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Volume XVI, Issue #4,085
Monday, October 22nd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Afghanistan: Four million vote despite violence, technical glitches
2) EU: Court blocks Polish Supreme Court law forcing judges to retire
3) UK: Hundreds of thousands march in call for second Brexit referendum since they lost the first time
4) Assange to take legal action against Ecuador
5) Mexico: Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward US
6) Herpes is linked to half of Alzheimer’s cases, scientist claims
7) OR: 9/11 widow harassed by Leftist protester in Portland
8) IN: Town thieves charge $2,000 for return of stolen scooters
9) Trump says US will pull out of nuke limitation treaty with Russia
10) Congo: Rebels kill 13, abduct children at Ebola treatment center
11) Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death leaves more questions
12) Trump regime considers law requiring government to pretend that gender identity is the same thing as biological sex
13) GOP bails on Colorado incumbent, bets on “superstar” newcomer in Florida instead
14) Adelsons add $25 million to their midterm election meddling project
15) Australia: Government suffers Wentworth by-election defeat
16) China’s propaganda machine takes aim at American soybean farmers
17) Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earners
18) FL: Dog bites man — police department tries to explain away video of one cop holding down 14-year-old girl while another cop beats her
19) CA: More than 1,000 striking hotel workers march through San Francisco
20) AZ: Regime cancels vaccine program after backlash from parents who don’t vaccinate

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 3
22) The epic battle to control your thoughts
23) Politico report says Russiagaters should prepare to kiss my ass
24) Why mandatory national service is both unjust and unconstitutional
25) Trump goes postal. But in a good way.
26) Democrats’ “guaranteed income”: Guaranteed misery for working families
27) Against inner freedom
28) Beto O’Rourke isn’t running for Senate anymore
29) The insidious wiles of foreign influence
30) It’s repair day: No on should be punished for “contempt of business model”
31) Quitting the INF treaty is a serious mistake
32) Calizuela here we come!
33) I’m quitting the Trump #Resistance; I’d rather put my energy into building good things
34) Food deserts and demand
35) Butchering the Fourth Amendment
36) Rising teachers [sic] put education on ballot in fall elections
37) Take passenger trains off life support
38) No more $1 yoga pants as Trump aims trade war at global post treaty
39) The 2016 election was ultimately about one big thing
40) Abundance does not impoverish
41) Legal immigration into the United States, part 2
42) Sanders & Warren: Bezos must answer for Amazon’s “potentially illegal” union busting
43) It’s what Jesus would want
44) “Grand Bargain” is Bay State’s grand disaster
45) “Proportionality”
46) Risk of a new civil war? Today “us and them” differs from 1850s
47) Brett Kavanaugh and Mohammad bin Salman
48) The Spanish tradition of freedom in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
49) Beware the culture warriors of social media
50) Is democracy a bad idea?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Sheldon Richman on the Scott Horton Show
52) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 126
53) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 17
54) Free Talk Live, 10/20/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 10/21/18
56) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 17
57) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 170
58) Felony Friday, episode 146
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 260
60) CQ on Congress with Shawn Zeller, episode 125
61) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/19/18
62) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 262
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1265
64) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/19/18
65) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 11

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

1) Afghanistan: Four million vote despite violence, technical glitches
Source: CNN

“More than 4 million people cast their ballots in Afghanistan’s parliamentary election amid spates of violence and logistical issues, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission announced. The election had to be extended by one day due to security threats by the Taliban and logistical issues that left hundreds of thousands of people unable to vote on Saturday. On Sunday, up to one million Afghans returned to 76 voting centers across 22 of the nation’s provinces. The four million voters represent half of the eligible voter base in the country. This election, the first parliamentary polls in eight years, came after three years of delays due to security issues and political infighting over electoral reform measures.” (10/20/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/20/asia/afghanistan-elections-intl/index.html

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2) EU: Court blocks Polish Supreme Court law forcing judges to retire
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The European Union’s highest court on Friday ordered Poland to reverse a law leading to the removal of nearly a third of the nation’s Supreme Court judges, and to reinstate those who were dismissed. The temporary stay from the European Court of Justice also prohibits the appointment of new judges — most of whom are friendly to President Andrzej Duda and his right-wing populist party — and it orders authorities to restore the judicial branch to its composition before it enacted the law lowering the retirement age of judges from 70 to 65 in July. By changing the retirement age, by forcing out more than 20 judges since it was first implemented — including the First President of the Supreme Court — and by granting President Andrzej Duda discretion to choose who gets to continue serving and name replacement judges, ‘Poland has infringed EU law,’ the ECJ said in its decision.” (10/20/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/20/659016900/eus-top-court-blocks-poland-s-supreme-court-law-forcing-judges-into-retirement

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3) UK: Hundreds of thousands march in call for second Brexit referendum since they lost the first time
Source: CBS News

“Hundreds of thousands of protesters opposed to Britain’s impending exit from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday, demanding a new referendum and to have a say on the government’s final Brexit deal with the EU. Young voters led the People’s Vote march to London’s Parliament Square, which supporters say attracted approximately 700,000 protesters, BBC News reports. The Metropolitan Police said it was not able to estimate the size of the crowd. Organizers say another public vote is needed because new facts have come out about the costs and complexity of Britain’s exit from the bloc since voters chose to leave in 2016.” (10/20/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brexit-peoples-march-london-today-2018-10-20/

