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ISIS Copies the CIA

The Washington Post reports that ISIS waterboarded kidnapped Westerners. The CIA had no comment. A U.S. official did say that “to suggest that there is any correlation between ISIL’s brutality and past U.S. actions is ridiculous and feeds into their twisted propaganda.” But of course there is a correlation. Both waterboarded. The difference is that when the US does it it is not torture. Right?

6:19 pm on August 28, 2014

Two challenges to libertarianism

—–Original Message—–
From: Petix, Robert G., Jr. rpetix@charter.net
Sent: Wed 8/27/2014 7:06 PM
To: ‘wblock@loyno.edu’
Cc: Petix, Robert G., Jr.
Subject: Two questions

Hello, Prof. Block:

I am an anarcho-capitalist and also a big fan of yours. I have unable to resolve two problems utilizing our world view. Both problems involve animals, interestingly. (I think this is a coincidence, but maybe not.) If you have addressed these questions in the past, forgive me, but I cannot find your articles addressing them.

1. Animal cruelty: I am an attorney. I understand the traditional legal concept that domesticated animals are property. However, I have a very hard time accepting the fact that an owner of, say, a poodle has the unilateral right (as the owner) to inflict cruel and inhumane pain on the dog simply because he is its owner. I do not believe in PETA-style animal rights; I eat meat and certainly believe that ordinary use of animals is fine. But I do not believe that it is acceptable for an owner to engage in rank abuse of the animal.

my response follows

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4:42 pm on August 28, 2014

The Gulf War Never Ended

I note in the introduction to the 2013 edition of Federal Benefits for Veterans that it says this about the Gulf War: “Aug. 2, 1990, through a date to be set.”

2:45 pm on August 28, 2014

Christian Lies

Samaritan’s Purse is a “nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.” The CEO, board chairman, and president is Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham. I have no argument with the organization’s mission, but I do have an argument with its lies. In the introduction by Franklin Graham to a magazine titled “Stories and Photos from Operation Heal Our Patriots,” he makes this statement:

Every day members of our armed forces put their lives on the line to serve our nation at home and overseas. Many leave behind spouses and children who love and miss them. Americans cannot thank these families enough for their sacrifices.

This is a lie. Although members of the armed forces may put their lives on the line, they do so unnecessarily and for an evil cause. They do not serve our nation–neither at home nor overseas. Although they may leave behind spouses and children, they do so unnecessarily and for an evil cause. Americans don’t need to thank military personnel any more than they need to thank the clerks at the Social Security Administration. Military personnel are working a job for a government agency.

There are photos in this magazine of soldiers with missing limbs. I can’t think of a greater waste in this world than to give up one of your limbs for one of Uncle Sam’s senseless wars. By the way, Graham also says in his introduction that his youngest son “is an Army Ranger who was wounded during multiple tours to Afghanistan.” I would rather my son be a garbageman or flip burgers than an Army Ranger. Too bad that so many Christians think otherwise.

2:43 pm on August 28, 2014

Freedom of Speech and Expression? Not With Conservatives, Apparently

Well, the constantly offended kvetches are out really out there now. This time it’s the ultra-conservatives, the anti-”anti-Semitism” crowd who are extremely bothered by the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming performances of The Death of Klinghoffer, a 1991 opera by composer John Adams. The opera is a musical dramatic portrayal of the true story of Palestinian hijackers who murdered an elderly American in 1985. Criticisms of the opera, such as by writers at the American Thinker and neocon former Congressman Allen West’s website, are solely out of ignorance and emotion. I have written about the opera, and about the censoring of the HD simulcasts at theaters — and no, it is not an example of “Jew hatred” as the “Thinker” suggests.

And it isn’t just a boycott or protest against the performances these people want — they want to shut down the performances entirely, by suggesting that people write to the Met’s General Manager Peter Gelb to cancel the whole thing. And they are suggesting pressuring corporate sponsors and donors as well, to punish the opera company financially for carrying on with the performances.

But isn’t censorship and suppression what the Left constantly does, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, Media Matters etc.? Isn’t it leftists who attempt to silence and censor what they find distasteful or disagree with (e.g. banning Hans Hoppe from Sweden and Finland, banning Ann Coulter from Canada, banning Michael Savage from the U.K., wanting to jail “deniers” of global warming, etc)?

Now, now, reactionaries, there is no reason to fear that opera. If you don’t like it, then don’t go see it. Or advise others not to see it. Or stand on the streets at Lincoln Center during the performances holding signs expressing what ignoramuses you are. But remember, it’s only an opera. An opera can’t hurt anyone.

