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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Where to begin?


Lately it's been hard for me to know what to write about.

But I think I know where to begin to solve this problem.

And that is to learn and think about information from sources that are not so confoundedly incoherent...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"They Died to Make Us Free" - Video

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper names.

A special message for those who celebrated Veteran's Day:



Friday, October 18, 2013

A Poem for a Teacher

I loved you, prison guard.
I know you loved me.

I had no choice and no escape
from the cinder block walls
for an eternity of those bright
adolescent hours that should
have been all mine to have
and to hold for better or worse
and spend in brilliant bursts
of godlike play that could
have only made it better.

But in that dreary prison place,
I felt that I had yet escaped
from some even darker, more
sickly and sorrowful hole,
and that you, my prison guard,
were at least some fashion of
a mother to me.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Every Drug War Supporter Should Watch This Short YouTube Cartoon

© "The Flower" [3:35] By: Stoned Productions and Lava Jumper Studios
...and every advocate for marijuana legalization should make sure they do by sharing it with friends and family who are pro drug war or ambivalent about its effects.

"The Flower" tells the story of the government's violent war on drugs in a Dr. Seuss-style animated short:



But are the depictions in "The Flower" really fair and accurate?

This weekend at PolicyMic, I put together and published news reports, government data, and scientific studies that support each depiction in the cartoon.

Take a look and you'll see why "The Flower" should start with the words: "Based on a true story..."

Friday, September 27, 2013

Gun Technology Is Inherently Liberal, Because It Empowers The Disempowered

Credit: Kitty Hell



The existence and availability of gun technology is a great equalizer for the physically weaker and more vulnerable among us.

Take for instance, this 15-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister, who were home alone one Tuesday afternoon in 2010 when two strangers tried to break into their house. Without gun technology, these two children would have certainly been in worse danger.

Gun technology confers physical parity upon those who are physically disempowered against stronger bullies or intra-species predators, because they have smaller or weaker bodies.

Two thundering, violent, adult, male brutes breaking into a house don't need gun technology to overpower and abuse or even kill two children. But without gun technology, the children would likely never be able to overpower and neutralize these predatory adults' physical advantage.

The quality of the technology is relevant to its effectiveness and the best interests and best practices of millions of peaceful, non-troublemaking people who want to have access to this technology should not be subject to reactionary compulsory regulations.

By "reactionary," I mean: arbitrarily crafted in the wake of the latest tasteless corporate national media murder frenzy; and by "compulsory," I mean: enforced through threats and intimidation by the notoriously and brazenly violent bullies of what Ayn Rand once called the most "blunt force trauma instrument" in the history of mankind-- the US federal government!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"The most important part of the Edward Snowden story is..."

"...that Silicon Valley and Washington intelligence people move back and forth professionally and consider themselves to be in the same industry."

Great insight from a delightful Reason article about the science fiction prophet, Philip K. Dick.

Libertarians will want to do something about this problem. They will need to persuade the public that if you move from Silicon Valley to working for the Washington regime, you're not in the information technology industry anymore. Not even close. You're in the organized crime industry.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy Constitution Day: I'm Allowed to Rob You!



Want to see a piece of paper that gives me the RIGHT to rob you? You don't believe there is such a thing? Are you SURE you don't believe it?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Oh My God Yes


This guy wins the Internet.

Fist bump: /r/libertarianmeme

Sunday, September 8, 2013

This video of the Nashville #NoWarWithSyria Rally is an inspiring glimpse into the hearts and minds of many Americans


Messengers for Liberty went out to make a video of what happened at the Nashville #NoWarWithSyria Rally on August 31st. They got footage of speakers and short, powerful interviews with the rally's participants.

Take a look and tell us your favorite speaker, quote, or moment from the video. My favorite was at the very beginning when the speaker said, "I looked on the CDC website, but I didn't see that tomahawk missiles are an approved treatment to help chemical weapons victims recover. We're not helping any children by bombing more children!"



Thursday, September 5, 2013

There Are Plenty of Good Reasons You Might Want to ID Yourself: Why Should The State Have a Monopoly?

Today my very creative libertarian Muslim friend, Davi Barker, wrote on his Facebook:

"Anyone feel like spotting me $900 bucks so I can start issuing custom full color plastic agorist identification cards?

A commenter responded:

"that's very statist of you"

Davi's answer:

"How do you figure? There are plenty of legitimate reasons to verify your identity. I don't see why the State should have a monopoly."

Commenter's response:

"touche.."

Davi's followup:

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the whole point of Shiny Badges is to provide market alternatives of Statist insignia. Lapel pins. Badges. Declarations. Soon flags, maybe ID cards. That's the joke... or is it the strategy. Maybe it's a strategy disguised as a joke.

Another commenter wrote:

I'm saddened that you didn't check https://www.bitcoinstore.com/badgy-bdg101fru-card-printer.html first! You can save over $165 and pay with Bitcoin!

Davi answered:

That's awesome! Thanks. That'll be how I do it when I do it! I gotta crunch some numbers.

And another commenter had a great suggestion:

What about starting a kick starter. I'm sure many if us would like to help out but few us van actually do 900

I wrote:

"If you started a Kickstarter and at a reasonable enough contribution level people could get their own ID card, and if you thought some more about it and came up with a truly functional private ID card with some real potential uses; an excellent, useful, and remarkable look and layout; and and a plan for your brand to build a trusted reputation with cards that are easily identifiable as your issue, somehow difficult to fake (I think there are all kinds of awesome solutions to this), and a trusted verification process for someone to get a card-- you might have a very cool business idea on your hands that a lot of people would support. I'd be interested in getting one of these and I know a few people I think would be too."

A very, very cool idea.

10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn't Want You To Talk About


(Warning: Graphic Footage)

Washington doesn't merely lack the legal authority for a military intervention in Syria. It lacks the moral authority.

We're talking about a government with a history of using chemical weapons against innocent people far more prolific and deadly than the mere accusations Assad faces from a trigger-happy Western military-industrial complex, bent on stifling further investigation before striking.

