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  • Nancy MacLean Continues to Embarrass Duke, but Exposes its Double Standards

    03/16/2018 4:33:55 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | March 16, 2018 | George Leef
    Last year, Duke University History Professor Nancy MacLean became one of the country’s best-known academics for her book Democracy in Chains. That is not, however, to say that her book was so praiseworthy that it made her famous. Quite the opposite—Democracy in Chains was excoriated by academic critics for its blatantly dishonest attack on the thinking and indeed the character of the late James M. Buchanan, the 1986 Nobel Prize winner in economics. MacLean sought to depict Buchanan as a closet racist whose intellectual breakthrough of what is now called “public choice” theory was actually meant to help segregationists ward...
  • Sweeping ‘assault weapon’ ban floated in Rhode Island

    02/16/2018 6:35:31 AM PST · by Simon Green · 38 replies ^ | 02/16/18 | Chris Eger
    Lawmakers in the nation’s smallest state are planning a large package of bills in conjunction with gun control activists that could see bans on certain types of semi-automatics and their magazines. Allied with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, and Rep. Jason Knight, D-Barrington, are introducing proposals in both chambers of the legislature that would add the same types of firearms restrictions seen in neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts. Knight argued the move is needed to protect public safety in the aftermath of a high-profile school shooting in Florida this week. “It will take a multi-pronged...
  • In Houston, outrage over a school arrest that landed a student in immigration detention

    02/16/2018 6:24:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | February 15, 2018 | by Suzanne Gamboa
    The Houston school district is under fire after a student without legal status ended up in immigration detention following his arrest by a school police officer for an altercation with a female student. A lawyer for Dennis Rivera Sarmiento, 19, said his client was bullied by the 15-year-old girl and retaliated only after she taunted him with racial slurs, threw a full bottle of Gatorade at him and confronted him. "He's very fearful of being deported to Honduras," said Rivera's attorney, Brandon Roché. On Wednesday, students at Stephen F. Austin High School in Houston staged a lunch hour walkout to...
  • Duke prof suggests libertarians are 'on the autism spectrum'

    02/13/2018 6:23:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | February 12, 2018 | Toni Airaksinen
    Two students at Columbia University are hosting a workshop later this month to encourage their peers to “redistribute our own wealth” to “marginalized people.” “Class Privilege and Radical Redistribution” is organized by Columbia University students Amy Wang and Claire Klinger, and will feature a roundtable discussion on “learning about our obligation to redistribute our own wealth.”
  • Silk Road

    02/07/2018 6:26:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | February 7, 2018 | John Stossel
    Ross Ulbricht was a quiet nerd -- an Eagle Scout who never cursed. Then he became a libertarian, and he decided, "I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion." By coercion, Ulbricht meant force. He viewed laws against drugs as coercion -- government force that stops people from living the way they want. So he created a website called Silk Road. Silk Road let people buy and sell contraband -- mostly drugs -- using bitcoin. The site became successful quickly. It soon carried a billion dollars in transactions. Because Silk Road didn't use...
  • Scott signs pot legalization bill (Vermont)

    01/23/2018 10:56:56 AM PST · by bgill · 87 replies
    wcax ^ | Jan. 22, 2018 | Neal Goswami
    Gov. Phil Scott has signed Vermont's marijuana legalization bill into law. A Scott administration official tells WCAX the governor signed the bill shortly before 2 p.m. Monday. Scott is now the first governor in the country to sign marijuana legalization into law. Eight other states legalized marijuana through public referendums. In a letter to lawmakers, Scott said he signed the bill, H.511, with "mixed emotions." The bill allows Vermonters over the age of 21 to have an ounce of weed and to grow a few plants. Once signed, the new law goes into effect July 1.
  • Libertarians brush off concerns they'll play 'spoiler' in Virginia governor's race

    11/06/2017 1:59:06 PM PST · by deplorableindc · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 6, 2017
    Virginia’s campaign for governor ends Tuesday with polling suggesting a tight contest between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam, leaving Libertarians yet again a potentially influential factor. Libertarian Cliff Hyra, a patent attorney, is unlikely to win a large share of the vote, with polls suggesting 3 percent at most, but it’s a clear possibility he will take more votes than the race's margin of victory. The third party’s leaders say that doesn’t matter, and that Hyra’s individual-rights platform is worth supporting regardless of electoral consequences — not a new argument for Libertarians, twice accused of contributing to recent...
  • Free Market Central Interview: Lawrence Reed On Libertarian Heroes

