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Further Reading for Lew Rockwell’s ‘Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto’

June 12, 2014 in Economics

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Anyone wanting to learn more about anarcho-capitalism could do no better than to begin with two books by Murray Rothbard, For a New Liberty and The Ethics of Liberty. The first of these diagnoses what is wrong with the regime of state domination: the second describes in substantial detail how the anarchist alternative would work. (For that matter, anything written by Rothbard is highly recommended.) Hans-Hermann Hoppe has edited a collection, The Myth of National Defense, which refutes the myth that an anarchist society could not adequately defend itself.

For more detail on the fascist character of the present American regime, see my Fascism vs. Capitalism. John T. Flynn’s World War II classic As We Go Marching has not lost its relevance. Readers will find an excellent account of the war system and the history of American foreign policy in a book by the great historian Ralph Raico, Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal. Raico’s Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School should not be missed. Tom DiLorenzo’s The Real Lincoln is vital for understanding the growth of the State during the War Between the States, and for its skeptical account of Abraham Lincoln, a false god promoted by the State’s propagandists. Robert Higgs ties together the war system and the growth of the State in his monumental Crisis and Leviathan.

Ron Paul has been the foremost opponent of the Fed in Congress, and his The Case for Gold explains what a free market money system would be like. Murray Rothbard’s What Has Government Done to Our Moneyis indispensable.

Ludwig von Mises definitely refuted socialism and interventionism in Socialism. Mises’s analysis of fascism as a form of socialism in Planning for Freedom underlies the treatment of fascism in this book. Hans Hoppe’s A Theory of Socialism and Capitalism argues that all interference with the free market is in reality a form of socialism.

Finally, everybody should read two classics of libertarian anarchism: Franz Oppenheimer,The State and Albert Jay Nock, Our Enemy, the State.

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Sen. Paul Speaks at SFRC Hearing- June 12 2014

June 12, 2014 in Politics & Elections

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Robert Higgs at Lindenwood University

June 12, 2014 in Economics

By Ryan McMaken

The Liberty and Ethics Center at Lindenwood University is headed by Prof. Rachel Douchant, a former Mises Fellow and Mises U alumnus. This year, the Center welcomed Robert Higgs for its keynote address:

Higgs was also interviewed for the Center’s video series, Free Exchange:

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When Did Mass Shootings Become so Frighteningly Mundane in America?

June 12, 2014 in Blogs

By Sue Miller, The Guardian

Isla Vista, Seattle, Las Vegas, now Troutdale. Summer 2014 already has violence everywhere.


Here's a recurring dream I used to have growing up on the South Side of Chicago. I'm walking down a street by myself and a man is walking toward me. Just as we're about to pass each other, I see that he's holding a razor, a razor that he lifts quickly to try and slash across my face. I jerk my head back violently, which is the moment that wakes me each time – breathless, my heart shaking my chest.

I had this dream in response to a series of real events. For a short while during the 1950s, a man was terrorizing women and girls in public places in Chicago, randomly slashing at them. But I went on having the dream, in one variation or another, well into my forties, I think because the crime seemed so terrifyingly random, a matter of pure bad luck. Like going to the movies and having someone step out onto the proscenium in battle dress and start shooting. Like sitting in a classroom learning to read when the door opens and a madmen enters, fully armed.

Now here comes the summer of 2014, and with it the statistically inevitable rise in violent crime and murder. Caused at least in part, we're told, by the temperature. It gets hotter, irritability increases, we all head outside, bumping up against each other, pissing each other off.

And already, with summer still weeks away, the carnage has begun. A man in New York goes on a stabbing spree that includes two little children. A man in California knifes three people, then shoots and kills three others before killing himself. A man in Seattle walks into a college, a man in Georgia walks into a courtroom, both of them equipped for and apparently willing to kill as many people as they possibly can. A white supremacist couple in Las Vegas. Just Tuesday, a lone shooter in a high school in Oregon.

Is it random? Is it the forecast? Or is this kind of violence now as inevitable as it is unpredictable?