For the facts, please read my latest article at PolicyMic, a list of 10 chemical weapons attacks carried out by the U.S. government or its allies against civilians.

And after you've read it, check this out:

THL Exclusive Bonus Footage for The Article
(Warning: Graphic)

I had included several very graphic photos of the victims of these chemical attacks in the PolicyMic article linked above. I wanted for people to see just how horrifying Washington foreign policy and chemical weapons are and just how real these attacks were, just how real these victims were, these innocent human beings who were melted alive or had the life choked out of them by poisonous gas, these babies born with heart breaking birth defects because of what Washington politicians and their military are doing in the world.

PolicyMic kept some of the photos, but decided some were too graphic and replaced them. I think that's perfectly fine and have no problem with them exercising that editorial prerogative, but I still did want to make the photos available to anyone who wants to see actual photos of the actual victims of these actual attacks that Washington actually carried out. So I decided to share them here. This is so real. And it needs to stop:


1. The U.S. Military Dumped 20 Million Gallons of Chemicals on Vietnam from 1962 - 1971

Result: rampant birth defects and cancer.



2. Israel Attacked Palestinian Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2008 - 2009

This is what a white phosphorus wound looks like. It melts human flesh right down to the bone. This is an actual victim of one of these Israeli white phosphorus attacks on Gaza, a 13 year old boy named Ayman al Najar who lost his sister, grandfather, and cousin in the attack. Here's a video showing footage of his wounds and journalists interviewing him about the attacks.



3. Washington Attacked Iraqi Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2004

Here's an Iraqi child who died when the US Army attacked her with white phosphorus:


8. The U.S. Military Littered Iraq with Toxic Depleted Uranium in 2003

This is what depleted Uranium is doing to the children now being born in Iraq:



This is not necessary to keep you safe. This is not brave, nor honorable, nor praiseworthy. This is not good for the troops, their physical health, their mental health, or their souls. This is not pro life. This is not pro family. This is not national defense.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Video: Some Startling Facts About Circumcision



Stefan Molyneux breaks down the truth behind circumcision, including details on the procedure, it's history, rate of occurrence, claimed medical justifications, relation to masturbation, negative consequences and its morality.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

11 Awkward Photos of Washington Politicians Meeting With The Bad Guys

As the U.S. moves closer to military action against Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians, a photo has emerged of Secretary of State John Kerry having a swanky dinner with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife, Asma, a scant two years ago. Kerry now condemns Assad as a "thug and murderer."

Awkward? Yes. Surprising? Hardly. As seen in my latest article, Washington politicians have often been caught on camera associating with the world's worst bad guys.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Do Not Hit Your Children with Belts

A very important message about parenting and children's rights:



Sunday, August 25, 2013

Manning's Sentence Was The Washington Regime's Open Declaration of State Tyranny

Some words of sanity from Chris Hedges. The whole thing is a great read, but here's the paragraph that hit me hardest:

"If we actually had a functioning judicial system and an independent press, Manning would have been a witness for the prosecution against the war criminals he helped expose. He would not have been headed, bound and shackled, to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. His testimony would have ensured that those who waged illegal war, tortured, lied to the public, monitored our electronic communications and ordered the gunning down of unarmed civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen were sent to Fort Leavenworth’s cells. If we had a functioning judiciary the hundreds of rapes and murders Manning made public would be investigated. The officials and generals who lied to us when they said they did not keep a record of civilian dead would be held to account for the 109,032 “violent deaths” in Iraq, including those of 66,081 civilians. The pilots in the “Collateral Murder” video, which showed the helicopter attack on unarmed civilians in Baghdad that left nine dead, including two Reuters journalists, would be court-martialed."

Fist bump: Eric Olsen, for passing this along. (Follow Eric here.)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Did Cooking Make Us Human? What A Great Documentary!

We are the only species on earth that cooks its food - and we are also the cleverest species on the planet. The question is: do we cook because we're clever and imaginative, or are we clever and imaginative because our ancestors discovered cooking?

Horizon examines the evidence that our ancestors' changing diet and their mastery of fire prompted anatomical and neurological changes that resulted in taking us out of the trees and into the kitchen.



Loved the food porn and music. Especially of people eating it. Delightful and funny.

Fascinating to consider just how huge a technological advancement it was for our ancestors to begin using fire, cooking food, and eating meat. Cooking is a useful and pleasurable external enhancement of our digestive system and process. We might be here because our ancestors tried something fun and new.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Foreign Policy Mad Libs!

The US first supported (name of dictator) in (year), with (type and amount of weapons or money), but then realized they were bad...

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Washington Foreign Policy in Four Easy Steps!

Step 1: Send financial aid, advisers, weapons, and support to Middle Eastern or North African dictator...

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I can't even believe this is legal.

The Truth About Circumcision [Video]
By: Stefan Molyneux



Stefan Molyneux breaks down the truth behind circumcision, including details on the procedure, it's history, rate of occurrence, claimed medical justifications, relation to masturbation, negative consequences and it's morality.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Money For Nothing: A Federal Reserve Documentary

MONEY FOR NOTHING: Inside the Federal Reserve is an independent, non-partisan documentary film that examines America's central bank from the inside out - in a critical yet balanced way.



http://www.moneyfornothingthemovie.org/

Had a friend pass this along. Looks great.

Jeffrey Tucker Talks Bitcoin and DIY Libertarianism with ReasonTV



"We're talking about reinventing the world's monetary system... from the ground up," says Jeffrey Tucker, executive editor of Laissez Faire Books, and an enthusiastic proponent of the open source peer-to-peer currency system Bitcoin.

After participating in a panel discussion on Bitcoin at Freedom Fest, Tucker sat down with Reason Magazine's Matt Welch to explain why he believes Bitcoin is an example of a new enterprise that can help create "a new world of liberty, despite the existence of the leviathan state."

Held each July in Las Vegas, Freedom Fest is attended by around 2,000 limited-government enthusiasts and libertarians. ReasonTV spoke with over two dozen speakers and attendees and will be releasing interviews over the coming weeks.

About 5.30 minutes.

