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Political Liberty

Articles showing a positive influence of political action on the cause of Liberty.

Human Rights, Revisited

      by Alvaro Vargas Llosa from The Independent Institute

"If you think individual liberty is paramount, you do not justify Castro's human rights violations on the grounds that U.S. foreign policy against Havana is unjust, and you do not justify Pinochet's elimination of 3,000 Chileans on the grounds that his free market policies were ultimately beneficial for the country."


Cindy Sheehan Pledges Civil Disobedience Campaign

      by Sarah Ferguson from The Village Voice

"Sheehan's challenge to Clinton and Schumer not to take their heavily antiwar base in New York for granted echoed a scathing message she posted Saturday on Michael Moore's website, in which she termed Clinton a 'political animal who believes she has to be a war hawk to keep up with the big boys.' Saying she 'will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again,' Sheehan warned Clinton she would 'resist your candidacy with every bit of my power and strength unless you show us the wisdom it takes to be a truly great leader."


Nature cult's devious tactics exposed

      by Vin Suprynowicz from Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Joe Chilton filed a defamation lawsuit against the center in January 2004, contending the stretch of sand depicted in photo No. 18 had been the site of a big May Day weekend campout involving several hundred people only two weeks before the center's posted photo had been taken. And he produced a photo of the campout. Under oath at the two-week trial, CBD member A.J. Schneller admitted that he had attended the camporee on the Forest Service site, and knew darned well what had trampled down the land."


Life in Amerika

Articles depicting the negative impact of politics on the cause of Liberty.

A nation of sheeple

      by Walter E. Williams from Townhall.com

"Enacted during Reconstruction, the purpose of the Posse Comitatus Act was to severely limit the powers of the federal government to use the military for local law enforcement. Would Americans tolerate such a gigantic leap in the federalization of law enforcement? I'm guessing the answer is yes. In the name of safety, we've undergone decades of softening up to accept just about any government edict that our predecessors would have found offensive."


A Bush Press Conference: Super Karate Monkey Death Car

      by Matt Hutaff from The Simon

"McClellan took the President by his hand. His skin was soft and supple, not the skin one would find on an experienced farmhand. 'Sir, no one believes a word you say anymore. The least we could do is make your staged public appearances as staged as possible. We'll get in a few "stay the course" mission statements, congratulate the kids on not dying over in the Middle East and promote our rigged Iraqi elections'."


Affront to Civil Liberties

      by Timothy Lynch from Cato Institute

"If the president can order the military to lock up one citizen without an arrest warrant or without justifying the arrest, after the fact, to an impartial federal judge, the president can rely upon that precedent to imprison others next week. Bush often speaks about his desire to bring freedom to the people of Iraq, but some of his policies are undermining freedom here at home."


Ordered Liberty without the State

Some people say it's Anarchy, some say it's not possible. It is an interesting topic.

And your politics are boring, too!

      by Brad Spangler from BradSpangler.com

"Everywhere the State chokes off life and opportunities, like some sort of gigantic death machine. By constraining resistance to the State within the tame channels of political reformism, so-called mainstream libertarians buttress rather than combat the State. ... Because counter-economics focuses on making peoples lives better here and now, it's something useful that people can incorporate into their lives, yet it lays the groundwork for eventually laying the state low."


The State Anti-Insures

      by Michael S. Rozeff from LewRockwell.com

"Under the State, security falls. We're not ready for bird flu because there are only four companies to make flu vaccine, down from 26 in 1957. We can make vaccines, but we don't. The Food and Drug Administration has seen to that. To get a vaccine approved by these foot-dragging safety hawks runs the costs up too high. The State's idea of safety is disconnected from our ideas of safety."



      by James Leroy Wilson from Independent Country

"It was said that even if I think the war on Iraq is unjust and unconstitutional, I have a duty to back my country in a time of war. History will judge whether the President's actions were right or wrong. What can one say to that? How evil or insane can one's own government become before one is morally justified in resisting it?"


Spreading Decentralism

Articles demonstrating an increase in the dispersal of power.