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4) Assange to take legal action against Ecuador
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Julian Assange is to launch legal action against the government of Ecuador, accusing it of violating his ‘fundamental rights and freedoms.’ The Wikileaks co-founder has lived in its UK embassy since 2012 after seeking asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden over a rape inquiry — later dropped. He was given a set of house rules by the London embassy this week, including taking better care of his cat. Mr Assange faces arrest for allegedly breaching bail conditions if he leaves. Wikileaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon is in Ecuador to launch the case, which the Press Association reports is expected to be heard in court next week. Wikileaks said the country’s government had threatened to remove the protection Mr Assange has had since being granted political asylum. It added that his access to the outside world had been ‘summarily cut off.’ In a memo, it threatened to confiscate the pet if he did not look after it, it said.” (10/21/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-45915017

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5) Mexico: Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward US
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass caravan and continue their trek northward toward the United States. Gathered at a park in the border city of Ciudad Hidalgo, the migrants voted by a show of hands and then marched to the bridge to urge those still there to cross the river and join them. ‘Let’s all walk together!’ and “‘Yes we can!’ they cried, defying warnings to turn back this week from U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to make the caravan and border security in general into a campaign issue a little over two weeks before midterm elections. The group’s decision capped a day in which Mexican authorities again refused mass entry to migrants on the bridge, instead accepting small groups for asylum processing and giving out 45-day visitor permits to some of them. Mexico had sought to maintain order after a chaotic Friday in which thousands rushed across the bridge only to be halted by a phalanx of officers in riot gear.” (10/20/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/We-are-hungry-Migrants-wail-at-13322594.php

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6) Herpes is linked to half of Alzheimer’s cases, scientist claims
Source: Yahoo! News

“The herpes virus could be linked to at least half of all Alzheimer’s disease cases, a scientist has claimed. Professor Ruth Itzhaki, who has spent more than 25 years at the University of Manchester investigating a potential link between the two, said studies carried out in Taiwan suggested that the risk of dementia was much greater in those infected with herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV): HSV1, also known as oral herpes, which causes cold sores and blisters around the mouth and on the face; and HSV2, which is generally responsible for genital herpes outbreaks. Prof Itzhaki said: ‘The striking results include evidence that the risk of senile dementia is much greater in those who are infected with HSV, and that anti-herpes antiviral treatment causes a dramatic decrease in number of those subjects severely affected by HSV1 who later develop dementia.’” (10/20/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/herpes-linked-half-alzheimers-cases-scientist-claims-100936920.html

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7) OR: 9/11 widow harassed by Leftist protester in Portland
Source: Fox News

“Shocking video shows a leftist protester in Portland, Oregon, harassing a woman who lost her husband in 9/11. The incident appears to have occurred on Oct. 13 after a ‘flash march for Law and Order’ was organized by a conservative group, according to The Daily Wire. Video shows the woman and a man, who appears to have been protesting the march, at a crosswalk, waiting to cross the street. The protester begins the verbal spat by saying to the woman, ‘Why are you trying to block me? I’m f***ing trying to walk here.’ After he called her a ‘f***ing snarky, little f***ing idiot,’ he said. ‘I’m not like … your cop boyfriend who is going to f***ing knock you out.’ The woman pointed to her NYPD hat and told the man, ‘My husband died on 9/11,’ to which he replied, ‘Good, good. NYPD was a bunch of sodomizers, f***ing sodomizing immigrants with their bully sticks. Your husband … should rot in the grave.’” [editor’s note: Followup story … When the woman’s son walked over asked if this creep skin was messing with his mother, the cowardly waste of flesh ran away in terror! – SAT] (10/21/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/10/20/911-widow-harassed-leftist-protester-portland-tucker-carlson-ann-coulter-react

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8) IN: Town thieves charge $2,000 for return of stolen scooters
Source: Indianapolis Star

“Speedway town officials [stole] 49 Bird scooters after they showed up unannounced and violated ordinances against scooters and blocking rights of way. To have their scooters released, Bird was asked [sic] to pay the town[‘s politicians] $2,000 — $1,000 for each of the days that they violated city rules before beginning conversations with the city[‘s predominant street gang].” (10/18/18)

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2018/10/18/bird-scooters-confiscated-speedway-after-violating-ordinance/1674957002/

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9) Trump says US will pull out of nuke limitation treaty with Russia
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump said Saturday he would pull out of a Cold-War era treaty with Russia that limited the number of missiles in each country. Trump said Moscow had violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and he would halt the agreement. ‘We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out,’ Trump said when leaving a rally in Nevada Saturday afternoon. He said the U.S. would pull out ‘and then we are going to develop the weapons’ unless Russia and China agree to a new deal, though China isn’t currently a party of the agreement. ‘Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years,’ the president said. ‘And we’re not going to let them violate a nuclear agreement and go out and do weapons and we’re not allowed to.’ Trump made the revelation as his National Security Adviser John Bolton was headed to Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia. His first stop is scheduled in Moscow, where he’ll meet with Russianleaders, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev.” (10/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/20/president-trump-pulling-out-nuke-treaty-russia/1712994002/

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10) Congo: Rebels kill 13, abduct children at Ebola treatment center
Source: New York Post

“Congolese rebels killed 13 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus containment efforts. The Allied Democratic Forces rebels attacked Congolese army positions and several neighborhoods of Beni on Saturday and into Sunday, Capt. Mak Hazukay Mongha told The Associated Press. The U.N. peacekeeping mission said its troops exchanged fire with rebels on Saturday in the Mayangose area of Beni during an attack on civilians.” (10/21/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/10/21/congo-rebels-kill-13-abduct-children-at-ebola-treatment-center/

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11) Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death leaves more questions
Source: USA Today

