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Propaganda and Islam: What You’re Not Being Told

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The Climate Change Sham!

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Stop saying Biden is the 'most electable'. Trump will run rings round him

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Speaker Pelosi Threatens Possibility of Armed Conflict Against U.S. Department of Justice…

War Again on the Front Burner


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Gullible GOP lawmaker strips & makes total ass out of himself
Post Date: 2018-07-23 12:39:04 by Willie Green
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Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who is America?" returned Sunday for its second episode, featuring a sketch with Jason Spencer, a Republican state lawmaker from Georgia, that rivals the debut episode's guns-for-toddlers segment in shock value. The new episode of Cohen's Showtime series, which also features the comedian duping Dick Cheney and Corinne Olympios from "The Bachelor," revives his Israeli anti-terrorism expert character Col. Erran Morad. As Morad, Cohen convinces Spencer that he's acting in a training video, similar to how he persuaded former and current congressmen to record public-service announcements for the fake "Kinderguardians" program ...

Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
Post Date: 2018-07-23 06:40:03 by Gatlin
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Ideas have consequences — and bad ideas have bad consequences. Just how bad the consequences turn out to be depends to a large extent on the precise character of the bad idea. A bad idea that influences no one isn't really that bad. It's just stupid, and instantly forgettable. But a bad idea that lodges in people's minds, fires their imaginations, inspires them to persuade others of its wisdom, and motivates them to make bad decisions in the world — that idea is truly bad. Some bad ideas inspire world-historical acts of evil. "The Jews are subhuman parasites that deserve to be exterminated" may be the worst idea ever conceived. Compared with such a ...

What's wrong with libertarianism [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2018-07-22 07:16:35 by Gatlin
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Apparently someone's curse worked: we live in interesting times, and among other consequences, for no good reason we have a surplus of libertarians. With this article I hope to help keep the demand low, or at least to explain to libertarian correspondents why they don't impress me with comments like "You sure love letting people steal your money!" Good libertarians and the other kind This article has been rewritten, for two reasons. First, the original article had sidebars to address common objections. From several people's reactions, it seems that they never read these. They're now incorporated into the text. Second, and more importantly, many people who call ...

Three Problems for Libertarian Supporters of a Basic Income ...
Post Date: 2018-07-21 05:06:14 by Gatlin
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Today The Atlantic published an article on the Basic Income Guarantee, with special focus on the work of Scott Santens to crowdfund a basic income on a voluntary basis. And last week, Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute published a terrific policy analysis assessing both the strengths and weaknesses of various sorts of BIG and related-policies. I’ve written a few pieces defending a BIG from both a pragmatic and a more principled perspective. But it’s never been an issue about which I’ve felt absolutely settled. The idea of implementing a BIG as a replacement for our current welfare state faces some serious difficulties. And lately – especially after reading ...

Getting conservatives and Libertarians to agree on tariffs
Post Date: 2018-07-20 16:36:19 by Gatlin
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One of the most irritating things about Libertarians is that they are often doctrinaire and immovable on topics. (I know, because I'm one.) Tariffs, for instance. Tariffs are uncategorically bad, as they fly in the face of the gospel doctrine of free trade. Since most of conservative bent would agree with Adam Smith on most matters economic, we also agree with the premise. But for many of us, me included, our agreement is only categorical. This is where conservatives lose most Libertarians. But one can reasonably argue tariffs beyond this point. An argument might go something like this: we agree that tariffs are bad, and we also agree that we are in favor of free trade. America ...

1 House Republican's chilling warning on Trump and Russia
Post Date: 2018-07-20 13:13:30 by Willie Green
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(CNN)In a New York Times op-ed — headlined "Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?" — Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd writes of this week's summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin: "The president's failure to defend the United States intelligence community's unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counterinfluence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage while a Russian dictator spouted lies confused many but should concern all Americans. By playing into Vladimir Putin's hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign ...

The problems with libertarianism. : philosophy
Post Date: 2018-07-20 07:09:34 by Gatlin
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I see two major problems with libertarianism. The first is that it is a moral and social framework that only considers the means when ruling on the rightness of an action. The problem is that means are not sufficient, only necessary in determining the right action; the ends are also a necessary part of the calculus. Because the ends aren't considered the actions prescribed by libertarianism may or may not be the right ones, it would depend on the ends. Any framework that leads to wrong actions is an ineffective framework. An example of this: libertarianism says the government should not force restaurants to serve healthy food because government force is an immoral means. Even if this ...

Why Libertarianism is wrong
Post Date: 2018-07-19 02:19:16 by Gatlin
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I am feeling energetic today, and I thought I would tackle an issue that I have been thinking about for weeks now. As with many deep discussions, it started with a beer between friends. The topic of discussions were the merits of Libertarians and the philosophy. Maybe it is the contrarian in me, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I think the Libertarians’ philosophy is wrong . Before we begin, there are some ideas from Libertarians that I find attractive – I like the idea of a smaller government, and I like the idea of allowing markets to operate more freely; however, when you take a Libertarians at their word, I think the entire philosophy starts to break down. Defining ...

