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Original article A story from the LA Times about how there are no Repubs on the CA state-wide ballot this year and how there may not ever be again. Two Dems running against each other is as close to opposition as it gets now. Somebody go find Francis Fukuyama and tell him that this is how history ends, in a democracy. Eventually it becomes one man, one vote, one time. Over.
Original article [Defense lawyer] "Schindler called it a 'catastrophic mistake' for prosecutors not to identify what their informants did and who they were. He asked jurors: 'How can you trust a federal government who placed a dozen informants into the conspiracy then doesn't' tell you who or what they did.'"
Original article If you think your taxes are too high, the schools are lousy, the cops are incompetent brutes, the cost of living is too high, or whatever else is bugging you, then voting for another politician based on promises to fix it all probably won’t work. Your concerns are forgotten the day after the election. Instead, do a little research, then pack up your shit and head off for someplace better. (Cato Institute podcast, 10 minutes)
Original article If you think your taxes are too high, the schools are lousy, the cops are incompetent brutes, the cost of living is too high, or whatever else is bugging you, don't think that voting for another politician based on promises to fix it all is gonna work. Your concerns are forgotten the day after the election. Instead, do a little research, then pack up your shit and head off for someplace better. (Cato Institute podcast, 10 minutes)
Original article “[America] is more fragile than it looks. Its people cannot feed themselves. The economy really can collapse. If civil unrest broke the link from farm to cities, in two weeks New Yorkers would be eating each other. Soft white urbanites eeeeking and squealing about guns cannot defend themselves. It is over. Watch. Trump if elected will be more interesting, Hillary a boring but more certain civilizational mortician, but both are chips floating on a fetid tide.” Finally, some GOOD news.
Original article Don’t expect to see these results (from an anti-gun U.N. outfit, no less) reported very widely in American media. 
Original article Good luck with that meine guten Herren, but I predict that very few Americans will want to pay $1,365 USD for a dubious, likely hackable, battery-dependent, single stack .22 caliber pistol, that has not been vetted for IRL conditions. Armatix has already failed at this once before (cuz of poor sales) and there doesn’t appear to be any demand for it now, either. Go figure?
Original article “‘This sort of crime goes to the very integrity of government,’ said US District Judge Michael H. Watson. ‘It certainly calls into question whether the competitive bidding process is real or a sham. [It] would appear [the] playing field was less than level. Indeed, one could fairly question whether this is the basis for the letting of other contracts in local government.’" This judge is shocked, (SHOCKED!), to discover there’s corruption here. GMAFB.
Original article And the NY Times is the (self-proclaimed) “paper of record” for the English-speaking world, too. Just ask them.
Original article All the cool middle-age guys in Hollywood are signing up for this wonderful new procedure. That should tell you everything you need to know about it right there.
Robbing Peter to Pay Pablo
Paul Hein 2012-06-25 00:00
Column by Paul Hein. Exclusive to STR I like to go out to eat. Three or four times a month my wife and I--usually on the spur of the moment--will decide to go out to lunch at a neighborhood restaurant. We are lucky to have several quite close to home that serve excellent food.   It’s not only the food that I enjoy. I marvel at the snippets of conversation I overhear from other diners....
Libertarians Are Nothing Special
Paul Bonneau 2012-06-25 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR Libertarians (and anarchists) like to think of themselves as enlightened beings. I get to see a nice cross-section of them on Facebook, many having something like “voluntaryist” as part of their Facebook name. The strange thing though, is that their behavior is almost indistinguishable from anyone else over there.   Yes, they may have at...
Holy Scripture: The United States Constitution
Entito Sovrano 2012-06-22 00:00
Column by new Root Striker Entito Sovrano. Exclusive to STR  The Constitution of the United States of America has been the written document that the vast majority of people in both the freedom movement and the “truth movement” in the United States have referred to when advocating a better society. Whilst attempts to limit government through such a document were admirable (...
Newt's Letter
Jim Davies 2012-06-20 00:00
Column by Jim Davies. Government tries to justify its ubiquitous spying on private correspondence on the back of 9/11. It's just another government lie. The events below took place four years earlier.   Back in 1997, Mr Gingrich was a powerful figure in DC – Speaker of the House. Soon afterwards he swapped wives and was cast into outer darkness for a decade, but recently he ran...
Thoughts on Bullying and Respect
Paul Bonneau 2012-06-14 00:00
Column by Paul Bonneau. Exclusive to STR When I was in my teens and twenties, John Wayne used to annoy the Hell out of me. Nowadays I see that that was so because I was ignorant. There was actually a lot I could learn from his movies, and I was thoughtlessly rejecting his message out of hand.   One standard plot element of his films that I found completely implausible was a conflict he would...
A Different Perspective
Paul Hein 2012-06-14 00:00
Column by Paul Hein. Exclusive to STR I recently watched a video clip of a TV commentator remarking about random shootings, in Tucson, as I recall. He said that the shootings presented three elements for our consideration. The first one, he said, was the fact of mental illness, and the need for better treatment of the mentally ill. He then, perhaps predictably, questioned whether gun ownership or...