And an opera can’t hurt Jews. Don’t worry about it.

1:14 pm on August 28, 2014

Hoppe on Entrepreneurs and Thornton on the Drug War in The Free Market

augfm The August Issue of The Free Market Is Now Online!

Hans-Hermann Hoppe is back with a new lecture on the social virtues of the entrepreneur this month:

What can be unambiguously stated about a capitalist’s profit or loss is this: his profit or loss is the quantitative expression of the size of his contribution to the well-being of his fellow men, i.e., the buyers and consumers of his product, who have surrendered their money in exchange for his more highly valued (by the buyers) product. The capitalist’s profit indicates that he has successfully transformed socially less highly valued and appraised means of action into socially more highly valued and appraised ones, and thus increased and enhanced social welfare.

We also interview Mark Thornton about his recent debate at Oxford University:

Mises Institute: Why were you invited to debate at Oxford?

Mark Thornton: The Oxford Union can pretty much get whoever they want to debate, including presidents, prime ministers, Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, and even Julian Assange, so I was honored that they invited me. I met several students in the Oxford Union and at Oxford University who were familiar with my work on the drug war and at the Mises Institute. Each side of the debate generally consists of a student presenter and three experts. The debate is similar in structure to the House of Commons and has been that way since 1823.

We recounted the highlights of the Summer Fellows program and the Rothbard Graduate Seminar here in Auburn. Be sure to also find the latest updates on new translations, and new publications, degrees, and media appearances from our scholars and alumni.

9:36 am on August 28, 2014

War-Promoting Headline

“FEDS: RUSSIANS HACKED AMERICAN BANKS.” Is it true? I don’t know, though I do know the CIA-Pentagon-merchants of death-neocon complex is trying to gin up a war with Russia. But there is one thing I am 100% sure of: the NSA has hacked Russian banks.

UPDATE from Phillip Osborn:

I don’t know if the “Russkis” have hacked Amerikan banks, but the NSA, CIA, FBI, et al, have.

8:48 am on August 28, 2014

Will You Get Fooled Again?

Or won’t you?

9:30 pm on August 27, 2014

Collectivism on the Campus

Poor old Frank Chodorov, founder of the Intercollegiate Society of Individualists, must be spinning in his grave at what has become of his baby, ISI. He established ISI as a fifty year project to reverse America’s decent into collectivism and chaos by educating intellectual leaders at university campuses across the nation.

The Old Right anti-war, anti-statist Chodorov, author of such classics as Out of Step: The Autobiography of an Individualist, The Income Tax: Root of All Evil, and One is a Crowd: Reflections of an Individualist, once proclaimed “As for me, I will punch anyone who calls me a conservative in the nose. I am a radical.”

After Frank died the militant militaristic Buckleyite “conservatives” at the helm of ISI quickly changed its name to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. No individualism for them; conformist collectivism in the guise of “conservatism” became the stentorian order of the day.

Later when absorbed by the cancerous former Trotskyist neocons metastasizing their way through the institutional nexus of “conservative” foundations, public policy institutes, publishing concerns, ISI became even more stridently opposed to the original foundational bedrock upon which it was conceived.

Obstructionists and wreckers such as Paul Gottfried must now be purged in the name of doctrinal “political correctness,” a disingenuous concept first conceived by the Marxist left according to Wikipedia:

Historically, the term was a colloquialism used in the early-to-mid 20th century by Communists and Socialists in political debates, referring pejoratively to the Communist ‘party line’, which provided for “correct” positions on many matters of politics. The term was adopted in the later 20th century by the New Left, applied with a certain humor to condemn sexist or racist conduct as ‘not politically correct’. By the early 1990s, the term was adopted by US conservatives as a pejorative term for all manner of attempts to promote multiculturalism and identity politics, particularly, attempts to introduce new terms that sought to leave behind discriminatory baggage ostensibly attached to older ones, and conversely, to try to make older ones taboo.

In 1955, the distinguished Old Right scholar E. Merrill Root wrote his famous work, Collectivism on the Campus: The Battle for the Mind in American Colleges. That battle against collectivism is still underway but the collectivists are now marching under the scarlet banner of neoconservatism.

Today only the Mises Institute is providing the real principled intellectual opposition to this rampaging decent into collectivism on the nation’s campuses. Support their noble efforts today.

