny state since the 1995 Dayton Accords ended its three-year internecine war.” (10/12/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-brazil-commentary/commentary-from-brazil-to-bosnia-politics-of-confrontation-idUSKCN1MM2DK

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35) Three bad propositions
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“[Dan] Walters thinks it ‘foolish to expect November’s nine-plus million voters to make even semi-informed decisions about their provisions, much less understand how dialysis clinics and ambulance services operate, or should operate.’ Well, yes, but this criticism applies to government universally. Legislators don’t understand how every business or industry functions, or should function, either. Even when politicians pretend to comprehend, by what right do they micromanage other people’s businesses and labor contracts? Freedom, not government regulation, should be the default position.” (10/12/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/12/three-bad-propositions-paul-jacob-on-a-cure-that-is-far-worse-than-the-disease/

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36) Reality is far more complex than protectionists realize
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“It’s easy to write that we Americans should do, not only the the design portion of the manufacturing process, but both the design and assembling portions of the manufacturing process. Yet to do more assembling in America requires doing less of something else — perhaps even less designing. … the amounts and kinds of manufacturing design activities now done so successfully in the U.S. are themselves a product of U.S. manufacturers’ access to lower-cost assembly options in other countries. The ability to assemble abroad at lower costs than are possible in the U.S. creates a larger market for manufacturing design activities within the U.S. Therefore, if the former is shrunk by tariffs on manufactured goods, the latter will also shrink.” (10/12/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/10/reality-far-complex-protectionists-realize.html

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37) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 2
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“‘Crypto culture’ is under attack by a theory that has been shaping society since before the term existed. Crypto culture refers to the socially transmitted behavior, beliefs, and institutions that characterize the cryptocurrency community. The theory is epitomized by the slogan ‘the personal is political.’ This slogan yanks off the door separating the personal and political, the private and public spheres. When closed and locked, the door protects peaceful individuals from interference by so-called ‘trusted’ third parties, primarily the state.” (10/13/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-the-double-c-word-in-the-private-sector/

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38) Hillary Clinton wants a war on civility? That will cost Democrats, big time
Source: USA Today
by Jon Gabriel

“Hillary Clinton is back, this time denouncing civility. Talking with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour this week, she defended the unprecedented protests, threats and harassment that roiled the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. ‘You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about,’ Clinton said. ‘That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.’ In other words, sure, we’re acting like toddlers now, but we’ll be grown-ups once we’re in charge. It’s true that Democrats took a heavy blow when the Senate approved Kavanaugh’s promotion to the high court. For the first time in two generations, the Supreme Court has an originalist majority. These conservatives actually believe that the judiciary is only there to determine if laws are constitutional or not, and that it isn’t their place to legislate from the bench.” [editor’s note: OMG, a pundit who actually comprehends this distinction, and knows the purpose of SCOTUS in a tripartite government? – SAT] (10/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/10/13/hillary-clinton-war-civility-kavanaugh-democrats-column/1605343002

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39) Saudi Arabia is still a lousy friend
Source: National Review
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

“Jamal Khashoggi was a well-known Saudi political activist and a journalist. Last week he went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get a document for an upcoming marriage — and disappeared. Turkish authorities are searching for the Saudi ‘hit squad’ they believed murdered Khashoggi and dismembered him. Whatever barbarity is at work, it is now becoming another special moment in the very special relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. We can add it to the other special moments, where the president jiggled an orb, where America’s credulous columnists praised Muhammad Bin Salman as a great reformer, and when the U.S. assisted the Saudis in creating the worst cholera outbreak of modern times. When asked whether he might retaliate and stop a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom, President Donald Trump said, ‘I don’t like stopping massive amounts of money that is being poured into our country.’ Why? The jobs. The truth is that Trump is doing a selling job on himself.” (10/12/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/saudi-arabia-criminal-regime-us-ally/

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40) Sir Roger Scruton: How to preserve freedom in the west
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“One of the leading philosophers of our time says Western culture will have to be handed down outside the ivory towers and college lecture halls — and he has strong reason to believe that its promulgators will be successful. Sir Roger Scruton’s optimism is not unfounded; he found the dissident, underground student communities of communist-dominated Europe had a greater thirst for truth and Western culture than their contemporaries in the politically correct West.” (10/12/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/10/12/sir-roger-scruton-how-preserve-freedom-west

