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Volume XV, Issue #3,854
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
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In the News:

1) UK: May has no plans to cancel Trump visit over “Britain First” terror group retweets
2) The Hague: War crimes defendant commits suicide during court hearing
3) SCOTUS: Justices appear to favor more restraints on government access to digital information
4) Nasdaq plans to introduce Bitcoin futures
5) Experts: Can mega-boastful North Korea really nuke DC?
6) Keillor says he put hand on woman’s bare back
7) Egyptian presidential hopeful says he’s barred from travel from UAE
8) Gutierrez testing waters for potential 2020 presidential run
9) Thailand: US tourists held for baring buttocks at Thai temple
10) Facing pressure, House nears OK of anti-harassment training
11) New Dead Sea Scrolls translation could reveal mysteries
12) Bill Clinton accusers revive allegations amid wave of harassment claims
13) UK: Viagra to be available without a prescription from 2018
14) Uber facing US federal probe following espionage allegations
15) MN: Taxpayers to shell out $800k in settlement for cop’s murder of motorist
16) EU negotiator hopes for deal on Brexit bill by mid-December
17) OH: Authorities say home intruder’s shooting death was self-defense
18) NBC News fires Matt Lauer, citing complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior”
19) Bernie Sanders earns Grammy nomination
20) Saudi Arabia: Prince freed after reportedly paying bribe of more than $1 billion

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Big mistakes about Little House
22) The Russian connection: Rand versus Kant
23) Advice to Bitcoiners who are finding themselves rich
24) Iran’s “behavior” isn’t threatening Americans. Don’t use that pretense to scrap the nuclear deal.
25) The Supreme Court’s destruction of liberty of contract
26) At stake at US Supreme Court: privacy in the digital age
27) The economics of gentrification
28) Building an “alternative to capitalism” from the ground up
29) Robert Anton Wilson: Mildly puzzled all the time
30) Britain First: A monster of the left’s own making
31) Guys like Matt Lauer are why we have President Trump
32) If Bill and Hillary Clinton had been handled in 1996 like they would be today …
33) The Road to Serfdom: What is past is prologue
34) Don’t call Putin a genius
35) The rhetorical trap: North Korea as “state sponsor of terrorism”
36) We could use a Shelby Foote today
37) Can new Fed chief Powell avoid Fed’s past disastrous mistakes?
38) How to debug your content blocker for privacy protection
39) GOP tax plan would not shrink the size of the federal government
40) Creepy Joe
41) Nancy Pelosi the fake feminist
42) Your secrets are not safe with anyone
43) My interview with Lenin, one hundred years after the revolution
44) The future is what we make of it, part 2
45) Mulvaney’s in, bankers win, and Trump shafts Americans again
46) Comfort shouldn’t impose on others
47) Elizabeth Warren, progressive fraud
48) Cry me an Amazon
49) Grand anti-Trump coalition a terrible idea for Democrats
50) Again on intellectuals and capitalism, part 2
51) Tax debate serfdom
52) Nonviolence and the benefits of “cowardice”
53) Tax the taxers
54) Licensing requirements holding back telemedicine
55) If you say this thing, you have no business saying the opposite

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 124
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/29/17
58) Electric Libertyland, episode 48
59) Essential Libertarianism, episode 15
60) Intercepted Podcast, 11/29/17
61) Editor’s Pick, episode 8
62) Free Talk Live, 11/28/17
63) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/28/17
64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1048
65) The Scott Horton Show, 11/27/17

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

1) UK: May has no plans to cancel Trump visit over “Britain First” terror group retweets
Source: Raw Story

“British Prime Minister Theresa May has criticized President Donald Trump for retweeting messages by a British far-right leader — but will not cancel plans for the president’s state visit. In a statement, 10 Downing Street said: ‘Britain First seeks to divide communities through their use of hateful narratives which peddle lies and stoke divisions. They cause anxiety to law-abiding people. British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the antithesis of the values that this country represents: decency, tolerance and respect. It is wrong for the president to have done this.’ But when asked whether a planned state visit for Trump in 2018 would be canceled, a 10 Downing Street spokesman said: ‘The United States is one of our oldest and closest allies. An invitation for a state visit has been extended and accepted. Further details will be announced in due course.’ Lawmakers had earlier called for Trump’s invitation to be rescinded after he retweeted three videos posted by Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First.” (11/29/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/british-pm-has-no-plans-to-cancel-trump-state-visit

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2) The Hague: War crimes defendant commits suicide during court hearing
Source: New York Daily News

“A convicted Bosnian Croat war criminal declared his innocence — and then imposed his own death penalty. Ex-general Slobodan Praljak slugged down a fatal dose of poison Wednesday in a Netherlands international court where he was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder and other crimes during the early ’90s civil war. ‘I reject your verdict!’ the 72-year-old Praljak declared before draining the lethal liquid from a small bottle during a live feed of the sentencing. ‘I am not a war criminal!’ Gasps filled the United Nations court in The Hague, Netherlands, with Praljak declaring the bottle held poison and Judge Carmel Agius quickly suspending the hearing. Praljak died a short time later at a nearby hospital in The Hague, shortly after Agius confirmed his sentence of 20 years for war crimes.” (11/29/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/yugoslavian-war-criminal-takes-poison-court-hearing-article-1.3664733

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3) SCOTUS: Justices appear to favor more restraints on government access to digital information
Source: Washington Post

“A majority of Supreme Court justices seemed to agree Wednesday that the abundance of private information available about Americans in the digital age might require new restraints on government’s ability to access it. In the case before the court, that might mean law enforcement must prove more to a judge about suspected criminal wrongdoing to collect cell-tower records that can provide what Justice Elena Kagan called ’24/7′ tracking of a person. But the justices indicated that was only one issue implicated by an explosion of digital information that is transforming Americans’ expectation of privacy.” (11/29/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justices-appear-to-favor-more-restraints-on-access-to-digital-information/2017/11/29/5f7aaae2-d499-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html

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4) Nasdaq plans to introduce Bitcoin futures
Source: Bloomberg