“The admission Friday by Saudi Arabia that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its consulate seemed to leave more questions than answers. For weeks, the mystery over Khashoggi’s disappearance deepened into a tragedy with reports of a grisly murder and dismemberment by Saudi officials in its diplomatic office in Istanbul. The regime continued to deny knowing anything about Khashoggi’s disappearance and insisted he’d left the consulate shortly after entering. News reports, meanwhile, pointed to audio and video of the murder and a team of Saudi officials, some with close ties to the royal family, who visited the consulate around the time Khashoggi was there. Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on Oct. 2 to get paperwork on his upcoming marriage. He never left. Saudis said Friday that Khashoggi was killed in an interrogation gone wrong. A fight broke out that led to his death. The regime said 18 people had been arrested in the incident. But their explanation left questions. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we don’t know:” (10/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/10/20/jamal-khashoggi-heres-what-we-still-dont-know-columnists-death/1711288002

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12) Trump regime considers law requiring government to pretend that gender identity is the same thing as biological sex
Source: The Hill

“The Trump administration is weighing a change that would require individuals to identify as male or female based on their genitalia at birth, tightening gender definitions that had offered more leeway to transgender and gender nonconforming individuals, The New York Times reported Sunday. The Department of Health and Human Services proposed in a memo obtained by the news outlet that government agencies adopt a definition of gender that is determined ‘on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.’ The change would would base sex on the genitals a person is born with.” [editor’s note: How about if the government just stops doing anything that requires it to discriminate on the basis of EITHER sex or gender identity? – TLK] (10/21/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/412418-trump-administration-considering-narrowing-legal-definition-of-gender

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13) GOP bails on Colorado incumbent, bets on “superstar” newcomer in Florida instead
Source: Fox News

“Republicans are making a last minute bet that a political newcomer in Florida has a better chance to win in November than an incumbent with a decade of experience serving Colorado. The National Republican Congressional Committee decided on Friday to stop spending money in support of Rep. Mike Coffman [R-CO] who faces a tough re-election against democratic challenger Jason Crow. Instead, the NRCC will pump $1.5 million into fresh advertisements in the Miami market to boost the surging Republican candidate Maria Elvira Salazar, locked in a close race against Democratic candidate Donna Shalala, in the district represented by the retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL].” (10/21/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gop-bails-on-colorado-incumbent-bets-on-superstar-newcomer-in-florida-instead

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14) Adelsons add $25 million to their midterm election meddling project
Source: Bloomberg

“Billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, delivered another $25 million to help Republicans try to hold control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 6 election, adding to the more than $87 million they previously gave to bolster the GOP’s midterm campaign. The Las Vegas Sands Corp. chief executive officer and his wife were among the big-dollar donors who lavished tens of millions on political committees during September ahead of the first national elections of Donald Trump’s presidency. The couple’s latest contribution was to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super political action committee affiliated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Federal Election Commission filings show.” (10/20/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-20/adelsons-add-25-million-to-their-midterm-campaign-spending

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15) Australia: Government suffers Wentworth by-election defeat
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Australia’s governing coalition has lost its one-seat parliamentary majority after a by-election in Sydney. Kerryn Phelps, a local doctor and popular independent candidate, comfortably won the Wentworth seat. ‘This win tonight should signal a return of decency, integrity and humanity to the Australian government,’ she told supporters. Australia has had six prime ministers in eight years, and now faces further uncertainty. Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ruling Liberal Party had been fighting to hold Wentworth, which was vacated by his predecessor, Malcolm Turnbull. The result means the centre-right party will need to rely on independent MPs to survive confidence votes. Two have already vowed not to back Mr Morrison.” (10/21/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-45924702

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16) China’s propaganda machine takes aim at American soybean farmers
Source: CBS News

“China’s propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration. The publication last month of a four-page advertising section in the Des Moines Register opened a new battle line in China’s effort to break the administration’s resolve. U.S. farmers are a key political constituency for Mr. Trump, and Beijing has imposed tariffs on American soybeans as retaliation for Mr. Trump’s tariffs on hundreds of billions in Chinese imports. Mr. Trump said in an address to the United Nations Security Council in September that China was interfering in the U.S. midterm elections.” (10/20/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chinas-propaganda-machine-takes-aim-at-american-soybean-farmers/

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17) Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earners
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said the administration was studying a tax cut for middle-income earners that could be rolled out some time around the beginning of November, just before pivotal congressional elections. Trump mentioned the proposed tax cut in the same week the U.S. government ended the 2018 fiscal year with a $779 billion deficit, the Treasury Department said on Monday, as previous Republican-led tax cuts squeezed revenues. The deficit figure was the highest in six years. ‘We’re looking at putting in a very major tax cut for middle-income people,’ Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One following a rally in Elko, Nevada. When asked about timing for the unveiling of the tax cuts, Trump said ‘sometime around the first of November, maybe a little before.’ Americans will vote Nov. 6 in elections in which Trump’s fellow Republicans will try to hold on to their majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives.” (10/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-taxcuts/trump-says-team-working-on-tax-cut-for-middle-income-earners-idUSKCN1MU0X2

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18) FL: Dog bites man — police department tries to explain away video of one cop holding down 14-year-old girl while another cop beats her
Source: Miami Herald

“A 14-year-old girl was caught on camera being violently restrained after cops say she resisted arrest Thursday at the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs. The teenager is seen in a cellphone video taken by a bystander. She is face down, lying on her belly on the ground, and is punched twice in the side by a uniformed cop while being held down by another officer. The video was provided to the Miami Herald by a person who asked to remain anonymous. According to a Facebook post by the Coral Springs Police Department, the video, currently making the rounds on the Internet, does not tell the whole story.” (10/19/18)

