Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-35B: The Blame Game

By Nathan Barton

Good afternoon!  Have you noticed it is always easier to pin the blame on someone else than to take responsibility for your own actions?  Today’s news has a few examples of that.

When faced with a crisis, the “good” government bureaucrat knows all the  best ways to defuse the situation, and one of the best is to demand or order an investigation that will produce a predetermined and favorable report, that (a) the problem was minor, (b) it was fixed, (c) it was someone else’s fault, and (d) it will never ever happen again. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-35A: Collapse, chaos, and corruption.

By Nathan Barton

Good morning. In the UK, it appears that society is racing towards complete fragmentation and collapse.  No, not the upcoming vote on Scots independence (which seems more and more to likely be a sham),but the increasingly brutal and overt kidnapping and rape and prostitution of women by Muslim males, both in groups and individually, euphemistically called “Asian men” and said to be “grooming” (nice euphemistic term there, too), and ignored by communities and the authorities for fear of retribution and being condemned for racism and profiling.  It seems pretty well documented that thousands of girls are being turned into sex-slaves or killed/dying.  Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-34E: Military? Civilian? Does it matter?

By Nathan Barton

War is not fun.  It may be exhilarating, it may be fulfilling for some, but it is death and destruction on a scale that is often difficult to comprehend. War is not good, even if necessary.  It is also one of man’s most common activities, whether it is a raid on an enemy village to steal horses and count coup, or massive, mechanized invasions of hundreds of thousands of incredibly well-equipped men in either defense or offensive. Continue reading

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Fools Seeking More Foolishness

By Bradley Harrington

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” – H.G. Wells, “The Outline of History,” 1920 -

Politics, as a branch of philosophy, deals with the fundamental principles a group of people employ to guide their civilization – and, as such, it is obvious that the choices a culture makes in this arena will color every aspect of its social interactions.

But politics, in the sense of those principles, is itself but a final expression of more deeply-rooted, underlying ideas concerning man’s nature and his relationship to other men – that is, of much of the rest of philosophy. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-34D: Bad day for too many.

by Nathan Barton

Good morning, unless you are in most parts of the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe.  (A short commentary today, due to appointments and travel.)

The Caliphate continues to fight and grow in Mesopotamia, it seems. USA Today reports that “Muslim leaders gathered Monday on the steps of Dearborn City Hall [Michigan] to strongly condemn the Islamic State or ISIS, saying the militant group in Iraq and Syria doesn’t represent Islam or Muslims. ISIS members are ‘crazy criminals who are abusing our religion,’ said Imam Mohammed Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights. ‘You’re a bunch of gangsters … you’re not Islamic.’”   Well, I am glad to see that a few Muslims, apparently American ones, are condemning the Caliphate.  But I wonder how quickly these will be condemned by other Muslims as apostates who must die?  And it is now reported that hundreds of “Americans” are fighting for ISIS and that a second one just died. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-34C: More stupidity and cruelty.

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  We usually fail to properly consider the impact of stupidity on human events and society.  Here are some great examples.

Immigration and drought threaten California’s economy, according to an article published by NCPA.  Twelve percent of the United States population lives in California, yet, staggeringly, over 30 percent of America’s welfare recipients are located in the state.  Non-corporate recipients, at least.  But I think the article does not get to the root of the problem.  Both “excessive” immigration and drought are problems that can be dealt with by a healthy society and a sound economy, in which people can voluntarily do things together to solve problems. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-34B: Terrorists

by Nathan Barton

Good afternoon.  Terrorism is in the eye of the beholder, but clearly the world is full of it, and terrorists.

When I first read the headline of this article in The Nation, “How the War on Terror created the world’s most powerful terror group,” I thought it was talking about the FedGov.  Silly me.  They are writing about the Caliphate, or ISIS.  But they are not accurate because they do not consider “legit” governments of nation-states to be terrorist organizations. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-34A: More Missouri Misery

By Nathan Barton

Good morning! Some news items from last week to start the week off, so enjoy!

This story is troubling on several fronts.  Police raided a church building in relation to the protests at Ferguson. Their reason (or excuse) was that people were living (actually, sleeping) in the building and that the building was the site of meetings to plan the protests.  A heavily armed squad arrived, without a warrant, apparently and demanded entry to search, and a rector let them in and promised to evict anyone found.  Then the cops came back later, rinse, repeat. This is truly evil and insane.  No warrant , and a reason that indicates as far as the state of Missouri is concerned, there is NO religious liberty.  If churches have their building subject to any petty little zoning regulation the local thus, elected and appointed, can dream up, then every activity a religious organization does is subject to prohibition. Continue reading

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Stop Messing With Trash

By Bradley Harrington

Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.” – John Barnhill, “Debate on Socialism,” 1914 -

One of the founding principles of America has always been that government, as the representative of the people, should be held accountable to the same set of standards as those found in the larger society surrounding it. In other words, bureaucrats supposedly are no better or worse than the private citizens whom they serve. But in reality, that’s rarely the case any longer, and examples of such a lack proliferate on a daily basis. Continue reading

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The Denial of Due Process May Bankrupt Universities

By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.

With now literally hundreds of editorials and op-eds taking positions both pro and con on California’s SB 967 – as well as the broader issue of “affirmative consent” for sexual relations — it is virtually certain that the California legislature will pass and send to Governor Brown’s desk SB 967 in the coming week.  The bill is titled: “Student safety: sexual assault.”  Continue reading

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