Government complexity and failure — illustrated in blood

Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“So far this year (counting a death at a Nevada gold mine on Sunday 11 NOV), there have been 16 mine fatalities under MSHA jurisdiction in 2018. ... There are no doubt many reasons mining is done one way and other occupations another. But those reasons are political, not logical.” (11/16/18)

As Jeff Bezos says, of course Amazon will fail one day ...

Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

"Jeff Bezos has told Amazon’s staff that the company will fail one day. This is of course true and obvious. ... the average age of a company in the S&P 500 these days is only about 20 years. ... Bezos is just observing reality there. Of course, it’s not quite the same thing as saying, well, we’ve been in business 30 years so we’ll all go home now." (11/16/18)

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The Big L Podcast, episode 6

Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We continue from Ep 5 talking about the evolution of the platform of the Libertarian Party, including its high and low points. Particular attention is given to the 2002 and 2004 platform and as it relates to the ‘Portland Massacre’ of 2006 engineered by the Reform Caucus leading to the birth of the Radical Caucus.” [Flash audio] (11/16/18)

Extremism in the defense of subsidized liberty is a (conservative) vice

Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Conservatives often talk about the problems with regulation, and the need for free choice. But the massive subsidization of risk in these two systems [financial and healthcare] means there is no free choice to begin with. Fans of free markets should never be put in the position of defending regimes that are so distorted by subsidy and other regulations.” (11/16/18)

Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 21

Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Zama Rripa talks to Johnny and Raylene about ‘American Soul,’ his passion project inspiring others to live free and reject the shackles of the State, hoping to change the culture and plant the seeds of self-ownership.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

Why do leftists settle for a $15 minimum wage?

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“If economic ignorance among leftists (i.e., liberals and progressives) had no adverse impacts, we could consign it to the ranks of the humorous. Unfortunately, however, such ignorance has very serious adverse consequences, especially on poor people. The classic example of this phenomenon is the minimum wage.” (11/16/18)

Felony Friday, episode 150

Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Kevin Matthews join John to discuss the movement in Denver to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. Kevin is the campaign director of Decriminalize Denver, which is collecting signatures with the intention of getting the decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms on the ballot in Denver in 2019.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

Hers alone

Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“[W]hile a pregnant woman has the right to ‘opt out’ of the burden of unwanted motherhood by choosing abortion, the man who got her pregnant has no similar right; if she chooses to have the baby he’s on the hook financially for over two decades ...” (11/16/18)

Free Talk Live, 11/15/18

“Crypto-Nerd Wars :: Motivation to lose weight & dietary practices :: There were no borders — as we know them — during the Middle Ages :: Banning flavoured tobacco products :: Borders ... HOSTS — Darryl, Chris R, Michael.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/15/18)

Kanye West’s private firefighting is a force for good

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“Due to the location of the Wests’ home, which sits at the end of a cul-de-sac and in front of an open field, had it caught fire it is highly likely that the houses next to it would have followed suit. Instead, the insurance provider AIG’s rapid response to the residence was able to prevent this catastrophe from happening altogether.” (11/15/18)

The Tom Woods Show, episode 1285

Source: The Tom Woods Show

"Ever since it became known that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has spoken favorably about the right of the states to nullify unconstitutional federal laws, we’ve been treated to a barrage of the usual third-grade arguments from people we are supposed to consider our intellectual superiors. We’ll have some fun with those in this episode." [various formats] (11/15/18)

Economic systems and the fate of civilization

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Antony Mueller

"Although the great debate concerns no longer the choice between communism and capitalism, the key question remains: whether society should move to more state intervention or to a market economy. This way, the traditional question of socialism or capitalism is still on the table." (11/15/18)


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Scott Gottlieb’s Nicotine Nazism will kill kids, not save them

Garrison Center
Thomas L Knapp

“[FDA] commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced new measures regulating the sale of products that seem to reduce the negative health impacts of nicotine addiction — in the name of protecting children from those health impacts. Oddly, Gottlieb also announced a plan to dramatically increase the availability and variety of flavored cigarettes — in the name of banning them.”

The Backpage scandal isn’t what you think

Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Prostitution is banned in almost every municipality in the country, generally as a misdemeanor offense. Though it is not against federal law, federal statutes like the Travel Act and the Mann Act declare that minor local offenses can become federal business if state lines are crossed ... none of the charges against Backpage are for sex trafficking, which is against federal law.”

Conservative attacks on Ocasio-Cortez are hypocritical
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Conservatives are having fun attacking 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected member of Congress from New York. They’re poking fun at her devotion to socialism. But the real joke is on conservatives because their attacks on Ocasio-Cortez only expose the malady with which conservatives have long been afflicted.” (11/15/18)

Freedom Frauds, 11/15/18

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

Jim Bovard: “My hitchhiking follies led to a bus station where I met a drunken Vietnam vet who helped me understand atrocities.” [Flash video] (11/15/18)

Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/15/18

“A new study by Brown University has found that the post 9/11 wars have, when all totaled up, cost an estimated $5.9 trillion (and counting) as interest on the borrowed money continues to accrue. What did we get for our money? Safety and security? No. More threats and more wars. Was the whole thing a scam?” [Flash video] (11/15/18)

The Law with DK Williams, episode 12
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The Launch Pad Media
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“If the government is handing out largesse based on marital status, it can not deny same sex couples that largesse. It must recognize same sex marriages. Not handing out largesse, of course, isn’t even considered.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/15/18)

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