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In the News:

1) Catalonia: Hundreds hurt as invading Spanish police attack voters
2) NV: More than 20 killed, 100 wounded in Las Vegas Strip shooting
3) Austria: Police threaten women over clothing as “burka ban” comes into force
4) FL: Pregnant woman comes to Border Patrol thug’s rescue after shooting
5) France: Man screaming “Allahu Akbar” kills two women at Marseille train station
6) UK: Queen “furious at being misled by Theresa May over DUP deal”
7) Canada: Sikh politician is new leader of federal New Democrat Party
8) Germany: First gay couple married under new law
9) TN: Protesters heckle white supremacist gathering
10) Dozens of NFL players kneel, raise fists during national anthem
11) Canada: Five injured in Edmonton “terror” incidents
12) Study: Legal cannabis driving up fast food sales
13) Report: More than half of Puerto Rico still without drinking water
14) Simpson released after serving nine years in Nevada prison
15) MA: Librarian snubs Melania Trump book donation
16) US judge: Black Lives Matter movement cannot be sued
17) IL: Rauner signs controversial abortion bill
18) FDA approves Lilly pill for common advanced breast cancer
19) “Mona Lisa nude sketch” found in France
20) US military’s Puerto Rico recovery to be led by decorated Army general

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Time to stop squeezing The Juice
22) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 1
23) Europe’s war of the nationalists picks up steam
24) Are these “interesting times?”
25) What is a “left libertarian?”
26) “Buy American” is un-American
27) Limited liability does not mean what you think it means
28) God knows (but government doesn’t)
29) “Bag-the-Fag”: Entrapping sex offenders
30) Trump’s Iran threats risk a US break with Europe
31) “Police corruption” is meaningless
32) Cultural philistines and Marxism
33) Let’s hear it for the Hef
34) Flags, football, and begged questions
35) Reflections on the importance of the medieval English parliament
36) A Spanish libertarian’s view of Catalonian independence
37) Why Democrats should throw the kitchen sink at Roy Moore
38) The question, the answer, the result
39) What the American flag means to me
40) The Big Six’s tax reform framework: The good and the bad
41) On Brexit, Leavers bear the burden of proof
42) Many Trump voters will get zero from Republican tax “framework”
43) None of your business
44) Quantum Vibe, 09/29/17
45) Cuban doctors are teaching us about US slavery
46) Corporate tax cuts: Great for companies, but help workers the most
47) Adam Smith’s invisible hand is no longer invisible
48) Where “liberal” and “conservative” REALLY come from
49) Protect the Dreamers
50) “Direct care” could help ease medical costs

The Sound and the Fury:

51) In support of independence referenda
52) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad Special #8
53) Free Talk Live, 09/30/17
54) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 18
55) In The Tank, episode 108
56) We Are Libertarians, episode 232
57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1012
58) Anarcho Agenda, 09/29/17
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 99
60) Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/29/17

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

1) Catalonia: Hundreds hurt as invading Spanish police attack voters
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Catalonia’s defiant bid to hold a referendum on independence from Spain degenerated into ugly scenes of mayhem on Sunday, with more than 800 people injured as riot police attacked peaceful protesters and unarmed civilians gathered to cast their ballots in a vote the government had banned as unconstitutional. Thirty-three officers were also injured. Hundreds of police armed with truncheons and rubber bullets were sent in from other regions to confiscate ballots and stop the voting, and amateur video showed some officers dragging people out of polling stations by the hair, throwing some down stairs, kicking them and pushing them to the ground. Anguished, frightened screams could be heard. ‘What the police are doing is simply savage,’ said Jordi Turull, spokesman for the Catalan regional government, which backs independence. ‘It’s an international scandal.’ He said Spain has become ‘the shame of Europe’ with its iron-fist tactics.” [editor’s note: Alleged vote count per WaPo, 90%-10% in favor of secession. I can’t imagine why – TLK] (10/01/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Catalans-assemble-in-polling-stations-defying-12244050.php

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2) NV: More than 20 killed, 100 wounded in Las Vegas Strip shooting
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

“At least one gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music concert near Mandalay Bay late Sunday, killing at least 20 people, injuring more than 100 and sending the Las Vegas Strip into chaos. Scores of victims were transported to hospitals across the valley. One off-duty police officer from Bakersfield was among the victims. One suspect, a Las Vegas man, was killed by police on a high-level hotel floor at Mandalay Bay, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said in a 1:35 a.m. briefing.” (10/02/17)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/the-strip/more-than-20-killed-100-wounded-in-las-vegas-strip-shooting/

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3) Austria: Police threaten women over clothing as “burka ban” comes into force
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“A Muslim woman was forced to remove her veil today as the ban on full-face veils came into force in Austria. Items concealing the face in public places, such as the full Islamic veil, medical masks and scarves to cover faces have been outlawed. Only under certain conditions, such as ‘at cultural events,’ will people be able to wear them in public. … protestors donned masks during a demonstration against the ban in Vienna on Sunday.” (10/01/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4938126/Muslim-woman-forced-remove-veil-Austria.html

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4) FL: Pregnant woman comes to Border Patrol thug’s rescue after shooting
Source: New York Daily News

