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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,228
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
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In the News:

1) WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business
2) Puerto Rico: Governor calls for bankruptcy
3) Greece: Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked
4) Afghanistan: One killed, 19 wounded in attack on occupation convoy
5) Yemen: Islamic State bombing kills at least 28
6) Egypt: Bomb kills top prosecutor as he drives to work
7) Chad: Suicide bombings hit capital, kill 11
8) SCOTUS upholds AZ experiment against partisan politics
9) Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion clinic rules
10) TX: Same-sex marriage ruling faces “I should get to keep my job but not do my job because religion” claims from tax parasites
11) CA: Legislature passes forced vaccinations bill
12) Solar Impulse passes “point of no return” over Pacific
13) As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkey ponders military action
14) SCOTUS rules against EPA on power plant regs
15) SCOTUS: Oklahoma’s drug of choice for killing prisoners doesn’t violate Constitution

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) ObamaCare’s best allies: The courts and the Republicans
17) Justice John Roberts’s ObamaCare decision is an Orwellian mess
18) Montani semper liberi: The art of being free in the back of beyond
19) Hoping Obergefell isn’t a bad precedent
20) Free Talk Live, 06/29/15
21) The undetermined legacy of “Obergefell v. Hodges”
22) SpaceX flameout hardly heralds failure
23) Roberts’ slightly modest proposal
24) Now we build a fair trade movement
25) Gases and masses
26) Court cracks redistricting racket
27) SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality raises new question
28) Republicans need to find a new culture war
29) Generous with someone else’s money
30) The Supreme Court didn’t give us the right to marry (neither did the politicians and their hangers-on)
31) When thinking about Obergefell we need to distinguish between policy and law
32) Why can’t we have nice things?
33) Frederic Bastiat’s Economic Sophisms is now more important than ever
34) But this is impossible under modern monetary theory!
35) The ACLU now opposes religious freedom because Christians need it
36) Indeed, why not polygamy?
37) Trade is trade — or economic activity is economic activity
38) States are finally changing how they rate school performance and the left isn’t happy about it
39) Trigger warnings are educational suicide
40) Do we have a right to marry?
41) Growth machines: Arkansas edition
42) The Tom Woods Show, 06/29/15
43) Escape from Dannemora
44) FA Hayek and why government can’t manage society, part 2
45) Free Thoughts Podcast, 06/29/15

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

1) WikiLeaks says NSA spied on French business
Source: Altoona Mirror

“WikiLeaks has released documents that it says show that the U.S. National Security Agency eavesdropped on France’s top finance officials and high-stakes French export bids over a decade in what the group called targeted economic espionage. France and the U.S. didn’t immediately respond to the release in French publications Mediapart and Liberation on Monday night.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ojl3f39

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2) Puerto Rico: Governor calls for bankruptcy
Source: Reuters

“Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday called for the commonwealth to be allowed to restructure its [politicians’] debts under U.S. bankruptcy code, while a newly appointed adviser to the U.S. territory said it is ‘insolvent’ and will soon run out of cash. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, in a televised address, said sacrifice must be shared by bondholders, as he called for Washington to allow a bankruptcy debt restructuring. The Caribbean island is struggling to relieve a $73 billion debt burden. It came to a crunch point on Monday (ironically at the same time as did debt-laden Greece) after a dire report on its stability by former International Monetary Fund economists was released ahead of key deadlines on Wednesday to repay debt.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzn74g3

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3) Greece: Tsipras defiant as banks shut, markets rocked
Source: Iron Mountain Daily News

“Anxious pensioners swarmed closed bank branches Monday and long lines snaked outside ATMs as Greeks endured the first day of serious controls on their daily economic lives ahead of a referendum that could determine whether the country has to ditch the euro currency and return to the drachma. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was defiant, urging voters to reject creditors’ demands, insisting a ‘No’ vote in next Sunday’s referendum would strengthen Athens’ negotiating hand.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9aqz9s

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4) Afghanistan: One killed, 19 wounded in attack on occupation convoy
Source: New York Times