“Nasdaq Inc. is charging into the race to bring bitcoin to a greater swath of investors, as the digital currency’s price barreled beyond $11,000 on Wednesday. The New York-based exchange operator plans to introduce bitcoin futures next year, according to a person familiar with the matter, becoming the third major U.S. exchange to dive into the red-hot market for cryptocurrencies. Nasdaq will introduce the products as early as the second quarter, and the contracts will trade on its NFX market, according to the person, who asked not to be named discussing a private matter.” (11/29/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/nasdaq-is-said-to-plan-bitcoin-futures-joining-biggest-rivals

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5) Experts: Can mega-boastful North Korea really nuke DC?
Source: USA Today

“North Korea declared Wednesday it achieved its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the ‘whole mainland of the U.S.’ Yet some analysts called that boast premature. The isolated regime run by Kim Jong Un based its claim on a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that appeared capable of reaching 8,100 miles, the longest distance the North has achieved during years of development. That puts Washington D.C. (about 6,800 miles away) well within range. Still, analysis said the missile would require many more tests to become accurate and reliable. Plus they doubted North Korea had mastered the complex technology required to arm a long-range missile with a nuclear warhead. The South Korean government estimated that Pyongyang is a year away from that accomplishment.” [editor’s note: So this would means there is at least that long for diplomacy/Beijing pressure to stop it? Nothing to see here folks – SAT] (11/29/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/11/29/analysts-north-korea-nuclear-program/904293001

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6) Keillor says he put hand on woman’s bare back
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Garrison Keillor says he was fired because he put his hand on a woman’s bare back as he tried to console her. The longtime radio host announced Wednesday he’d been fired by Minnesota Public Radio. Keillor retired from his popular show, ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ last year but had still worked for MPR on a variety of projects. Keillor tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an email that he was trying to pat the woman’s back after she had told him ‘about her unhappiness.’ Keillor wrote that the woman’s shirt was open and his hand went up about 6 inches. Keillor says he apologized when the woman recoiled, and also emailed the woman an apology. He says she replied she’d forgiven him and ‘not to think about it.’ Keillor says he considered her a friend and they remained friendly ‘right up until her lawyer called.’ MPR declined to give any detail of the allegation against Keillor.” [editor’s note: For a “pat on the back?” And one forgiven after the first touch? This has officially reached “Ridiculous” – SAT] (11/29/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/The-Latest-MPR-confirms-Keillor-firing-says-1-12392308.php

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7) Egyptian presidential hopeful says he’s barred from travel from UAE
Source: Reuters

“Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, who told Reuters on Wednesday he intended to run in the presidential election early next year, told pan-Arab TV channel Al Jazeera that the United Arab Emirates had barred him from traveling. Shafiq, an ex-air force commander and presidential candidate, said earlier he had planned to return to Cairo in the coming days from his current location in the UAE, a close ally of Egypt. UAE officials could not be immediately reached for comment.” (11/29/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-presidency-travel/egyptian-presidential-hopeful-says-barred-from-travel-from-uae-idUSKBN1DT31U

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8) Gutierrez testing waters for potential 2020 presidential run
Source: Fox News

“Mystery solved? After Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday and endorsed a successor without revealing his future political plans, Fox News has learned the outspoken immigration advocate will be testing the waters for a potential 2020 presidential bid. Few national political figures could be more ideologically opposed on the issue of immigration than President Trump (who wants a border wall and has fought to suspend immigration from some Muslim-majority countries) and Gutierrez, who blasted even the Obama administration over legal deportations. He also tangled publicly with Trump White House Chief of Staff John Kelly over his support of the decision to end a program that shielded young illegal immigrants from deportation.” (11/29/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/29/dem-rep-gutierrez-testing-waters-for-potential-2020-presidential-run.html

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9) Thailand: US tourists held for baring buttocks at Thai temple
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Two US citizens are being held in Thailand after they posted an online picture of themselves posing with their buttocks exposed at a temple. The tourists had taken the picture at Bangkok’s famous Wat Arun temple and posted it on Twitter and Instagram. Immigration authorities told the BBC the pair, Joseph and Travis Dasilva, both 38, would be fined and deported. Thailand has very strict laws on behaviour considered disrespectful and offensive to its Buddhist religion. The two tourists were held late on Tuesday when trying to leave the country at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport.” [editor’s note: Will Trump intervene again? I sure wouldn’t; that’s just disrespectful – SAT] (11/29/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42164668

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10) Facing pressure, House nears OK of anti-harassment training
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Under heavy pressure to address burgeoning sexual misconduct allegations, the House moved toward easy approval Wednesday of a bipartisan measure requiring lawmakers and aides to take annual anti-harassment training. The vote approached as a Congress battling over Republican tax cuts and a potential government shutdown was also being forced to address accusations against some of its own. They included liberal heroes Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken and far-right GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. ‘Sexual harassment has no place in any workplace, let alone in the United States Congress,’ House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters. He called having a hostile environment on Capitol Hill ‘a disgrace’ and added, ‘We will not tolerate that kind of behavior.’” [editor’s note: I wish this could be aqs hilarious as it is, but the issue (rape, assault and power abuse) being ignored for this long is just plain wrong! – SAT] (11/29/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/House-to-vote-on-mandatory-sexual-harassment-12391118.php

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11) New Dead Sea Scrolls translation could reveal mysteries
Source: Raw Story

“A new translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, currently being crafted by American scholar Alison Schofield, aims to unveil new information about the ancient Biblical manuscripts discovered in the Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea. ‘I was always a fan of Indiana Jones, and I was always interested in the Middle East,’ Schofield, a professor of religious and Judaic studies, told the University of Denver. ‘I’ve been interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls for as long as I can remember.’ The Dead Sea Scrolls contain some of the oldest copies of the Bible and Jewish literature from the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, when the Jewish population rebelled against the Roman Empire and was brutally massacred by Roman forces fighting under the Emperor Titus. The manuscripts were first discovered in 1947, but new discoveries are being made as technology improves and archeologists continue to search 12 of the caves around the Dead Sea for fragments.” (11/29/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/new-dead-sea-scrolls-translation-could-reveal-mysteries