Produced by Anthony L. Fisher. Camera by Paul Detrick and Tracy Oppenheimer.

Ron Paul Channel Paywall Draws Criticism

Two Freedom Feens talk radio hosts argue that "Ron Paul's Pay Wall Makes Him A Dinosaur Thrashing In The Tar Pits." An excerpt:

"He's trying to make it look like Fox News... And it's like-- it doesn't really work... What I think would be better is just him in his office, in his cozy home. I don't want Ron Paul trying to look like a talking head. I want Ron Paul being Ron Paul."

"Although there is something to be said like Ben Swann said when we interviewed him, that there are visual cues; there are these subconscious things that make people think, 'Oh, this is news,' but I don't really know if Ron Paul's audience in general falls for that, and if the idea is not to preach to the choir, the people that already love him who are going to be the ones paying ten dollars a month to see this, but it's to spread the message, then why are you having people pay ten dollars to see this, right? If the idea is to spread the word, how are you going to convince somebody who hates Ron Paul and thinks he's some right-wing conspiracist [sic] and doesn't understand the concept of liberty to pay ten dollars. Someone who thinks he's funded by the Koch brothers is not going to pay ten dollars to watch the Ron Paul Channel."

"...if he wants to just spread liberty, he should give it away... I'm not saying it's the only ethical thing to do, but the smart thing to do in this day and age is to give everything away and find out other ways to make money and not even worry about it, maybe even still have a day job."

At the DailyPaul, one user wrote in defense of Ron Paul Channel's pay wall:

"Spare Me the Agony Over $10 Per Month for the Ron Paul Channel

I see so many people complaining about the price of Ron Paul's new channel being $10 per month. I subscribed not only to see what it has to offer, but also because I don't mind giving Dr. Paul $10 a month (for at least a few months) to see how the channel progresses. Think about it - $10 is the amount you'd spend eating out for lunch one day.

I can understand people being hesitant to donate to campaigns if your candidate doesn't get elected and feeling like you received nothing in return, but for $10 a month you ARE getting something in return. Unfiltered, honest news from undoubtedly the most intelligent host of any news program.

I'd really like to see the channel grow to be 24/7 with various programs and honest reporting, but for now will settle for Dr. Paul's commentary."

Some commenters disagreed:

wtf
Submitted by Clint on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 18:04.

"I'm SO sick of the pro RP Channel people trying to guilt the rest of us into subscribing. The name of the game on the internet is FREE content. Get it!

We are supposed to give to Campaign for Liberty, LibertyPAC, Rands campaigns, Amash, Cruz et al., and now Ron's channel...WTF!"

Prison Planet TV

Submitted by Brent Hartman on Sun, 08/18/2013 - 10:44.

$5.95 a month, and you get to share your subscription with 10 friends. I see people on the DP attacking Alex Jones for profiting off the liberty movement, but Alex Jones subscription TV has way more content, for a much lower price, and he encourages to share with 10 other people to help spread the message. $5.95 a month for 11 subscriptions vs. $110.00 a month for 11 subscriptions.

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years


"A military judge on Wednesday morning sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks...

According to the military, Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence before he becomes eligible for parole...

The decision was immediately condemned by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system,” said Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project."

Source: Washington Post
Hat tip: Memeorandum

Libertarian resources on Manning:
The Truth About Bradley Manning [Video] by: Stefan Molyneux
Manning's Apology Is A Forced Confession.. Obviously

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Onion Does Brilliant Takedown of Nationalism

Libertarians need to start writing satire this good:

"As a true patriot, I would gladly die in battle defending my homeland. I love my country more than my own life. But I would also be more than willing to give my last breath in the name of, say, Mexico, Panama, Japan, or the Czech Republic. The most honorable thing a man can do is lay down his life for his country. Or another country. The important thing is that it's a country.

Like those heroes who spilled their blood fighting for independence against the British Empire, I, too, would forfeit everything to win for my countrymen the right to be governed by politicians in our own capital instead of in a capital located further away. Nothing is more profound or more sacred than to die for one's country, an adjacent country, or some other, foreign country.

The truth is, there are a lot of countries, each of which is the most noble cause possible to die for. I only regret that I have but one life to lose for but one country."

Read the rest at The Onion.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Stop Calling It "Foreign Aid" to Egypt!


In present discussions over Washington foreign policy and so-called "aid to Egypt," can we please stop calling it "aid to Egypt?" It's a very deceptive term to describe the yearly transfer of over a billion dollars worth of military vehicles, weapons, and equipment to Egypt's military.

That's not foreign aid. That's just sending billions of dollars worth of weapons to people in another country. The question is not, "Should we end foreign aid to Egypt." The question is, "Should Washington stop sending a billion dollars a year worth of weapons to a country that has overthrown two different governments in two years and is already killing people with the weapons Washington has already sent it?"

Answer: Yes! Stop this madness right now.

Comment of the Week: Putting Things In Context

Just had to share this comment here in case you didn't see it. First, here's the comment it's in response to:

Anon - The police had every right to shoot the dog. The dog was going to ATTACK an officer. The police had to do what they needed to do to protect themselves. They are entitled to defend themselves from harm. you say it's animal cruelty but they are just doing their jobs. You clearly don't know the definition of animal cruelty if instantly killing an animal is so "cruel." Have you seen how lions hunt their prey? They eat them alive. And you guys talk about animal cruelty as if you know what it is.

And the comment of the week:

Anon 2 - Except for one thing. The Police Officer was the aggressor (assuming that this is a simple case of the police arresting somebody for filming them), filming the Police is not a crime.

The kidnapper had every right to shoot the dog. The dog was going to ATTACK an kidnapper. The kidnapper had to do what they needed to do to protect themselves. They are entitled to defend themselves from harm.

See how ridiculous that sounds. It sounds because a kidnapper is almost by definition the aggressor. It is the job of the police to stop these aggressors, but in this case the police officer himself was the aggressor. The dog neither knew nor cared if the guy taking his human had a badge, all the dog cared about was protecting his human from a kidnapper. Weather you where a badge or not, don't be an aggressor. That way you're much less likely to be attacked by a dog, or for that matter by a human.