3 Problems With Libertarianism - After Economics
Post Date: 2018-07-18 04:01:54 by Gatlin
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Lauren Southern just released a video criticizing modern libertarianism. She’s got some points, but imo they mostly apply to the modern libertarian movement and not libertarianism qua libertarianism as an intellectual thingy. This article points out my three issues with the latter, but I largely agree with her points as well. I argue: Anarcho-capitalists are too small a share of libertariansAnarcho-capitalism alone is improved on through the addition of ChristianityAnarcho-capitalism + Christianity is better identified with conservatism than libertarianism. 1 – Anarcho-capitalists are too small a share of libertarians What does libertarianism mean to you? It means many things to ...

Libertarians’ reality problem: How an estrangement from history yields abject failure
Post Date: 2018-07-17 03:52:33 by Gatlin
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It has long been customary to divide the Republican Party into three “camps”: big business or “Wall Street” Republicans, the religious right and neoconservatives or “national security” Republicans. The third group, it must be admitted, somewhat unsteadily combines neoconservatives proper (such as William Kristol) with old- fashioned defense hawks (such as Donald Rumsfeld), but perhaps this is the Republican “big tent” we keep hearing about. In any case, this neat three-part logic was roiled by two events in 2008: the “Great Recession” and the election of Barack Obama as president. The latter’s decision to respond to the crisis with a ...

The fundamental contradiction of libertarianism
Post Date: 2018-07-16 03:02:26 by Gatlin
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I just read an extremely thoughtful essay by Chris Bertram, Corey Robin and Alex Gourevitch over at crookedtimber.org. It is a must for anyone seriously interested in discussing libertarianism and its logic. While Bertram and colleagues largely take on a new group that — apparently without trace of irony — calls itself “Bleeding Heart Libertarians,” many of the points they make can be applied to a broader analysis of libertarianism. As is well known, the core idea of libertarian philosophy is the preservation of the maximum amount of freedom possible. Though the concept seems, in practice, to be limited to the freedom of employers, we will give the libertarian the ...

Adam Smith to Richard Spencer: Why Libertarians turn to the Alt-Right
Post Date: 2018-07-15 12:24:24 by Gatlin
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If you’ve paid attention to politics on the internet as long as I have, you might have noticed a worrying and confusing trend: traditionally libertarian figures transitioning into alt-right supporters. I’ve followed the ‘classical liberal’ faction of the internet since about 2014, the year I started becoming interested in politics. I was watching Christopher Cantwell before he became known as the ‘crying Nazi’, when his chant was ‘taxation is theft’, not ‘Jews will not replace us’. I remember Stefan Molyneux when he was debating whether we should have a government, not whether government should be used to promote eugenics.This fascinating ...

Libertarians’ reality problem: How an estrangement from history yields abject failure
Post Date: 2018-07-15 12:04:42 by Gatlin
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It has long been customary to divide the Republican Party into three “camps”: big business or “Wall Street” Republicans, the religious right and neoconservatives or “national security” Republicans. The third group, it must be admitted, somewhat unsteadily combines neoconservatives proper (such as William Kristol) with old- fashioned defense hawks (such as Donald Rumsfeld), but perhaps this is the Republican “big tent” we keep hearing about. In any case, this neat three-part logic was roiled by two events in 2008: the “Great Recession” and the election of Barack Obama as president. The latter’s decision to respond to the crisis with a ...

Why Internet Libertarians are becoming Fascists
Post Date: 2018-07-15 04:32:29 by Gatlin
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If you grew up in middle-class white America in the 21st century, chances are you know some “Internet Libertarians”. The type, usually a somewhat socially maladjusted young man, who spends a lot of time playing video games and on youtube. For most of their life they’re apolitical, or maybe have a vague sympathy for Ron Paul. Or maybe they have a cynical view of politics from watching South Park. One day they stumble onto a Sargon of Assad or Stephen Molyneux video, and it speaks to them. Hell, maybe you are one, or were one. But over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed that these people drifted in another direction, away from atheism and libertarianism and ...

Libertarians Are Insane
Post Date: 2018-07-14 20:50:27 by Gatlin
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I’ve been calling myself a Libertarian since 2008. I’m beginning to think I’ve made a mistake. For me, voting for Hillary is clearly out of the questions since she’s socialist in everything but name and voting for Trump is also off the table since he’s a habitual liar and vindictive bully whose positions vary from strong conservative to left of Hillary depending on his mood and the time of day. Since I generally want the government to get out of my business, you might think the Libertarians would be a perfect fit for me, and I though so too for a time, and yet… On paper, the Libertarians are great. Looking over the Libertarian platform, I object strong to ...

Open Question: What is a Christian Libertarian?
Post Date: 2018-07-14 15:45:51 by Gatlin
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The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise
Post Date: 2018-07-14 08:31:29 by Gatlin
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Colorado Springs has always leaned hard on its reputation for natural beauty. An hour’s drive south of Denver, it sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ southern range and features two of the state’s top tourist destinations: the ancient sandstone rock formations known as Garden of the Gods, and Pikes Peak, the 14,000-foot summit visible from nearly every street corner. It’s also a staunchly Republican city— headquarters of the politically active Christian group Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs is nicknamed “the Evangelical Vatican”) and the fourth most conservative city in America, according to a recent study. It’s a right-wing counterweight ...