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12) Bill Clinton accusers revive allegations amid wave of harassment claims
Source: Fox News

“For the first time since the 2016 election, several women who have accused Bill Clinton of past sexual misconduct appeared together in public to revive their allegations against the ex-president amid the wave of new harassment claims in Washington. The three women (Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Leslie Millwee) recounted their accusations against Clinton during a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday. ‘I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, the Arkansas attorney general, raped me,’ former nursing home administrator Juanita Broaddrick said. ‘And Hillary Clinton tried to silence me. I’m now 74. And it never goes away.’ ‘I was sexually harassed by President Clinton in 1993,’ said Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer who accused the president of fondling, groping and forcing himself on her. ‘The first assault happened in the summer of 1980,’ said Leslie Millwee, a former Arkansas television reporter who says the president sexually abused her several times in a small editing room while he was governor.” (11/29/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/29/bill-clinton-accusers-revive-allegations-amid-wave-harassment-claims-it-never-goes-away.html

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13) UK: Viagra to be available without a prescription from 2018
Source: Derby Telegraph [UK]

“Pharmacies in Britain will soon sell Viagra over the counter following a re-classification of the drug. The world-first move will mean men after the little blue pill will no longer need a prescription as of next year. Viagra Connect tablets will be available for purchase by people over — 18 after a discussion with the pharmacist.” (11/29/17)

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/viagra-available-without-prescription-2018-849127

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14) Uber facing US federal probe following espionage allegations
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that Uber deployed an espionage team to plunder trade secrets from its rivals. The revelation triggered a delay in a high-profile trial over whether the beleaguered ride-hailing service stole self-driving car technology from a Google spin-off. The probe under way at the US Justice Department centres on a 37-page letter that described allegations made by Richard Jacobs, Uber’s former manager of global intelligence. Jacobs gave the letter to an Uber lawyer in May. It said Jacobs was wrongfully demoted then fired for trying to stop the company’s alleged misconduct.” (11/29/17)

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2122169/uber-facing-federal-probe-following-espionage

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15) MN: Taxpayers to shell out $800k in settlement for cop’s murder of motorist
Source: ABC News

“The girlfriend of Philando Castile, Diamond Reynolds, will receive $800,000 under a settlement announced on Tuesday, more than one year after a Minnesota police officer [murdered] Castile in front of her and their 4-year-old daughter, according to city officials. Reynolds, who live-streamed the gruesome aftermath of the shooting in July 2016, would receive $675,000 from the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota, along with an additional $125,000 from the city of Roseville and the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust as a part of the agreement, officials said Tuesday. The agreement, if approved by the court, would settle Reynolds’ claims of emotional distress and false arrest.” [editor’s note: It’s a crime that the killer, Jeronimo Yanez, won’t spend the rest of his life in penury to pay those damages himself – TLK] (11/29/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/philando-castiles-girlfriend-receive-800000-settlement-emotional-distress/story?id=51453256

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16) EU negotiator hopes for deal on Brexit bill by mid-December
Source: Chippewa Herald

“The European Union’s chief negotiator in talks over Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc said Wednesday he hopes to reach agreement on a financial settlement before an EU summit in mid-December but that the two sides are still working to find common ground. Michel Barnier dismissed as rumors reports Tuesday that both sides had tentatively agreed on a British payment of roughly around 50 billion euros ($59 billion). … The British government also insists negotiations over the bill are still underway and no amount has been agreed.” (11/29/17)

http://chippewa.com/news/world/eu-negotiator-hopes-for-deal-on-brexit-bill-by-mid/article_d783a5a4-7763-523f-a010-e0eac6dfd506.html

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17) OH: Authorities say home intruder’s shooting death was self-defense
Source: Akron Beacon Journal

“Investigators say they don’t plan to pursue charges in the fatal shooting of an armed intruder at a central Ohio home after concluding it was self-defense. Authorities in Licking County say the intruder entered a home in St. Louisville through an unlocked door and confronted the homeowner as he lay in bed early Sunday morning. Officials say that led to a fight that ended with the owner using his own handgun to repeatedly shoot the intruder, whom he knew.” (11/28/17)

https://www.ohio.com/akron/news/ohiocentric/authorities-ohio-home-intruders-shooting-death-was-self-defense

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18) NBC News fires Matt Lauer, citing complaint about “inappropriate sexual behavior”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

“NBC News said Wednesday it has fired Today Show veteran Matt Lauer after a complaint about ‘inappropriate sexual behavior.’ … Lauer’s current contract was supposed to be running through 2018. NBC News in a report on the firing said NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to employees that the complaint, which was made by a colleague of Lauer’s, prompted a serious review and represented a ‘clear violation of our company’s standards.’ It quoted Lack as saying that this it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer, 59, since he took over as anchor of the show in 1997, but there was ‘reason to believe’ it wasn’t an isolated incident.” (11/29/17)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbc-news-terminates-matt-lauer-citing-complaint-inappropriate-sexual-behavior-1062408

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19) Bernie Sanders earns Grammy nomination
Source: Variety

“Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has earned a spot in the entertainment industry’s awards season: He was nominated for a Grammy on Tuesday, a first for the 2016 presidential candidate. Sanders was nominated in the spoken word category for the audio book version of ‘Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In,’ along with actor Mark Ruffalo. The book was published just after the presidential election.” (11/28/17)

http://variety.com/2017/politics/news/bernie-sanders-grammy-nomination-1202624408/

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20) Saudi Arabia: Prince freed after reportedly paying bribe of more than $1 billion
Source: CNBC

“Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, detained earlier this month in a corruption crackdown, has been released after paying authorities more than $1 billion for his freedom, according to media reports. Once seen as a contender to the throne, Prince Miteb was among hundreds of other political and business figures rounded up in a sudden anti-corruption purge at the start of November. The 64-year old cousin of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was said to have been released on Tuesday after reaching an ‘acceptable settlement agreement’ …” (11/29/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/29/saudi-prince-miteb-bin-abdullah-freed-after-1-billion-settlement-deal.html

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

21) Big mistakes about Little House
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Sarah Skwire