Home delivery -- Freeport family chooses to have second homebirth, attended by midwife

      by Kara S. Anderson from The Journal Standard Online

"Vicki, the northern Illinois direct-entry midwife who is working with the Levertons (and who asked that her last name not be used in this story) attends between 10 and 20 births each year. She said her relationship with families is based on trust, and the idea that birth is a normal part of life - a philosophy she sums up with a note on her office wall: 'The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal and leaves it alone unless there is trouble'."


I'll Tip My Hat to the New Constitution

      by Jesse Walker from Reason

"Eugene McCarthy once joked that there's hardly a problem in the world that can't be blamed on British mapmakers, and the persistent divisions within Iraq--a deeply unnatural conglomeration carelessly carved from the colonies--is an obvious case in point. Saddam Hussein managed to hold his Kurdish, Shi'ite, and Sunni subjects together, but who wants to emulate the methods of Saddam Hussein?"


Should we stay or should we go?

      by Kristi Ceccarossi from Brattleboro Reformer

"When Vermont did join the union in 1791, many Vermonters protested, saying it would ruin the smooth social system they had going. Were they right? I don't know. ... But it's not so much that the Second Vermont Republic thinks what's good and right about our state is in jeopardy. It's more like, things have gotten so bad, so horribly corrupt and irreversibly rotten in the United States, that breaking ties with the country is the only solution."


The New World Hegemon

Depictions of the coming Imperial power

The Troops Don't Defend Our Freedoms

      by Jacob G. Hornberger from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"Indeed, how many of the troops resigned in protest at the president's orders to set up a prisoner camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, knowing that the reason he and the Pentagon chose Cuba, rather than the United States, was precisely to avoid the constraints of the Constitution? If the troops didn't protest with respect to Iraq or Padilla or Gitmo, what is the likelihood they would protest when their commander in chief ordered them to arrest 100 other Americans 'terrorists,' or 1,000?"


Bush the Strategist: Pyrrhus Without a Victory?

      by Brian Cloughley from CounterPunch

"As the Bush attacks continue, the hatred felt by millions of Muslims for America is multiplied by news and pictures the US public is prevented from reading, hearing or seeing. The images are of hideous destruction, wailing orphans and blood-soaked widows, and blind havoc on a scale that would excite the admiration of the shade of Genghis Khan."


The Iraq Constitution: And They Call This Victory?

      by Ivan Eland from The Independent Institute

"The situation in Iraq has so deteriorated that a civil war is now the most likely outcome. Ironically, a rejection of the constitution might possibly have diminished the chances of such an all-out internecine bloodbath. In sharp contrast to the president's 'happy talk to victory' strategy, a constitutional defeat could have compelled a start for genuine Iraqi self-determination."


Politics by Other Means

War, rumors of war, and politicians fomenting war.

Playing Into the Insurgents' Hands Our self-defeating presence in Iraq

      by Russ Feingold from Antiwar.com

"The administration continues to speak about staying the course in Iraq with the apparent end goal being elimination of the current insurgency and establishment of a peaceful democratic state. And, obviously, that is a laudable ambition, but it is not and it cannot be the basis for our foreign policy or national security strategy."


Geena Davis Is Not My President

      by Gene Healy from Cato Institute

"Perhaps it's a mistake to try to glean political messages from prime-time television, but Geena Davis's turn as a distaff Richard Nixon suggests that if there's anything the left and the right can agree on, it's the glory of the Imperial Presidency."


Why Congressional Democrats Support the War

      by Jacob G. Hornberger from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"So why should it surprise anyone that the Democrat members of Congress would buy into Bush's welfare-state rationale for invading Iraq? In the minds of the Democrats, Bush's invasion reflects our federal daddy-god's compassionate and caring love for the Iraqi people. "


Spontaneous Order

Articles showing decentralized successes.

The Inevitability of Private Interests

      by Anthony Gregory from LewRockwell.com

"Given the inevitability of private interests, how do we want these forces to interact with each other? The most ethical and practical answer is the free market, anchored in private property and voluntary exchange. Only in the free market are private actions rewarded for how much they serve the private interests of others, and dissuaded to the extent that they do nothing of value for anyone willing to give something in return."