“The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that targeted a NATO convoy in Kabul on Tuesday. The claim came in a text message sent to The Associated Press. Interior Ministry spokesman Seddiq Sediqqi says one civilian was killed in the attack, which also wounded 19 people. The attack took place less than a kilometer (half mile) from the US Embassy.” (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3eo7g6

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5) Yemen: Islamic State bombing kills at least 28
Source: Financial Express [India]

“At least 28 people, including eight women, were killed in an attack carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on two Houthi rebel leaders in Yemen’s capital Sanaa last night. According to a security source, the car bombing targeted Houthi rebel chief brothers Faycal and Hamid Jayache during a gathering organised to mourn the death of a family member, reported The Guardian.” (06/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhzq9lc

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6) Egypt: Bomb kills top prosecutor as he drives to work
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark

“A car bomb killed Egypt’s chief prosecutor Monday in the country’s first assassination of a senior official in 25 years, marking what could be an escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants toward targeting leaders of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. Hisham Barakat led the prosecution of members of the Brotherhood and other Islamists, including former President Mohammed Morsi, who was overthrown by the military in July 2013.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxhgws7

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7) Chad: Suicide bombings hit capital, kill 11
Source: Albuquerque Journal

“Two suicide bombings rocked Chad’s capital, killing at least 11 people weeks after suicide bombings killed dozens, an official said Monday. Five police officers were among the 11 dead, said Chad’s Minister of Public Security, Abderahim Bireme Hamid. He blamed extremists for the attack, saying that ‘the mastermind of the network was arrested yesterday.'” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qe7l2cc

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8) SCOTUS upholds AZ experiment against partisan politics
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“In a major victory for those seeking to reduce the role of partisan politics in drawing election districts, the United States Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission does not violate the Constitution’s ‘elections clause.’ The 5-to-4 ruling gives a green light to states that may be interested in experimenting with a different way to draw state and federal election districts by turning that power over to a nonpartisan body. Similar independent redistricting commissions are already operating in six other states. Those states are California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, and Washington.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ocpvqau

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9) Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion clinic rules
Source: Fox News

“The Supreme Court acted Monday to keep Texas’ 19 abortion clinics open, amid a legal fight that threatens to close more than half of them. The justices voted 5-4 to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new clinic regulations and refused to keep them on hold while the clinics appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court order will remain in effect at least until the court decides whether to hear the clinics’ appeal of the lower court ruling, not before the fall. The court’s decision to block the regulations is a strong indication that the justices will hear the full appeal, which could be the biggest abortion case at the Supreme Court in nearly 25 years. If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqxsxwf

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10) TX: Same-sex marriage ruling faces “I should get to keep my job but not do my job because religion” claims from tax parasites
Source: USA Today

“As supporters of gay marriages celebrated a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a new battle for same-sex marriage erupted in Texas where government leaders asserted their citizens’ religious liberties trumped the individual right to marry. Following Friday’s Supreme Court decision, two of Texas’ top officials, Gov. Greg Abbott and state Attorney General Ken Paxton, issued opinions directing state agencies to ‘respect and preserve Texans’ religious liberties,’ in essence encouraging county clerks to refuse to issue licenses to gay couples if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.” [editor’s note: Time for those state-employed officials to choose: worship Mammon or God – SAT] (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pznxqcm

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11) CA: Legislature passes forced vaccinations bill
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“California lawmakers on Monday sent the governor a contentious bill that would impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in reaction to a recent measles outbreak at Disneyland. The Senate reaffirmed the bill striking California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations on a 24-14 vote. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only two states with such strict requirements in place. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has not said if he would sign it. Although the bill passed the Senate and the Assembly with bipartisan support, it did not pass with a two-thirds threshold that would be needed to override a governor’s veto. Parents opposed to the bill vowed to take legal action even though the issue has been upheld in court, including by the Supreme Court.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o79ycre