7:49 pm on August 27, 2014

War Propaganda: The Root of Evil

War propaganda is in many ways more dangerous than war. While (non-defensive) war may be pure evil, it is war propaganda that is the root of that evil. It is lubrication for the dogs of war seeking release. Offensive wars must count on propaganda to fertilize of the seed of fear, hatred, and evil sadly planted in us all.

If most Americans were not successfully made to believe that Saddam Hussein was an unhinged madman who not only had WMDs but was also responsible for 9/11, the US would not today, eleven years later, still be at war with Iraq. The same is true with all previous US wars of memory. Gaddafi was the most dangerous lunatic on earth, ditto Noriega. Imagine the warmongers’ Tweets about Arbenz or Mossadegh had that preferred weapon of the laptop brigades been invented by the 1950s.

If the public were not so susceptible to the sophisticated war Sirens bombarding them steadily from government and the media, we would not be witnessing demands for another war in the Middle East even among many who had opposed that last most unfortunate adventure. One beheading is a tragedy, a general war in which thousands or millions may die is, apparently, in the words of Stalin, a mere statistic.

The madness generated by the war-mentality was captured brilliantly today by one of the best observers of our modern and tragic scene. David Stockman points out the real madness — that of the warmongers and their propagandists — as he tells us of the US plan to bomb both ISIS in Syria AND the Assad government in Syria!

Yesterday I posted the following tweet here on LRC Blog because I thought it was the most hilarious critique of US policy I had seen in some time:

Today, thanks to David Stockman, I find out it is a serious proposal!

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7:29 pm on August 27, 2014

Horrors: Obama Hatches Plan to Explode Welfare

An article at WND, referring to the Heritage Foundation, says “the Obama administration is planning to vastly increase spending on welfare.” I have received e-mails from some conservative groups that are absolutely horrified that Obama has these plans. They are strangely silent, as is the WND writer, about how the Republicans are welfare statists just like the Democrats. It is also not pointed out the Republicans control the House and are responsible for all spending that takes place.

6:34 pm on August 27, 2014

Walter Block On Unemployment

By Luis Rivera III

This is an economic discussion in which economist Walter Block talks about unemployment. He says that when you subsidize anything you get more of it. This is because the supply curve slopes upward. Therefore when the government insures unemployment, the unemployment increases ceteris paribus.
Block also goes over the inaccurate unemployment rates that the governemnt states there is. He doesn’t stop there, he also shows how the minimum wage laws creates unemployment. Profits are only ephemeral. Interest rates are based on the time preference of society as in how much society saves and how much they decide to spend. This and more in this short video:

Video: Walter Block On Unemployment

5:11 pm on August 27, 2014

“Use It, or Lose It”: Federally Subsidized Police Escalation

Caldwell SWAT

In Caldwell, Idaho, a SWAT team was deployed on August 12 in an effort to apprehend a single suspected gang member, who escaped and was subsequently arrested through less dramatic means.

Caldwell, as some might recall, was the scene of a SWAT-style midnight raid carried out in February 2013 in which the residents of an entire apartment complex were terrorized by officers carrying out a supposed “welfare check.” The raiders kicked in two doors before finding the man they were after, who had been accused of posting a “threatening” image on Facebook after having an argument with a woman.

Six days after the most recent SWAT raid in Caldwell, police in Boise dispatched a SWAT team in an MRAP – a combat-grade armed vehicle – to arrest a man suspected of pointing a gun at a pedestrian. This raid, which took place late in the evening, resulted in an arrest on a single misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace, which is the sort of thing that happens when police carry out a military-style raid at midnight.

Neither of those arrests required the use of a SWAT team and military hardware, which were used because of availability, not need. Since 2011, reports the Idaho Statesman, police agencies in Idaho have received more than $9.3 million in military equipment from the federal government. This includes MRAP combat vehicles, which have been given to police departments in Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Pocatello, Post Falls, and Preston.

Chief Geddesand his subsidized toy

The last city on that roster of those “blessed” with an MRAP, Preston, is a tranquil community of about 5,000 people near the Utah border where crime is practically unknown. Last October I interviewed Chief Ken Geddes, who was prickly and defensive, invoking the Sandy Hook massacre and the ubiquitous threat of terrorism to justify the acquisition of a military assault vehicle.

For its part, the Statesman couldn’t persuade Chief Geddes to speak on the record about his department’s expensive new toy — for which a use will have to be found very soon, if Chief Geddes wants to keep it.

Analyst Noel Brinkerhoff points out that the Pentagon’s 1033 program specifies that “any participating law enforcement agency must use its equipment within one year of receiving it. If they don’t, they have to give it up.”