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41) Trump may be inching toward broad criminal sentencing reform
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“President Donald Trump frequently brings up prison reform at his Make America Great Again rallies. The subject is on his short list of favored topics, like the wall at the Mexican border and killing NAFTA. Trump brought up prison reform in his 2018 State of the Union address. On Monday, he thanked the International Chiefs of Police for working with him on the issue. The question is, will Trump embrace reform of federal mandatory minimum sentencing? At times Trump looks as if he is ready to make the plunge. In June, he commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother sentenced to life without parole for serious but nonviolent drug offenses, at the request of reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Johnson already had served two decades, which to Trump certainly seemed like enough time.” [editor’s note: Perhaps with the additional push from her husband (the sadly misunderstood Kanye West, who has left the Democrat plantation in disgust), this will indeed proceed – SAT] (10/14/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/10/14/trump-may-be-inching-toward-broad-criminal-sentencing-reform-n2528060

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42) Just vote harder
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Apologists for democracy claim that voting is how the people let themselves be heard but one only needs to take a look at a ballot to recognize the facade. A ballot consists of a list of officer with approved candidates for each office. The first indicator that voting isn’t what the apologists claim it to be is the fact that the names that appear on the ballot must be approved. The second indicator is the fact that the only choice is what candidate to put into the office. What if you want to abolish the office entirely (which is what every self-proclaimed libertarian should want to do to every office)? You can’t voice that opinion on a ballot. If you’re involved in a third party, you’re playing a game where the rules are set by your opponent.” (10/12/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/10/12/just-vote-harder/

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43) How the SALT deduction subsidizes opportunity hoarding
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joshua McCabe

“As part of last year’s tax reform, Congress introduced a $10,000 cap on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. The change has been controversial, splitting members of Congress across regional and party lines. Now, the controversy has been rekindled by the push to make the tax reform’s changes to individual income taxes permanent (they are currently set to expire after a decade) and by a recent report from the Tax Policy Center showing that the benefits of repealing the SALT cap would accrue overwhelmingly to high-income taxpayers. Among policy experts, there is a consensus that the cap disproportionately affects upper-income taxpayers in blue states. Stakeholders have used these basic facts to frame repeal proposals as either a valid response to a partisan attack on blue states or a hypocritical rationalization of tax cuts for the rich.” (10/12/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/salt-deduction-subsidy-opportunity-hoarding/

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44) Don’t take too much comfort from surveys showing widespread opposition to “political correctness”
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“Commentators such as Harvard political scientist Yascha Mounk and Reason’s Robby Soave have hailed a recent study indicating that 80% of Americans oppose ‘political correctness.’ I’m a fan of the work of both Mounk and Soave. In this case, however, I fear they are overly optimistic. Unfortunately, other evidence suggests that for many, distaste for political correctness is entirely compatible with support for extensive censorship. … 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag. 51% of Democrats support a law that requires Americans use transgender people’s preferred gender pronouns. 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts. 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques. And that’s just a sampling of a much broader problem.” (10/13/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/13/dont-take-too-much-comfort-from-surveys

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45) ObamaCare failed to make healthcare affordable; here’s a plan that will
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Four years after ObamaCare was supposed to fix the nation’s health care problems, the issue is still top of mind. So why don’t more people know about a solid plan that would cut ObamaCare premiums by a third? There’s no question that ObamaCare needs major surgery. Since it started in 2014, average premiums in the individual market have more than doubled. The number of insurers competing for consumers has collapsed. What is available are highly restrictive HMO-style plans with significant deductibles. As a result, ObamaCare priced millions out of the market altogether, and left millions more exposed to huge costs. … But a group of free-market health care reformers have developed a reform that would sharply reduce premiums for individuals, wouldn’t cause millions to lose coverage, and would save taxpayers money. Called the ‘Health Care Choices Proposal,’ it would continue to have the government subsidize individual insurance, but would do so through block grants to states, rather than payments to insurance companies under ObamaCare.” (10/12/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/obamacare-affordable-health-care