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220312270.html

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19) CA: More than 1,000 striking hotel workers march through San Francisco
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“More than 1,000 hotel union workers and supporters marched through San Francisco on Saturday morning, stopping to chant at four of seven hotels in the city where workers have been on strike for roughly two weeks to demand higher wages and more job security. Workers from the W, Saint Regis, the Palace and Marriott Marquis hotel squeezed into the plaza on Yerba Buena Lane between Third and Fourth streets on Market Street for a rally before taking to the streets. The march was part of solidarity demonstrations that were scheduled in Oakland, San Jose and other cities nationwide Saturday, according to officials with the Bay Area hotel workers union, Unite Here Local 2.” (10/21/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/More-than-1-000-striking-hotel-workers-march-13323335.php

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20) AZ: Regime cancels vaccine program after backlash from parents who don’t vaccinate
Source: USA Today

“The state of Arizona has canceled a vaccine education program after receiving complaints from parents who don’t immunize their school-age children. The pilot online course, modeled after programs in Oregon and Michigan, was created in response to the rising number of Arizona schoolchildren skipping school-required immunizations against diseases like measles, mumps and whooping cough because of their parents’ beliefs. But some parents, who were worried the optional course was going to become mandatory, complained to the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council, which reviews regulations to ensure they are necessary and do not adversely affect the public. The six-member council is appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey, with an ex-officio general counsel. Members of the council questioned the state health department about the course after receiving the public feedback about it, emails show. The state responded by canceling it. The complaints that ended the pilot program came from about 120 individuals and families, including 20 parents who said that they don’t vaccinate their children, records show.” (10/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/20/arizona-course-vaccines-canceled-after-parental-backlash/1715973002

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

21) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 3
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Violence is the greatest obstacle to the functioning of civil society, especially violence in the form of a state. Just as society consists of individuals cooperating to achieve their own goals, the state consists of individuals who use force for the same purpose; they want wealth and status without earning it. That’s the key difference between the two forms of social organization. With cooperation, both sides benefit from an exchange, or else it does not occur. With violence, one side benefits at the expense of the other; it is might versus the right of people to enjoy their own bodies and property. In order to continue the flow of unearned benefits, a state must continue to use force or the threat thereof. A successful state does two things: it institutionalizes violence; and it mimics civil society by monopolizing valuable services that would otherwise exist commercially and competitively, such as the adjudication of disputes.” (10/20/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-crypto-anarchism-and-civil-society-the-technology-is-the-revolution/

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22) The epic battle to control your thoughts
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The urge to censor is the tribute that elite opinion pays to the power of ideas. The idea of free speech, in contrast, is that it creates conditions under which truth stands a chance to emerge from the clamor, while the attempt to control ends up politicizing what we are and are not permitted to hear. It’s true that freedom does not guarantee any particular result, but it does give good results a fighting chance while reinforcing other important things like human rights.” (10/20/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/epic-battle-control-your-thoughts

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23) Politico report says Russiagaters should prepare to kiss my ass
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“In a new article titled ‘Mueller report PSA: Prepare for disappointment,’ Politico cites information provided by defense attorneys and ‘more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case’ to warn everyone who’s been lighting candles at their Saint Mueller altars that their hopes of Trump being removed from office are about to be dashed to the floor. ‘While [Mueller is] under no deadline to complete his work, several sources tracking the investigation say the special counsel and his team appear eager to wrap up,’ Politico reports. ‘The public, they say, shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths,’ the report also says, adding that details of the investigation may never even see the light of day. So that’s it then. An obscene amount of noise and focus, a few indictments and process crime convictions which have nothing to do with Russian collusion, and this three-ring circus of propaganda and delusion is ready to call it a day.” (10/20/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/20/politico-report-says-russiagaters-should-prepare-to-kiss-my-ass

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24) Why mandatory national service is both unjust and unconstitutional
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“Mandatory national service is not just another policy proposal. It is an idea that undermines one of the fundamental principles of a free society: that people own themselves and their labor. We are not the property of the government, of a majority of the population, or of some employer. Mandatory national service is a frontal attack on that principle, because it is a form of forced labor — literally so. Millions of people would be forced to do jobs required by the government on pain of criminal punishment if they disobey. Under most proposals, they would have to perform this forced labor for months or even years on end.” (10/19/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/10/19/why-mandatory-national-service-is-both-u

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25) Trump goes postal. But in a good way.
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On October 17, president Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Universal Postal Union, a 144-year-old international agreement which coordinates postal policies between 192 member nations. Trump left open the possibility of remaining in the UPU if those policies can be successfully renegotiated. Unlike many of Trump’s initiatives relating to international trade, this one makes real sense. The UPU’s outdated rate-setting model treats the world’s second largest economy, that of China, as if it was still the primitive pre-capitalist economy of 1874. The result: A massive subsidy from the US Postal Service to China’s 21st century international retail sector.” (10/21/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14023

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26) Democrats’ “guaranteed income”: Guaranteed misery for working families
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“A group of congressional Democrats, aching to return to power, have a bold idea: Repeal the Trump tax cuts, raise taxes on the rich and corporations, then give everyone else a guaranteed income each month from the proceeds. Haven’t we been down this road before? This has always been the Robin Hood dream of the left: Take money from one group you don’t like, give it to another you do, then take credit for the theft and call it ‘fairness.’ In that vein, California Sen. Kamala Harris, her eye on a 2020 presidential run, wants to give families earning less than $100,000(!) a year a ‘monthly tax credit,’ really a guaranteed income, worth up to $500 a month, or $6,000 a year. ‘Americans are working harder than ever but stagnant wages mean they can’t keep up with cost of living increases,’ Harris said. … True, wages were stagnant during the eight Obama years, marked by soaring regulation, higher taxes, and government control of health care. But since President Donald Trump entered office, median household incomes have increased 4.7% to record highs in real terms. And unemployment is at its lowest level in nearly half a century.” (10/19/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/guaranteed-income-democrats-tax-cut-repeal