If a police department wants combat gear, it can get it, and once the department has that gear, it will use it. In fact, the Feds will require that they invent a “need” where none exists. This helps explain why routine police calls are now treated as potential military engagements.

12:09 pm on August 27, 2014

The State: Like War, What Is It Good For?

More and more people realize how useless government is: check out this story, which John Windsor sent me, about a mother who inadvertently locked her baby in her car. In Florida. In the summer. Though she called 911, she received little help. A passer-by saved the little boy.

But that’s not all: scan the readers’ comments. Many of them share similar instances, and in each such one that I saw, it was private organizations and people, such as tow-truck operators, AAA, and the ubiquitous bystanders, who come to the rescue, not the cops or 911.

Meanwhile, other folks have progressed beyond recognizing government’s uselessness to condemning it for its harm–and helping its victims. From Joe Lee comes a link about a British millionaire who “help[s] pregnant women flee UK to avoid babies taken into care“–

Ian Josephs has spent over £30,000 helping 200 to avoid having their newborns taken away by social services. He pays for their fares to a new life and offers them free legal advice, even paying for lawyers in some cases. Around 50 have fled to Ireland on his money while another 150 went to France, Spain and Italy.

Forced adoption opponent Mr Josephs, who runs a language business and has a law degree, has defended his decision to fund their escape, despite many already having children in care [sic for "despite the State's having already kidnapped their other children"]. He said: “Social services have moved away from giving families support and are now too quick to take children away.

“I know what I do is controversial. People ask how I know the people I’ve helped don’t go on to do something wicked, but my reply is that even killers are entitled to lawyers. These woman are entitled to a fair chance to keep their children if they have not been convicted of any crime of cruelty and aren’t on drink or drugs.”

I’d remove those last stipulations — allowing the callous, incompetent thugs Leviathan employs to determine any parent’s suitability is the height of absurd criminality — but nonetheless let us wildly applaud this generous humanitarian.

The State: continuing to prove itself the enemy of all mankind even as its prey awakens to that fact.

9:24 am on August 27, 2014

America Caused the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL or IS)

Obama’s remark that the IS is nihilistic has been bothering me ever since he made it, but not for the reason that it is a false statement. Indeed, it is obvious to anyone with access to a dictionary that the IS has political-religious objectives and that it is not nihilistic. The problem with Obama’s statement is that it fails to recognize and acknowledge the cause of the IS, and by not seeing the cause it misapprehends the inflammation and chooses a course of action that throws gasoline on the fire and spreads the conflagration further.

Like Bush before him with Saddam Hussein and Iran, Obama’s impulse is to view the IS in moral terms as an evil organization and to affix responsibility and blame for its evil actions upon those who lead it and adhere to it. He judges them, and this moral judgment is prone to result in a sentence and a punishment inflicted by him or assisted by him with the cooperation of other states and peoples in the region. However, calling something evil and seeking to exterminate it or its perpetrators doesn’t necessarily get at the cause of the evil and doesn’t necessarily stop it from spreading further. It does exactly the opposite, attracts fuel to the evil fire. World War II cannot be used as a model scenario for exterminating evil. That required unbelievably barbaric bombing and destruction. The temptation to do the same and widen the war occurred in Korea but was averted. However, in Southeast Asia the bombing of Cambodia alone exceeded that dropped on Japan in World War II, and it failed in its goal.

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8:48 am on August 27, 2014

Bomb ‘em All!

Sometimes humor really is the best policy analysis:

11:34 pm on August 26, 2014

Churches As Polling Places

Today is primary election day in Orange County, Florida. I took this picture of a church near my house. There are more political signs than you can count, plus many more that did not make it in the picture. This church lets the county use its building for a polling place. So do many others around town. How unholy, even without the signs.

church_political signs

3:53 pm on August 26, 2014

You Can’t Run an Economy with Spreadsheets

The bad ideas about central planning economies die hard. In this article from Mises Daily, Nicolás Cachanosky gets back to the basics of why it is simply impossible for government planners to successfully plan what an economy should produce and why some politicians still seem to be under the impression that an economy can be successfully planned with computers and technicians as long as the right data is entered into spreadsheets.

1:51 pm on August 26, 2014

Mises Weekends: Marc Victor, Attorney For Freedom

Jeff Deist and Marc J. Victor discuss what’s happening in Ferguson, our disappearing legal rights, and how having Butler Shaffer as a law professor radicalized him and shaped his libertarian views.