“The recent publication of Caroline Fraser’s Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder has led to another spate of critical interest in Wilder’s ‘Little House’ series …. Perhaps because of the novels’ endless popularity and their depiction on the small screen, Wilder has come to be treated like a frontier Jane Austen — a spokeswoman for the biases of critics rather than a proponent of her own ideas, and a writer whose work is often criticized as overly romantic by those who have not read it. The latest such critical misrepresentation of Wilder’s work appears in the New Republic in an essay by Vivian Gornick titled ‘Little House, Small Government.’ Gornick uses the publication of Fraser’s book, which she leaves mostly undiscussed, as an occasion to cursorily read the ‘Little House’ series and to blame Wilder, her family, and the settlers of the American West for the election of Donald Trump.” (11/29/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/big-mistakes-about-little-house

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22) The Russian connection: Rand versus Kant
Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“There has been a debate raging on Facebook about Rand’s antipathy to Kant as the most ‘evil’ man in the history of philosophy. I certainly am not a Kantian, but let’s just say that while Rand often gets some things right in her view of the history of philosophy, she often made sweeping generalizations that were at best, uncharitable, in her evaluation of various thinkers. ‘Uncharitable’ is partially an outgrowth of a not-very-sophisticated treatment of certain thinkers (Hegel and Marx come to mind), especially in the title essay to her book For the New Intellectual. In the meanwhile, some folks have wondered when Rand developed this rabid antipathy to Kant. For example, in the 1936 version of We the Living, Rand has the character Leo quoting Kant and Nietzsche at social gatherings. In the 1959 version, Rand airbrushed Kant from the text, substituting Spinoza for Kant in Leo’s comments.” (11/29/17)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002374.html

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23) Advice to Bitcoiners who are finding themselves rich
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“A lot of Bitcoiners are waking up to find themselves rich these days, and I suspect that most of them have little experience handling significant amounts of money. And so, having been around the block a few times, I think I should pass along some lessons. 1. Shut your mouth. Seriously. Tell your spouse, of course, and if there’s someone else you trust deeply, but after that shut up. If asked (your friends must know that you have Bitcoin) be vague. And do not be the schmuck who buys the Lamborghini. Repeat these words: Low Profile.” (11/29/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/advice-to-bitcoiners-who-are-finding-themselves-rich/

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24) Iran’s “behavior” isn’t threatening Americans. Don’t use that pretense to scrap the nuclear deal.
Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“In a speech Tuesday at the Wilson Center in Washington, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration is ‘committed to addressing the totality of the Iranian threat’ …. He echoed President Trump’s rationale last month for decertifying the Iran nuclear deal, an Obama-era agreement that put a lid on Iran’s nuclear program by imposing a set of restrictions and a comprehensive inspections regime. Like Tillerson, Trump cited two issues that lie outside the deal itself: Iran’s support for proxy groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza and Houthi rebels in Yemen; and Iran’s development of ballistic missiles. But the obsession with these Iranian policies amounts to threat inflation. Neither poses a serious threat to America’s domestic security or core national interests and they don’t warrant jettisoning a thus-far successful nuclear nonproliferation agreement.” (11/29/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/irans-behavior-isnt-threatening-americans-dont-use-pretense-scrap-nuclear

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25) The Supreme Court’s destruction of liberty of contract
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D’Amato

“Found in Article I, Section 10, of the Constitution, the Contract Clause is a failed attempt to prevent the government from taking actions that would compromise the integrity of contractual obligations — failed, in large part, because of the 1934 Supreme Court case Home Building & Loan Association v. Blaisdell. Blaisdell is arguably the centerpiece of the Supreme Court’s Contract Clause jurisprudence; it represents, along with much of the Court’s body of decisions since the New Deal era, the impotence of the Constitution’s text when tested against the imperious actions of government at all levels, the near-omnipotence of modern government.” (11/29/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/supreme-courts-destruction-liberty-contract/

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26) At stake at US Supreme Court: privacy in the digital age
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Henry Gass

“In more ways than one, Timothy Carpenter has been demonstrating the importance of smartphones in modern-day life. Seven years ago, he began organizing and committing a series of armed robberies of cellphone stores in Michigan and Ohio. On Wednesday, he will be arguing to the United States Supreme Court that the privacy of historical location data collected by cell towers should be protected by the Constitution. If the justices agree, it will be the first time the Constitution’s privacy protections have been updated since the internet was invented. As digital technology becomes increasingly necessary for day-to-day activities, the outcome of this case could help determine how private those activities are. ‘For every advance in technology, the [high] court has had an opportunity to weigh in on the effect of the new technology on privacy,’ says Alex Abdo, a senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. ‘This case may very well decide whether we can expect privacy in the digital age.’” (11/29/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2017/1128/At-stake-at-US-Supreme-Court-privacy-in-the-digital-age

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27) The economics of gentrification
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Daniel Fernandez Mendez

“Gentrification comes from the word gentry, and Its meaning is associated with nobility or people of high birth — it also refers to the bourgeoisie. Gentrification is thus the process by which the original residents of a sector or neighborhood — generally centric and popular — are progressively displaced by others with higher purchasing power. Who could be in favor of gentrification? Isn’t it just another battle in the endless war between the upper classes and the disadvantaged? To shed light on this matter, let’s examine what the value of housing depends on.” (11/29/17)

https://mises.org/wire/economics-gentrification

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28) Building an “alternative to capitalism” from the ground up
Source: In These Times
by Dayton Martindale

“It’s hard to look at rising inequality and rising temperatures, shrug one’s shoulders, and say the present economy is fine as it is. But it’s one thing to critique the old, and another to actually build something new. Reformists see solidarity economy efforts as a way to ‘fix’ capitalism; for some socialists, they’re a stopgap to help people get by until the Left seizes the state. But some enthusiasts see the solidarity economy as both the means and the end: a bottom-up, fully functioning economy outside of capitalism, eventually replacing it entirely. Plenty of individual worker co-ops (around 300 in the U.S.), community gardens and other solidarity economy institutions are flourishing. Many, too, struggle to take off in the capitalist marketplace (traditional funding sources aren’t always too enthused about the whole ‘people and planet over profit’ thing.” [editor’s note: As usual, “alternative to capitalism” implies use of force to make it work; if this is done with voluntary compliance, it is free market defined – SAT] (11/29/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20665/Capitalism-economic-democracy-solidarity-economy