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27) Against inner freedom
Source: Cato Unbound
by Stephen Asma

“There are two major forms of inner freedom emerging out of traditional philosophy. I want to sketch them and agree with Dr. Irwin that, with great effort, these forms can be attained. But then I want to explore a form of human bondage that gets almost no attention in philosophy, and from which we will not extricate ourselves — nor will we want to.” (10/19/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/10/19/stephen-asma/against-inner-freedom

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28) Beto O’Rourke isn’t running for Senate anymore
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Beto O’Rourke, the three-term congressman from El Paso trying to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz in next month’s midterms, may be the Democrats’ biggest rising star since Barack Obama. Over the last few months, he has gone viral in defending NFL players’ right to protest during the national anthem and air-drumming to The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley.’ He has broken fundraising records, raking in $38 million for his campaign against Cruz in only three months. Just about every national publication has devoted page upon page to profiling his quixotic quest to turn Texas (Texas!) blue. He even skateboarded on stage without looking like a complete dork. But with just over two weeks to go until the election, O’Rourke’s momentum seems to have fizzled — in Texas, at least. After appearing to be within spitting distance (in a few polls, at least) earlier in the campaign, O’Rourke has consistently trailed Cruz by between seven and ten points in recent days. That outperforms Cruz’s last opponent, then-Congressman Paul Sadler, who lost by 16 points in 2012, but not by as much as you would expect, given O’Rourke’s fame.” (10/19/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151806/beto-orourke-isnt-running-senate-anymore

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29) The insidious wiles of foreign influence
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Even if the Saudi monarchy or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular did not murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi, that regime is an especially evil one in both its domestic and international conduct. To see that, one need only consider the horrendous Saudi war against the people of Yemen, which has been backed by the U.S. government since Barack Obama was in office. That war, with its merciless killing of defenseless thousands, spread of disease, and inevitable benefits to al-Qaeda, is just the latest in a series Saudi atrocities. Predictably, Donald Trump wants it all ways.” (10/19/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-insidious-wiles/

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30) It’s repair day: No on should be punished for “contempt of business model”
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“The twenty-first century should be a golden age of repairs. A simple web-search can yield up instructions for fixing your stuff, a wealth of replacement-part options, and thriving communities of other people in the same boat as you, ready to brainstorm solutions when you hit a wall. But instead, digital technology has been a godsend for big corporations that want to control how you use, fix, and replace your property.” (10/20/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/10/its-repair-day-no-one-should-be-punished-contempt-business-model

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31) Quitting the INF treaty is a serious mistake
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The treaty has served U.S. and European security well for three decades. Casting aside a landmark arms control agreement risks starting a new destabilizing arms race with Russia at a time when relations with Moscow are already extremely poor. Withdrawing from the treaty amounts to letting Russia off the hook for its recent violations, and it gains the U.S. nothing except the ability to waste more resources on nuclear weapons that we don’t need. Killing the treaty isn’t going to remedy any of the things that critics complain about.” (10/21/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/quitting-the-inf-treaty-is-a-serious-mistake/

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32) Calizuela here we come!
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I once thought that the craziest year America had ever endured was 1968: the War in Vietnam, the Presidential election, riots in Chicago, inner cities in flames all over the US and Europe, seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea, the Tet offensive, the My Lai Massacre, the 1968 Gun Control Act, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, the first teachers’ strike in US history, and enough other lunatic and destructive events to add another verse to the Billy Joel song. Most of these were Democrat enterprises, but they turned out to be only a tiny sip of the deep, rich, soup of insanity in which we’re all steeping half a century later in 2018. The capital of all this collectivist craziness is the sorry state of California, which has tossed aside the US Constitution for the whims of its mentally-impaired governor (not the first, by any means, nor, apparently, the last) and his motley minions and mobs.” (10/21/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle995-20181021-02.html

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33) I’m quitting the Trump #Resistance; I’d rather put my energy into building good things
Source: USA Today
Ryan Clayton

“Despite the protestations of the nation’s citizens, Brett Kavanaugh now owns a lifetime seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. In the aftermath of his confirmation, it is tempting to ignore our collective political exhaustion and prepare for the next defensive battle against this president and his enablers in Congress. I know how you feel, as I was a proud and publicly prominent member of the resistance to the Trump administration even before its team walked into the White House. Since Election Night 2016, my work has been the subject of countless headlines, cable news reports and nightly television talk shows. In Michael Moore’s new movie ‘Fahrenheit 11/9,’ I can be seen getting arrested during the 2016 Electoral College proceedings in Congress. From dropping Russian flags emblazoned with Trump into the Conservative Political Action Conference and coordinating the Hamilton Electors campaign to override the election results, I have personally given the man in the bully pulpit quite a few bad news days. … Thankfully, a near-death experience halfway around the world awakened me to the need for a new kind of civic participation and the benefits of seeing this problem in a new light.” (10/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/19/donald-trump-resistance-leader-resigns-build-better-world-column/1589126002

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34) Food deserts and demand
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“The Kansas City Star published a 2,500 word front page story on Sunday that asked, ‘Why do so many stores east of Troost lack healthy food?’ It wasn’t until the 11th paragraph that we got the answer: demand. This answer shouldn’t surprise anyone — we’ve known it for years. The story also makes clear that it’s not that stores east of Troost Avenue ‘lack healthy food,’ as the headline suggests. It’s that nutritious food isn’t presented immediately as one enters the store. We’re told, ‘Customers must walk back 100 feet before they encounter the produce section.’ 100 feet. There’s no bad guy in the story, either. Grocers admit to stocking what people want.” (10/19/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-government/food-deserts-and-demand