12:30 pm on August 26, 2014

“If You Think Healthcare Is Unaffordable Now…”

My favorite filmmaker, Colin Gunn, is about to release Wait Till It’s Free, his new documentary on Obummercare. I’ve seen a preview, and the movie is up to Mr. Gunn’s usual sky-high standards. Among other highlights, a certain doctor who dabbles in politics offers his assessment of socialized medicine; the heroic Jane Orient also damns this monstrosity. Mr. Gunn interviews folks who suffer under Britain’s NHS about their experiences as well as victims of the Veterans’ Administration to draw parallels with Americans’ future. All in all, Wait Till It’s Free is a powerful tool for convincing friends and family that governmental control of medicine is sheer evil.

Mr. Gunn offers a pre-release discount of 20% on orders he receives before September 10.  Watch the trailer, then reserve your copy of Wait Till It’s Free.

9:27 am on August 26, 2014

The ISIS Crisis: Three Views and a Caveat

Three days after 9-11, George W. Bush used the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast to announce his intention to “rid the world of evil.”

Well, we’ve seen how well that worked out. So today, I recommend three columns, each advocating a different approach to the Middle East, and using ISIS as the focal point of their strategic memos.

John Bolton, ever the grim interventionist, insists that the U.S.  reshape Iraq, tame Iran, and destroy ISIS, “this embodiment of evil” (uh-oh — another “another Hitler!)

If Americans do not want war, then ISIS is their fault, claims this genial Manichee.

For Bolton, history begins in 2007, with the glorious, victorious “Surge,” and took a plunge only with Obama’s 2008 victory (our old pal V.D. Hanson joins the chorus, and critical comments are vaporized).

Pat Buchanan wears no such gnostic blinders, so he looks back another hundred years, and soberly checks the box next to key cataclysmic mistakes that soaked the past century with blood, plunder, and power.

Buchanan confronts the fact from which Bolton shrinks – George Bush created ISIS in Iraq, he observes, resonating the Christian leaders of that beleaguered country. Citing the late Gen. Bill Odom, and colliding with the neocon mantra that the evil Obama bears the blame for any and all chaos anywhere, Bush’s decision to invade and occupy Iraq was the most disastrous blunder in American history – putting us right up there with the past century’s other catastrophes.

Angelo Codevilla is willing to take both parties to task, and, like Buchanan, suggest that the U.S. focus on its “allies” who virtually surround ISIS  and thus actually have some skin in the game. They have to come to their senses and, like the U.S., stop enabling ISIS and pull the plug — or pay the price, folks.

It’s curious that, until quite recently, the neocons still peddled Bush’s policies that built and strengthened ISIS. A year ago they led the campaign for US support for ISIS and its anti-Assad allies in the Syrian conflict.

Fortunately, Pope Francis put an end to that fool’s errand, calling for a day of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving for peace on Saturday, September 7. Millions around the world joined in that prayer, and on Monday, the neocon charade famously floundered, then collapsed.

Now we know who is really the world’s greatest superpower.

Finally, a blast from the past: an older and wiser Dan Rather – perhaps reminiscing about the sordid image of Bush’s twins cavorting on the beaches of Argentina during the bloodbath in Iraq –  puts it bluntly to Bolton and the neocon war party: “If You’re Not Prepared To Send Your Son or Daughter, don’t beat the war drums.”

Well, well, well. Miracles do happen. So, to my neocon friends, may I suggest that, this coming September 7, you join Pope Francis in his prayers for peace?

8:15 am on August 26, 2014

The Terrorism “Threat”

Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Mich.), the unintelligent chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that ISIS is “one plane ticket away from U.S. shores.” Meanwhile, there have been 42 shootings in Chicago since Friday.

So which is the greater threat? Foreign terrorists or urban thugs?

11:39 am on August 25, 2014

Just Say No to Government Counterfeiting

Federal Reserve Chairwomanperson Janet Yellen spoke at a conference at Jackson Hole, Wyoming this week, doing her usual Sgt. Schultz impressions. But does it really matter what the Fed boss thinks, or what the Fed’s next move is? No, not really. If you are not that familiar with the Federal Reserve and why the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was a bad thing and why this unaccountable agency’s central planning authority should be given the old heave-ho, you can check out this classic by Murray Rothbard, The Case Against the Fed. You can also read Robert Wenzel’s recent book, The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, as well as a new book by Wenzel’s fellow Economic Policy Journal publisher Chris Rossini, Set Money Free: What Every American Needs To Know About The Federal ReserveAnd of course, there is Ron Paul’s book, titled after what really needs to be done: End the Fed.