“A pregnant woman came to a federal agent’s rescue after he was shot multiple times in the parking lot of a supermarket in Florida last week. … Surveillance footage obtained by WTLV-TV shows the soon-to-be mother rushing out of the [Great Clips] salon to the border patrol officer’s aid in the parking lot of a Publix supermarket. ‘I had no other option. I saw him go down, and there was no choice in my mind,’ [Shelby] Floyd-Berrios told the local TV station. ‘I wasn’t going to let someone lay there and die.’ … The officer was hospitalized in critical condition. The station reports that the suspect died after fatally shooting himself in his car.” (10/01/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pregnant-woman-agent-rescue-parking-lot-shooting-article-1.3534701

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5) France: Man screaming “Allahu Akbar” kills two women at Marseille train station
Source: Fox News

“Two women were stabbed to death Sunday in a suspected terrorist attack at the Marseille train station in southern France. The assailant was shot dead by French security forces, Fox News reported. Police sources told Sky News the attacker shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he carried out the attack at Gare St. Charles. One woman had her throat slit and the other was stabbed to death, Fox News has learned. The attacker was believed to be a man in his late twenties and of North African background. The area around Marseille’s central station was sealed off following the attack.” (10/01/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/01/man-screaming-allahu-akbar-kills-2-women-at-marseille-train-station-in-suspected-terror-attack.html

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6) UK: Queen “furious at being misled by Theresa May over DUP deal”
Source: Independent

“Buckingham Palace was infuriated with Theresa May after she misled the Queen about the progress of negotiations as she sought to form a government, it has been reported. Tensions are said to have arisen between senior courtiers and Downing Street after the Prime Minister said she had secured the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), only for it to take another 17 days before a deal was finalised. … A Conservative adviser, however, said Ms May did not intentionally misled the Queen, because her chief whip, Gavin Williamson, ‘thought he had assurances he didn’t have’ from the DUP.” (10/01/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-queen-furious-theresa-may-democratic-unionist-party-dup-election-deal-buckingham-palace-a7976406.html

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7) Canada: Sikh politician is new leader of federal New Democrat Party
Source: Reuters

“A practicing Sikh and rising star politician from the Toronto area was elected on Sunday to lead Canada’s left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP), after securing more than 50 percent of the vote on the first ballot, the party said. Jagmeet Singh, a 38-year-old lawyer and Ontario provincial lawmaker, is the first person from an ethnic minority to lead a major political party in Canada. He secured 53.6 percent of the vote to become the new head of the party.” (10/01/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-politics-ndp/canadian-sikh-politician-is-new-leader-of-federal-new-democrat-party-idUSKCN1C61VJ

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8) Germany: First gay couple married under new law
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Two men have become the first gay couple to marry in Germany, on the day gay marriage became legal there. Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende, a couple for 38 years, exchanged their vows at the town hall in Schöneberg, Berlin. Registry offices in several German cities were opening, unusually, on Sunday to allow couples to wed on the first day it was legally possible. Getting married will give gay couples the same tax advantages and adoption rights as heterosexual couples. Germany has allowed same-sex partners to enter into registered partnerships since 2001, but these did not give couples exactly the same status in German law as marriage.” (10/01/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41460032

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9) TN: Protesters heckle white supremacist gathering
Source: USA Today

“White supremacists in [Crossville] to conduct their annual summit faced canceled reservations, a change of venue and a passel of protesters who turned out for the once-secret meeting. The owner of a local restaurant, The Beef & Barrel, said no to Stormfront activists after they reserved space for a meet and greet Friday evening under a different name. The group eventually reconvened at Shoney’s, which doesn’t take reservations. Then organizers changed its Saturday conference location from a restaurant at Cumberland Mountain State Park to the park’s recreation lodge up the hill. ‘Hello master race!’ protester Chris Irwin yelled over a megaphone. ‘You wanted to keep this a secret, Nazis, and then you did something stupid and you put it in a public park so we could come.’ Some attending the summit made obscene gestures. Others, like Thomas Robb of Harrison, Ark., the Ku Klux Klan’s national director, bowed and waved.” (10/01/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/01/white-supremacists-summit-protest/720838001

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10) Dozens of NFL players kneel, raise fists during national anthem
Source: Fox News

“Dozens of NFL players took a knee during the national anthem as others raised their fists before the games of Week 4 Sunday, a day after President Trump tweeted that it that it was ‘very important’ for players to stand. Still, the number of kneeling players was down from last weekend, when more than 200 athletes took a knee after Trump lashed out at athletes who protest during the national anthem. Among the players who kneeled Sunday: half of the San Francisco 49ers. The team released a video of the athletes with the caption: ‘Together.’ Their opponents, the Arizona Cardinals, stood.” (10/01/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2017/10/01/nfls-week-4-sees-more-kneeling-during-national-anthem.html