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35) Butchering the Fourth Amendment
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Suzanne Sherman

“The real problems with newly anointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh got completely lost in the political theater surrounding his confirmation. … Partisan politics and grandstanding turned the confirmation process into a circus. Rather than discussing issues such as the proper role of the judiciary, federalism. and maybe even the concept of limited government, the Judiciary Committee zeroed in on unsubstantiated claims of sexual misconduct from the 1980s, flatulence and beer drinking. The progressive left became wholly consumed with all of the above while so-called conservatives reveled in left-wing outrage, disregarding fundamental principles of liberty, particularly those concerning our right to be left alone. Specifically, the Senate completely ignored Kavanaugh’s long history of supporting warrantless surveillance; namely, his rubber stamp on NSA programs that vacuum up reams of Americans’ personal data.” (10/21/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/10/21/butchering-the-fourth-amendment/

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36) Rising teachers [sic] put education on ballot in fall elections
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Hundreds of educators are running for office in this November’s midterm elections. This year’s Educator Spring brought teachers into the streets in massive protests that thrust education issues into electoral contests up and down the ballot, and pushed education-related initiatives onto ballots in 16 states, according to an analysis by the Center for American Progress. ‘From taxes to bonds, governance to vouchers, education is on the ballot this November,’ says the analysis. ‘Voters should not miss the chance to make their voices heard.’ In states such as Arizona and Georgia where gubernatorial candidates are locked in tight races and Democrats anticipate gains in state legislatures, state ballot measures that focus on education could help provide the difference between victory and defeat.” (10/19/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181019/springs-teacher-walkouts-put-education-on-the-ballot-in-fall-elections

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37) Take passenger trains off life support
Source: Cato Institute
by Randal O’Toole

“I’ve loved passenger trains ever since I was five years old. But I also know that subsidies to inefficient technologies reduce productivity and usually result in transfers from the poor to the wealthy. It’s hard to admit, but it’s time we take passenger rail off life support.” (10/19/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/take-passenger-trains-life-support

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38) No more $1 yoga pants as Trump aims trade war at global post treaty
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“The Trump administration’s decision to begin withdrawing from a decades-old international postal treaty may look like more economic nationalism. In some ways, it is. Pulling out of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) means American consumers may no longer have access to deeply discounted Chinese goods — like $1 yoga pants,or thousands of other cheap, Chinese-made goods available through online retailers — shipped into the country at postage rates less than what domestic packages are charged. This appears to be a calculated move to put actual pressure on Chinese interests exploiting what the White House sees as an unfair international agreement. It is also an attempt to save American taxpayers’ money. And it is a practical application of the administration’s oft-signaled willingness to favor American industry even at the expense of American consumers.” (10/19/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/10/19/trumps-latest-trade-war-maneuver-actuall

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39) The 2016 election was ultimately about one big thing
Source: The American Prospect
by Justin Gest

“With more than 20 candidates and expanded sources of both news and disinformation, the 2016 presidential campaign was a cacophonous circus. And with a result that hinged on razor-thin margins across Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, post-election analyses have been equally disorienting. They have pointed to meddling by the Russian GRU and the American FBI; white people, black people, brown people; Hillary Clinton’s hubris, her charity, her wardrobe; and widespread racism, misogyny, piety, fear, and desperation. With the luxury of hindsight and analytical acumen, political scientists John Sides, Michael Tesler, and Lynn Vavreck have produced an exceptionally well-researched and insightful postmortem that soberly isolates the election’s core significance: a polarizing debate over American identity spurred by immigration and demographic change. The result, Identity Crisis, is a definitive, statistically informed account of the 2016 presidential election. The trio craft a coherent narrative underpinned by an original analysis of multiple sources of voting records, media content, and public opinion data along with an extensive review of related research and commentary.” (10/19/18)

http://prospect.org/article/2016-election-was-ultimately-about-one-big-thing

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40) Abundance does not impoverish
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. McDonald: You write that ‘our survival as a nation is threatened by never ending floods of cheap imports priced below their full value.’ And after asserting that because I’m a tenured ‘heads up [my] ass’ professor I ‘have no right’ to criticize protectionists, you call me ‘gullible, blind and ignorant about the Real World.’ I’ll treat you here with the respect that you deny to me in your hostile and impolite letter. First, like you I have a right to criticize or to praise anyone or anything I wish as long as I do so peacefully. You have no duty to listen to me, but my job status does nothing to strip me of my right to speak and to write freely. Second and more substantively: How can it be that our ‘never ending’ access to low-priced goods threatens our survival? Is your and your family’s survival threatened when you purchase goods that are on sale? If in a supermarket contest you were to win a lifetime of free groceries, would you tremble in fear and then refuse the winnings? I suspect not.” (10/20/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/10/abundance-not-impoverish.html

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41) Legal immigration into the United States, part 2
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“The rationale behind the H-1B visa is to supply workers in specialties that industrial and other organizations cannot find domestically. The program is controversial for two reasons. First, unlike other temporary visa programs, this one explicitly allows holders to apply for a green card — for immigration — on the basis of occupational qualification. … Applications from such foreign workers tend to be successful because the applicants are already familiar with American society where they have spent three to six years, including from a work angle. In addition, they are often sponsored by an employer willing to support their long and arduous application process and to pay for its elevated legal costs.” (10/19/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/10/19/legal-immigration-into-the-united-states-the-h-1b-visas-confusion-and-controversy-part-2-of-6/