Exactly. Police aren't some different species that get to operate by a different set of rules. Why does Anon 1 think the police officer has a right to defend himself, but not the dog and his caretaker?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Photos of Police Being Bullies


I made another Pinterest board this week entitled "Police Being Bullies." I made this to support the Peaceful Streets Project, which is having its 2013 yearly summit this weekend.


Monday, August 12, 2013

100 Awesome Libertarian Memes




This weekend, I decided to try out Pinterest to grow my social media experience and footprint just a little more. Luckily, I was able to grab http://pinterest.com/libertarianism as my Pinterest profile address.

Well to kick this Pinterest adventure off with a bang, I decided to make a Pinterest board of 100 awesome libertarian memes.

If you have a Pinterest, please follow me or my boards you like at http://pinterest.com/libertarianism and leave the address to your Pinterest profile in the comments below so other readers and I can follow you!

I don't just follow libertarian and political pins. I like recipes (especially recipes for a healthy diet), health, science, infographics, design, and really so much of what's on Pinterest.

Well anyway-- please do enjoy this list of 100 Awesome Libertarian Memes in Pinterest board form.

Which libertarian memes were your favorites?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Truth About Bradley Manning [Video]

Such a good listen:



Great job by Stefan Molyneux.



Monday, July 22, 2013

Moving...

Over the weekend and into this week, I've been in the process of moving. I won't have Internet again 'til tomorrow (writing this on the fly in a public wifi spot. When the dust settles, content will flow again.

In the meantime, this short story by Philip K. Dick was the basis for the Total Recall Films in 1990 and 2012. Enjoy: We Can Remember It For You Wholesale

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Drone That Killed My Grandson

By NASSER al-AWLAKI
The New York Times

SANA, Yemen — I LEARNED that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died.

The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five other civilians on Oct. 14, 2011, while the boys were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant in southern Yemen.

I visited the site later, once I was able to bear the pain of seeing where he sat in his final moments. Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead.

Nearly two years later, I still have no answers. The United States government has refused to explain why Abdulrahman was killed. It was not until May of this year that the Obama administration, in a supposed effort to be more transparent, publicly acknowledged what the world already knew — that it was responsible for his death.

The attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., said only that Abdulrahman was not “specifically targeted,” raising more questions than he answered.

My grandson was killed by his own government. The Obama administration must answer for its actions and be held accountable. On Friday, I will petition a federal court in Washington to require the government to do just that.

Abdulrahman was born in Denver. He lived in America until he was 7, then came to live with me in Yemen. He was a typical teenager — he watched “The Simpsons,” listened to Snoop Dogg, read “Harry Potter” and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.

In 2010, the Obama administration put Abdulrahman’s father, my son Anwar, on C.I.A. and Pentagon “kill lists” of suspected terrorists targeted for death. A drone took his life on Sept. 30, 2011.

Read the rest at The New York Times.

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Facts About George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin: A Libertarian Perspective

An important video to watch:

The Truth About George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin



Give Snowden The Nobel Peace Prize

Edward Snowden was nominated by a Swedish sociology professor for the Nobel Peace Prize:

Russia Today - A Swedish sociology professor has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. He says the NSA whistleblower could help “save the prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision” to give the 2009 award to Barack Obama.

In his letter addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Stefan Svallfors praised Snowden for his “heroic effort at great personal cost.” He stated that by revealing the existence and the scale of the US surveillance programs, Snowden showed “individuals can stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms.”

...

But Kristian Berg Harpviken, senior researcher and deputy director at the International Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), told Interfax news agency that it is very unlikely that Snowden will become a Nobel Prize laureate.

Harpviken said that all major deadlines have passed, meaning that Snowden will have very little chance of making the shortlist.

When asked whether Snowden deserves the award, Harpviken replied with a “careful yes.”

The Nobel Prize is for those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

Do you think Edward Snowden deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

Help Ben Swann Win The Battle! #LibertyIsRising

Here's a video I made:



The battle for the mind of North America is being fought in the video arena. Help Ben Swann win that battle!

Invest in Ben's Kickstarter here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/439668500/liberty-is-rising-truth-in-media-project-0

Ben's website:
http://www.BenSwann.com

Illustration by:
http://www.meiskastarner.com/

Video and concept:
http://www.humblelibertarian.com/

Voice-over:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videodrome

Music:
http://birthcontrolmusic.bandcamp.com/album/bcep2


...no, I'm not saying 9-11 wasn't real. I'm saying the impact it had on most of you wasn't. I know you probably don't like that either.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Washington Free Beacon Writer, Alana Goodman, Favorably Quoted Radical Racist and Terrorist Leader in 2008 Article

Alana Goodman, the author of the Washington Free Beacon's hit piece against Rand Paul earlier this week (my thoughts on it here), favorably quoted a radical racist and terrorist leader in a 2008 article for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian.

The piece, entitled "Bye George W. Bush, it's been Israel," was a letter of gushing praise for the outgoing Republican president. With the USA's own interests thrown in as an afterthought, Goodman clearly assesses George W. Bush's presidency as a glowing success for one reason:

"In the past 60 years, no U.S. president has been a better friend to Israel. And for a country so desperately in need of friends, his assistance has been invaluable."

Goodman's single most important criterion for the success of a US presidency is... how good it is for a single other country, not for the US. Not for the entire world.

But the strangest part of a very strange article was near the end, where Goodman favorably quotes one Rabbi Meir Kahane:

'The world has negotiated, denounced and condemned for too long. After a while, words lose their meaning unless they are backed up with swift and decisive action.

To borrow a phrase from Rabbi Meir Kahane, “One does not deal with terrorists; one does not bargain with terrorists; one kills terrorists.”

I’m grateful to have a leader who understands this. Bush will be truly missed.'

Get 'em Kahane! I'm grateful to have a leader who understands where Kahane was coming from!

Who's Meir Kahane?