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29) Robert Anton Wilson: Mildly puzzled all the time
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D’Amato

“Robert Anton Wilson was born Robert Edward Wilson on January 18, 1932, in Brooklyn. That distinctive middle name, Anton, was the first name of his maternal grandfather, who left Trieste — today Italy, then the Austrian Empire — to escape military conscription, which Wilson considered a courageous and heroic act. When he took Anton as his middle name, Wilson believed he would return to his given name when he had one day amassed the prestige necessary to write serious literature. Thank goodness Wilson never became quite so serious.” (11/28/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/robert-anton-wilson-mildly-puzzled-all-time

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30) Britain First: A monster of the left’s own making
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Christmas has come early for the time-rich Trump-haters of Twitter, those people who have got themselves into a perversely symbiotic relationship with the oaf in the White House and are now only capable of demonstrating their goodness by reminding us of his badness, day in, day out. Trump has now only gone and retweeted Britain First, the odious right-wing group that thinks Muslims are the source of Europe’s every social and moral ill. … for Trump to share this tweet is unquestionably evidence of his idiocy …. But the Brits, and others, currently raging against the president …. made this monster. Britain First is a mess of your unwitting creation. You, and your censorship, and your cowardice, and your pathologisation of concern about Islam, and your treatment of any questioning of mass immigration as tantamount to a hate crime, created the space for these new, ‘edgy’ right-wing movements to take root and expand.” (11/29/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/britain-first-a-monster-of-the-lefts-own-making-trump-retweet/

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31) Guys like Matt Lauer are why we have President Trump
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“Until this morning, Today show anchor Matt Lauer was one of the highest-paid people in television, with an estimated annual salary north of $20 million. Today, he’s out of a job because of, in the words of NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’ While we’ve yet to learn of just what kind of ‘inappropriate sexual behavior’ Lauer stands accused, we do know that he’s a sexist jerk who imperiled the nation because of his sexism. Because when you’re one of the highest-paid people in television news, you really can imperil the nation through your biases. Lauer was one among a group of mighty newsmen who, during the 2016 presidential campaign, sought to paint Hillary Clinton as duplicitous and deceptive (charges reserved for women since that time the men who wrote the Bible invented Eve). Others include Mark Halperin and Glenn Thrush, whose names may be fresh in your mind, thanks to allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against them.” [editor’s note: So for calling Hillary what she was, he was “sexist?” Hmmm … – SAT] (11/29/17)

http://prospect.org/article/guys-matt-lauer-are-why-we-have-president-trump

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32) If Bill and Hillary Clinton had been handled in 1996 like they would be today …
Source: OpEdNews
by Rob Kall

“If Bill Clinton, a serial predator who was credibly accused by multiple women had been handled by the Democrats the way the Democrats want Donald Trump handled, we would be living in a very different world. Probably Al Gore would have run and won. He would have probably, as an incumbent, defeated George W. Bush in 2000. If Hillary Clinton, who viciously attacked Bill’s accusers had been handled the way such actions are being handled today, she would never have come close to being Secretary of State, let alone Democratic candidate for the president.” (11/29/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/If-Bill-and-Hillary-Clinto-by-Rob-Kall-Bill-Clinton_Hillary-Clinton_Representative-John-Conyers_Sexual-Abuse-171129-112.html

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33) The Road to Serfdom: What is past is prologue
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“When I decided to read and live-blog The Road to Serfdom by F.A. Hayek, I will admit I did not fully understand what I had signed up to do. Reading excerpts from the book is one thing, but endeavoring to read the book in its entirety and also write my accompanying thoughts was an entirely different feat altogether. Even though I knew ahead of time that I would not always agree with Hayek, I was well aware of his incomparable intellect. And I knew I needed to do my due diligence to pay his prize-winning work the respect it deserved. As it turns out, doing so took a lot of effort not only through reading Hayek’s work, but through understanding the historical setting in which it was written.” (11/29/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-road-to-serfdom-what-is-past-is-prologue/

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34) Don’t call Putin a genius
Source: Reuters
by Josh Cohen

“Vladimir Putin’s global stature appears to be at an all-time high. Some observers call the Russian president the Middle East’s New Sheriff and for good reason. Last week, during a series of meetings with the leaders of Syria, Turkey and Iran in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin took the central role in a major diplomatic push to end Syria’s civil war by winning support from Turkey and Iran to host a Syrian peace congress. The Sochi summit conspicuously did not include delegates from the United States or the European Union. And while its focus was on the Middle East, it’s clear that Putin has expanded his influence beyond the region. … This is an impressive turn of events for the leader of the economically-anemic remnant of a former superpower. Given that Russia’s economy has a GDP of $1.283 trillion (or barely 7 percent the size of America’s) Putin arguably has played a weak hand brilliantly. But Putin’s apparent successes may turn out to be failures. The view of the Russian leader as a master tactician overlooks how his achievements risk blowing up in his face.” (11/29/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cohen-putin-commentary/commentary-dont-call-putin-a-genius-idUSKBN1DT2TH

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35) The rhetorical trap: North Korea as “state sponsor of terrorism”
Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

“Are such designations ever useful? At the stroke of a pen, an entire state is designated ‘terrorist’ or a seemingly milder sponsor of terrorism, its name finding a way onto a list of supposed unmentionables and moral inverts. Obscure groups and more notable countries huddle together, supposedly sharing some disreputable common ground and we are none the wiser on the content behind the categorisation. Terrorist designations are also highly problematic when they issue from powers with the capacity to strike, globally, within minutes, under orders from a creakily wacky leadership that threatens other states with fire and brimstone immolation should the circumstances arise.” (11/29/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/29/the-rhetorical-trap-north-korea-as-state-sponsor-of-terrorism/

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36) We could use a Shelby Foote today
Source: The American Conservative
by Bill Kauffman