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12) Solar Impulse passes “point of no return” over Pacific
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A solar-powered plane has passed the ‘point of no return’ in its second bid at making a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean. Solar Impulse took off from Japan’s Nagoya Airfield at 18:03 GMT on Sunday. The journey to Hawaii is expected to take approximately 120 hours. The team spent nearly two months waiting for clear weather to cross the Pacific, and a developing cold front forced the plane to make an unscheduled landing in Japan earlier this month.” (06/29/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33244912

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13) As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkey ponders military action
Source: Watertown Public Opinion

“As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border — a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey’s southern frontier. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a National Security Council meeting Monday which covered developments in Syria and pro-government newspapers were rife with purported proposals.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2ttpkt

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14) SCOTUS rules against EPA on power plant regs
Source: Fox News

“In a major win for the energy industry, the Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to limit certain power plant emissions — saying the agency ‘unreasonably’ failed to consider the cost of the regulations. The rules curbing emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants began to take effect in April. But the court said by a 5-4 vote Monday that the EPA failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants. The challenge was brought by industry groups and 21 Republican-led states.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4ujldf

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15) SCOTUS: Oklahoma’s drug of choice for killing prisoners doesn’t violate Constitution
Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

“The Supreme Court has ruled that a drug used by Oklahoma as part of its lethal injection procedure does not violate the US Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, dealing a setback to opponents of the death penalty. The court, in a 5-4 decision with its conservative justices in the majority, handed a loss to three inmates who objected to the use of a sedative called midazolam, saying it cannot achieve the level of unconsciousness required for surgery, making it unsuitable for [pre-meditated state killings of prisoners by state employees].” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nep9s5m

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

16) ObamaCare’s best allies: The courts and the Republicans
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“As dissatisfaction with Obamacare grows, there will be renewed efforts to pass a single-payer health care system. Single-payer advocates will point to Obamacare’s corporatist features as being responsible for its failures and claim the only solution is to get the private sector completely out of health care. Unfortunately, many Republicans will inadvertently aid the single-payer advocates by failing to acknowledge that Obamacare is not socialist but corporatist, and that the pre-Obamacare health care system was hobbled by government intervention.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pqasp66

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17) Justice John Roberts’s ObamaCare decision is an Orwellian mess
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“For the second time in three years, Chief Justice John Roberts has saved President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, his eponymous healthcare law that seems to enjoy more legitimacy at the Supreme Court than among the American people. What is going on here? Is the George W. Bush appointee a secret liberal, or at least a jurist who ‘grew in office’ like so many before him? Actually no, quite the opposite. He’s the epitome of a small-c conservative, meaning that temperamentally and philosophically he works to preserve the status quo and not rock the boat. ” (06/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqde6gr

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18) Montani semper liberi: The art of being free in the back of beyond
Source: Zero Gov
by John Meyers

“Mountain peoples have always had a knack for being free. Mountainous topography has historically acted as a talisman against over bearing authoritarianism. Rugged individualism in the Appalachian, Ozarks and Rocky Mountain chains in these united States is still rampant despite the usual suspects best efforts to squash it. Regions across the globe from Southeast Asia, to the Highlands of the Isles of Great Britain, to the Swiss Alps, demonstrate a similar allergy to despotism.” (06/29/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4258

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19) Hoping Obergefell isn’t a bad precedent
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“Long ago, involving some people I knew, a pastor refused to perform a marriage of a female-male couple, at least one of whom grew up in the church. Why? They were living together. Meaning, everyone new they were having sex before marriage. ‘Living in sin.’ The parents of the woman left the church because the pastor refused to perform the ceremony. As far I know, there was no lawsuit. They found another church. Was the pastor or church committing a crime? If so, who’s the victim?” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p68rkfp

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20) Free Talk Live, 06/29/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“Porcfest Reflections :: Gay Marriage Supreme Court Decision’s Effect on Gun Rights? Opinions differ. :: Confederate Flag at Porcfest :: Why fly the Confederate flag? :: Racist Roots of Marriage License :: Attack on Confederate History? :: Rebel Symbol :: Google Censoring Rebel Flag Shopping Results? :: MDMA vs War.” [Flash audio or MP3] (06/29/15)

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212585195″]

