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Column by Paul Hein. Exclusive to STR All taxation is theft, but the most egregious of these thefts must surely be the property tax. Other taxes/thefts can be avoided or minimized, but if you own a house or other tangible real estate, you will be taxed forever, and after you are gone, your heirs will continue to pay tribute to the property tax collector. A number of years ago I asked the local collector how my property could be evaluated in terms of “dollars,” when no value is...
Original article The tools we use every day, the technologies we love, the way we engage each other, the means by which our lives are improving are a consequences of innovation, markets, community, and globalization — that is, by the interactions of free people. Not by politics. And not by the systems politics creates.  
Original article When do we get to exercise democracy and fire every factotum, apparatchik, toady and lackey in the state who has abused his/her authority?    
Original article Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there’s always the chance that an encounter will turn deadly.
Original article  President Obama’s upcoming Africa tour is just one more piece in a long puzzle of misguided American involvement in the affairs of the continent.
Original article Full-on anti-capitalism is again fashionable. The supporters of the latest surge in socialist sympathy relies on the idea that socialism can better deliver a decent standard of living. But without functioning markets, such a goal will prove impossible.  
Original article A Wisconsin clothing store owner opened fire on a group of attempted robbers last week and successfully defended both his business and his life.  
Original article In little more than a decade, the Pentagon and the intelligence community and their legions of contractors have mutated into a shadow government that is the antithesis of what the United States...But these wolves don’t dress themselves up as sheep, but as shepherds protecting the American people from the predators that would devour them if their vigilance ever faltered.
Original article The formation of private associations allowed local residents to solve their own problems, rather than turn to the state and federal governments. The prevalence of voluntary associations allowed early Americans to retain liberties while effectively solving local problems.
Original article Libertarians pay taxes for the same reason you would hand over your wallet to someone who pointed a gun in your face and said: "Give me your money or else."
Original article Why should voters have a say in consensual relations between people?  
Original article Corporatism is the result of a system of power that promotes certain institutional arrangements, because those arrangements serve the interests of those who control the system.
Original article The primary purpose of the DHS, and well as the other intelligence-industrial complex agencies, is to keep the unwashed masses in line when they wake up to the incredible criminality and theft perpetrated by the status quo.
Original article If somebody purports to have a higher claim on your body then they have become your master and you their slave. Never allow any man or institution to make such a false claim.
Original article Three Supreme Court justices didn’t recuse themselves from cases in which they held stock in companies interested in the outcomes. Nearly 90 percent of the time, they sided with these businesses that filed ‘friend of the court’ briefs, a new report said.
RE: To Those Watching Piers Morgan
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Kevin M. Patten 2013-07-31 08:12
Column by Kevin M. Patten. “The same persons who tell us one breath, that the power of the federal government will be despotic and unlimited, inform us in the next, that it has not authority sufficient even to call out the POSSE COMITATUS. The latter, unfortunately, is as much short of the truth as the former exceeds it.” ~ Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist #29 The massacres in...
Punishment
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Jim Davies 2013-07-30 08:16
Column by Jim Davies. Exclusive to STR In September 1971 there was a serious riot in the state prison in Attica, NY, which left 39 dead, and drew much comment. One of the comments was as follows. See whether you can guess by whom it was made: “Any mutiny by the prisoners is going to be put down and put down hard.” The State Governor, maybe? Or some law-n-order Conservative? Probably...
There Will Be No Victorious State
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-07-26 07:54
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR One of the most absurd characteristics of democracy to me is the unspoken yet obviously present belief on the part of all active participants that ultimately, one day, through enough intellectual persuasion – or even underhanded political tactics so often openly engaged in – a single ideology will prevail, trouncing in some final imagined...
The Optimum Level of Violence
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Paul Bonneau 2013-07-25 07:45
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR A while back, lots of conservatives got excited about something called the Laffer Curve. It’s the notion that stolen government loot will be zero at tax rates of both 0% and 100%, therefore looting is maximized at some rate in between. Not the most earth-shattering realization, I admit, but still, if you read about it, you come off with a strange...
Universal One Size Fits All Policy
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Tim Hartnett 2013-07-19 08:01
Column by Tim Hartnett. Exclusive to STR It probably sounds odd to make a connection between the dilemma of US aid to Egypt and a federal lawsuit filed by the Mitchell family against the city of Henderson, Nevada on July 1st. In the one case, the foreign policy establishment is disappointed by Cairo’s struggle to reach a satisfactorily democratic solution to its governing woes. In the other...
Race Hucksters Bore Me
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Paul Bonneau 2013-07-18 06:55
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR It’s a wonder how worked up people can get themselves over a little melanin in skin. Most often it is just a joke, but it can become tedious at times. Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are not the only race hucksters, although they come immediately to mind when you hear the term. There are armies of race hucksters in government, the folks who have...