Libertarianism Is A Fundamentally Flawed Ideology
Post Date: 2018-07-13 05:28:47 by Gatlin
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Two recent studies in evolutionary biology (discussed in Scientific American) concern the problem of why not all individuals cheat: "A key problem when trying to understand the evolution of cooperation has been the issue of cheaters." In other words: cheating helps the cheater, so why doesn't everyone cheat? One finding ("Generalized Reciprocity") has been that to the extent that individuals in a culture trust and help strangers, the culture itself thrives, but that to the opposite extent, in which it's common to take from strangers without giving proportionally in return, the culture suffers and declines. This means that cultures in which cheating is ...

Nice: House Republicans to force vote on abolishing ICE
Post Date: 2018-07-13 01:49:54 by Tooconservative
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Basic good midterm politics. I think?House GOP leaders plan to bring a Democratic measure calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the House floor, hoping to force Democrats into a difficult vote… “Democrats have been trying to make July 4th about abolishing ICE, which is a radical, extreme position that would lead to open borders and undermine America’s national security,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill. “I think it’s the wrong approach. I think everyone ought to be on record about where they stand on that issue.” The Democratic bill is the Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement ...

The problems with Libertarianism
Post Date: 2018-07-12 05:08:27 by Gatlin
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Some of my best friends are libertarian, but I don’t hold it (too much) against them. Libertarianism appears to be very popular these days, especially among Republicans who wish to pretend to be anti-big government and yet are ashamed of eight years of huge government deficit and interference in personal life under W. Unfortunately, there are several problems with being a libertarian, perhaps the major one being that it is hard to say what exactly a libertarian is. I actually spent quite some time wading through the bewildering taxonomy of libertarian-like positions, and finally came up with a complicated tree-like “concept map” that summarizes the basics. First off, you ...

What is Wrong with Libertarianism?
Post Date: 2018-07-11 18:12:40 by Gatlin
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For some time now, I’ve been wanting to write a post about what is wrong with Libertarianism from a Biblical worldview. First of all, it would be helpful for you to see visually, a basic graph revealing the current political spectrum. The Political Sprectrum – Left to Right (Source: http://woody.typepad.com)Most Christians who call themselves “Christian Libertarians” don’t really know much about the roots or true ideology of the Libertarian political philosophy. They like the idea of small government, reduced taxes, gun rights, property rights and a free-market economy. So far, so good. I’m right there with them. The problem is in the inherent presuppositions ...

The Inauthentic Flip-Flopping of Bernie Sanders
Post Date: 2018-07-10 09:27:43 by Tooconservative
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Bernie traded his beliefs for a seat in the 1 percent. "Open borders? No, that's a Koch brothers proposal," Bernie Sanders snapped. "You're doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don't think there's any country in the world that believes in that." "What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy,” he continued. "You know what youth unemployment is in the United States of America today? If you're a white high school graduate, it's 33 percent, Hispanic 36 percent, African American 51 percent. You think we should open the borders and bring in a lot of low-wage workers, or do you think maybe ...

Why Radical Libertarians Are the New Communists
Post Date: 2018-07-10 03:51:55 by Gatlin
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A toxic strand of a political ideology. Most people would consider radical libertarianism and communism polar opposites: The first glorifies personal freedom. The second would obliterate it. Yet the ideologies are simply mirror images. Both attempt to answer the same questions, and fail to do so in similar ways. Where communism was adopted, the result was misery, poverty and tyranny. If extremist libertarians ever translated their beliefs into policy, it would lead to the same kinds of catastrophe. Let’s start with some definitions. By radical libertarianism, we mean the ideology that holds that individual liberty trumps all other values. By communism, we mean the ideology of ...

Why I am Not a Libertarian
Post Date: 2018-07-09 12:29:23 by Gatlin
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I used to call myself a libertarian. I still believe that market forces are the best way to allocate non-essential resources. And I still believe that government should stay out of people’s personal business. But I now realize that libertarianism is based on a number of conceptual confusions. Libertarianism holds out a laudable and seemingly reasonable ideal: a democratic meritocracy of free, rational, self-reliant individuals who take responsibility for their own problems, who cooperate with others based on mutual self-interest, and who expect nothing more than what they have earned. Grounding this ideal is one uncompromising principle: personal liberty. The government’s only ...

Are you ready for...Hillary 2020?
Post Date: 2018-07-09 10:23:22 by Tooconservative
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Could 2020 be a rerun of 2016? Michael Goodwin sees the portents for a rematch between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, thanks to her renewed interest in running her super-PAC. She’s sending out more missives attacking Trump, arranging payments to allied groups, and has even helped launch a campaign against whomever Trump nominates for the Supreme Court — run by longtime aide Brian Fallon.See Also: The first post-Janus lawsuit against the SEIU has arrived “Hillary is up to something,” Goodwin wrote yesterday, and he thinks it might just be a comeback, in large part because of a lack of competition: First, because there’s no clear front-runner for the nomination 18 ...

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