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21) The undetermined legacy of “Obergefell v. Hodges”
Source: The Nation
by Nan D Hunter

“No two nodes of social meaning have changed more since the end of World War II than marriage and the scope of individual freedom protected by the Constitution. In its ruling that the right to marry must be open to same-sex couples in every state, the Supreme Court, by the slimmest of majorities, turned back efforts to disable the Constitution as a source of liberty in the realm of family life. Few if any acts of state could have conveyed the message of equality for a previously despised group more powerfully than the Court’s guarantee of access to an institution that both expresses moral norms and organizes material support. That is the good news, and it merits celebration. But beware: There are razors in this apple.” [editor’s note: This one is worth a read; it lays out both the short-term positives and the long-term dangerous side effects of the ruling, based on how it was phrased – SAT] (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbmy5r3

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22) SpaceX flameout hardly heralds failure
Source: Reuters
by Robert Cyran

“Space flight is like the venture capital industry in reverse: Most launches succeed, but a prominent few explode spectacularly, just as SpaceX’s latest attempt did on Sunday. Such mishaps, though, are par for the course in the space business, and Elon Musk’s company remains on the right trajectory. Google and Fidelity invested $1 billion earlier this year, giving SpaceX a $12 billion headline valuation. And the development of rockets that can handle more cargo and be reused is under way, promising to increase the cost advantage over rivals. The privately owned SpaceX claims to be profitable and had 18 successful flights of its Falcon 9 rocket under its belt before the weekend. The latest flameout spoils that record but shouldn’t materially harm the firm’s prospects.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/peear4w

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23) Roberts’ slightly modest proposal
Source: The New Republic
by Andrew Koppelman

“Judicial modesty, as The New York Times’ Adam Liptak observed Friday, was a theme of Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinions in the same-sex marriage and Obamacare cases. In the latter, the Court’s job was to implement the purpose of the statute, not to defeat it by cramped hypertechnical interpretation. “In a democracy, the power to make the law rests with those chosen by the people,” Roberts wrote. In the former, he dissented that ‘judges are unelected and unaccountable, and that the legitimacy of their power depends on confining it to the exercise of legal judgment.’ Liptak was careful not to endorse this claim of judicial restraint, and when one considers Roberts’s opinions in context (beyond the limits of these two decisions) the claim is hard to take.” (06/29/15)

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122192/slightly-modest-proposal

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24) Now we build a fair trade movement
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Fast track trade authority passed last week. So many of us fought so hard but The Money won again — this time. What do we do now? We take this awareness and energy into the fight against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). And then, win or lose, we build a fair trade movement that will eventually rewrite all of our trade agreements and policies so that they work for We the People instead of just a few people.” [editor’s note: Better yet, an actually FREE trade movement, based on open borders, no tariffs and free-market exchange among individuals, not governments – SAT] (06/29/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150629/now-we-build-a-fair-trade-movement

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25) Gases and masses
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Michael B. Gerrard, associate faculty chair at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, presents a gloomy, doomy picture of earth 85 years from now. ‘Toward the end of this century, if current trends are not reversed,’ he writes, ‘large parts of Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Egypt and Vietnam, among other countries, will be under water.’ And we need somebody to blame. Today. Step forth, America!” (06/29/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/06/29/gases-and-masses/

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26) Court cracks redistricting racket
Source: USA Today
by staff

“In 2001, as the California Legislature prepared to draw new congressional districts, 30 Democratic members of Congress took matters into their own hands. They hired consultants to draw them safe districts, and then persuaded the legislature to accept the districts they presented. As one not-very-discrete congressman said of the money he spent on consultants: ‘Twenty thousand dollars is nothing to keep your seat.’ To thwart this kind of thinking (and to help ensure that districts lines are fair, sensible and relatively compact) voters in California approved a measure in 2010 creating an independent commission to draw all state and federal political boundaries. The move borrowed from similar initiatives passed by voters in Arizona, Washington and several smaller states.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozwajtq