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42) Sanders & Warren: Bezos must answer for Amazon’s “potentially illegal” union busting
Source: In These Times
by Jake Johnson

“‘We write to express our alarm at recent reports that your company is distributing anti-union materials to Whole Foods managers that directs and encourages potentially illegal interference with the rights of thousands of workers.’ After a leaked training video provided a rare glimpse into the aggressive tactics Amazon deploys to prevent its workers from organizing and bargaining for better working conditions, Sens. Elizabeth Warren [D-MA] and Bernie Sanders [I-VT] sent a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday expressing alarm at his trillion-dollar company’s ‘potentially illegal anti-union behavior’ and demanding a copy of the full video.” (10/19/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21521/sanders-warren-bezos-amazon-union-busting-leaked-video

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43) It’s what Jesus would want
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“One of the most interesting species on Earth is the American pseudo-Christian. Unlike Christians who have come to their beliefs through rigorous study of theology, the American pseudo-Christian generally hasn’t even read the book that they claim is the source of their beliefs. Whereas the Christian regularly attends some form of service and/or Bible study, the American pseudo-Christian tends to avoid any service unless it’s on Christmas and maybe Easter or if they’re feeling particularly guilty for something. I believe it’s the lack of thorough theological study that causes many American pseudo-Christians to treat idiots like Pat Robertson as faith leaders …” (10/19/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/10/19/its-what-jesus-would-want/

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44) “Grand Bargain” is Bay State’s grand disaster
Source: Independent Institute
by Benjamin Powell & DJ Deeb

“With much unintended irony, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation in June that the state legislature and the press heralded as a ‘Grand Bargain.’ This new law increases the state minimum wage, creates a paid family and medical leave program, implements an annual two-day sales tax holiday, and eliminates the requirement that retailers pay time-and-a half to workers on Sundays and holidays. Unfortunately, it will only drive businesses away from Massachusetts and hurt the very workers that it aims to benefit.” (10/20/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/10/20/grand-bargain-is-bay-states-grand-disaster/

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45) “Proportionality”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“It is easy for critics to cry ‘proportionality’ after the fact, when they weren’t there for the violation and weren’t the victim. It is also a wonderful hiding place for violators. If someone shoots you and you shoot back, but after the dust has settled it turns out his bullet ‘only’ grazed your arm while yours ventilated his cranium, that wasn’t proportional. Shame on you for not aiming to graze. Right?” (10/19/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/10/proportionality.html

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46) Risk of a new civil war? Today “us and them” differs from 1850s
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Peter Grier

“A nation divided into groups of angry, polarized voters. Political parties splintering under the stress of social and ideological disagreements. Distrust in institutions. Constant partisan accusations. Widespread conspiracy theories about the perfidy of the other side. Powerful new communication networks that spread news of all this throughout the United States. Is this a staccato description of the state of America today? Yes it is. But just as much, it’s a sketch portrait of the 1840s and 1850s, the era of national upheaval prior to the explosion of the Civil War. Neutral no more: Can the Supreme Court survive an era of extreme partisanship? These two periods aren’t exact analogies, of course. Chattel slavery was an evil and a means of division rarely matched in history. Nineteenth century America was steeped in personal and political violence; national democratic government then was relatively young and unformed, trying to find its way. But ‘then’ was an extreme version of ‘now,’ and the results of its extremity may hold lessons for today.” (10/19/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1019/Risk-of-a-new-civil-war-Today-us-and-them-differs-from-1850s

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47) Brett Kavanaugh and Mohammad bin Salman
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I find it fascinating that President Trump is comparing the controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh to the controversy swirling around Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. I find it equally fascinating that the president’s supporters in the Kavanaugh controversy don’t seem to be coming to the support of bin Salman as eagerly and readily as they did with Kavanaugh. What gives with that? After all, Trump is right in one major respect: bin Salman is entitled to be presumed innocent of the charge that he ordered or orchestrated the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as much as Kavanaugh was entitled to be presumed innocent of the charge of sexual assault. … But we should all keep in mind something that Trump might well forget: The presumption of innocence is just that — a presumption, one that can be rebutted through testimony and other evidence.” (10/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/19/brett-kavanaugh-and-mohammad-bin-salman/

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48) The Spanish tradition of freedom in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
Source: Acton Institute
by Angel Fernandez Alvarez & Joshua Gregor (translator)

“As a result of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492, an initial globalization took place, with migrations of the European population to the New World. Maritime transport and trade increased in the Atlantic Ocean, which created a need to study the moral disputes arising from colonization and market transactions. For this reason, Spanish professors and academics studied political and economic questions during the process of colonization and Christianization of the New World in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, in works by dozens of significant authors.” (10/19/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/10/19/spanish-tradition-freedom-sixteenth-and-seventeenth-centuries

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49) Beware the culture warriors of social media
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“The news media in the Western world remain dominated by newspapers, magazines and broadcasters still known as the mainstream. The most vivid proof of their continued reign over public opinion is in the figure of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose repeated attacks on “failing” publications like the New York Times and the Washington Post as ‘enemies of the people’ is a backhanded tribute to their continued power. Still, the dominance of the old media is under threat from the new. Trump has more than 55 million followers on Twitter, which he uses as his personal channel to fire up Americans — a vastly sped-up version of FDR’s fireside chats during the Great Depression and World War Two. And these new media channels now threaten to overcome that dominance. They bring voices from every part of the political and social spectrum in a fashion more intimate, direct and demotic than the mainstream – which is generally careful not to offend, to eschew profanity, to balance one view with another.” (10/19/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-culture-commentary/commentary-beware-the-culture-warriors-of-social-media-idUSKCN1MT2NX

