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A Not So Isolated Incident

Last week police footage went viral of an incident that happened at New Jersey beach. In the video, a 20-year-old woman, Emily Weinman, was punched in the head several times by a police officer while being arrested. The officer’s justification was that Weinman was resisting arrest. Should an officer really need to strike a small woman that is of no real threat? The situation arose from an apparent minor in possession charge, which makes one wonder if escalation and physical force were really required. Those that religiously defend police will tell you that incidents like these are...

The Story of Gold and Bitcoin: Bulls Make Money and Pigs Get Slaughtered

There is nothing wrong with being a bull in the stock market or a bear for that matter either. Nothing at all in fact. It's about seeing the trend and getting aligned with it. But being a pig in a finanical market will eventually lead one to the slaughterhouse. It's funny because when I started out trading in the 1990's the saying "bulls make money and pigs get slaughtered" was a really common phrase I would see on the internet stock trading message boards. And now no one says it. Today it seems like everyone wants to believe that the thing to do is throw all of your money into ETF's and...

The Right to Record and Police Accountability

The New York Police Department’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) reported that over a three-year period, NYPD officers threatened, blocked, and otherwise tried to prevent individuals from recording them in public in the performance of their duties. Almost 100 of the 346 allegations made between 2014 and 2016 were substantiated by the board, not counting the many cases that may not have been reported. To be fair, there are many thousands of contacts between police and individuals that happen in New York City. Although there is no way to know how many of those interactions are...

5/24/17 Ted Galen Carpenter from the Cato Institute discusses Russia, the West, and the Bosnian conflict

Ted Galen Carpenter from the Cato Institute is interviewed on the Bosnian conflict and the deterioration of Western relations with Russia. United States government interference with a potential peace deal that was being formulated to end the conflict is also detailed.  The final border lines and how the Dayton Accords ultimately ended up displacing more people than the civil war did is also discussed, as is the history of Western Russian relations and the dangerous new cold war that has already set it with the Russian Federation. Check out my Patreon page...

Cato VP: Ron Paul Represented a “Hideous Corruption of Libertarian Ideas”

Today’s Tom Woods Letter, which all the influential people receive every weekday. Be one of them. “Ron Paul’s xenophobia was a hideous corruption of libertarian ideas.” What kind of person says something so detached from reality? Why, Brink Lindsey, Vice President of research at the Cato Institute. (Before I go on, let’s dispense with this objection: “Woods, you purist, why are you attacking fellow libertarians?” There are many possible answers to that question. But my response is: before you criticize me for defending Ron Paul, please forward me the letter of outrage you sent to Brink...

4/19/17 Gene Healy on the weak legal justification for Trump’s ‘drive-by Tomahawking’ in Syria

Gene Healy, a vice president at the Cato Institute, discusses the media's strained constitutional justification for Trump's "limited military activity" in Syria; and why the 1973 War Powers Resolution doesn't give the president a free pass to initiate offensive military strikes without congressional approval, contrary to popular opinion.

4/17/17 Ted Galen Carpenter on Trump’s schoolyard strategy for dealing with North Korea

Ted Galen Carpenter, senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, discusses Trump's strategy of pressuring Kim Jong-un by leveraging China's influence; how the Trump administration's middle-school mentality on North Korea makes for a disastrous foreign policy; and why the US's peacekeeping/regional hegemony role in Asia isn't nearly as essential as some commentators think.

3/6/17 Doug Bandow gives advice to Trump on North Korea and Russia policy

Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, discusses what a responsible North Korea policy would look like after successive US administrations have failed to gain anything from isolating the regime and eschewing diplomacy; and why we should look to Europe for clues about Russia's so-called threatening intentions - if France and Germany aren't furiously expanding their military budgets, why should the US?

2/1/17 Alex Nowrasteh on whether Trump’s temporary ban of immigrants from certain countries really helps US national security

Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, discusses his guide to Trump's executive order limiting migration for people from a list of countries supposedly at risk of exporting terrorists to the US; the overly-broad definition of "terrorism-related crimes" used by Jeff Sessions and others to justify the visa ban; and how ill-defined executive orders like this create capricious and arbitrary government. Correction: the story about an Iraqi woman dying due to Trump's travel ban was...

State Governments as Victims

This was a news headline in the Wall Street Journal yesterday: “States’ Revenue Shortfalls Exacerbate Budget Crunch.” The article said that, “Faced with weak revenue, sluggish growth and possible federal funding cuts, many governors and state lawmakers face a tough budget season.” That made me laugh. “States as victims” is a common storyline in the mainstream media anytime that state budgets are not growing gangbusters. States need to balance their general fund budgets each year, and so it is true that state policymakers must be more responsible that the spend-and-borrow politicians in...