    10/27/2017 11:05:01 AM PDT · by sloop3 ^ | October 27, 2017 | Free Market Central
    From football stars to entertainment figures to politicians, it seems that every other day America witnesses the fall of yet another icon. Are we celebrating the wrong people? Exactly what makes a hero? Lawrence Reed, president of the Foundation for Economic Education, recently spoke to Free Market Central about his book, “Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories Of Courage, Character and Conviction."
  • Koch Brothers Line Up with DACA Illegals to Pressure Republican Congress to Pass Amnesty

    09/07/2017 10:50:38 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 30 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7 Sep 2017 | IAN MASON
    Long-time pro-mass immigration billionaires Charles and David Koch became the latest force to pressure congressional Republicans to nullify the end of DACA with a legislative amnesty Thursday. Koch spokespeople said the brothers will throw their weight behind the growing effort to force a two-house GOP majority that has refused to pass either funding for the southern border wall or the RAISE Act, a key nationalist immigration reform, to quickly pass an amnesty for those who were once exempted from federal immigration law under President Barack Obama’s DACA. The Koch amenability to open borders and amnesty is nothing new. In 2013,...
  • Will Justice Come For IRS Lawbreakers At Last?

    08/29/2017 2:49:32 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 23 replies
    i ^ | 8/28/2017 | Staff
    Abuse Of Power: The IRS scandal seemingly has lain dormant now for months, all but forgotten amid the spate of recent anti-Trump media spasms, the ongoing violent antics of the antifa leftists and, now, Hurricane Harvey's devastation. But even if much of Washington has forgotten about it, a Washington judge hasn't. As reported by the Washington Examiner, Judge Reggie B. Walton of the Washington, D.C., District Court last week revived legal attention to the scandal, telling the IRS it has to reveal the names of IRS employees who targeted conservative, libertarian and Tea Party groups. But Walton didn't stop there....
  • Real Libertarians Don’t Indocrinate

    06/28/2017 8:54:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 28, 2017 | Alex Nitzberg
    As a teacher, George Mason University economist Walter Williams explained: "I think it's academic dishonesty to use one's classroom to proselytize students, that is…to give students your opinion, and I think it’s dishonest in the sense that it takes advantage of the immature minds of young people who have not gained the maturity and the experience to be able to individually assess things and to come to their own conclusions." He said that at the orientation for his undergraduate and Ph.D. class, he informs the pupils that if he utters an opinion without the preface "In my opinion," they should...
  • Where Are The Moderate Leftists?

    06/15/2017 5:12:37 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 19 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 6-15-17 | MOTUS
    Donald Trump gets elected and the Left protests by setting fires in the street: They form a “Resistance” and continue to riot for months, forming a “Resistance” whose members throw punches, attacking their “enemy” with their fists, sticks and bike locks stuffed in a sock. Celebrities who have joined the movement throw oil on the fire saying increasingly stupid things like they want to burn the White House down. And suddenly every Democrat pol is so angry they have seemingly lost the ability to control themselves and the air turns blue with their F-bombs.The Left forms “The Resistance” made up...
  • This is the alt-right: Richard Spencer’s horrifying abortion rant

    04/25/2017 6:19:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 90 replies
    LifeSite ^ | Mar 21, 2017 | Jonathon van Maren
    For those of you wondering why I’m writing another column about the alt-right, the reason is simple: Every time I do, people comment to explain why I’m wrong. Those people, some of whom I used to know, are starting to buy what the alt-right is peddling. Some of them are brazen enough to inform me that I, as an active social conservative, should be “smart enough” to realize that “the Jews,” whom they somehow believe to be a homogenous and monolithic group, are responsible for all of the evils Western civilization faces. One of these people even wrote that Richard...
  • Libertarian ticket [Gary Johnson] cost Trump the popular vote