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46) Congress must regulate the regulators to restore accountability
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Anastasia Boden

“Although Congress deserves its share of criticism for the myriad rules governing our lives, the dozens (if not hundreds) of administrative agencies that comprise the federal ‘regulatory state’ are not passive actors in someone else’s game. Nowadays, most legal mandates that govern our lives are not actually issued by Congress; they’re instead issued by the multitude of agencies (and sub-agencies) that Congress supposedly oversees. Since 1995, administrative agencies have issued over 88,000 federal rules and regulations (Congress, by comparison, has issued around 4,300 laws). This is not just a problem of overregulation. By permitting largely unaccountable bureaucrats to wield Congress’s power to legislate, this scheme evades the Constitution’s separation of powers and subverts structural protections for individual liberty.” (10/12/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/congress-regulators-accountability

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47) Max Boot is very sorry for backing the GOP and the Iraq invasion. Why is he being praised for this?
Source: The Intercept
by Peter Maass

“Boot is an irresistible spectacle — the sinner with tears running down his cheeks dropping to his knees at the altar of all that is good, proclaiming that he has seen the light and wants to join the army of righteousness. But here’s the thing: Boot is only half-apologizing. And because he’s been wrong so many times and with so many ill consequences, he should be provided with nothing more than a polite handshake as he’s led out of the sanctuary of politics, forever. When I wrong, I mean Guinness World Records wrong. … It’s so much wrong that I can’t imagine how or why anyone could look at Boot and think, ‘Ah, here’s a man we should listen to.’” (10/13/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/13/max-boot-book/

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48) Quantum Vibe, 10/12/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/12/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1859

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49) When “populist” becomes a slur
Source: The American Conservative
by Claes G Ryn

“The regime’s disdain for ‘populism’ might seem to imply a principled concern about maintaining high standards of politics and rhetoric. But the increasingly common use of the term follows a revealing pattern. It is only those who challenge the regime who fall in this tainted category; no matter that representatives of the regime have long exhibited the despised traits of ‘populism’ in sometimes egregious ways.” (10/12/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/when-populist-becomes-a-slur/

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50) Indian Supreme Court’s Sabarimala verdict — a lesson Indians never learn
Source: Students For Liberty
by Zaira Zafroon

“On 28th September 2018, the honorable Supreme Court of India passed a verdict that allowed women of all ages to enter the Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, Kerala. This was a move applauded by all the liberals and feminists across the nation because it struck down an age old law which supported a misogynist patriarchal belief that barred women aged between 10 and 50 from entering on the temple grounds. … Secular doesn’t mean equally prioritizing religions, it means not having any connection with religious or spiritual matters. The government can’t dictate the manner a group of believers should practice their religion. So the question now becomes — what if a minority group have a belief that is in contradiction with the majority? What if the minority is at a lose because of that particular prevalent belief? Unless the majority is physically abusing the minority by restricting their personal choices and freedoms; The answer is, it should be addressed through discussions and debates within the religious community.” (10/13/18)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2018/10/13/Sabarimala-Verdict/

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51) The Big L Podcast, episode 4
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Why is the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles so important? Caryn Ann concludes a three-part series on the LP and the Enduring Importance of the Statement of Principles.” [Flash audio] (10/12/18)

http://biglpodcast.com/the-lp-and-the-enduring-importance-of-the-statement-of-principles-part-3-bl004/

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52) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 125
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Nikki Haley, Canada Marijuana, Government Statistics, Expungement, Mexico Drug War.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/14/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nikki-haley-canada-marijuana-government-statistics-expungement-mexico-drug-war/

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53) AnarchoChristian, episode 20
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Was Jesus a Socialist?” [various formats] (10/13/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/was-jesus-a-socialist-ac020/

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54) Free Talk Live, 10/13/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bitcoin Heretics :: Facebook Data Scraping Controversy :: Government Social Scores :: Illusions Social Media :: Nationalization of Facebook :: Free Talk Live on the Radio :: Difficulty Being Male or Female :: Polaroids and Sexting :: Parents and Privacy :: Crypto Under Attack Again :: HOSTS — Ian, Vin, Chris R.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/13/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-13