That's what I wanted to know. Turns out, not someone I would ever choose to represent my point of view, especially not when it comes to Israel and Palestine, and especially not after writing an emotionally charged article heavy on calls for swift and decisive action! without ever naming exactly the kind of action I'm calling for.

Meir Kahane was the founder of the Jewish Defense League.

The FBI classified the JDL as a "right wing terrorist group" in 2001.

The Anti-Defamation League says that Meir Kahane "preached a radical form of Jewish nationalism which reflected racism, violence, and political extremism."

On their website, the ADL has a detailed chronology of the acts of violence and terror carried out by Kahane's group from 1969 - 1995.

In 2002, the Southern Poverty Law Center added the Jewish Defense League to its list of watched hate groups for the JDL's "long history of bombing, assaulting and threatening its perceived enemies" such as "the Soviet Union, neo-Nazi activists, Palestinian leaders, prominent black Americans and even Jewish moderates" as well as other Jewish radicals.

Kach, the far-right political party that Kahane founded in Israel in the 1970s was actually banned from elections by the Israeli government for incitement to racism. Kahane's racist legislative proposals included revoking Israeli citizenship for non-Jews and banning marriage and sexual relations between Jews and non-Jews. To this day, the remnants of Kach are considered terrorist organizations by the governments of Israel, Canada, the European Union, and the US.

Now at this point, I'd have a lot of questions to ask Alana Goodman, but I'll leave it at this: Should you be judged by the same journalistic standards you've used to impugn the character of others?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How You Know Rand Paul Is Winning The Argument

Yes, wolves exist, but we shouldn't trust the boy who cries wolf with the responsibility of alerting us to the real ones.

Yes, racists exist, but a racist these days is all too often really just a conservative winning an argument with a liberal.

You've seen big government propagandists do it again and again. They will bend over backwards to assail defenders of liberty as racists on the basis of flimsy circumstantial evidence and rationally deficient arguments used to smear their targets by insinuation, false association, and outright fabrication.

When the Tea Party was in full swing waving a million anti-tax signs across the nation, all too many of its critics jumped on any opportunity, no matter how ridiculous or outright fabricated, to cast the fiscal policy movement as a sinister bastion of racism. The NAACP passed a resolution in 2010 calling on the Tea Party to purge its ranks of racists or accept responsibility for them.

The NAACP and its cheerleaders were heavy on condemnation, but light on actually making a case that the Tea Parties were in fact rife with racism. It was just a smear campaign.

Enough Americans went to Tea Party protests to know they had nothing to do with race. I went to several big Tea Party events and if I didn't have the cry wolf media to tell me otherwise, I could have sworn that it was all about balanced budgets, term limits, and trying to figure out how to make legislators actually read bills before deciding to turn them into laws that have real consequences for the rest of us. I didn't feel like it was too much to ask. And I certainly didn't see what it had to do with race.

So if the Tea Party's ideals stirred a little something in you, if you believe the Washington regime is out of control and exploits its power over us for its own interests instead of to make our lives better, but if you aren't sure which politicians are simply talking the Tea Party talk and which ones really mean it, then pay attention to which politicians the defenders of the status quo are trying to smear as racist without making a very convincing case.

One of the Tea Party's leading figures, Rand Paul, was the victim of just such a smear this week, a piece published in the Washington Free Beacon with the title, "Rebel Yell," and the subtitle, "Rand Paul aide has history of neo-Confederate sympathies, inflammatory statements."

Here's what it all looks like to me: Jack Hunter, the Rand Paul aide at the center of this smear attack, as a young radio shock jock bristling at the overreach of the federal government, spent some time captivated by a romanticized notion of the Confederacy because it once stood up to the government that he wanted to stand up to. Being from the south himself and having pride in his culture made it easier for Jack to relate.

Hey, I'm with you-- the young Jack's interest in the Confederacy wasn't very critical or well thought out. He's said himself that he's embarrassed by some of the things he said in his youth. Since then, he's dropped his interest in it because he's been transformed by a much more inspiring and inclusive vision, Ron Paul's message of peaceful co-existence, constitutional rule of law, and individual liberty for all. Those are the things he's talking about and seriously advocates for now (which is what his critics actually have a problem with), and all this time he's been perfectly forthcoming and public about his past as he transitioned from shock jock entertainer to serious political activist.

The idea that any of this has implications about Senator Rand Paul's worthiness as a 2016 presidential candidate is suspicious.

The late Senator Robert Byrd didn't merely have an aide that wore a Confederate wrestling mask in his youth as a bad joke; Byrd himself was an active leader for years in the KKK. His title was "Exalted Cyclops," and he organized a "klavern" of 150 members. He's the man who said this:

"I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."

Now I read all of Hunter's past incriminating quotes (and several that I wouldn't consider incriminating at all) published by the Washington Free Beacon, and none of them hold a candle to the unrestrained hatred and actual racism of Robert Byrd on full display in the quote above. Regardless of this, Byrd would spend decades as a powerful US Senator, and when he died in office of old age, the New York Times gave him a shining tribute entitled, "Robert Byrd, Respected Voice of the Senate, Dies at 92."

The Times obituary apologized aggressively for Byrd's racist past. Readers didn't even see a word about it until suffering through fifteen belabored paragraphs of gushing praise for the man, and then finally, the Times columnist's lead-in to the difficult subject matter was as merciful as he could have possibly mustered, "Mr. Byrd's perspective on the world changed over the years..."

And I'm not making this up, the NAACP even released a statement praising Robert Byrd after he died, and saying that his life "reflects the transformative power of this nation."

If the man deserved his senate seat, a glowing endorsement from the NAACP, and the newspaper of record's lavish praise with a history like that, surely Rand Paul might just merit the presidency since this story isn't even about him though the Beacon is trying to make it about him, and since it's about an aide being remorseful and embarrassed about an insensitive radio persona in his youth that does not come any where close to the same ballpark of the kind of genuine racial terrorism that the senator with a "D" next to his name participated in.