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27) SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality raises new question
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Fundamental rights are not something that should be regulated or licensed. But what exactly are fundamental rights? It could be argued that the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness are the fundamental rights, and they are the ones specified in the Declaration of Independence. I would expound to say that anything that is does not cause a real victim is a fundamental right.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (06/28/15)

http://fpp.cc/scotus-ruling-on-marriage-equality-raises-new-question/

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28) Republicans need to find a new culture war
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“While Antonin Scalia’s dissents in last week’s two blockbuster cases were full of his usual colorful bombast, there was one line that stuck out for me. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the gay marriage case, Scalia aimed his withering contempt at Anthony Kennedy’s assertion in the majority opinion that two people can find ‘other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality’ in the bond of marriage. ‘Really?’ Scalia wrote. ‘Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality (whatever that means) were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.’ And while you’re at it, tell those flapper dames to stop showing so much ankle!” [editor’s note: One more reminder of why there was no way in hell I was ever going to a Republican – SAT] (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pw8otjl

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29) Generous with someone else’s money
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow

“What could be more magnanimous than a cafeteria worker giving out free lunches? Or an education official writing off school loans? In both cases, the recipients of the largess must see a champion. Yet, in neither case is the person acting as a beneficent philanthropist paying the costs of the apparent charity. The bill goes to the taxpayers. Public officials should learn that the money is not theirs to give.” (06/29/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/generous-with-someone-elses-money

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30) The Supreme Court didn’t give us the right to marry (neither did the politicians and their hangers-on)
Source: CounterPunch
by Andy Thayer

“For many years now, marriage rights has polled as the #1 issue of concern in the LGBT community, yet it was only after that that the parasitical, national NGO groups started to push the issue (after the Democratic Party said it was okay to do so). … many of the early court decisions for equal marriage rights came from Republican justices, no shit. The Dems were petrified of taking any stance on the issue, seeing it as a ‘loser.’ Country club Republicans, on the other hand, had more freedom. It was an ‘only Nixon can go to China’ moment.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oceof32

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31) When thinking about Obergefell we need to distinguish between policy and law
Source: Independent Institute
by Melancton Smith

“Among the friends of liberty, there is much confusion about whether the Supreme Court’s Obergefell opinion is a vindication of liberty or an usurpation of power. When thinking about the opinion we should be aware of two different modes of analysis: policymaker and judge. How we see Obergefell depends on which mode we have switched on.” (06/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfy77x6

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32) Why can’t we have nice things?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The LA subway discussed above has already been in development for several decades, and it’s still not clear if it will be finished by 2036. Meanwhile Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai open new subway lines about once a year. The authorities in Tehran wisely chose the Chinese to build their subway system. The US media often likes to frame issues along a narrow ideological spectrum, without considering third options. Often the two options are aligned with the two political parties. One party may support more government, while the other wants to protect the interests of powerful special interest groups. But what if there is a third option?” (06/28/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/06/why_cant_we_hav.html

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33) Frederic Bastiat’s Economic Sophisms is now more important than ever
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Julian Adorney

“The great economist Frederic Bastiat would have turned 214 today. His contributions to liberty have been many, but while so many advocates of free markets focus on The Law, there is another book that represents his legacy even better: Economic Sophisms. This short work of essays epitomizes perhaps his most important contribution: using taut logic and compelling prose to bring the dry field of economics to hundreds of thousands of laymen.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ozvgzzy

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34) But this is impossible under modern monetary theory!
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“If banks do just create money ab nihilo then this cannot possibly happen. There is no possibility of a bank ever running out of money, is there? But this is happening. Therefore it cannot be true that banks do indeed just create money out of nothing.” (06/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhjck3t

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35) The ACLU now opposes religious freedom because Christians need it
Source: Reason
by Robby Soave

“The American Civil Liberties Union has formally reversed its support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signaling that the organization is no longer interested in mounting an ideologically consistent defense of all people of faith. It’s a disappointing retreat on principles for the ACLU, and the organization’s explanation suggests that a singular disdain for Christian belief is the reason.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogljqb9

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36) Indeed, why not polygamy?
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