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55) The Anarchist Experience, episode 186
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss arguing with Commies, why they’ll never see the light, the supply and demand of labor and wages, and the Facebook purge coinciding with this HEADLINE: First They Came for Alex Jones — We Told You We Were Next — We Were.” [various formats] (10/13/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/10/13/the-anarchist-experience-186/

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1260
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“A recent post on a libertarian Facebook page suggested that only blind ideologues would dispute that the war in Afghanistan has been a success. After all, local polling data finds satisfaction with the U.S. invasion and occupation, and conditions there have certainly improved. Scott Horton, author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, joins me to assess these claims.” [various formats] (10/13/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1260-has-the-war-in-afghanistan-been-a-success/

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57) Scott Adams Says, 10/13/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and weed. Goes well with coffee.” [Flash video] (10/13/18)

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

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 257
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #257, I discuss the resignation of US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. Haley has used her platform at the UN to promote violence. I highlight some of Haley’s worst statements as Ambassador to the UN, including the Great Return March Protests, allegations of Iranian support for the Houthi, and lies about Assad using chemical weapons.” [various formats] (10/12/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-257-nikki-haley-resigns

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59) Reason Podcast, 10/12/18
Source: Reason

Nick Gillespie talks with Peter Boettke “about the historical and intellectual context of Hayek’s thought, the influence of Hayek’s mentor Ludwig von Mises on his work, and how libertarians can follow Hayek’s dictum that ‘we must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage.’” [various formats] (10/12/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/12/pete-boettke-podcast

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60) Felony Friday, episode 145
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Ken Bright joins John to talk about his journey from prisoner to prison reformer. Kenneth spent 20 years incarcerated. Since he’s been out he’s worked on Wall Street trading stock and is the founder and President of the Life Progressive Services Group. Which is a ‘reentry, transitional and advocacy group’ of formerly incarcerated men and women who have been educated and chose to make a difference in the lives of those who are living where they have been.” [various formats] (10/12/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/12/after-20-years-prison-felon-focuses-ending-recidivism/

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61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 261
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Sahar Khan explains the history of Pakistan, & its relationship with the U.S., from its designation as independent from Great Britain in 1947.” [various formats] (10/12/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/understanding-pakistan

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62) Freedom Feens Radio, 10/12/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jeremy and Michael talk about how Facebook and Google are killing your ability to talk to your friends and fans … The Liberty Genocide … The MAN trying to keep you down. And this IS a violation of free speech, because they are both basically part of the government by now. Then there is a discussion of when and when not to have sick pets put down. And a little bit about microtonal music, as usual.” [various formats] (10/12/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=16102

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63) CQ on Congress with Shawn Zeller, episode 124
Source: Roll Call

“Shawn Zeller recaps the results of CQ’s Capitol Insiders Survey, a poll of congressional staffers about the midterms and other topics, with expert analysis from two former aides to top congressional leaders, Lisa Camooso Miller, who was a spokeswoman for former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, and Brendan Daly, a onetime spokesman for Nancy Pelosi when she was Speaker from 2007-2011.” [various formats] (10/12/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/congressional-staffers-speak

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64) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/12/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The Fed created what Presidential Candidate Trump accurately described as a ‘big, fat, ugly bubble.’ Curiously, as President, Trump re-branded the ugly bubble as ‘the greatest economy in American history.’ But now that the bubble is losing air, the President is flipping back to calling the Fed ‘crazy.’ What’s the truth behind all of the flip-flops?” [Flash video] (10/12/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-takes-on-the-crazy-fed-will-it-make-a-difference

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65) Daniel Lazare on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Daniel Lazare comes back on the show to talk about Saudi Arabia, Trump, and the future Middle East politics. He explains an extremely common pattern in kingdoms and empires where after about three generations of family rule, massive upheaval or incompetence forces a total political collapse. Saudi Arabia is perched on this precipice, and their third-generation Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, seems unstable enough to provide the spark. Scott and Lazare talk about what this will mean for the region and for the United States’ influence there.” [various formats] (10/12/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/10-10-18-daniel-lazare-on-saudi-arabia/

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