Black and White (Are You Experienced?) - Part II
Mark Davis 2012-06-12 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   Part II – It’s the Little Things When I was a kid, of about 10 or 11 years old, my younger brother (9 or 10) and I would visit my grandparents’ house. My grandmother sometimes would let us walk to a little store about a mile away to get a soda, candy or snack. There wasn’t a straight road to the store and we had to...
Dickens, Reconsidered
Jim Davies 2012-06-12 00:00
Column by Jim Davies. Exclusive to STR Few novels if any can have so profoundly assisted the spread of socialism in the century following 1850 as those of Charles Dickens, for they portrayed vividly the slums in English cities during the Industrial Revolution which enabled Karl Marx, who lived in London with support from his friend Friedrich Engels, to denounce the capitalist system he said had...
Black and White (Are You Experienced?) - Part I
Mark Davis 2012-06-11 00:00
Column by Mark Davis. Exclusive to STR   If you can just get your mind together Then come on across to me We'll hold hands and then we'll watch the sunrise From the bottom of the sea   But first, are you experienced? Have you ever been experienced? Well, I have   I know, I know you probably scream and cry That your little world won't let you go But who in your measly...
Gary Johnson: Statist
Scott Lazarowitz 2012-06-08 00:00
Column by Scott Lazarowitz. Exclusive to STR Economist Robert Wenzel recently gave Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson a tough interview. Wenzel pushed hard for honest answers on behalf of mainly his “hardcore libertarian” readers and listeners. By “hardcore,” he refers to those with a bias toward Austrian School economic thought, Rothbardian ethics and an...
Valor and Discretion
tzo 2010-02-01 04:00
Exclusive to STR   Once upon a time I worked a second shift job and regularly walked home from the train station during the later hours of the evening. One night as I was making my way home, a police cruiser pulled up alongside me and the officer asked me where I was headed. I said I was going home, and he then asked me where that might be. I gave him the name of my street, and with that he...
Brights Are Keeping Us in the Dark Ages
strike 2003-07-20 16:00
While reading an article about Brights (the new, more marketable term for atheists) last week, I came across this website for The Brights' Network. I was excited to find it until I read 'The Reason' for the group: 'Currently the naturalistic worldview is insufficiently expressed within most cultures. The purpose of this movement is to form an umbrella Internet constituency of Brights having...
E-Prime and Freedom
Craig Russell 2003-07-23 16:00
To be or not to be ' that is the question. ~ Shakespeare, Hamlet Let's think for a moment about thought.
Abortion, Coercion and the State
Anthony Gregory 2005-03-22 17:00
Two of my fellow STR writers and guest editors that I much enjoy to read, weebies and John deLaubenfels, have each come out with a column on the eternally contentious abortion issue. On first glance, one might say that weebies' article is pro-life, while John deLaubenfels' is pro-choice. These two positions might initially appear diametrically opposed and therefore entirely irreconcilable. I do...
Legalize Methamphetamine!
Marc J. Victor 2006-03-27 04:00
I’m the last guy who ought to argue for the legalization of meth.[1]  As a practicing criminal defense attorney, I make a good income from defending people who are charged with drug crimes.  If the drug war ended, I would lose a substantial portion of my income.  Additionally, some would call me a health...
Creating a Free America
Kevin Van Horn 2006-11-02 17:00
Exclusive to STR November 3, 2006 I will live as a free man among free Americans. We will pay no taxes. We will submit to no rulers. We will exercise our rights openly and without fear. I've reached a point in my life where I can no longer bear to live on my knees, meekly submitting to whatever outrages and humiliations America 's rulers choose to inflict on us. And so I have made a...
A Machiavellian Matrimony
Alex R. Knight III 2006-12-13 17:00
Exclusive to STR December 14, 2006 Not for me. Of course, as I close in on 38, I'm still a bachelor which means no matrimony yet of any kind. I doubt it's in the cards. Here's why:
Rationality, Freedom and Subjectivism
Tony Sampognaro 2006-09-24 16:00
Exclusive to STR September 25, 2006 (Note: This column is a response to Jim Davies' "Libertarians, Both Academic and Real".)
Ron Quixote
Mark Davis 2007-03-05 17:00
Exclusive to STR Ron Paul for President gives many people hope that the system can work. If only the right man could take the reins, then this beast would be controlled and used for good purposes. The long years of conditioning and indoctrination are difficult to get past. As a naïve young man, I voted for him because I thought that capital L Libertarianism could really work to reform the...
Peace Recipe
Retta Fontana 2007-03-11 17:00
Exclusive to STR March 12, 2007 On September 12 of 2001, my college instructor said she needed to take a moment to say how bad she felt about the previous day's terrorist attack. She asked if anyone else in the class had anything they needed to say about the US being attacked because of our wealth and freedoms. As usual, after 12 years in government schools, no one in class responded. They've...
Do We Need a Vaccine for Hubris? MUST READ
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...