A Day in the Life of the Empire

On March 9, 2015 President Obama formally declared a new national emergency. Most Americans went about their business that day without ever suspecting that what the White House called “an unusual and extraordinary threat to our national security” had suddenly popped up. It wasn’t as though the United States was insufficiently engaged in war at the time. That very day the U.S. Central Command announced that in the period of just a few hours beginning the previous day it had conducted five new air strikes in Syria and nine in Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. At the time Saudi Arabia...

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The Perfect Squelch from Edward Snowden

You’ve heard it said by statists many times, “Why do you care about the government snooping on you if you’re not doing anything wrong?” It’s hard to top Snowden’s response: “Arguing that you don’t care about free speech, because you have nothing to hide; arguing that you don’t care about the censorship of the Internet, because you’re not a criminal… is like arguing you don’t care about freedom of speech, because you have nothing to say.” Snowden has had a very long time to think deeply about these issues and expressed himself wonderfully the other day by video from Moscow at a conference in...

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The Four Horsemen Of The Trumpocalypse

It’s a horse race. Will Donald Trump’s first new war be with Russia, Iran, China, or North Korea? Here are some things to consider as you try to handicap this deadly contest: RUSSIA: It is a certainty that a war of principals or proxies with Russia remains a chief objective of the neocons and the Deep State.  If Victoria Nuland in Kiev didn’t convince you of this, recall Murray Rothbard’s trenchant observation that “sanctions are simply the coward’s and the babbler’s halfway house to war,” and it is clear we have been on the way to war with Russia for some time. All that could ever have been...

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Thanksgiving Fun for the Whole Family!

President Obama has set a new world indoor record... for the promulgation of bureaucracy.  His administration has added well over 600,000 pages of regulation to the Federal Register in his tenure.  And he still has two months to go! The Competitive Enterprise Institute reports that so far in 2016 the administration has added 81,640 pages of mind-numbing federal verbiage. Here's a fun game for the whole family to enjoy after Thanksgiving dinner.  Each player chooses a page number at random - any page, sight unseen - in this year's Federal Register.  Go on-line to look up each page.  Then the...

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Wrong as Usual

Tim Carney has a funny tweet about the election: "Low-income rural white voters in Pa. voted for Obama in 2008 and then Trump in 2016, and your explanation is white supremacy? Interesting." Found that jewel in an election post-mortem by Glenn Greenwald at The Intercept.  It compares the lessons of the Trump election and the Brexit vote.  Like most stuff by Greenwald, it is worth reading.  HERE.  

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Thoughts from a Wise Diplomat

You can call me cynical if you wish -- it is a cynicism born of our long, shared experience with the state -- but I'm always surprised to find a public official with an abundance of wisdom. Here is one:  Charles Freeman, the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia.  In the introduction to an interview of Freeman in The Nation, we learn that he is the man Andrew Bacevich believes should be Secretary of State.  In fact the title of the piece is "Meet the Man Who Should Be the Next Secretary of State." The entire piece is worth reading, but let me share a couple of snippets: ON BOMBING ISIS: Our...

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