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11) Canada: Five injured in Edmonton “terror” incidents
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Canadian police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a police officer and injuring four pedestrians in Edmonton, Alberta, on Saturday. The officer was controlling traffic at a Canadian Football League game when he was struck by a car at high speed and then attacked with a knife. A second vehicle, believed to be driven by the same man, then hit four others and the driver was later apprehended. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called it a ‘terrorist attack.’ Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht said the suspect, a 30-year-old male, is likely to have acted alone but they have not ruled out the possibility that others were involved. According to broadcasters CBC and CTV, a flag belonging to so-called Islamic State was found inside the vehicle that hit the police officer.” (10/01/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41459237

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12) Study: Legal cannabis driving up fast food sales
Source: Smell the Truth

“Legal marijuana users prefer to satisfy their munchies by eating at major food chains, suggests recent data. A new study released by Green Market Report and Consumer Research Around Cannabis found that 43 percent of marijuana users residing in legalized states ate at a McDonald’s restaurant in the past four weeks, reports Bloomberg. Around 27,500 participants were surveyed throughout the legal cities Denver, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and Portland, Oregon. 18 percent of those surveyed opted to eat at Taco Bell instead, while Wendy’s had the menu of choice for 17.8 percent of legal pot users. Experts point out, however, that McDonald’s may have taken the top spot just by their massive amount of locations.” (09/29/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/09/29/legalized-pot-is-driving-up-fast-food-sales-study-finds

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13) Report: More than half of Puerto Rico still without drinking water
Source: USA Today

“Access to drinking water has been restored to 45% of Puerto Rico, but more than half of the U.S. territory of 3.4 million is still going without. The statistics come as a war of words between President Trump and the mayor of Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan, escalated Sunday. Trump is trying to defend his administration’s handling of the humanitarian crisis that has enveloped the island since Hurricane Maria’s brutal onslaught Sept. 20. But local officials say the response is paltry at best.” (09/30/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/09/30/puerto-rico-by-the-numbers/720731001

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14) Simpson released after serving nine years in Nevada prison
Source: ESPN

“Former football legend O.J. Simpson became a free man Sunday after serving nine years for a botched hotel room heist [sic] in Las Vegas that brought the conviction and prison time he avoided in the killings of his ex-wife and her friend after his 1995 acquittal in the ‘trial of the century’ in Los Angeles.” [editor’s note: Trying to retrieve your own stolen property is not a “heist” – TLK] (10/01/17)

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20877682/oj-simpson-released-nevada-prison

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15) MA: Librarian snubs Melania Trump book donation
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A librarian at a primary school in the US state of Massachusetts has rejected a donation of books from First Lady Melania Trump. The librarian wrote a blog criticising Mrs Trump’s literary choices, including children’s favourites by Dr Seuss. Liz Phipps Soeiro, of Cambridgeport Elementary School, also criticised the Trump administration’s policies. The White House picked one school from each US state to receive 10 books as part of National Read a Book Day. Mrs Trump said in a letter to the children who will receive the books: ‘Getting an education is perhaps the most important and wondrous opportunity of your young lives.’ But in a lengthy editorial for the Horn Book’s Family Reading blog, Ms Phipps Soeiro explained why her school does not need the books, while thanking the first lady for her gesture.” (09/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41431144

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16) US judge: Black Lives Matter movement cannot be sued
Source: Raw Story

“A Louisiana police officer cannot sue Black Lives Matter because it is a social movement, a U.S. judge ruled on Thursday, finding the campaign could not be held responsible for injuries he got at a protest. The unidentified officer sued Black Lives Matter and an activist involved in a July 2016 protest in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where the officer was struck by a rock. … “Black Lives Matter,’ as a social movement, cannot be sued, however, in a similar way that a person cannot plausibly sue other social movements such as the Civil Rights movement, the LGBT rights movement or the Tea Party movement,’ Chief Judge Brian Jackson of a U.S District Court in Baton Rouge wrote in a 24-page ruling.” (09/28/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/black-lives-matter-movement-cannot-be-sued-us-judge-rules

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17) IL: Rauner signs controversial abortion bill
Source: Reuters

“Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a controversial bill into law on Thursday to expand state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income residents on Medicaid and state employees. The bill, approved by the state legislature in May, would also keep abortions legal in Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court follows President Donald Trump’s call to overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that made abortions legal 44 years ago. Illinois’ Medicaid program has previously covered abortions in cases of rape, incest and when a mother’s life or health is threatened. The expansion would enable poor women to obtain elective abortions. The bill would allow state employees to have the procedures covered under state health insurance. Rauner, who had earlier suggested he would veto the measure, said in a statement that he had talked to woman around the state before making his decision.” (09/28/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-illinois-abortion/illinois-republican-governor-signs-controversial-abortion-bill-idUSKCN1C33F5

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18) FDA approves Lilly pill for common advanced breast cancer
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“U.S. regulators have approved a new medicine for treating a common type of breast cancer after it has spread to other parts of the body. Eli Lilly’s Verzenio was approved Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration for women and men with what’s called HR-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer that has worsened after hormone therapy. According to the FDA, about 72 percent of patients with breast cancer have this type. The daily pill blocks certain enzymes that promote growth of cancer cells. It’s to be used either alone, after hormone therapy and chemotherapy have stopped working, or in combination with a hormone therapy called fulvestrant. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. says Verzenio, which is taken until cancer resumes growing, will cost $10,948 per month. It’s offering patients financial assistance, including 12 months with a minimal copayment for those with commercial insurance.” (09/28/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/FDA-approves-Lilly-pill-for-common-advanced-12238847.php