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National Review Online Op-Ed: No Aid To Our Enemies

June 12, 2014 in Politics & Elections

Last year, I warned that giving aid to the Syrian rebels could come back to haunt the United States and Israel, and that we shouldn’t do it.

Recently, the Washington Free Beacon reported:

One of the militant Syrian rebel groups provided access to advanced U.S. missiles said that it is seeking ‘the return of all Syrian land occupied by Israel,’ a stance that could potentially complicate U.S. military support to the armed rebel group.

This is why I strenuously opposed the United States aid to these Syrian rebels. I warned the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of this on the day it voted overwhelmingly to arm this group. My exact warning: ‘This is an important moment. You will be funding, today, the allies of al-Qaeda.’

‘It’s an irony you cannot overcome,’ I added.

One year and one month later, the irony remains. No one in Washington has lifted a finger to rectify the startling fact that our government continues to give arms and aid to groups who threaten our ally Israel.

In April, I introduced the Stand with Israel Act of 2014, which would cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority until its government agreed to a ceasefire and recognized the right of the Jewish state to exist. I believe this must happen before any lasting peace can truly be achieved.

In the interest of peace and standing by our allies, I will now propose a bill called the Defense of Israel Act. This legislation will cut off arms and aid to the Syrian rebels and any other group that threatens Israel.

Our aid money should not be sent to enemies of America. And it should not be sent to those who seek the destruction of Israel, whether that be Hamas or Syrian rebels.

Our current policies regarding military aid to Syria simply do not make sense, yet this administration and many in Congress continue to remain completely deaf. Washington needs to hear the message loud and clear – again – concerning Syria: We do not know who these people are!

Terrorism analyst Patrick Poole told the Free Beacon last month that, ‘despite repeated promises that we would only arm ‘vetted rebels,’ there’s no confidence that anyone in the U.S. government has any idea who they’re dealing with or what their agenda might be.’

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Salerno and Klein at the Rothbard Graduate Seminar

June 12, 2014 in Economics

By Ryan McMaken

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Day 2 at the RGS:

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From Stephen King to Slenderman: Why the Horror Genre Is Especially Horrible for Women

June 12, 2014 in Blogs

By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Salon

Sex with a faceless demon? No thanks.


When two 12-year-old girls went to court last week for the attempted murder of a third — ostensibly to appease a mythological creature — the horror genre came under the American spotlight once again.

The three girls knew each other from Horning Middle School in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee, where the alleged stabbers claimed the crime was an attempt to become proxies of the mythic Slenderman, an online horror meme. The girls clearly have problems distinguishing truth from reality, but police heard their tale as one of causation. Even as the victim recovered from 19 real-world stab wounds, police named an accomplice in the crime: the World Wide Web, aka an online horror cult. “Unmonitored and unrestricted access to the Internet by children is a growing and alarming problem,” the Waukesha police chief told reporters. “This should be a wake-up call for parents. Parents are strongly encouraged to restrict and monitor their children’s Internet usage.”

Parents did, expressing particular concern for girls’ online behavior. Some told theMilwaukee Journal-Sentinel they would closely monitor daughters’ Internet activities, a defensive gesture that loses meaning if we peek at the school’s library. There, horror, fantasy and sci-fi titles — many aimed at girls — all encourage kids to read offline. Further complicating the call for parental monitoring is that one of the alleged stabbers’ parents seems to have been a horror fan himself. Who’s to monitor taste?

Experts weighed in. MIT professor Sherry Turkle characterized the attempted murder as “a tragic story about our vulnerability to a medium where the lines between what’s real and what’s a game are blurred” in the Wall Street Journal. She added that we — society — aren’t providing “enough guidance” for 12-year-olds to determine right from wrong “when a website tells them to kill someone.” Of course, the same complaints were lodged almost 30 years ago against the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. It, too, blurred the lines between reality and fantasy. It also instilled a whole generation with the dominant gene for Harry Potter fandom.