Chaology and Market-Based Economics
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Lawrence Samuels 2013-07-17 07:31
Column by L.K. Samuels. Exclusive to STR The article below contains excerpts from L.K. Samuels’ new book, In Defense of Chaos: The Chaology of Politics, Economics and Human Action. Market chaologists and complexity economists recognize Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” metaphor as the earliest reference to how economic systems spontaneously emerge within society. In this way...
Whose Side Is History On?
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Tim Hartnett 2013-07-16 07:34
Column by Tim Hartnett. Exclusive to STR Quiz: The phrase “one step forward and two steps back” is? a. The title of a book by Vladimir Lenin. b. A generous assessment of 20th Century American diplomacy. c. A rate of progress that gets “experts” promoted and keeps “think-tanks” well-funded. d. All of the above. When Morsi was toppled by a military coup in Egypt...
The Zimmerman Spectacle Showcases a Racist System and a Hypocritical Support Base for Trayvon Martin
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Kevin M. Patten 2013-07-15 08:45
Column by new Root Striker Kevin M. Patten. Exclusive to STR Now that the inevitable and unsurprising acquittal of George Zimmerman has been handed down, scores of angry citizens will be asking, “What’s next?” It should at some point cross the minds of those rioting in Oakland and those currently “taking the freeway” in Los Angeles – the same activists who are...
Words and Deeds
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Douglas Young 2013-07-15 08:26
Column by Douglas Young. Exclusive to STR Celebrity chef Paula Deen was professionally lynched for having once used a racist epithet at home 30 years ago when referring to the black man who robbed her at gunpoint. This came in a legal deposition prompted by an extortionist $1.25 million discrimination lawsuit filed by a white female former employee who admitted she hadn’t heard Ms. Deen use...
Harming the Cause for Liberty
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Bradley Keyes 2012-10-05 00:00
Column by Bradley Keyes. Exclusive to STR Harm - a small but powerful word with a strong, emotional pull. No one wants to be harmed. But is it the best word to use when trying define liberty? Phrases such as: "As a voluntaryist, it is my personal opinion that, we should take individual responsibility, that our decisions regarding our bodies should be left to us, individually...
Can Voluntaryism Fix the Machine?
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-10 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR The much vaunted libertarian journalist and commentator H.L. Mencken once wrote: “I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.”   I don’t consider it a stretch at all to say that this is how any voluntaryist worthy of the title feels. But statists – left, right, and...
Free Health Care!
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Jim Davies 2012-10-12 00:00
Column by Jim Davies. Exclusive to STR   That was the promise, made by politicos in the England of my youth; health care, they said, is a right, an entitlement. In Churchill's wartime cabinet, William Beveridge, whom I briefly met 15 years later, had designed a scheme by 1945, and it was rushed through and implemented in 1947. The exodus of British doctors to North America began shortly...
Who Loses 2012?
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Tim Hartnett 2012-10-12 00:00
Column by Tim Hartnett. Exclusive to STR   Every four years the undecided American whipping boy is in for some lumps from his betters. During mid-term elections, the non-aligned generally go unscathed in the two-party turf war. Where the Commander-in-Chief is concerned though, mass movementarians are less forgiving. You’re either a Guelph or a Ghibilene. The theory is that only a dolt...
Slavespeak, Part II
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tzo 2012-10-15 00:00
Column by tzo. Exclusive to STR Bombs in the Brain The design of Slavespeak is such that its words and terms detonate emotional bombs in the brain that function like controlled directional explosive charges. The use of them reflexively jumps the state of mind directly from a to b without the benefit of rational thought. They are of the category “anti-concepts,” as Ayn Rand called them...
A Reason Not to Vote Recommended
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Stephen Nichols 2012-10-18 00:00
Column by Stephen Nichols. Exclusive to STR I don't know about you, but I take a look at my financial situation pretty regularly. I like to keep tabs on my family's spending and keep things under control. I also like to reduce or eliminate any unnecessary expenses. Take a moment to review this chart of some recent family spending: Notice anything big that sticks out there? Yeah, me...
Netanyahu's October Surprise
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fmoghul 2012-10-22 00:00
Column by Faisal Moghul. Exclusive to STR Benjamin Netanyahu’s lust for war with Iran is driven by a mephistophelian worldview that not only prioritizes blatant lies and vile propaganda over the embarrassing truth and awkward facts, but also embraces the art of deception perfected by Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, by lying big, and repeating it constantly and incessantly, to...
'Indians'
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Jim Davies 2012-10-25 00:00
Column by Jim Davies. Exclusive to STR The coming free society will be rational; residents will live on the basis of reality and reason rather than myth. We will recognize government for what it is and therefore reject it on rational grounds; we will think in rational, economic terms predominantly. I can be sure of this, because a free society will not come into being until everyone does think...