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19) “Mona Lisa nude sketch” found in France
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years may have been a sketch for the Mona Lisa, a French art expert says. The charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, was previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio. But experts have found enough clues to suggest the artist worked on both. After tests at the Louvre Museum in Paris, curators believe the sketch is ‘at least in part’ by Leonardo. It has been held since 1862 in the collection of Renaissance art at the Conde Museum at the Palace of Chantilly, north of the French capital. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the great painters of the Italian Renaissance, and his Mona Lisa oil painting (also known as La Gioconda) remains one of the world’s most recognisable and valuable works of art. It is believed to have been a commission from cloth merchant and Florentine official Francesco del Giocondo for a portrait of his wife, Lisa Gherardini. ” (09/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41436057

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20) US military’s Puerto Rico recovery to be led by decorated Army general
Source: Fox News

“A three-star general with a solid record of leadership in the war zone was named on Thursday to spearhead the U.S. military’s relief efforts in storm-scarred Puerto Rico. Lt. General Jeffrey Buchanon, from U.S. Army North, has been tasked by the Pentagon to oversee the federal recovery efforts in the Caribbean-based commonwealth and is expected to take over the island’s command center that has been set up at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. The post comes as the Trump administration fights back against claims it’s responded too slowly to the devastation triggered by Hurricane Maria just over a week ago. The appointment of Buchanon is intended to help speed that process along. The military effort on the island is expected to grow in the next few days.” (09/28/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/28/us-militarys-puerto-rico-recovery-to-be-led-by-decorated-army-general.html

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

21) Time to stop squeezing The Juice
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Yes, O.J. Simpson is a ‘convicted criminal.’ But what was he convicted of? Demanding the return of stolen property while someone with a gun was present. He claimed not to know that two of the people accompanying him were armed, but even if he knew, let me repeat the two key words, ‘stolen property.’ In the normal course of things, Simpson would likely have filed a criminal complaint or a civil suit to retrieve the property. Why didn’t he? Well, more than a decade before, Los Angeles police had unsuccessfully attempted to frame him for the murder of his ex-wife and a friend. … Then, after his acquittal, the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman used the civil court system to rob Simpson of a prospective $33.5 million …. Why on Earth would anyone expect O.J. Simpson to trust the police, or the civil court system, to have his back on a matter of stolen property?” (10/01/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11558

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22) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 1
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“A trustless system is one that does not depend upon the intentions of its participants, who may be honorable or malicious. The system functions in the same manner regardless of intentions. The blockchain, with a peer-to-peer protocol that is also transparent and immutable, is trustless. Intentions become important only when there is an intermediary who must be trusted. The third party’s good or bad motives become a determining aspect of the transaction and place the other parties at the mercy of his honesty.” (09/30/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-satoshi-revolution-a-revolution-of-rising-expectations-chap1-part1/

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23) Europe’s war of the nationalists picks up steam
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“The defeat of ultra-nationalist parties in the Netherlands and in France earlier this year gave European leaders the sense that fear of a far-right surge had, after all, been misplaced. As it turns out, it was the relief that was misplaced. Europe remains a battleground between nationalist forces, conventional right or left governments and parties which cleave to broadly liberal positions. It is not alone. Across the world, the same impulses to define a state according to ethnic or historic criteria, or to put existing states ‘first,’ grow in diverse forms. Two referenda illuminate the trend.” (09/29/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-nationalism-commentary/commentary-europes-war-of-the-nationalists-picks-up-steam-idUSKCN1C42Q3

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24) Are these “interesting times?”
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Butler Shaffer

“Allegedly the most powerful curse ever uttered is this: ‘may you live in interesting times; and may you attract the attention of those in power.’ Historians identify previous periods in which such ‘interesting times’ can be found, but the present tumult in which we find ourselves also qualifies.” (09/29/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/09/butler-shaffer/are-these-the-interesting-times/

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25) What is a “left libertarian?”
Source: Notes on Liberty
by William Rein

“‘Left-libertarians’ are not all anarchists intent on abolishing the state, but some are; meanwhile, libertarian socialists would hardly call market anarchism an ‘anarchism’ at all, since they oppose private property rights. If you ask them, they generally seem pretty pissed off about the whole name co-opting. Noam Chomsky is, anyway. So, it looks like there’s the left libertarians, who may be using an American anachronism, but maintain their philosophical etymology just as classical liberals try to. And then there’s the left-libertarians, who would still fall in the bottom-right of the modern political compass, directly to the left of the right-libertarians. Does that sound right? What is the sense in which a libertarian qua libertarian would use the term ‘left-libertarian?'” (09/29/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/09/29/what-is-a-left-libertarian/

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26) “Buy American” is un-American
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“President Donald Trump loves to encourage people to buy products ‘made in America.’ It makes for a good slogan, but it’s bad and incoherent policy. And it will do little or nothing to help Americans who have been put out of work by a straggling economy or by technological change.” (10/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/10/01/buy-american-is-un-american

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27) Limited liability does not mean what you think it means
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Hasnas