7:44 am on August 25, 2014

Will JPFO Sell Out?

Claire Wolfe has a lengthy post on the possible (or now, likely) merger of the organizations Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership and the faux Second Amendment Foundation. Ms. Wolfe links to a petition for people to sign  to speak out against the merger. Apparently, not only did the faux Second Amendment Foundation endorse the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin universal background checks bill, but they wrote the bill themselves! But throughout the years, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership has consistently promoted the rights of all individuals to possess the means to protect and defend themselves.

7:37 am on August 25, 2014

The Right To Remain Silent

Wendy McElroy has this article on the right of every human being to remain silent when interacting with government police. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects your right to be free of self-incrimination. Many times, as Wendy McElroy notes, people succumb to anxiety, fear and confusion when placed in an uncomfortable situation involving police contact, and may say something without thinking first. That is why many attorneys advise people to not answer any questions when in a touchy situation involving government police. However, I believe that you are legally required to provide your name when asked, but in most states, I believe, you are not required to show your ID if you are not suspected of anything. The government police need a reason to suspect someone of something first. However, as I have noted before, last year the Supreme Court ruled that your silence could be used against you in court at a later time, regardless of your right to remain silent. But, the court also ruled in that same decision, as long as you specifically cite the constitutional source which protects your declared right to remain silent — that being the Fifth Amendment — then your silence can’t be held against you in court. Yes, citizen, the Supremes say that you must be knowledgeable of constitutional law, in order that your rights are protected.

7:33 am on August 25, 2014

Re: How Dare the Pope?

Lew, one small thing that oh so secular Daily Mail Online article concerning Pope John Paul II’s 1982 visit to England and the Queen neglected to touch upon was the inconvenient minor historical matter of the violent imposition of the Anglican Schism which rent the centuries old order and stability of Christendom, destroyed apostolic traditions and rituals of the Church, and viciously drove underground the devotion of the Roman Catholic faithful commoners during that bloody episode known as the Reformation. John Paul II was a keen student of history. He knew well that for centuries usurpers and schismatic descendants of the murderous Tudors have sat on that blood stained throne – overseeing on-going genocide and persecution; the seizure, deprivation, or expropriation of rights and titles to property of the people; all the while metastasizing its cancerous imperial aggrandizement throughout the British Isles, Ireland and the world at-large.

8:05 pm on August 24, 2014

The Mass Murder of Women and Children in Gaza is Just Fine and Dandy

So says neocon war propagandist Victor Davis Hanson.  The reason he gives for this, of course, is that Lincoln did it to Southerners in the 1860s; therefore, it must be the moral high road.  He praises the Israeli army as being “Shermanesque,” following in the footsteps of the mass murderer of Southern women and children who rarely, if ever, confronted Confederate soldiers during his famous “march” of rape, pillage, and plunder.  Hanson praises Sherman for avoiding soldiers and murdering civilians instead, which he calls “humiliation.”  He also lies through his teeth, claiming that Sherman never touched any Southern property of the lower or middle classes, only the plantation owners and the Confederate government.

4:39 pm on August 24, 2014

Why Shouldn’t Ukraine Be Divided into Several States?

If people in eastern Ukraine want to separate entirely or to create a federal arrangement with lots of autonomy, why not? Ukraine has 46 million people. This is a very large number and Ukraine has the largest territory of any country in Europe. From this standpoint, Ukraine could easily accommodate two states or three or four. From the standpoint of the disparate peoples living there and their different political preferences, it could also be governed by several states.

Poroshenko and the junta are making war rather than peace. Their behavior evidences psychopathy. The U.S. government has caused this war to happen and supports it, showing the same psychopathy. We have extremely sick behavior being exhibited by Ukraine, NATO and the U.S. Yet they are all parading around as if their killing and bombing were healthy and justifiable. And to the extent that their phony narratives sell in America and are tolerated by Americans, it shows that the pathology has deep roots across this country.

4:29 pm on August 24, 2014

How Dare the Pope?

John Paul II, on his first visit to England, did not want to spend time with Queen Elizabeth and PM Margaret Thatcher. He had far better things to do, and so he is still hated for his priorities.

4:19 pm on August 24, 2014

Anarcho-Capitalist Club

In Cuba! (Thanks to Travis Holte)

4:02 pm on August 24, 2014
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