“Back in the summer of 2000, when men still said what was on their minds (sometimes) and before the hoary ideal of freedom of speech had collapsed under the accumulated weight of 9/11, the Patriot Act, Trump Derangement Syndrome, and the enshrinement of the hall monitor as the exemplary American undergraduate, I spent an afternoon chatting with Shelby Foote, whose magisterial three-volume history of the Civil War is one of the great achievements in modern American letters. … Foote, then 83, was so cool he made Lou Reed look like Anne Murray. When I showed up on the porch of his stockbroker-Tudor home in Memphis about noon, the long-haired Foote, clad in ratty old pajamas, drawled, ‘Ah wuz jes’ fixin’ ta go ta thuh whiskey stoah.’ Images of Marcel Proust and bluesman Robert Johnson adorned the erstwhile novelist’s study, where he still wrote with a pen dipped in ink. Foote was absolutely sui generis: a Southern literary man who defied categorization.” (11/29/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/we-could-use-a-shelby-foote-today/

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37) Can new Fed chief Powell avoid Fed’s past disastrous mistakes?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Jerome Powell, nominated by President Trump to lead the Fed when Janet Yellen leaves the post early next year, faced his hearing before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. Based on his remarks, he won’t be rocking the Fed’s boat. Trump passed on much better-known names such as Stanford economist John Taylor and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh to name Powell, a little-known quantity who has served on the Federal Reserve Board only since 2012. In a piece written earlier in November, the Wall Street Journal called Powell — a former lawyer, investment banker and Treasury official under the first President Bush — ‘Mr. Ordinary.’ Yet, even as a relative newcomer to Fed policymaking, in 2013 Powell (then the only Republican on the board) questioned the Fed’s 0%-interest-rate policy and challenged former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to publicly announce a scaling back of the bank’s bond-buying program, part of its policy of quantitative easing.” (11/28/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/can-new-fed-chief-powell-avoid-feds-past-disastrous-mistakes

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38) How to debug your content blocker for privacy protection
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Alan Toner

“Millions of users are trying to protect their privacy from commercial tracking online, be it through their choice of browser, installation of ad and tracker blocking extensions, or use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This guide focuses on how to correctly configure the blocking extension in your browser to ensure that it’s giving you the privacy you expect. We believe that tools work best when you don’t have to go under the hood. While there is software which meets that criteria (and several are listed in the final section of the guide), the most popular ad blockers do not protect privacy by default and must be reconfigured. We’ll show you how.” (11/28/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/how-debug-your-content-blocker-privacy-protection

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39) GOP tax plan would not shrink the size of the federal government
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The middle class is not getting tax relief under the GOP tax plan currently under consideration. It’s getting big government on a credit card. This is yet another indication that the size and scope of the federal government never shrinks, no matter which party controls Washington D.C. Here’s a fun fact. Did you know virtually all of the individual tax cuts in the Senate version of tax reform are temporary? Indeed, what the Senate giveth, it also taketh away. Most of the tax cuts for individuals would expire in 2026 under the Senate plan. So what’s the reasoning behind sunsetting the tax cuts? Under Senate rules, any bill adding more than $1.5 trillion to the deficit over 10 years must pass the Senate by 60 votes. Republicans have to keep their plan under that figure to have any chance at passing it. They don’t have 60 votes. By allowing the individual tax cuts to expire within that 10-year window, the total deficit increase comes in right under that max amount.” (11/29/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/11/29/gop-tax-plan-would-not-shrink-the-size-of-the-federal-government/

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40) Creepy Joe
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“What do you suppose a young female child would think about a male stranger using his status and position to take intimate physical liberties with her in the presence of her family? How would she feel about him putting his hands on her; fondling her; caressing her; sniffing and running his fingers through her hair; putting his face in hers; whispering sweet nothings into her ear and trying to kiss her? She’d be creeped out, of course. That’s why every mother everywhere has a parental obligation to teach her sons emphatically to keep his hands strictly to himself when it comes to politely socializing with the opposite sex. Sadly, if Joe Biden’s mother ever taught him that essential lesson, he forgot it immediately. He turned out instead to be Creepy Joe. And amazingly he doesn’t think he’s done the slightest thing wrong.” (11/29/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/11/creepy-joe.html

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41) Nancy Pelosi the fake feminist
Source: Fox News
by Lauren DeBellis Appell

“When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Sunday that Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has done a great deal to protect women, many people thought they still hadn’t recovered from their Thanksgiving coma. Did the female leader of House Democrats just tell us that Conyers (who reportedly paid a member of his staff at least $27,000 to settle a sexual misconduct complaint in 2015) is someone who protects women? Pelosi seemed to walk back her statement Monday, saying she spoke with former Conyers staff member Melanie Sloan, who said Conyers had verbally abused and harassed her in the 1990s and once met with her in his office in his underwear. ‘I find the behavior Ms. Sloan described unacceptable and disappointing,’ Pelosi said. ‘I believe what Ms. Sloan has told me.’” (11/28/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/28/nancy-pelosi-fake-feminist.html

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42) Your secrets are not safe with anyone
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Timothy Carpenter specialized in stealing cellphones, the same devices that betrayed him. Based on four months of cellphone location data from the companies that provided Carpenter’s mobile phone service, the FBI placed him near four stores while they were being robbed. Carpenter argues that the FBI should have obtained a warrant before looking at those records. His case, which the Supreme Court will hear today, gives the justices a chance to reconsider a misbegotten and increasingly obsolete rule that threatens everyone’s privacy in an age when people routinely store large volumes of sensitive personal information outside their homes. That rule, as summarized by the Court in a 1976 case dealing with bank records, holds that ‘the Fourth Amendment does not prohibit the obtaining of information revealed to a third party and conveyed by him to Government authorities, even if the information is revealed on the assumption that it will be used only for a limited purpose.’ The ‘third-party doctrine’ means the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures imposes no restrictions whatsoever on the government’s power to examine the most intimate details of your life should you be foolhardy enough to entrust them to someone else.” (11/29/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/29/your-secrets-are-not-safe-with-anyone