“Shareholders have limited liability. If a corporation contracts a debt that it does not pay or is found liable for a tort, one hundred percent of its assets are available to satisfy the debt or judgment. If it does not have enough cash on hand to pay what it owes, its creditors may force the firm to liquidate and sell off its physical assets to discharge its debt. The corporation is fully liable for all the debts it incurs and all the torts it commits. It is the corporation’s shareholders who have limited liability.” [editor’s note: And, all the excuse-making in this piece notwithstanding, that limited liability is a state-bestowed, economy-distorting privilege. Shareholders are owners, and if they were any other kind of owners, their liability would not stop at the amount of their investment in the enterprise – TLK] (10/01/17)

https://fee.org/articles/limited-liability-does-not-mean-what-you-think-it-means/

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28) God knows (but government doesn’t)
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Of course reality is riddled with individual situations, spread out across locales and time, when wages for some workers could be forced up by an all-knowing god without inflicting harm on any of those workers — that is, with all of the costs of the higher wages paid for by their currently too-powerful employers. Reality is also, no doubt, riddled with individual situations in which wages are, by the same standard of perfection, too high: in such situations god could force down the wages of those currently too-powerful workers and thereby improve the economic welfare of employers and consumers. Indeed, reality is riddled with all manner of imperfections that god could correct in order to increase human welfare. But government isn’t god.” (09/29/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/09/god-knows-government-doesnt.html

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29) “Bag-the-Fag”: Entrapping sex offenders
Source: CounterPunch
by David Rosen

“Anonymous sex has long been engaged in by men and women, straight and gay, adults and youths. In the good-old-days of a century or so ago, ‘pansies’ caught in the act could be beaten, busted or shaken-down by the police for what they had in their pockets. Today, the police mostly arrest those caught engaging in voluntary public sex and, after conviction, are put on a sex-offender registry. The arrest of men — and sometimes women — for cruising to engage in an anonymous sexual encounter is a tried-and-true method of self-serving police work. Cops know where to find their prey, most often in a public venue like a park, pier, bar or movie theatre. The tactic, known within the law-enforcement world as ‘bag-the-fag,’ has long been practiced.” (09/29/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/29/bag-the-fag-entrapping-sex-offenders/

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30) Trump’s Iran threats risk a US break with Europe
Source: Reuters
by Jarrett Blanc

“Donald Trump is approaching a crucial deadline on his Iran policy. On Oct. 15, he will have to certify whether Tehran is observing the 2015 multinational agreement to forego nuclear weapons. Trump has reluctantly certified Iran’s compliance, which is due quarterly, twice since taking office. This time, his belligerent address to the United Nations suggests he may not.If the United States follows through on threats to stop fulfilling its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the Iran deal is formally known, its allies in Europe will be forced to choose between committing a crime and making a mistake. Whichever they decide, the strength of the transatlantic coalition (America’s most important and most reliable partnership) will be cast into doubt.” (09/28/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-blanc-iran-commentary/commentary-trumps-iran-threats-risk-a-u-s-break-with-europe-idUSKCN1C32E3

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31) “Police corruption” is meaningless
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Are police corrupt? Is the mafia corrupt? Would the old Chicago mob have been OK if Al Capone had just cracked down on the corruption in his gang? Or, was the problem more systemic than that? Was the mob functioning exactly as it was intended to? If your purpose, or at least the real-world manifestation of your ‘purpose,’ is evil, how can the word ‘corrupt’ even have any meaning to your situation?” (09/29/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/09/police-corruption-is-meaningless.html

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32) Cultural philistines and Marxism
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The Austrian critique of the Marxist view is that tastes differ, and a free market is an excellent way to cater to these diverse tastes. No one central planner can understand what pleases millions of individual people whom they have never met. In the comment section of my previous post, I was struck by how may people were confident that millions of museum-goers who enjoy modern art (and are often very highly educated and intelligent) are in some sense ‘wrong.’ (And yet I suspect almost none of the commenters were Marxists.) If you think about it, this is an extraordinary state of affairs. It would be like non-biologists, people with no advanced training in biology, being confident that biologists are wrong about evolution, because it goes against common sense that the highly complex human eye could have simply evolved.” (09/29/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/09/cultural_philis.html

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33) Let’s hear it for the Hef
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“In retrospect, it is almost as if Hefner’s rise mirrored the social and cultural trajectory of postwar America. Born into a middle-class, Methodist household, and thrust into teenaged military service during the Second World War, Hefner was to respond to the promise of postwar affluence, and, with it, the ebb of an already fading protestant ethic, complete with figuratively buttoned-up shirts and correct ways to behave, by expanding freedom in the form of lifestyle. Playboy offered its readers an image of a life lived well, Miles Davis on the record player, a cocktail in hand, and the girl (no longer) next door. … Yet, while Playboy magazine’s ‘pleasure-primer to the masculine taste’ famously drew inspiration from the photos and cartoons of women pinned-up on young men’s bedroom walls or, indeed, soldiers’ dorms, transfiguring this into those centrefold pics, it also provided a platform for those with something to say, regardless of how controversial or non-mainstream the views.” (09/29/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/lets-hear-it-for-the-hef/