“Is it time to grant polygamous marriages the same legal recognition as monogamous marriages? I think it is and here’s why: all of the standard objections to polygamous marriage can apply to heterosexual monogamous marriage as well.” (06/29/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/06/why-not-polygamy/

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37) Trade is trade — or economic activity is economic activity
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I join with Mr. Gao in calling for compassion for anyone who suffers misfortune (although one must always be careful to distinguish misfortune that is genuine from misfortune that is trumped-up). Yet I dispute Mr. Gao’s premise that there is something unique or special about economic misfortune that stems from changes in patterns of economic activity that span political borders (rather than being confined within a nation’s political borders).” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh9f8qp

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38) States are finally changing how they rate school performance and the left isn’t happy about it
Source: Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins

“Thanks to reforms implemented by Gov. Pat McCrory (R), North Carolina now assigns each of its public schools a letter grade, to help parents understand where their child’s school ranks relative to other schools across the state. The grades, ranging from “A” to “F,” are released annually in the state’s North Carolina School Report Cards report published by the State Board of Education. Like most other states, North Carolina used its own custom performance designation system before switching to the easy-to-understand A–F grading model. This simple reform may not seem like it could contribute much to the education reform debate, but it actually matters a great deal.” (06/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nns5xgv

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39) Trigger warnings are educational suicide
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“One reason I and many of my friends were drawn towards the discipline of sociology is because it helped us confront and understand many of the disturbing dimensions to everyday life. At its best, sociology gives meaning to what we perceive as private troubles, and allows us to understand those troubles within a comprehensible pattern of social interaction. So I am horrified by the argument being used by AQA, the largest exam board in the UK, to justify dropping the theme of suicide from its A-level syllabus.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4tt3bo

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40) Do we have a right to marry?
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Do we have a right to marry? It depends on what we mean by marry. If we mean making a contract with another consenting adult setting up a arrangement we’d want to call marriage, then the answer is yes. But if we mean participation in the specific government-fostered institution characterized by marriage licenses, then the answer must be no.” (06/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6p3whj

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41) Growth machines: Arkansas edition
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Harvey Molotch coined the term ‘growth machines’ for the coalitions of real estate and other businesses that control local governments and use them as a vehicles to promote the interests of chambers of commerce — and particularly those of the real estate developers. The collusion between business and state and local government is more, not less, blatant in the Sun Belt areas where Tea Party types throw around the most ‘anti-government’ rhetoric. Recent attempts by Republican politicians in my home state of Arkansas to outdo each other in channelling revenues to highway construction and levees are as good an illustration as any.” (06/29/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/38466

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42) The Tom Woods Show, 06/29/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“I was recently a guest on Radio Mises, the podcast of Mises Sweden. We discussed the limits of allowable opinion, religion and liberty, Ron Paul, Sweden’s history, decentralization, and much more.” [various formats] (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pch37xu

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43) Escape from Dannemora
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“It is one thing to debate about whom to send to prison. It is another thing to screw around with the lives of the people we decide to send there. Because, make no mistake about it, the first victims of convicts who are not controlled are other convicts. If you want the rapes, murders, tortures, and gang aggressions that happen routinely in American prisons to continue to happen, all you need to do is let the bad guys act in whatever way they want. If that’s your ‘libertarian’ philosophy, it will have a big impact, because just one of those bad guys in a prison unit can be enough to ensure the victimization of everybody else.” (06/29/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1429

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44) FA Hayek and why government can’t manage society, part 2
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“It is seventy years, now, since near the end of the Second World War Austrian economist, and much later Nobel Prize winner, Friedrich A. Hayek published his most famous article, ‘The Use of Knowledge in Society,’ in September 1945, demonstrating why it is impossible for a system of socialist central planning to effectively manage a complex and ever-changing economy better than a functioning, competitive free market order.” (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ooaczkz

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45) Free Thoughts Podcast, 06/29/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Bruce L. Benson joins us for a discussion on the idea of law without a government. How would such a system work? How did the law as we know it today come about?” [various formats] (06/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nt2gusu

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