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43) My interview with Lenin, one hundred years after the revolution
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“The mysteries of science have preserved Lenin alive, whose ‘death’ in 1924 was a cunning scheme. I have managed to track him down to talk about the one hundredth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution.” (11/29/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/11/29/my-interview-with-lenin-one-hundred-years-after-the-revolution/

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44) The future is what we make of it, part 2
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“We should not write off our fellow humans simply because they voted for Trump, or because they foolishly embraced some delusional conspiracy which blames Russia for everything. There are tens of millions of very decent people within both these groups who genuinely care about the country and making things better. We must never forget that convincing one group of voters to hate and dehumanize another group of voters serves the interests of the power structure and no one else. People have been successfully manipulated into thinking that their fellow citizens with essentially zero power are the real enemy as opposed to the oligarchs who actually destroyed and pillaged the country.” (11/28/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/11/28/the-future-is-what-we-make-of-it-part-2/

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45) Mulvaney’s in, bankers win, and Trump shafts Americans again
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“A Trump-appointed judge has issued his ruling. Mick Mulvaney (the Tea Party Congressman turned Trump apparatchik) will run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The political extremist who once said the CFPB was ‘extremely frightening,’ who called it ‘a joke … in a sick, sad kind of way’ and said he would ‘like to get rid of it,’ is now its Acting Director. Mulvaney didn’t wait for the judge’s ruling before taking the helm. He showed up at the office bearing doughnuts for the staff. Were the condemned being served their last meal? … On his first day on the job, Mulvaney froze all hiring and rule-making, bringing the bureau’s critical work to an effective standstill. The banks had won the first round. And Trump proved once again that, when it comes to fighting for working Americans, he’s just another fast-talking huckster.” [editor’s note: Ths guy is at least consistent; never seen a government overreach he did not approve of – SAT] (11/29/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171128/mulvaneys-in-the-bankers-win-and-trump-shafts-americans-again

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46) Comfort shouldn’t impose on others
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Everyone likes to be comfortable and avoids discomfort when possible. It’s human nature. Yet your quest for comfort doesn’t give you the right to make everyone else uncomfortable. If you are uncomfortable, change your own situation; don’t demand others make themselves uncomfortable for you. While the world is under no obligation to change to make you happy, it also has no right to impose its own version of what’s best on you. As long as you aren’t harming anyone, you have no obligation to change.” (11/29/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/11/29/voices/comfort-shouldnt-impose-on-others/155069.html

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47) Elizabeth Warren, progressive fraud
Source: National Review
by David French

“It’s a neat trick Warren’s accomplished. She’s likely leveraged her fictional Native American heritage into a plum spot at Harvard Law School. She leveraged her Harvard job to foist garbage scholarship on a gullible media. And now she has leveraged all of that into a plum Senate seat, from which a multimillionaire Ivy League professor has recast herself as progressive populist heroine. But it turns out that past ideologically convenient incompetence is a good predictor of future ideologically convenient incompetence.” (11/29/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454121/elizabeth-warren-native-american-heritage-harvard-fraud

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48) Cry me an Amazon
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“My idea of a ‘free market’ is not our politicians’. Their idea is to give away free stuff to their new and old business buddies … at everyone else’s expense. That sort of ‘crony capitalism’ has been writ large per Amazon’s search for a location for a second headquarters (HQ2).” (11/29/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/11/29/cry-me-an-amazon/

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49) Grand anti-Trump coalition a terrible idea for Democrats
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The Trump era is scrambling traditional partisan loyalties, sometimes to disorienting effect for leading thinkers on the right. The Never Trump faction of the Republican Party has been a political failure, in that it was unable to stop Donald Trump’s election, but remains a lively intellectual force. Some of the harshest criticism of the Republican president has come from mainstream conservative columnists like Max Boot, Jennifer Rubin, and George Will, and in respected conservative journals like National Review, Commentary, and The Weekly Standard. … If many erstwhile conservatives are opposed to Trump, why not form a broad anti-Trump coalition that crosses old party lines?” (11/28/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146002/grand-anti-trump-coalition-terrible-idea-democrats

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50) Again on intellectuals and capitalism, part 2
Source: EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi

“‘Why do intellectuals oppose capitalism?’ is a central question for 20th century classical liberals, and I think confronting answers is a good way to clarify what makes for different ‘styles’ of classical liberalism. Mises, Hayek, Schumpeter, Nozick and Coase all attempted to provide an answer.” (11/28/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/11/again_on_intell_1.html

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51) Tax debate serfdom
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“While serfs on the plantation debate the income-tax bill that is being proposed in Congress, it is incumbent on us libertarians to continue reminding people that there is nothing about this debate that has anything to do with the restoration of a free society in America. The bill might or might not make life on the plantation better for people but it won’t make them free.” (11/29/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/11/29/tax-debate-serfdom/

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52) Nonviolence and the benefits of “cowardice”
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Grayson English

“When discussing political nonviolence and its various means, one is likely to encounter much sneering and indignation. Advocates of political violence not only appear not to understand our disagreement, they often appear to find it reprehensible and cowardly. … For all intents and purposes, political violence and nonviolence involve very similar risks and strength of conviction. Both demand putting human bodies on the line with unclear odds of success. Both demand some rather dire weighing of moral and material interests. Still there’s something to the charge — I believe that what advocates of violence perceive as ‘cowardice’ is the implicit, structural, humility of nonviolence. Political violence requires dogmatic belief that one is right, one’s opponents have almost nothing to offer, and that violence will be effective. … Advocates of political nonviolence do not attempt to utterly erase their opponents from the world; they allow them to exist. This is the distinguishing characteristic that comes across as ‘cowardly,’ but it is the chief advantage of political nonviolence.” (11/28/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/50204