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34) Flags, football, and begged questions
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Defenders of Donald Trump’s condemnation of NFL players who ‘take a knee’ during the national hymn — sorry, anthem — beg a few questions. They assume the truth of matters that are or should be in dispute. So, not so fast, Trump defenders. You have work to do. The first question begged is whether kneeling or sitting during the ‘“Star Bangled Banner’ is an act of disrespect to ‘the country,’ the flag, the song, or the military. It’s not enough to assume it is.” (09/29/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-flags-football-begged-questions/

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35) Reflections on the importance of the medieval English parliament
Source: Mises UK
by Keir Martland

“To put the disputes between kings and representative institutions in their proper context, it is important to consider earlier mediaeval notions of law and kingship. The early mediaeval ‘customary law’ was not one of sovereignty, like the Roman law — whose famous maxim put it ‘whatever has pleased the ruler has the force of law’ — but one of compromises worked out according to a few immutable principles. In such an understanding, law — being the law of one’s fathers — was good because it was old, and old because it was good, and law was sovereign. The king was under the law, bound by it, and his very existence was predicated upon it. Indeed, the mediaeval Icelandic constitution functioned well without a king for centuries, with only one part-time ‘government employee,’ a single lawspeaker.” (09/29/17)

https://misesuk.org/2017/09/29/reflections-on-the-importance-of-the-medieval-english-parliament/

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36) A Spanish libertarian’s view of Catalonian independence
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Marta Hidalgo

“The Catalan nationalist movement in favour of independence is not driven by an urgent need of freedom to establish a libertarian paradise of free market and low taxes. It does not look for the creation of a smaller and more decentralized government. It is the creation of powerful special interests in the region for the purposes of getting even more power, concessions, grants and money from the rest of Spain, while they control Catalonians even more though indoctrination and the creation of an evil foreign oppressor. Independence is not an end for them, it is a political tool.” (09/29/17)

https://mises.org/blog/spanish-libertarians-view-catalonian-independence

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37) Why Democrats should throw the kitchen sink at Roy Moore
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Roy Moore, who defeated Senator Luther Strange in Tuesday’s Alabama primary, is a nutcase. He has equated homosexuality with bestiality, and declared that it should be illegal. He told Vox’s Jeff Stein that there are communities in Illinois living under ‘sharia law.’ He said that 9/11 was divine retribution for removing Christianity from public life, and refused to obey a federal order to remove a 5,280-pound granite block inscribed with the Ten Commandments that he had installed outside Alabama’s judicial building. He has said that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress and that Islam is a ‘fake religion.’ He was suspended from Alabama’s Supreme Court for refusing to recognize gay marriage, even after bans on gay marriage had been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. And come December, he will almost certainly be Alabama’s next United States senator. But that doesn’t mean that Democrats should throw in the towel and leave his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, in the lurch.” (09/28/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145073/democrats-throw-kitchen-sink-roy-moore

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38) The question, the answer, the result
Source: Strike the Root
by Paul Hein

“It has often been pointed out that the ‘masses,’ the ‘public,’ obtain wealth in several ways: most usually by earning it, or, less commonly, receiving it as a gift or inheritance. For most of us, this means yielding about 40 hours of our lives weekly to obtain what we need or want. A different way of acquiring wealth is practiced by those calling themselves ‘government,’ or ‘the state.’ Their technique is to simply claim it, and if not yielded, to take it by whatever force is necessary.” (09/29/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/question-answer-result

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39) What the American flag means to me
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“The American flag, the ‘star-spangled banner’ is one of those things whose meaning to me has changed significantly over the course of my life. Once upon a time it meant being a winning nation, the best the world had ever seen in terms of righteousness, justice, freedom, and opportunity. When I saw the flag, those are the ideas that were brought to mind, ideas that I value, and they produced the warm and fuzzies deep inside. I admired and waved the stars and stripes with a sense of pride. The meaning you derive from the American flag may be very similar to this. And that’s okay. Again, meaning is a personal, subjective phenomenon. Your meaning is just as valid as mine. As you expect me to respect the meaning you derive from the flag, I too expect you to respect the meaning I derive from it. What the American flag means to me today is very different than what it meant to me as recently as 10 years ago.”

http://everything-voluntary.com/american-flag-means

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40) The Big Six’s tax reform framework: The good and the bad
Source: Niskanen Center
by Karl Smith

“The Big Six –two representatives each from the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives — released their framework for tax reform on Wednesday and the responses have been lukewarm to negative. A particularly brutal take came from Josh Barro at Business Insider, who called the GOP’s pledge to ‘double the standard deduction’ a lie. Here’s the important fine print: ‘To simplify the tax rules, the additional standard deduction and the personal exemptions for taxpayer and spouse are consolidated into this larger standard deduction.’ … Yet, while this proposal isn’t as promising as it could be in terms of tax relief, it scores better as tax reform. For individual taxpayers, we see a meaningful effort to curb and slowly eliminate the myriad of deductions and loopholes that plague the tax code. On the corporate side, the move to a territorial system is a step in the right direction, toward a system with less gamesmanship and fewer tax-avoidance strategies.” (09/29/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/big-sixs-tax-reform-framework-good-bad/