Visionaries Float Big Ideas

      by Mark Anderson from Wired News

"How do we spur the invention of a 200-mpg car or promote genome sequencing for $1000 or less? ... Those 'radical breakthroughs' Diamandis hopes to incite may come from a new generation of X-Prizes Diamandis' organization is now putting together. 'The X-Prize worked, and it worked so well that we have decided to build the X-Prize Foundation beyond space into other prize areas,' he said."


How Private Development Can Help the Post-Katrina Recovery

      by Jeffrey J. Pompe and James R. Rinehart from The Independent Institute

"Clearly, human beings want clean water and air, scenic views and their own space. As incomes rise, the demand for these environmental amenities also rises. Our experience with CIDs shows that developers, by owning or controlling tracks of land that make up the community, are able to package environmental amenities along with other location assets and recover their costs through higher lot prices. Property buyers and sellers engage voluntarily in transactions that provide for environmental goods such as flood control, green space, and wide beaches."


Nonspontaneous Disorder

Articles showing centrally planned disasters.

An Interview With Lester Grinspoon, M.D.

      Interviewed By Gary Greenberg from Mother Jones

"Sativex is the kind of thing I was concerned about when I first spoke of the concept of pharmaceuticalization in 1985 to describe Marinol. I have yet to have a patient or to hear from a patient who thinks Marinol is as good as whole smoked herbal marijuana."


The Right to Set Your Own Price

      by Christopher Westley from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"Jason McBride is a gasoline dealer from Aliceville, Alabama, who had the gall to charge $3.69 a gallon for regular grade gasoline at his gas station while his competitors were charging $2.49 to $2.79. Who did he think he was, anyway? I don't know, but we do know what he is now. A criminal."


Mr. Bush, Mind Your Own Business

      by Sheldon Richman from The Future of Freedom Foundation

"President Bush likes to portray himself as a fan of the free market, but talk and pandering are cheap. The test of a free-market advocate is how he reacts during a sudden fall in supply of a widely used product. The phony is easily spotted. He's the one urging conservation and, perhaps, positive government measures to increase supply."


War Is The Health Of The State

War is the ultimate State intervention in society.

Fear, Incivility, and the State

      by Butler Shaffer from LewRockwell.com

"[T]here are people and conditions in our world that can harm us, but we need to confront such dangers with intelligence, not with a herd-driven frenzy. We need to understand our fears, not repress them or allow them to be exaggerated into collective energies by which political engineers despoil and destroy us in their lusts for power."


Shays Fought the Revolution's Final Battle, and We Lost

      by George F. Smith from Strike The Root

"Shays's Rebellion, then, went from a problem to an opportunity. It was used by certain elites to pry Washington from retirement and send him to Philadelphia, where his status as America's foremost icon bestowed a noble splendor on their power grab. Staunch opponents forced them to compromise, and the document they created would soon be graced with a set of amendments that initially limited their power. Nevertheless, the new constitution was a big step forward for conservatives, who now had a government strong enough to protect them from troublemakers like Daniel Shays and his gang. The bad guys lost, the good guys won, so we have been told."


Humans Are Governed by Emotions--Literally

      Press Release from Carnegie Mellon News

"Yet political leaders can exploit emotions for their own ends, so as a society, we must recognize the havoc that emotions can play on public policy, and government should adopt legal safeguards that slow the pace of decision-making so that lawmakers have time to weigh the consequences of their choices."


Bits of History

The Past seen with a fresh look.

fiat metal

      by B.K. Marcus from lowercase liberty

"Here's a word I bet you didn't realize had been appropriated by the state, its meaning changed so radically that it has almost reversed itself: 'COIN'. A coin is a type of packaging for valuable metal. What we now call coins aren't really coins -- not by the original meaning. They're actually tokens. A token is a representative of something else -- not money, but a money substitute."


The State Socialism Of The Rich (1)

      by Larry Gambone from Porcupine blog

"In the 1930's only 5% of retail food sales were through supermarket chains. State-induced suburban sprawl destroyed the market gardens that used to surround every city. Thus the sale of produce was taken over by the supermarkets, who in turn pushed for corporate farming."


