Surprise: Secret court fails to oversee and control federal spying

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

"This should be obvious: We can’t depend on the courts to protect our privacy. People often say states don’t need to take action to limit warrantless surveillance because the federal courts will protect us. As one cop put it, 'All these devices you speak of, some of which you grossly miscalculate capabilities, require a very intense warrant process.' "

Cato Daily Podcast, 09/21/18

Source: Cato Institute

"U.S. relations with Pakistan are strained not just by war in neighboring Afghanistan, but also by Pakistan’s domestic concerns. Sahar Khan is author of 'Double Game: Why Pakistan Supports Militants and Resists U.S. Pressure to Stop.'" [various formats] (09/21/18)

The Tom Woods Show, episode 1244

Source: The Tom Woods Show

"Michael Rectenwald, a lifelong leftist, has found himself shunned by former friends and colleagues -- even people whose careers he helped advance -- because he criticized and satirized some of the more outlandish SJW behavior on his Twitter feed. (Yes, this is the emotional level of these folks -- they’re angry about his Twitter feed.)" [various formats] (09/21/18)

The true spirit of multiculturalism

Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

"Canada has become an increasing multicultural country yet, in pursuing this end, there has also been a promotion of sectarianism and identity politics which have eroded good will. The original goals of multiculturalism, the human values of “compassion, love and understanding,” have sometimes been lost in the shuffle." (09/20/18)

The failure of "Homo Economist"

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

"When Pope Francis denounced 'libertarian individualism' last year, few people could find a flesh-and-blood example of the philosophy as articulated by the pontiff. However, the gimlet eye of <em>Stream</em> editor John Zmirak may have found a related species in a creature he identifies as <em>Homo Economist</em> ..." (09/21/18)

In The Tank Podcast, episode 158

Source: Heartland Institute

"Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft, with the help of Charlie Katebi, present episode #158 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country." [various formats](09/21/18)

Gun confiscation day?

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"I like to believe that most of my comrades in arms, even those serving today who could be my children or grandchildren, would live up to their oath to the Constitution and NOT become the kinds of thugs that German, Japanese, Soviet, or Union troops did in time of war. It is some[thing] that I want to believe, but dare not trust that to be the case. " (09/22/18)

How bail reform trapped marijuana activist NJ Weedman in jail

Nick Muscavage

“Edward Forchion, known ubiquitously as ‘NJ Weedman,’ has been locked up at the Mercer County Correctional Center for more than a year with no conviction. His incarceration is the result of the state’s new bail reform act, which allows for the detainment of a defendant with no option of bail and extra time to be added to a trial date through the use of excludable time. ” (09/20/18)

SCOTUS circus distracts public from passage of disastrous spending bills

Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“As political news is embroiled in congressional hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and sexual assault allegations made against him, Congress is also busy quietly passing staggering spending bills with bipartisan support..” (09/20/18)

Why it’s so easy for my fellow students to criticize “greedy profiteers” during disasters

Foundation for Economic Education
Jessica Schultz

“As Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas, hundreds of thousands of people evacuated the coastline. The storm uprooted both trees and families as a scramble for plane tickets, gasoline, and necessities ensued. Meanwhile, my friends and I at Duke University prepared to spend hours confined to the comforts of our dorm rooms ...”

Let the speculation begin

Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“I’m betting that there are a lot of people who aren’t surprised to hear that Cody Wilson has been charged with the sexual assault of a child …. The reason I’m betting that a lot of people aren’t surprised by this is because it wouldn’t be the first time that a thorn in the government’s side found themselves falsely charged with a crime that was convenient for the government.” (09/20/18)

No, government boycotts of Nike aren’t constitutional

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Eugene Volokh

“GoLocalProv News reports that the town council of a Providence-area town ‘voted 3-2 in favor of a resolution Monday night requesting the town and school department refrain from purchasing Nike products, after Colin Kaepernick became the recent face of the company.’ But any such boycott by the town and the schools would violate the First Amendment ...” (09/20/18)

Adherence to principle

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“[A] talk delivered on August 18, 2018, by Jacob Hornberger, president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, to the Tidewater, Virginia, Libertarian Party.” [Flash video] (09/20/18)

When a "child" isn't a child

Source: Kent's "Hooligan Libertarian" Blog
by Kent McManigal

"Cody Wilson, of 3D-printed gun fame, has been targeted by the State for 'sexual assault on a child.' This is a lie. If it's consensual, it isn't 'assault.' If it's a business deal -- a trade -- it is mutually consensual. He is said to have paid her for sex; that makes it a trade. But then we get to the part that trips up even supposed liberty-lovers ..." (09/20/18)

Source: Acton Institute
by Ibrahim B Anoba

"The noble intentions of international donors has harmed both them and their African recipients gravely. They have almost destroyed the private sector, which is bedrock of the African economy, and turned the continent into an economic dumping ground. When foreign donations pour in to address a short-term crisis, the donations rarely alleviate the problem. Instead, they push local businesses out of the market ..." (09/20/18)

Clear and Present Danger Podcast, episode 14

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Episode 14 leaves the West and heads to 16th and 17th Century India and the Mughal empire. In particular, the rule of Akbar the Great.” [various formats] (09/20/18)

Are libertarians crazy?
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Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“For sure, ‘we,’ or some of us, have not always been very politically astute. [A story in The Economis] recalls how many libertarians fell for the Tea Party movement, a precursor of Donald Trump’s populism. As usual, the magazine is a bit confused about liberty, but at least they know that libertarianism exists and their criticisms are not always wrong.” (09/20/18)

Building Tomorrow Podcast, episode 13


“At TechCrunch Disrupt, Nick Whitehouse from McCarthy Finch and Vinod Chandrashekar from discuss the automation of white-collar jobs.” [various formats] (09/20/18)

Korean breakthrough!

by Justin Raimondo

“The party line of the NeverTrumpers, and their neoconservative vanguard, has been that Kim Jong-un has given nothing but gathered much. This is a willful inversion of what has actually occurred so far ...” (09/19/18)

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