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41) On Brexit, Leavers bear the burden of proof
Source: Cato Unbound
by Dalibor Rohac

“Common prudence normally cautions against policy changes with uncertain outcomes – unless there are compelling reasons to believe that the potential upsides of proposed change strongly outweigh the downsides. My contention is that Leavers have not provided such reasons. It is not enough to suggest that Brexit will lead to good economic outcomes, if accompanied by ‘liberal domestic regulatory, tariff, and trade policy reform.’ Neither is it enough to express the hope that British parliamentary democracy provides a reliable self-correcting mechanism to public policy — at least not without accounting for the political drivers of Britain’s relative economic decline between the 1930s and the 1970s. In order to make the case for Leave convincing, one would need to identify the specific policy areas in which burdensome European rules stifle economic activity and also to show what political dynamics would lead to desirable change after Brexit.” (09/29/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/09/29/dalibor-rohac/brexit-leavers-bear-burden-proof

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42) Many Trump voters will get zero from Republican tax “framework”
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Last year’s election was supposedly about forgotten working-class Americans rising up against the elites. You wouldn’t know that, however, from the Republican plan released Wednesday to overhaul the federal tax code. The ‘framework’ is not all bad, as many Democrats claim. The call to reduce the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%, for example, is sound and overdue. So is the effort to simplify what President Trump correctly called the ‘ridiculously complex’ individual income tax code. But a lack of fiscal restraint, plus two unwarranted giveaways to America’s financial elite, make this version unworthy of support. By one initial estimate, the framework would result in $2.2 trillion in lost revenue over the next decade. That’s unaffordable for a nation already $20 trillion in debt and facing soaring deficits as Baby Boomers retire.” [editor’s note: The “nation” isn’t $20 in debt. The politicians are – TLK] (09/27/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/27/republican-tax-framework-wont-help-many-trump-voters-editorials-debates/710246001

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43) None of your business
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“California may be the second state to allow denizens to list ‘X’ as their gender on government documents. I first heard about this when a self-described libertarian posted it in outrage. This particular libertarian is socially conservative so I can’t say that I was surprised that he was upset about this. However, I appreciate this change … Even socially conservative libertarians should be able to appreciate the ability to opt out of having information printed on government documentation. There’s no reason why government documents should list a gender.” (09/29/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/09/29/none-of-your-business/

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44) Quantum Vibe, 09/29/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser and Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/29/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1697

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45) Cuban doctors are teaching us about US slavery
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Cuban doctors working in Brazil have just put the American left, including self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders, in a very awkward position. According to an article in today’s New York Times, the doctors have filed suit in Brazil complaining of their enslavement by their own government — the Cuban government — as part of Cuba’s single-payer, socialist, one-size-fits-all healthcare system. Yes, the same healthcare system that the American left has praised and glorified for more than 50 years and would love to see installed here in the United States, given that Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare have turned out to be such disasters.” (09/29/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/09/29/cuban-doctors-teaching-us-u-s-slavery/

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46) Corporate tax cuts: Great for companies, but help workers the most
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Among the most potent provisions in the GOP tax reform package unveiled Wednesday by President Trump are the big cuts in taxes on corporations and small businesses. Inevitably, they will be styled by foes as a sop to the rich and Wall Street. In fact, they’re one of the best middle-class tax cuts of all. How we tax businesses is among the most distorted, costly and anti-competitive elements of our tax code. Today, U.S. corporations competing on the world stage face a top tax rate of 39%, compared to a 23% average for the rest of the world. The proposed Republican tax reform would slash that to 20%, below the average. It would also shift the U.S. to a ‘territorial taxation’ model, which keeps overseas profits from being taxed twice — once when the profit is earned overseas, and again when repatriated to the U.S. The U.S. is almost alone among nations in doing this.” (09/28/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/corporate-tax-cuts-are-great-for-companies-but-theyll-help-workers-the-most

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47) Adam Smith’s invisible hand is no longer invisible
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“For good reason, free marketers stand opposed to central planning — but not enough of these free marketers realize that there is no need to defend the archaic ‘invisible hand’ model in the process. This is because the Austrians have effectively eradicated our need for it. The invisible hand is no longer a mysterious and miraculous force. The Austrians uncovered the fact that the substance of the ‘invisible hand’ is actually the price mechanism. It is the price mechanism that coordinates resources and consumer wants across time. Far from being invisible, prices are very real things and are employed by consumers and entrepreneurs on a daily basis. The implication of this, of course, is that the debate should not be between ‘Planning’ and ‘anarchy of production’ but rather between ‘central planning’ and decentralized or individual planning.” (09/29/17)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/economics/adam-smiths-invisible-hand-is-no-longer-invisible/

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48) Where “liberal” and “conservative” REALLY come from
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“If liberals are all heart and no brain and conservatives are all brain and no heart, how would you describe libertarians?” (09/29/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/09/29/where-liberal-and-conservative-really-come-from/

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49) Protect the Dreamers
Source: The American Prospect
by Jared Bernstein & Ben Spielberg