The Compulsion of Reading and Writing
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Dylan Delikta 2012-10-26 07:53
Column by Dylan Delikta. Exclusive to STR As a self-proclaimed “writer,” I do not take the time to write as much as I often should. In fact, if I was a journalist in this day and age, I probably would have been out of the job and perhaps even evicted from my apartment (if I actually lived in an apartment, so to say). I realize that right now I sound as if I am being a bit self-...
Technological Transmogrification: Collapsing Government Via the Internet and Beyond
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Alex R. Knight III 2012-10-29 00:00
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Karl Hess once said that historically, technological innovations always changed societies more than voting ever did, and without doubt he remains correct. All the evidence shows this to be true. Fire gave humanity the ability to survive the elements in greater numbers, and transition from the Stone to Iron Age. The printing press enabled Lutherans to...
Do We Need a Vaccine for Hubris? MUST READ
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D. Saul Weiner 2015-02-13 09:13
Column by D. Saul Weiner. Exclusive to STR There are a lot of heated exchanges going on right now in social media related to vaccination. Many people have become convinced that parents who do not vaccinate are jeopardizing the health of others and that vaccines for children should be mandated. Politicians who are expected to run for president in 2016 are starting to weigh in on the topic and some...
'Obamacare Nightmare Edition' of Ringo's Law and the Healthcare System of Doom MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2013-10-30 08:02
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR Introduction for this 2013 Edition As I write this – October 28, 2013, more than four years after the column below was posted (here with minor edits; see the original at this link if you wish) – NBC News is reporting that the Obama administration “knew millions could not keep their health insurance" under Obamacare, and has known...
An Armed March on Washington? MUST READ
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-07 06:52
Column by Alex R. Knight III. Exclusive to STR Perhaps never before have I encountered a proposal within Liberty Movement circles that has generated more controversy faster and further than Adam Kokesh’s planned July 4th march on Washington, District of Criminals, in which he states that himself and the other participants “will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to...
The Orwellian Paradigm--Killing You, For Your Own Safety MUST READ
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fmoghul 2013-04-10 08:12
Column by Faisal Moghul. Exclusive to STR Almost 30 years ago, cultural critic Neil Postman argued in Amusing Ourselves to Death that television’s gradual replacement of the printing press has created a dumbed-down culture driven by mindless entertainment. In this context, Postman claimed that Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World correctly foresaw our dystopian future, as opposed to George...
Frameworks, Virtual Reality and Civil Society: A Manifesto for the Doctrine of Love and Freedom MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2012-12-06 08:44
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR Perhaps I should say this paradigm shift is resuming. The healthier incoming paradigm is a modern, more accurate, better-supported, and better-understood version of one that began the shift towards a free, healthy, and prosperous world more than three centuries ago and which informed the creation of the United States itself: Classical Liberalism. - 1...
Timeline of a World-Killing Paradigm Shift MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2012-05-14 00:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR   Part 3 of "Could the Non-Aggression Principle Stop the Sixth Great Extinction?"   Part One of this series discussed the Non-Aggression principle, calling it "the libertarian half of the Golden Rule" (compassion being the other half) and describing the function of aggression in creating not only tyranny and war but also...
Terrorist Alert: Government Extremists Threaten Americans MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2012-03-26 00:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR   Question: are you more terrified by Muslim extremists, by "domestic terrorists" – or by your own government? Which group is more likely to assault you? To kill you? To unjustly imprison and even torture you?   The U.S. federal government has ALREADY:   Built and is staffing a huge gulag of concentration camps [...
The State Is a Firing Squad MUST READ
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JGVibes 2012-02-17 01:00
Column by JGVibes.   Exclusive to STR   Although the common perception of human nature is very negative, the truth is that most people who aren’t mentally ill have a very difficult time committing acts of violence. Usually it takes a sizeable payment and a fair amount of manipulation to convince someone to act violently, and even then a tremendous amount of guilt typically...
How the 1% Took America's Wealth--and How to Get It Back MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2011-12-01 01:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR  - 1 - Plundering Wealth vs Producing Wealth   In recent decades, the rich have gathered an increasing share of the total wealth in the United States. As this wealth disparity grows and especially as large numbers of the formerly middle class fall into poverty and even into homelessness, this flow of wealth from main street (from anyone not...
'Anarchy or Minarchy' Is Only Half the Question, Part 2 MUST READ
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Glen Allport 2011-04-13 03:00
Column by Glen Allport. Exclusive to STR  This is Part 2 of a response to a column by Wesley Messamore. Last week's Part One of this column discussed the following:   ·      Minarchy: Lighting a Match to the Fuse of Tyranny ·      Anarchy: By Itself, Yang without Yin ·      The Missing Key...