News

News Roundup 8/18/2022

US News Air Force Special Operations Command’s CV-22 Osprey aircraft fleet has been grounded over unknown issues with the clutch. Defense News China A top US military commander said Tuesday that the US must “contest” China’s missile launches over Taiwan that were...

News Roundup 8/17/2022

US News The Department of Education will forgive student loans for ITT Technical Institute students from January 1, 2005 until it closed in 2016. Over 200,000 former attendees of the school will have $3.9 billion forgiven. Market Watch The Army transferred control of...

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Attention Fellow Philosophers: The Protestant Libertarian Podcast

On a recent episode of The Protestant Libertarian Podcast, Alex Bernardo and Laurie Calhoun discuss the MIC, its cultish features, the war on terror, Ukraine, war propaganda, and what to do about all of it. This relatively new podcast also has episodes on Ludwig...

RIP Michael Badnarik

I am told this morning that Michael Badnarik died in his sleep of heart failure last night. Michael was a great believer in and defender of freedom and the United States of America and its Constitution. He represented the Libertarian Party as presidential candidate...

KPFA Saturday Evening News–How Violence Breeds Violence

Short contribution of Laurie Calhoun to the KPFA Saturday Evening News on August 6, 2022, with David Rosenberg about drone assassination and the logic of “violence breeds violence”. This three-minute exchange spans 5:10-8:15. Many other foreign policy topics are also...

The Scott Horton Show

Conflicts of Interest

COI #312: UN Peacekeepers Commit Rampant Sexual Crimes in DR Congo

On COI #312, Kyle Anzalone discusses the Congo, Russia and China. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe...

COI #311: The White House Will Continue to Push Beijing

On COI #311, Kyle Anzalone discusses Russia, China and Africa.   Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon...

COI #310: Was the Al-Qaeda Leader Killed in Afghanistan?

On COI #310, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman discuss Iran, Israel and Afghanistan.   Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash...

Don't Tread on Anyone

10 Debunked Conspiracy Theories Democrats Still Believe!

https://youtu.be/DG99R2dB8eg The problem with political decisions isn’t that most of us don’t get our own way. It’s also that these decisions are usually imposed on us against our will, by threats of violence...Democracy, as we practice it, is unjust. We expose...

The Utilitarian Case for Voluntaryism

https://youtu.be/mO0Wi-elguk If I try to take something from you, you will resist, imposing costs on both of us in the form of property damage and bodily harm, in addition to the cost of security you may incur to prevent future acts of coercion. It’s not just that...

The State is the Health of War

https://youtu.be/WnvtYw_QKQE Critics often dismiss private law by alleging that disputes between enforcement agencies would lead to combat — even though this happens between governments all the time! In truth, the incentives for peaceful resolution of disputes would...

Liberty Weekly Podcast

Josh Rogin, Propagandist Ep. 228

https://youtu.be/KOfe5385Pjw In this episode, I profile one of this era's most influential neoconservative voices, Josh Rogin. Rogin is a twice weekly columnist at the CIA Washington Post, where he advocates for US interventionism in every possible foreign...

Pelosi’s Pickled Provocation Ep. 227

https://youtu.be/6t0w03HduRI In the last two weeks, I spent a great deal of time covering Nancy Pelosi's reckless diplomatic visit to Taiwan. As a part of my coverage, I made a panel appearance on Around the Empire with JoAnne Leon and was glad to be a guest on It's...

Lies, Damned Lies, & War Propaganda ft. Prof CJ Ep. 226

  https://youtu.be/Qp4xpGlxsx8 In this week's episode, I invited Prof. CJ of the Dangerous History Podcast on to talk about Part I of his current podcast series. In Part I, Prof. CJ explores the "massive British propaganda operation in the US that ran from...

The Danger of the Fake China Threat ft. Joseph Solis-Mullen Ep. 225

https://youtu.be/OEcx1yQn6ic This week, I invited Joseph Solis-Mullen on the show to discuss his most recent article published at the Libertarian Institute. The article, entitled "The Fake China Threat and Its Very Real Danger" does an excellent job of demonstrating...

Year Zero

Tim Pool is Wrong About China w/ Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick is back, and this time we’re discussing how and why Tim Pool is wrong about China. Liberty Weekly Patrick Twitter Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon RyanBunting.com

BTC Vs ESG w/Car

Car from TLE joined me again. This time I wanted Car to address my Concerns about ESG, and how he thought BTC was the answer. Timeline Earth Who is Car Timeline Earth Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon...

Origins and Myths w/Adam Patrick

Adam Patrick is back to discuss the roots of metaphysical thought and language. Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon RyanBunting.com

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