“On September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that DACA–the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy enacted by the Obama administration in 2012–was being rescinded. The policy allowed ‘Dreamers’ who came to the United States when they were 15 years old or younger to apply for temporary work authorization and assurance that they wouldn’t be deported. Now, under the terms of the Trump administration’s decision (assuming Trump’s recent dinners with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ and tweets fail to prompt a reversal), new applications will no longer be processed, application renewals will be discontinued after March 5, 2018, and people who currently benefit from DACA protections will begin to lose those benefits beginning on March 6. Sessions’s attempted justification of this action, like that of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was based in economic falsehoods. He says that DACA ‘denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same jobs to go to illegal aliens,’ while Sanders’s ‘analysis’ is that ‘over four million unemployed Americans in the same age group as those that are DACA recipients … could possibly have [DACA recipients’] jobs.’ So if someone your age is unemployed, you’re taking their job?” (09/28/17)

http://prospect.org/article/protect-dreamers

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50) “Direct care” could help ease medical costs
Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A Singer

“People every day consider cost/benefit when they purchase shelter, food, cars, computers, smartphones, etc. They ask detailed questions and expect satisfactory answers. Not so when it comes to healthcare decisions. The public uncritically accepts screening, early detection and early treatment as always worthwhile. The public also accepts that having insurance is a critical part of staying healthy. Yet insurance is supposed to protect against unforeseen, high-cost, catastrophic events. As a result of years of tax and regulatory policy, health insurance has morphed into a form of prepaid healthcare, covering predictable, foreseen, pre-existing and routine ‘maintenance’ events in addition to the catastrophic and unforeseen. Hospitals, labs, pharmacies and providers negotiate fees with a third-party payer, not the consumer. Consumers are left out of the loop, along with consumer-driven market forces.” (09/29/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/direct-care-could-help-ease-medical-costs

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51) In support of independence referenda
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Much like the Seinfeld episode where George attempts to end a relationship with a woman named Maura who tells him, ‘I refuse to give up on this relationship. It’s like … launching missiles from a submarine. Both of us have to turn our keys’ — secession is a breakup between two groups of people that requires cooperation from all parties involved. In the case of both Catalonia & Iraqi Kurdistan the larger central governments have declared the referenda to be illegal. In the case of Catalonia, the Spanish central government seized ballots and other election related materials and sent in riot police to try preventing voters from accessing the polls.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/01/17)

http://fpp.cc/in-support-of-independence-referenda/

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52) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad Special #8
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Show Summary: It’s selfish promotion for Johnny and the Liberty Force comic, plus some bonus AFTER PARTY content! Johnny appears on some of the greatest libertarian podcasts promoting the Liberty Force comic book.” [various formats] (09/30/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/%E2%80%8Bjohnny-rocket-launch-pad-special-8-liberty-force-comic-interviews/

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53) Free Talk Live, 09/30/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Police Stealing Ballots, Sealing Polling Locations Ahead of Catalonia Independence Referendum! :: Fed Up Families :: Violence Justified? :: NH vs Catalonia :: Secession vs Leaving :: Spanish Constitution vs US Constitution :: Confused Love of Government :: California Secession :: Violence of the State :: State Worship :: Libertarian Outreach :: Police on Looney Tunes Cruise Ships in Catalonia :: Federal Reserve :: Courtroom Theories :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/30/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-30

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54) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 18
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“We recently enjoyed a big publicity breakthrough in our activism work. I was invited to be a guest on a local talk radio show. The appearance went exceptionally well and helped elevate our public profile in the city. In this installment of the Activism 101 podcast, I talk about how I got invited to appear on the radio show, and I offer some tips on how to prepare for a successful interview.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/29/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/09/activism-101-podcast-18-getting-on-the-radio-and-prepping-for-an-interview/

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55) In The Tank, episode 108
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #108 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (09/29/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/09/in-the-tank-ep108-manhattan-institute-expanding-aca-waivers-trump-tax-cuts-no-four-year-degrees/

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56) We Are Libertarians, episode 232
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, Brian Nichols, and Sara Potter discuss the pure libertarian position of open borders versus the conservative position of border control and then find a solution to the divisive issue. We then explain what is in President Trump’s tax plan.” [various formats] (09/29/17)

http://wearelibertarians.com/232-immigration-crisis-solved-trumps-tax-plan-explained/

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57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1012
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Gerard Casey, professor emeritus of philosophy at University College, Dublin, joins me for an overview of Marxism and its (shall we say) difficulties.” [various formats] (09/29/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1012-the-fallacies-of-marxism-with-gerard-casey/

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58) Anarcho Agenda, 09/29/17
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Flags, state worship, and a food truck getting shut down in Florida.” [various formats] (09/29/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-38-2017-09-29

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 99
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #99, I provide quick updates on several big current events. In Catalonia, the Spanish government is trying to censor the independence movement. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the Iraqi government has shut down airspace as a punishment for voting for independence. In Afghanistan, Mattis made a visit and had to be rushed to safety.” [various formats] (09/29/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-99-catalonia-kurdistan-and-afghanistan

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60) Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/29/17
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Michael Malice joins us to give a primer on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. What’s North Korea like?” [various formats] (09/29/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/north-korea-101

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