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53) Tax the taxers
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Michael Saltsman reports that San Francisco City Supervisor Jane Kim worries that automation, by eliminating large numbers of particular jobs in coming decades, will lead to chronic unemployment. And so Ms. Kim wants to tax employers each time they replace workers with robots or algorithms …. Never mind that labor-saving innovations have been destroying particular jobs since the invention of the lever and the wheel without yet causing chronic unemployment. Quite the opposite, in fact: the number of paid jobs is today at an all-time high (as are global living standards). The number of people with paid jobs is now 3.3 billion, a figure more than three times larger than the total population of the world at the dawn of the industrial revolution — a revolution that greatly accelerated the invention and use of labor-saving technologies. Instead, note the irony of Ms. Kim’s proposal: her tax taxes job creation.” (11/28/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/11/tax-the-taxers.html

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54) Licensing requirements holding back telemedicine
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Andrew Aubuchon

“Imagine that you suffer from a heart condition that requires daily monitoring of your resting heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs. Rather than daily hospital or doctor visits, you might use at-home monitoring devices that record your data and relay them to your doctor, who could decide if any intervention is necessary. Your healthcare costs would be significantly reduced, and you wouldn’t have to suffer the added inconvenience of regular, and perhaps daily, doctor visits. This scenario is an example of telemedicine, a common-sense application of innovations in medical and telecommunications services. And especially as the technology behind it improves, telemedicine offers an opportunity for patients to receive quality healthcare at a significantly reduced cost. Unfortunately, state medical licensing restrictions often serve as a barrier to the expansion of telemedicine.” (11/28/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/regulation/licensing-requirements-holding-back-telemedicine

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55) If you say this thing, you have no business saying the opposite
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis & Jim Babka

“People say to us, ‘Politicians tailor their positions to fit the public opinion polls.’ Well, anyone who believes that should never say the following … ‘There’s no point in writing to Congress. They ignore our messages.’ If the claim about polling is true (and we think it is), then the claim that messages to Congress have no value must be false.” (11/28/17)

https://downsizedc.org/polls-vs-messages/

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56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 124
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #124, I discuss North Korea’s recent missile test and events around Africa. I give the details and some analysis of Nort Korea’s missile test. I also discuss the reaction from world leaders. I examine the situation In Zimbabwe, a new president has been sworn in after the coup. I look at a new Kenyan president being sworn in. I also update Egypt’s Saini massacre, Marcon’s trip to West Africa and Nigeria.” [various formats] (11/29/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-124-north-korea-tests-new-missile

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/29/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is less accountable than most federal agencies by design. That’s in part why outgoing director Richard Cordray felt perfectly comfortable naming his own replacement. Thaya Brook Knight discusses the fight.” [various formats] (11/29/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/continuing-fight-over-throne-cfpb

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58) Electric Libertyland, episode 48
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams flicks his cigarette onto the flailing mass of straw men put forth by proponents of the absurd abomination known as ‘Net Neutrality.’ Join Brian as he sets ablaze the paper-thin arguments for regulation of the internet under Title II in a comprehensive and easy to understand lesson in the obvious. After driving the Net Neutrality demons out, Brian then turns to a coup within the Federalist Party and Democrats falling on their own petard after coalescing unilateral power for the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Board with no checks or balances.” [various formats] (11/29/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/11/29/electric-libertyland-48-setting-fire-net-neutralitys-straw-men/

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59) Essential Libertarianism, episode 15
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Golden Disobedience, by Sandy Sandfort.” [various formats] (11/29/17)

http://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2017/11/29/golden-disobedience-el015/

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60) Intercepted Podcast, 11/29/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Sen. Chris Murphy blasts the U.S. government for its support of Saudi Arabia and lays out his fight to end the carnage in Yemen. Jeremy tears apart Thomas Friedman’s gross love letter to the Saudi crown prince and talks about the bi-partisan war against journalism from Bill Clinton to Donald Trump. As more women come forward to name their sexual assaulters and harassers, Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed and BuzzFeed’s Katie Baker analyze this unprecedented moment. … We get analysis from Harare, Zimbabwe, about why the U.S. and Britain supported Mugabe’s repressive regime, who is in control now, and what the future holds in this mineral rich country. Comedian Joe Pera performs a dramatic re-enactment of a secret Snowden document about a summer intern at the National Security Agency who experiences culture shock. And Donald Trump stars in the exciting finale of ‘Merican Beauty.” [various formats] (11/29/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/29/very-bad-men-trump-the-saudi-crown-prince-sexual-assaulters-and-robert-mugabe/

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61) Editor’s Pick, episode 8
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Pick 008 features a lecture by Stephan Kinsella on the effects that intellectual property (patents and copyright) has on wealth creation from innovation.” [various formats] (11/28/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/stephan-kinsella-intellectual-property-economic-development-43m-editors-pick-008

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62) Free Talk Live, 11/28/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“UK Political Scene on College Campus :: China Plant Explosion in Ohio :: African Governments Spreading Fear About Bitcoin :: Asset Forfeiture :: Ultra Extreme Free State Project :: Bitcoin Time Traveler :: Millions of Lost Bitcoin :: Bitcoin Outreach :: Crypto Paradigm Shift :: Type One Civilization :: Communism :: Accusations Against Hollywood Stars and Scientology :: Anti-Smoking Ads :: HOSTS — Ian, Johnson, Will.” [various formats] (11/28/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-28

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63) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/28/17
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“What’s Up with Net Neutrality?” [various formats] (11/28/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/whats-up-with-net-neutrality/

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64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1048
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“I’ve long been associated with the cause of nullification of unconstitutional federal laws, having written a book on it. Here I discuss various arguments — historical, constitutional, and moral — in favor, with special emphasis toward the end on the moral argument.” (11/28/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1048-a-moral-case-for-resisting-the-federal-government/

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65) The Scott Horton Show, 11/27/17
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Aniqa Raihan joins Scott to discuss her article for Foreign Policy in Focus, ‘A Beginner’s Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel.’ Raihan explains how the bedouins of Israel — who are citizens — have been continually deprived of their homes, land, and other vital resources. The Bedouin people are regularly forced from their homes and villages, many of which are unrecognized by the state of Israel and reappropriated for other purposes. Scott then asks about the BDS movement; Raihan explains the goals and origins of the movement and how it’s scaring the Israeli establishment.” [various formats] (11/27/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/11-27-17-aniqa-raihan-unrecognized-bedouin-villages-israel/

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