See, the media outlets that feign indignation at trumped up charges of racism are worse than the boy who cried wolf. At least when a real wolf came the boy cried wolf again. The moral of the story is no one believed him even when he was warning of a real threat because he had destroyed his credibility. But imagine what we would think of the boy if he cried wolf when there was no wolf, and remained silent when a real wolf approached. That's your status quo media. Phony exaggerated outrage for the merely uncouth; mercy and forgiveness for undeniable, flagrant racism.

On that note, I don't see any articles on The Washington Free Beacon condemning the daily, racist stop and frisks in New York City or the racist War on Drugs. If any of the cry wolfs had any sense of perspective and any real concern about the destruction of racism in our country when it's real, undeniable, and relevant, maybe every time Mayor Bloomberg's name gets floated for the presidency, you'd hear someone disqualify him as a serious candidate.

Clearly, Rand Paul's critics want to condemn him for some racism that they fantasize he would be guilty of in the 19- or 1860s, but the only people who I ever seem to hear consistently taking a serious stand against actual racist policies happening right now are libertarians like Rand Paul. It's obviously not about fighting racism for the cry wolfs; it's about defending the establishment's grip on power.

The real problem Rand Paul's critics have with him is that he is winning the argument about freedom. He is winning the argument that Washington has become a machinery of exploitation, corruption, secrecy, and abuse.

With this latest distraction out of the way, let's keep having that real argument. Because we're winning it.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Murfreesboro Checkpoint Video

I recently saw a Facebook conversation about the July 4th video of the kid in Murfreesboro who was stopped by strangers with uniforms on. To my understanding, he was just peacefully going about his business, not acting suspicious, not causing a problem for anyone, but just lucklessly happened upon a checkpoint at which armed men in uniforms were canvassing anyone passing by.

You can review the video here:



Here's what I wrote in response to the conversation:

I just read this entire thread. My thoughts might be a little different from everyone's thus far:

I have 100% empathy for the kid being bullied in that video and 0% empathy for the bully. Though I do have to say I would recommend to anybody to be as deferential as possible in any police encounter for your own physical and legal protection.

Not just to be nice as has been suggested above though. And not because it's no big deal to roll down your window because someone's a bully. I think bullying is a very big deal, and bullying by people with the kind of legally and socially privileged status that police have is especially egregious and socially destructive, indeed even (and all too often) deadly.

On that note, I've got to say I think media portrayals of cops are actually overwhelmingly and unrealistically positive, not the other way around. Multiple times a day, every day in the US, police armed to the teeth break down peaceful people's front doors, shoot their dog, and kidnap them to lock in a cage for owning a plant. I mean, come on. What more do you need? Police are dangerous bullies. It's inherent in what they do.

I feel a kind of deep burning shame and desperation when I watch interactions like the one in discussion between someone who is powerless and a bully. Even with the caveat that the cop messed up and should be punished, I can't cut him a little bit of slack and empathize that he's tired and overworked. I wouldn't cut a husband a little bit of slack and empathize that he's tired and overworked if he comes home from work and bullies his wife by snapping at her and bossing her around. I'd judge him pretty harshly in my mind.

And I'd say the power disparity between a normal person and a cop is much greater in society today than the power disparity between a woman and her husband. So the cop has to be held to an even higher standard of behavior. At least the wife can get up and leave the house if her husband bullies her and society won't judge her and she won't get in trouble with the law. The interaction is voluntary. If this kid had left the scene, things could have escalated even more. He was totally powerless. At the mercy of self-righteous brutes. It turns my stomach.

That said, the reason to be as deferential as possible to a cop is for your protection. Don't escalate a police encounter. Take off your sunglasses and hat, roll your window all the way down, say yes sir / no sir, don't get smart or sassy. Don't give a bully any reason to single you out for punishment. Just reinforce their feeling of power with some deference. I subscribe to the "Flex Your Rights" method for dealing with police that says you do have rights, but the time to flex them is not during a police encounter, but in court afterward if the cop encounter goes wrong despite your best efforts to keep it cool.

There's a great 38 minute video on this called 10 Rules For Dealing With Police:



Friday, July 5, 2013

PSA: If You See Something, *Do* Something

Like these folks. This is terrific:



"It Wasn't Rape. Look What They Were Wearing!"

No, not the victims, the rapists.

Let's back up a second:

"We're going to get familiar with your womanly parts."

That's what Brandy Hamilton says Nathaniel Turner, a male police officer told her last year during a traffic stop when she and her friend were driving home from the beach. The officer found a small amount of marijuana in their car after stopping them for speeding and made them wait on the side of the road in their bikinis, without allowing them to put on their clothes, so Jennie Bui, a female officer could show up and perform a roadside cavity search. The traffic stop and the vaginal search were caught on the police cruiser's cameras.

"She pretty much forced my legs open because I wouldn't even open my legs," Hamilton said.

Her friend, Alexandria Ramble told her local news station, KXAN, "We were just assaulted in the worst way possible. We weren't asked could we be touched. It was just done to us. I'm just embarrassed."

The two women announced this week that they are bringing a lawsuit against the police officers and I covered the story here this week.

The police officer that raped these two women was fired. The officer that stood by while it happened has been suspended pending investigation.

They got off easy. If they have to pay civil damages to these women, they will have got off easy.

This wasn't just an extremely unreasonable search. This was sexual assault, rape plain and simple.

Strangers stopped these women and then one of them forcibly inserted her fingers into the vaginas of these helpless, disarmed humans against their will and without their consent. That's not a search that went too far. That's a rape. They shouldn't be fired. They should go to jail.

If anyone else did this, it would be considered rape. There's no difference between you and a police officer. You're both human beings. You're both members of the same species. Different moral rules do not apply to you. The only difference between you and a police officer is the police officer is wearing a uniform and a badge.

Kudos to different media sources for calling attention to this disgusting injustice, but why isn't anyone calling this rape?

Good God, I've heard of people trying to justify rape based off of what the victim was wearing, but this might be the first time I've ever heard of anyone missing the clear and undeniable proof that a rape has occurred based on what the rapist was wearing!

And why isn't this trending on Twitter yet??