    02/11/2017 7:37:12 AM PST · by HokieMom · 101 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/10/17 12:00 AM | TOM ROSS •
    < snip > After enjoying the inauguration and our nation's peaceful transfer of power, we attempted to make our way to a parade viewing party on Pennsylvania Avenue. What should have been a painless trip across town quickly became a prime example of how unhinged the far left has become. Along the way we witnessed smashed cars, broken windows, a fire, and were called names and threatened simply because of how we were dressed; so much for tolerance and acceptance. After arriving at the parade, we had the pleasure of running into former Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld. Governor Weld,...
  • SHARE FAR AND WIDE: Border Security Is Libertarian

    02/04/2017 1:08:44 PM PST · by PingPongChampion · 13 replies ^ | February 1st, 2017 | R. Rados
    One of the most basic tenets of libertarianism is the construction of barriers, borders and boundaries. These boundaries are usually invisible, but they could just as easily be manifested into something physical. To protect individual liberty, libertarians believe in placing constitutional limits on the government's power and reach. Figuratively, libertarians believe in building barriers around individuals to protect them from physical coercion, violence and various other external elements. Some libertarians would argue that they're building barriers around the government – but the outcome and intent are still the same: individual freedom. In most cases, to protect one individual from another,...
  • Richard Kirk, accused of fatally shooting wife while high, pleads guilty ( Marijuana : Colorado)

    02/03/2017 6:37:14 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    KDVR ^ | February 3, 2017 | Chuck Hickey
    DENVER -- The man accused of fatally shooting his wife while investigators said he was high on marijuana edibles pleaded guilty to second-degree murder .. Richard Kirk, 50, had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, citing marijuana intoxication, in September to a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife Kristine. Under terms of the plea, Kirk, who had been charged with first-degree murder, will be sentenced to 25 to 30 years in prison and fined $5,000 to $1 million. He will also give up parental rights to the couples' three children to Kristine Kirk's parents ... The...
  • Libertarians cautiously hopeful Trump will reduce regulatory burden

    02/01/2017 11:55:53 AM PST · by snarkpup · 4 replies
    Libertarina Party Press Releases ^ | February 1, 2017 | Carla Howell
    Today Libertarians praised President Donald Trump’s goal of reducing federal government regulations by 75 percent and expressed hope that his plan to counter any new regulation with the elimination of two existing regulations serves to reduce the massive regulatory burden that Americans suffer under today. Libertarians caution that some regulations impose 100 times the burden that others do. So a two-for-one deal won’t necessarily result in a net reduction in red tape, bureaucratic obstruction, or needless government meddling in people’s lives.
  • Trump's First Week

    01/18/2017 10:15:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | January 18, 2017 | John Stossel
    Donald Trump will be busy Friday. He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump's first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the "war on coal," expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a "beautiful Southern border wall," fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, come up with a plan to stop ISIS, get rid of "gun-free zones," "start taking care of our ... military," withdraw from the TPP trade agreement, cut regulations and designate China a currency manipulator. OK, much of that was probably just campaign talk. I'm grateful for that. I hope...
  • There is No Free Trade Without Borders

    12/09/2016 10:01:04 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/09/16 | Arthur Christopher Schaper
    Libertarians need to understand that liberty does not exist in a vacuum, or in a borderless world. It cannot work that way I believe in free trade, but ultra-libertarians and free-market proponents ignore the necessary conditions for the rule of law and culture. Libertarian policies cannot flourish in a vacuum, but require a government to protect our rights—Including the rights of the working man. Chinese citizens have few rights, and the freedom of that nation’s economy has not translated into political liberty. Poverty wages are the norm in corrupt kleptocracies, and with that cheap goods for sale on the global...
  • How Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Helped Elect Trump

    11/10/2016 7:38:49 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/10/16 | Eli Watkins
    either Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson nor the Green Party's Jill Stein managed to make a dent in the Electoral College, but they did post a significant enough showing in several states arguably to help elect Donald Trump. Trump won 290 Electoral College votes to 232 for Hillary Clinton, as of Wednesday evening, with Clinton topping him in the popular vote. But had the Democrats managed to capture the bulk of third-party voters in some of the closest contests -- Wisconsin (10), Pennsylvania (20), Michigan (16) and Florida (29) -- Clinton would have defeated Trump by earning 307 Electoral College...