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50) Is democracy a bad idea?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Too many people laud and honor the formerly United States of America and its Federal Government as being a ‘democracy.’ This error goes back generations. Those politically-minded may recall that the Founding Fathers pretty much despised the entire concept of ‘democracy.’ They considered it a devolution of a republic eventually ending in tyranny and dictatorship. If, indeed, a democracy was not already a tyranny of the majority. Let us explore this idea for a moment, with the help of a couple of recent news stories. As we near the 2018 elections, both for officeholders and for ballot issues, it is worth some discussion. Is democracy really what we want? Or is it yet another bad idea for government?” (10/19/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/10/19/is-democracy-a-bad-idea/

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51) Sheldon Richman on the Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Sheldon Richman talks about his latest TGIF article, ‘The Insidious Wiles of Foreign Influence: Trump, Bin Salman, and Netanyahu.’ Scott and Sheldon bemoan the fact that the killing of Khashoggi has received far more outrage from journalists, politicians, and the public than the outrageous war in Yemen has. Although not exactly surprising, it’s still disturbing. Sheldon maintains that Saudi Arabia is probably the worst possible regime for the United States to count among its allies.” [various formats] (10/21/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/10-19-18-sheldon-richman-on-saudi-arabia-and-the-disappearance-of-khashoggi/

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52) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 126
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Canada Marijuana, Ambassador Nobody, Marijuana Ally, Federal Reserve, US Marijuana.” [Flash video or MP3] (10/21/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/october/21/five-minutes-five-issues-canada-marijuana-ambassador-nobody-marijuana-ally-federal-reserve-us-marijuana/

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53) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 17
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Regulation.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/21/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/regulation-ep-17-nice-guys-finish-free/

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54) Free Talk Live, 10/20/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Thousands of Honduran Migrants Mass at Mexican Border :: Fears of Criminals Crossing Border :: Stopping Violent Crime Without Police :: End Welfare :: Job Fearmongering :: Techno Police State :: Constitution :: Military and Protection :: Honduran Workers :: Edgington Post — Choo Choo Part 6 :: HOSTS — Ian, Chris R.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/20/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-20

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55) Scott Adams Says, 10/21/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Saudi halfpinions, Russian missile deals, and midterms. With coffee.” [Flash video] (10/21/18)

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

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56) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 17
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Want to make a difference? It really is up to you! Listen to libertarian activist and philanthropist Brent DeRidder! Brent shares his vision in helping people in need, and how YOU the individual can make that difference! Brent believes we as people can make the change without the state, and wants to prove naysayers wrong.” [various formats] (10/19/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-17-disaster-relief-w-brent-deridder/

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57) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 170
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“Is Brazil Electing a Dictato?r w/ ‘Instituto Rothbard’ President Cristiano Chiocca.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/19/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-170-is-brazil-electing-a-dictator-w-instituto-rothbard-president-cristiano-chiocca

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58) Felony Friday, episode 146
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Judy Henderson joins John to talk about the unbelievable injustice she suffered in the criminal justice system. In 1982, Judy Henderson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 50 years for her role in a robbery-turned-murder. Her boyfriend at the time — the man who committed a robbery, fired a gun, killed someone, and shot Henderson herself in the process — went free, while Henderson did the time.” (10/19/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/19/36-years-in-prison-for-a-murder-she-didnt-commit-judy-hendersons-story/

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 260
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #260, I explain how the war on drugs impacts US foreign policy and countries around the world. Prohibition is proven to be a failed policy that leads to black market violence. In some countries, the black market created by drug prohibition is so massive it can corrupt and destabilize the entire political and justice systems. I also discuss Korean Peace, Syria, and Africa.” [various formats] (10/19/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-260-canada-legalizes-pot

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60) CQ on Congress with Shawn Zeller, episode 125
Source: Roll Call

“Why Angry Senators Are Ready to Break Up With Saudi Arabia.” [various formats] (10/19/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/angry-senators-ready-break-saudi-arabia

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61) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/19/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The economy is not a machine, and the Fed is not a mechanic. Terms like an ‘overheating’ economy, and ‘stepping on the gas,’ or ‘slamming on the brakes,’ are all nonsense. The idea that that anyone is capable of “running the economy” is a pure fairy tale. Ron Paul discusses this very popular myth.” [Flash video] (10/19/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/central-planning-by-the-fed-is-a-total-failureend-the-fed

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62) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 262
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Free Thoughts meets Building Tomorrow with special guests Matthew Feeney & Paul Matzko as we discuss whether or not to fear emerging tech.” [various formats] (10/19/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/emerging-tech

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1265
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Last week I spoke to a small gathering in Orlando of members of the Libertarian Party of Florida. Alex Merced, vice chair of the national party, spoke before me and introduced me. He spoke about his journey to libertarianism. I in turn asked what it is about libertarianism that it typically requires a journey to reach. If I told you my answer in the notes, that would take all the fun out of it. But I’ll say that I’m pretty sure you will enjoy my conclusion.” [various formats] (10/19/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1265-what-i-told-the-libertarian-party-of-florida/

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64) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/19/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The class-action lawsuit should become a tool for people who have been wronged by their governments, according to Maurice Thompson of the 1851 Center in Ohio. We spoke last week in Salt Lake City.” [various formats] (10/19/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/libertarian-case-class-action-lawsuits

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65) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 11
Source: Attack The System

“Tim and Keith are joined by founder and editor of The Last American Vagabond, Ryan Cristian, to discuss solutions; how they would each rebuild the government if given the chance, or at least how they image it would operate in a truly free society.” [Flash video] (10/19/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/10/19/unraveling-political-theory-how-would-you-design-the-government/

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