The cops raped two women on camera and this isn't a national issue? Daniel Tosh makes a freaking rape joke and it's a national crisis, but an actual rape happens on the side of the highway in broad daylight and on camera, the perpetrators are armed and among the most powerful and least accountable class of human beings in the country, the victims are arguably among the most disenfranchised and marginalized class of human beings in the country, black women who smoke marijuana-- and why the hell am I not hearing about this on every news source and social media channel?

This happened in the not very great state of Texas, the same place women are gathering in droves and yelling Hail Satan for a woman's right to an abortion, but no one is yelling Hail Satan for a woman's right not to get raped by the cops.

It's been over 48 hours now since I first saw this story. Let's check Huffington Post Women to see if there's anything about it. Not a peep. Though if you want to know what to do after you've been stood up for a date, what might make your sex life less satisfying, or how misogynistic stock photos of patriotic women are-- HuffPoWo is for feminists like you. Gotta keep those stock photos in check.

They've also got a list of 8 things you should know about your reproductive system, and none of them are, "No one has the right to touch your reproductive system without your consent. No, not even if they're wearing a blue costume with a badge, and no, not even if you like to smoke marijuana."

Is Feministing going to back up these rape victims? Let's see. Nope. Nothing. Though there is a post on "getting guys to take feminism seriously." How about take yourself seriously? Okay, what about Bitch Magazine? Silence. Jezebel? Nothing. They do have an article on "How to be good at math as a woman."

I'm sorry movement feminism, but Daniel Tosh's jokes aren't rape culture. You are. I seriously hope you prove me wrong.

As long as we're blinded by this cult of costume worship, this irrational belief that people with uniforms and badges are in a different moral category from the rest of us, violence, abuse, sexism, racism, rape and every other ugly human characteristic will not go away, and as history bears witness, will only get worse.

The fact that the media headlines about this story, the few that there are, are about unconstitutional body cavity searches, and not especially brazen rapes shows us just how far we have to go as a society.

It's especially interesting that these rapes took place over marijuana. Brandy and Alexandria were not allowed to make a choice about their own bodies when it came to marijuana, and that's the police officers' justification for why they weren't allowed to make a choice about their own bodies when it came to which people are allowed to put fingers inside their vaginas. Pro choice feminists, where the hell are you? Can any of you back these victims up?


University of Wisconsin Students Grill NSA Recruiters [Audio]

This is an absolutely phenomenal interview between some sharp students at the University of Wisconsin and some pretty dim-witted NSA recruiters. Do yourself a favor and listen to this while following along on the written transcript at one of the students' blogs under the blog title, "The NSA Comes Recruiting."



Can someone please fire David Gregory and give his job to Madiha Tahir, the journalism student that asked many of the questions and published the recording and transcript above?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

From Wolfgang Gartner, Illmerica...

Warning - graphic cartoon violence:



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Police Raped These Two Women

Two Brazoria County, TX women were pulled over for speeding. The cop did not give the women, who were in bikinis, a chance to put some clothes on before making them wait on the side of the highway for a female cop to show up and give them a body cavity search in the police cruiser on the side of the highway- because a small amount of marijuana was found in the car.

Warning - graphic rape footage:



He Didn't Mean It



He doesn't mean any of it.

Am I a "Full Out Anarchist?"

In response to this recent post and this recent comment, both regarding the state's role in protecting fetal humans (short version: the only thing I want the Washington regime to do to make the world a better place is go to hell), I've received the following comments asking me if I am an anarchist:

Paul: Does this mean you've become a full out anarchist?

March Hare: W. E. You have completely lost the plot here - unless you're going anarchist on us.

There have been over 1 million abortions per year since 1973, if the role of government is to enforce the rights of people, and foetuses count as people, then it would be right and proper for the government to get seriously involved in [stopping] abortion. And, yes, forcing the rest of us to pay for said enforcement.

Fortunately my own thoughts on the subject are not subject to anger with the current government and don't fall into the slippery slope fallacy (which isn't a fallacy!) that yours does about the proper role of government.

If you want to abandon the idea of government/state as the monopoly on force (anarchy) that's fine, I look forward to an article on the outsourcing of force or security to a body voluntarily, but that's not what I've seen in your writing thus far.

Answer:

No, I'm not a full out anarchist. Barack Obama is.

an·ar·chy

1. absence of government

2. a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority

I believe in government. I govern myself and my actions every day. As part of that government, I associate with people who govern themselves in an orderly and lawful manner. I do not associate with lawless, disordered individuals. At least not unless they force me to.

I would say the one lawless interaction I am forced to engage in which really sticks out in my mind is the payment of my federal income taxes, which I do only because I'm afraid. I'm afraid that if I don't, the lawless crime syndicate known as the Washington regime will begin to harass me, then intimidate me, then harass and intimidate the financial institutions I do business with into freezing my accounts, and may eventually send an armed gang whose salary I pay only because I'm afraid to kidnap me and lock me in a cage.

My other interactions, however, are orderly and motivated not by fear and threats, but by love and enticements. When I give my money to a grocery store, it's because I love the quality, diversity, and price of their products. I love how those products support and enhance my life.

Reread that second definition of anarchy. Fast and Furious? Summary execution by drone? Warrantless spying? Warrantless searches in airports? Taking money by force from frightened Americans to give to foreign governments that sponsor terrorism and to foreign rebels supported by known terrorists? Lawlessness and political disorder due to the absense of governmental authority, all of it.

Obama and his supporters are the ones who don't believe in law, order, or government. They believe in power and the projection and consolidation of power in the hands of an elite few, the world's most prolific anarchists.

Me? I'm just a humble libertarian.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tell Uncle Sam What You Want For Independence Day!

My mom was waiting on the other side of the TSA line with her camera ready, all excited about taking my picture on Uncle Sam's lap. Stupid. Sometimes she is so embarrassing.

She made me step out of line and give her the jolly ranchers that fell out when the TSA officer made me empty my pockets. Those were my jolly ranchers. My friend Evan gave them to me at school. And I even traded him something that took me a whole hour to make with my other friends that we learned at camp. Then I had to go back through the security line twice! Like I'm a criminal or something.

