Libertarian commentary on the News, #14-33F: Blessings and curses

by Nathan Barton

Good morning.  As things seem to spiral downward both at home and abroad, it never hurts to realize that we have many blessings.  So (at risk of ticking off people who do not believe) join me in being thankful (to God) for the prosperity and liberty we still do have.  And all the other blessings, not the least of which is that most who call themselves libertarian are willing to tolerate those who believe in the Creator (or not). Continue reading

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Problem solving: Responding to tyranny in 2014

by Nathan Barton

Daily I read of more obvious, more common tyranny and oppression around the world, and of how people agonize over how to end it: how to respond.  Many offer answers.  Will they work? They have not, so far, at least in recent memory.

Let me restate the problem in the time-honored and effective “task training outline:” Continue reading

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Sellout: JPFO to be handed off to SAF — unless we stop it

From Claire Wolfe

JPFO to be handed off to SAF

“A housewife and a cat will both chase mice out of the kitchen. But the cat wants more mice to come back.”

– Aaron Zelman

Somebody reminded me this week of that statement from Aaron, the late, great founder of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. That was how Aaron contrasted himself and JPFO with Alan Gottlieb and Gottlieb’s SAF/CCRKBA.

Aaron wanted to educate people so that victim disarmament would go away. He would have been thrilled to be able to close JPFO’s doors and say, “We’ve done it.”

On the other hand, he despised Alan Gottlieb and saw him as an opportunist who used scary mailings to turn SAF/CCRKBA into a fundraising factory. He saw Gottlieb as a person who needed and wanted “gun control” because that’s what kept the money and the publicity flowing. Continue reading

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Is it time yet?

by Nathan Barton

One of our better known libertarian authors has been asked this question often, starting with her 1996 book (my oh my, 18 years ago now!): “America is at that awkward stage; it’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the b*******s.” Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-33E: Economics, the depressing science

by Nathan Barton

Good morning.  Economics can be fun, if you enjoy getting depressed.  Too many downers for me.  Of course, those who are not blind can see the constant drum of bad news for most sectors of our economy, triggered in large part by the booming nature of government sector growth. Continue reading

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The Rio Grande Frontier (Libertarian commentary on the News, #14-33D)

By Nathan Barton

While there is a lot going on in Missouri, California, and of course Ukraine, Syria, Mesopotamia, Nigeria, Liberia, and Canaan (Gaza), we should not forget that bad things are continuing to happen other places, and some good things too. Continue reading

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Missouri Misery (Libertarian commentary on the News, #14-33C)

by Nathan Barton

Good morning: thoughts on the situation in Missouri.  During and before the War between the States, 150 years ago, the State of Missouri had its own civil war (together with and spilling over into Bleeding Kansas).  In many ways, even more than Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, the events in Missouri led directly to the all-out conflict which ripped apart the States.  Today, just as many see the events in Ukraine as eerily similar to those in the Balkans which triggered the Great War 100 years ago, we can see signs that the tiny conflagration in Ferguson may be lighting the fuse of a vast wave of rebellion and repression in our modern police state that is too similar to events of 150 years ago. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the News, #14-33B: Minor news stories

By Nathan Barton

Good afternoon.  The news this week is almost a repeat of last week, or so it seems.  But here goes on a few things of interest.  This will be a short commentary today, but hopefully a lot more will come later today or tomorrow.  As always, though I don’t say it often, I appreciate those reading this and all feedback. Continue reading

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Libertarian commentary on the News, #14-33A: Fallujah? No, Ferguson

By Nathan Barton

Good morning, except that it is not in Missouri or Mesopotamia or Nigeria or Ukraine.

Ferguson, Missouri: the beginning of the end?  In a situation reminiscent of a speeded-up Vietnam war or some kind of Mesopotamian or Afghani “surge,” the troubled city of 21,000 is becoming a poster child for the American police state, as more and more people get involved and meddle with the situation. Continue reading

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Crony government (Libertarian commentary on the news, #14-32D)

by Nathan Barton

Good afternoon!  We all agree that politicians and bureaucrats are a VERY bad mix.  So, for that matter, is a situation where we mix politicians and educators.  Of course, educators are often just a sub-species (emphasis on “sub”) of bureaucrats – especially the educrats (can’t get much lower, subterranean, than that).  All of this points (as do many other things) to the evil concept of “crony government.” Continue reading

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