Chinese anarchist Ba Jin dies age 101 in Shanghai

      by Joe Black from Anarkismo.net

"His popularity was for his novels, in particular his trilogy Torrent written between 1931 and 1940. This includes 'Family'' These works attacked the evils of feudal China. Ba Jin had been part of the pre-revolution intellectual movement that attacked 'traditional' China (May 4th Movement) and looked to the revolutionary movements of the west for alternatives."


War and Peace

Articles showing the nature of War.

Dropping the Bomb

      by Gene Callahan from LewRockwell.com

"It is important to note that launching negotiations on peace terms would in no way have committed the Allies to allowing the Japanese war government to retain power. In fact, it seems likely that the sole guarantee that the Japanese sought was that their Emperor could keep his throne. But the US insisted on an unconditional surrender, a demand whose refusal could only be met by the invasion of or a nuclear attack on mainland Japan. And yet when, after experiencing the horror of the A-bombs, Japan finally did surrender unconditionally, the Allies did not remove the Emperor after all, rendering the slaughter not only inhuman but also pointless."


Invading Iran -- Who is to Stop Them?

      by Joshua Frank from CounterPunch

"It may seem inconceivable that the US government would even be considering using military force against Iran at this point. US troops are already overextended and public opinion about the current war is at an all-time low. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has thus far refused to charge Iran with breaking a single commitment under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, although they have charged Iran with concealing their programs in the past. But this surely can't be the best climate to start another war in the Middle East. Too bad facts don't matter to the neocons."


'Do You Think He's Dead, Mom?'

      by Teresa Whitehurst from Antiwar.com

"I went to the DoD Web site, the one that publishes the list of all the American kids killed for George W. Bush's 'noble cause.' As I was looking at the Web page, I remembered the last time I saw that boy, a charming kid whose family had endured much tragedy and poverty, yet managed to raise a polite, kind child. I remember him hugging my daughter good-bye before being shipped off to the killing streets of Iraq. He was tall and muscular, with dark brown skin and gleaming white teeth. He always called me 'ma'am,' and would do anything for us."


Great Individuals In History

Some people stand out from the crowd.

Social Reformer -- John Woolman : Oct. 19, 1720

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Working on a nonconfrontational, personal level, he individually convinced many Quaker slaveholders to free their slaves. ... Whenever he received hospitality from a slaveholder, he insisted on paying the slaves for their work in attending him. ... He went from one Friends meeting to another and expressed his concern about slaveholding. One by one the various meetings began to see the evils of slavery and wrote minutes condemning it."


Educator/writer -- Sarah Winnemucca : October 17, 1891(date of death, born 1844)

      by Catherine S. Fowler from Encyclopedia of North American Indians

"Sarah Winnemucca was a remarkable woman whose life and works had a direct impact on the course of nineteenth-century Indian affairs. Although her accommodationist positions, and particularly her association with the military, did not make her universally popular among her own people, she nonetheless was dedicated to their welfare. She was an activist who felt strongly that her people could and should run their own lives without the interference of federal authorities."


Playwright/author - Oscar Wilde : Oct. 16, 1854

      from 'The Official Web Site of Oscar Wilde'

"Oscar Wilde's rich and dramatic portrayals of the human condition came during the height of the Victorian Era that swept through London in the late 19th century. At a time when all citizens of Britain were finally able to embrace literature the wealthy and educated could only once afford, Wilde wrote many short stories, plays and poems that continue to inspire millions around the world."



Books, Movies, TV, Media, Music, poetry, etc.

The Great White Hope (1970)

      Reviewed by Tom Ender from Endervidualism

"James Earl Jones is magnificent ... More than any other actor this is his movie.... Jack Jefferson was his breakthrough role. Director Martin Ritt also excels with this film, as he often does making movies about outsiders as in Hombre."


Book Review: How to Kill the Job Culture Before It Kills You, by Claire Wolfe

      Reviewed by Sunni Maravillosa from Sunni's Salon

"How To Kill the Job Culture Before It Kills You isn't a step-by-step manual to greater economic freedom -- no book can be that to a large number of diverse individuals. It is a thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of an aspect of modern Western life that far too many assume is a given, and offers ideas to help any individual who wants to loosen -- or entirely break -- the chains of the job culture from around his life."