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Breitbart Op-Ed: Secure the Border

June 12, 2014 in Politics & Elections

I am for immigration reform because I am against allowing 12 million more illegal immigrants into our country. If we do nothing, 12 million more illegal immigrants will come. We must be in favor of reform-smart reform that starts with border security.

Characterizing that position as ‘amnesty’ is simply untrue.

What we have now is a lawless border. Current policy is a beacon for more illegal immigrants. The Obama administration’s lawless executive orders legalizing people who came here illegally will only encourage more illegal immigration-unless we act now with real, strong, verifiable border security.

I am for immigration reform because what we have now is untenable. I voted against the Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform bill because it did not secure the border first. I will only support reform that has border security first as verifiable and ascertained by Congress, not the president.

My plan will not give the president the authority to simply declare that the border is secure. It will require yearly votes of Congress to ensure the president doesn’t get around the law.

My ‘Trust but Verify’ plan will ensure that our border is secure. Under my plan, national security and border security will move as the first element of any reform and would require annual votes of Congress to establish that the border is truly secure. No other reform could go forward until this happened.

In addition to increased border security, our nation needs to modernize our visa system. We need to know who comes and goes on travel, student, and other temporary visas. There must be a workable system to ensure that visitors don’t use travel visas as a way to enter the country then disappear. This will address the problem of visa over-stayers.

National security has to be a cornerstone to any border security and visa reform initiative. Our nation needs to look back at the September 11th Commission Report and study the recommendations regarding terrorists’ use of visas to commit acts of violence against America. The 9/11 hijackers used visas to enter the country and to stay here while planning attacks.

Strong border security includes using cutting edge technology. Satellites, physical barriers, screening to bar criminals and terrorists from entry, increased patrols on the border-and yes, surveillance drones-all should be part of a comprehensive plan to physically protect the border. My plan is to take specific measures at the …read more

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Sen. Paul Appears on Fox's Hannity- June 11, 2014

June 12, 2014 in Politics & Elections

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Milwaukee Bar Constructs Fake Brazilian Slum Where Yuppies Can Enjoy Watching the World Cup

June 12, 2014 in Blogs

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

Lucky customers can experience the glamour of horrific poverty while sipping brewskies.


The World Cup kicks off in Rio de Janeiro this week, a city that is plagued with poverty, terrible inequality, crime, disease and desperation, much of which has been exacerbated by the World Cup.

So, the owner of a bar in Milwaukee thought it would just be a brilliant, hilarious idea to build a fake Brazilian slum for customers to come, relax in, and watch the World Cup in. The faux Brazillian favela is just like the real thing, without the disease, desperation, poor people or armed poice. No, not even. The “installation” is more like a favela themepark, with colorful fake facades, and fake laundry strung across fake windows. And of course, in this “favela,” there are flatscreen TVs and unlimited brewskies.

Here's the bar's proud listing via  OnMilwaukee:

The World Cup begins this week, and Milwaukee’s ready. And, of course, Nomad World Pub is ready, too.

Nomad, 1401 E. Brady St., has month-long celebration on tap and it begins Thursday, June 12 and doesn’t stop until the final match on July 13.

Two block parties (June 22 for USA vs. Portugal and July 13 for the final) are planned. For the final match, Nomad plans “Brasil on Brady,” a two-block stretch of Brady Street featuring live music, Brasilian dancers, vendors, and a Jumbotron for the final match of the tournament.

The Nomad event includes the temporary construction of a courtyard viewing area inspired by the colors and spirit of the mountainside “favelas” of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The “Nomad Favela” takes over an adjacent parking lot and consists of a surfboard bar, a Belair Cantina taco shack, and large outdoor space to view all of the tournament’s soccer matches on six large televisions. The unique space is the collaborative effort of a small group of volunteering artists and craftspeople and includes several from Makerspace.

“We like to say we are the home to soccer fans of all nations at the Nomad,” said Mike Eitel, owner of the Nomad. “We really try to provide the best option in the state …read more

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