The mall Uncle Sam looked really fake this year. Half of his fake bushy eyebrow was coming off. I keep trying to tell everybody I'm too old for this, but I don't have the heart to tell my mom that I don't believe in Uncle Sam anymore. Plus I want the presents. My dad even told me if you don't believe in Uncle Sam, he won't visit and leave presents. I saw them wrapping one of the presents last year before Independence Day.

"Thump, thump, thump! Every heart beats true! Happy Independence Day! Thump, thump, thump! Well hi there little buddy! Why don't you sit on Uncle Sam's lap and tell him what you want for Independence Day this year!"

I obeyed. His lap and hands was so hot and sweaty. I could see beads of sweat all over his face. No wonder the eyebrow was peeling off.

"Have you been a good little American this year?"

"Yeah I guess."

I always feel bad about Independence Day because they say if you're a bad American, you won't get presents, and even though I know I'm bad a lot, I always get them. And somehow, I feel like it doesn't matter if my parents are bad or good either because they got me presents. Like I can't be mad at them when they're being stupid and just treating me like a kid all the time. I guess they really love me. And even though I'm too old for this, I really like getting presents. I just hate all the carols and dumb stuff about it.

"Well nobody's perfect, but you've done your best, right? You love America, right?"

"Yeah, I love America."

"That's a good little American. What would you like for Independence Day this year?"

"Umm... I want... could I please get a bb gun."

Uncle Sam raised a eyebrow, the one that was peeling off.

"Well Uncle Sam can't promise you a bb gun. Those are dangerous for little boys and girls to have. How about a nice GI Joe so you can pretend he's shooting his toy gun at bad guys?"

Look, I'm old enough to know how it works. My parents already know I want a bb gun and this guy in a mall costume isn't going to make a difference. I shrug my shoulders and try to ignore my mom's iPhone picture taking bonanza. God I have to be the oldest kid in this whole line.

"Sure."

"What else do you want for Independence Day?"

I pretend how uncomfortable he would be if I told him I want my parents to stop fighting. Which I really do want them to do that. But there's no way I'm going to say that for real. Do you think I'm crazy?

"Star Wars Legos."

"Thump, thump, thump! Uncle Sam would be happy to have his little helpers in Washington whip you up some Star Wars Legos in time for Independence Day! Well it's time for me to talk to the next little American. Be a good patriot and Uncle Sam will see you next year!"

I climb off his lap. I know Independence Day isn't about presents and fireworks. It's about how great America is, but I can't wait until it's all over and I have my bb gun.

CA Police Shoot Dog For Defending His Owner As They Arrest Him *For Filming Them*

Warning: this video is *extremely* graphic and disturbing.

Hawthorne, CA Police Officer Shoots Dog:



InfoWars reports: "The 130-pound, 3-year-old Rottweiler named Max was shot to death after he escaped through a window in a parked car and ran over to his master, Leon Rosby, who was being arrested for filming the scene on his phone."

Hat tip: Daily Paul.

The comments on the YouTube page were overwhelmingly critical of the police overreaction. Here are some examples:

for the last time since so many dummies seem to exist here: ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS TELL THE OWNER TO TAKE CARE OF IT. he wasn't resisting, he would have wanted his dog safe, so all they could have done is stopped cuffing him for 15 seconds, let him secure his dog and calm it down... and then they could have continued their pointless arrest. easy. nobody hurt. isn't that the logical normal thing to do if a dog is "threatening" you? to tell it's owner to take care of it?

I hope all those motherfucker cops get killed in their next raid... Fucking cowards...

Hawthorne city hall # 310 349 2960 (Maxine Waters office will direct you there).

that is absolutely fucking wrong. arresting him for nothing. and then the cop goes and SHOOTS the dog? he couldnt use a tazer? cop deserves to be fired. pure and simple.

Omg! That's really messed up! T.T

He did not try to restrain the dog at all, he shot him and let him die slowly in the street. This is in no way "justified", if a normal citizen did this everyone would call for his arrest, cops don't get special privileges.

Please can someone tell this f**cking dumbass cop to take notes from the other officers!!! Notice that they put the owner if front of them to allow the owner calm the dog down, the dog does for a second and then Mr. Dumbass Cop tries grab the collar of a big ass dog that isn't yours? WTF are you thinking? Where was your training again? Because you need to go back!!!.

He was being unjustly arrested, he did not deliberately leave the windows down. This entire situation would have been avoided if the police did not abuse their power and arrest people who are filming them.

Shut up,people hate you/PIGS because you gave them EVERY REASON under the sun to hate you sicko's;-)..Shocking the same area as Rampart in the same state who builds 21 prisons to one college,ya ok;-

That dog was following his love. What do you say now?!?!


You'll Never Find A More Wretched Hive of Scum and Villiany

Not Mos Eisley...



Obama To Africa: We Need You To Stay Poor Or The World Will Boil Over

Because global warming:



Anyone else feel like he's being a jerk?

Monday, July 1, 2013

WikiLeaks Publishes Statement From Edward Snowden in Moscow (July 1st): Obama Uses "Old, Bad Tools of Political Aggresion"


[WIKILEAKS]

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow
Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

A Libertarian Consensus on Abortion

In response to some recent comments on my popular libertarian essay about abortion, it's time for me to mention that my views have shifted. I would argue that for the purpose of discussing law and public policy, the critically relevant issue is not the nature of the fetus as I have argued before, but the nature of the state.

Let's come up with a libertarian consensus on abortion that even if a human fetus is a living human being entitled to self-ownership and non-aggression, and even if to abort a human fetus is to murder a human being, that we still don't want to pass a law against it in a monopoly legislature, appoint a standing army of career policethugs, and try to enforce that law with money we take from people against their will and under threat of violence-- because if all that isn't bad enough to begin with, even if protecting human fetuses was the only thing this government did, before long it would end up doing a hundred other unrelated things that make us less free and probably even get a lot of us killed... while doing a terrible job of protecting the fetuses. The state is a good solution to no problem.