Book Review: Finding Serenity

      Reviewed by BIll Wallo from Blogcritics.org

"The essays are written by a wide variety of authors, including former cast member Jewel Staite (who played the Serenity's mechanic, Kaylee), philosopher Lyle Zynda, sex therapist Joy Davidson, authors Mercedes Lackey, David Gerrold, Nancy Holder, and Lawrence Watt-Evans, and linguist Kevin Sullivan."


The lighter side

Humor, satire, cartoons, parodies, food, popular music and other things to amuse.

Back in Black: Miers Confirmation

      by Lewis Black from The Daily Show

Does anyone have anything to say about Miers' "judginess?" Video with audio


Study Reveals Pittsburgh Unprepared For Full-Scale Zombie Attack

      from The Onion

"A zombie-preparedness study, commissioned by Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy and released Monday, indicates that the city could easily succumb to a devastating zombie attack. Insufficient emergency-management-personnel training and poorly conceived undead-defense measures have left the city at great risk for all-out destruction at the hands of the living dead, according to the Zombie Preparedness Institute."


The All-New Devil's Dictionary! -- 21st Century Definitions for the Neo-Age

      by Douglas Herman from Strike The Root

"This is a tribute to the Civil War officer, author and newsman, Ambrose Bierce, who originally compiled The Devil's Dictionary."


Deep Thought

Scientific and scholarly studies, philosophical essays, in-depth and longer articles

Does Neuroscience Refute Free Will?

      by Lucretius from Ludwig von Mises Institute

"[T]hroughout their essay, Greene and Cohen emphasize that the 'libertarian' conception of free will which they attack has no connection to the political philosophy. This disclaimer, however, betrays ignorance of the political philosophy. Free will and responsibility provide the necessary foundation of the libertarian political philosophy. Laws protect liberty, and liberty entails responsibility."


Target: America

      by James Leroy Wilson from The Partial Observer.

"[W]e are in a country and a world increasingly shaped by centralized, authoritarian elements. Individual liberty is giving way to censored political speech, National ID cards, gun confiscations, and greater electronic monitoring. What was once considered local, like education, has come under state and now federal jurisdiction. Crime has also become federalized. Security through armed neutrality has given way to needless military alliances and the United Nations."


Public and Private Responses to Katrina: What Can We Learn?

      by Mary L. G. Theroux from The Independent Institute

"[A]t least as important as the fact that government performs relief work less well than private initiatives, is the message Tocqueville drew from observing our society: voluntary association brings us closer together and keeps us free and democratic. By working together in voluntary association to help one another and solve our own problems, we learn that we as individuals are effective and powerful."



Articles not easily classified

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers

      by Fred Reed from FredOnEverything.net

"Falling-down drunk is bad. If you aren't falling down you are still drunk. After one drink you are impaired. Therefore if you have a glass of wine at dinner, you should be arrested. This is not opposition to drunken driving. It is prohibition in drag, to be enforced by disguised police."


Don't be a Big Pharma Victim - Use Common Sense

      by Carolyn Dean from NewsWithViews.com

"Orthomolecular medical researchers say the future of psychiatry is in nutrition because nutrition has such a long, safe and effective history of correcting many mental problems. Nutrients such as the B-vitamins are most successful when taken regularly, taken in relatively high doses, and taken in conjunction with vitamin C, the essential fatty acids (EFAs), and the minerals magnesium and selenium."


Cultural Competence: Coming To a School Near You?

      by Wendy McElroy from ifeminists.com

"In practice, the term is the new face of political correctness, which is often accompanied by the PC concepts of 'diversity' or 'multiculturalism.' 'Cultural competency' advances the same basic goals as those buzz words. Certain groups (such as minorities) and certain ideas (such as gender feminist interpretations of oppression) are to be promoted by institutionalizing policies that encourage them. Of course, this means that other groups and other ideas are de facto penalized or discouraged."


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