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Ali Hassan Massoud

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Ali Massoud is a proud old-school isolationist who writes for the Internet and blogs.



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Columns by Ali Hassan Massoud

The Origins of Authoritarianism in the Democratic State
Ali Hassan Massoud 2007-06-07 15:00
Exclusive to STR June 8, 2007
No Military Honors for Me, Thanks
Ali Hassan Massoud 2007-01-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR January 5, 2007
Interesting Stuff I've Learned From Being an STR Guest Editor
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-12-25 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 26, 2006
No Safe Place
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-07-23 15:00
Exclusive to STR I used to get a lot of hate mail when I first started posting stuff on the Internet. Especially after I stopped using pseudonymous handles and started posting under my own name.
The Wisdom of Fools
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-05-08 15:00
Exclusive to STR
The Wisdom of Fools
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-04-06 15:00
Exclusive to STR
The Chemical Ali Political Consciousness Evolutionary Time Line
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-03-15 16:00
Exclusive to STR Let me start off by admitting that this is an autobiographical time line and not an effort at political propaganda or my personal reading list. We've got enough of those already. If gaining awareness of your intrinsic individual liberty were as simple as reading a few books we'd already be living in utopia. Instead here is what I've learned; take from it what you will.
Observations on Urban and Rural Attitudes Toward the State
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-03-05 16:00
Exclusive to STR The principal reason that rural Americans tend to be more independent-minded and anti-state is that they seldom encounter any of the state's minions in their daily lives. Other than the occasional patrolling state police trooper or county road commission work crew, they don't interact with them much at all. Need 'em? For what?
Everybody's for Free Trade Until Something Like This Happens
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-02-27 16:00
Exclusive to STR It is amazing to watch the cognitive dissonance, (or political opportunism, xenophobic hysteria, racist jingoism, or hypocrisy depending on your view), in opinions about a simple business deal.
Thoughts on Piracy
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-01-31 16:00
Exclusive to STR Maybe all those Somali 'pirates' we are told about aren't really pirates at all. Maybe perhaps they are in fact privateers. Which means what, exactly? Well from Wikipedia this on the subject:
One Man's Literary Path
Ali Hassan Massoud 2006-01-08 16:00
Exclusive to STR This list isn't complete, scholarly, or recommended by anyone except myself. These are some of the books that have guided my thinking and helped me arrive at what I believe in today. So be that as it may, and with the reader officially warned, here are my personal recommendations in no particular order. Mothernight by Kurt Vonnegut From an reviewer:
Entangling Alliances That You Can Never Escape From, Cont'd.
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-10-31 16:00
The history books tell us that World War II ended officially when Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers on 15 August 1945 . Japan was officially restored to sovereign nation status a few years later. Relations between Japan and the US have been pretty good ever since. Good enough anyway, so that problems about market encroachment, the dumping of products, and their buying of America 's debt...
The King and I
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-10-26 15:00
Is Howard Stern, the self-proclaimed 'King of All Media,' the victim of an FCC vendetta? Yes, probably he is. However, I couldn't care less. I detest his radio show for very personal reasons.
Would I Hire Mercenaries? Hell Yes!
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-10-02 15:00
This past long weekend edition of STR had a link about Mercenaries Patrolling in New Orleans. This link is to a story in The Nation magazine and is negatively slanted against the free market practice of buying security protection. I am not sure why or what the objection is.
Why and How the West Is Hoist by Its Own Petard: A Book Review
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-08-08 15:00
Osama: The Making of a Terrorist by Jonathan Randal Knopf, 339 pp., $26.95
Terrorists as English as Tea and Crumpets
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-07-10 15:00
"I'm just an American boy - raised on MTV And I've seen all those kids in the soda pop ads But none of 'em looked like me So I started lookin' around for a light out of the dim And the first thing I heard that made sense was the word Of Mohammed, peace be upon him." ~ John Walker's Blues by Steve Earle
Obedience Is a Choice. So Is Liberty.
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-06-20 15:00
"One of my favorite columnists (and fellow EMU alum!) Joe Sobran has a column out about how his sleep was disturbed one morning by "Officer Pig." It seems Officer Pig had a warrant for the arrest of Joe's grandson who has the same name as he does. It seems that Joe version 3.0 smarted off to another cop and received a ticket for "obstruction" (WTF this actually entails I will pass on for now as...
Saying No to Statehood
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-06-13 15:00
"A reluctant guest of honor," the Times of London reports, "will arrive for his farewell party at Kenya 's State House this morning, shake hands with government ministers and listen to the very best wishes from a relieved international donor community." Not a moment too soon for the Kenyan government, which was the reluctant host of the President of Somalia, one Abdullahi Yusef and the rest of...
Colonel David Hackworth RIP and Observations on Collective Defense
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-05-17 15:00
David Hackworth had a noble spirit and (he realized after the fact) he was used by evil men for immoral purposes. The trouble with "natural" warriors like Hack (and I believe they do exist) is that under statist governance, they are used for aggression abroad and repression at home and not for defense or to respond to natural disasters or other emergencies.
When to Hold and When to Fold
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-05-09 15:00
I have been involved over the years with the Democratic, Libertarian, and Green Parties. I have been part of non-partisan electoral efforts to pass or defeat specific referenda or ballot proposals, too. Not any more, though.
What Do I Tell This Kid?
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-05-02 15:00
"One of the main reasons that it is so easy to march men off to war is that each of them feels sorry for the man next to him who will die." ~ Ernest Becker (1925-1974).
Finkelstein Republicans and Other Mutant Political Animals I Have Known
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-04-25 15:00
Just how much hypocrisy or cognitive dissonance does it take to be a hardcore social conservative Republican while being at the same time a gay man married to another man?
The 'No Child Left Behind Law' Is Left Behind by Utah
Ali Hassan Massoud 2005-04-20 15:00
The Republican-dominated Utah legislature passed a bill recently that orders state officials to ignore provisions of a federal law that conflict with Utah 's education goals or that requires state financing. The bill, say some critics, is the most explicit legislative challenge to the federal law by a state, and its passage marked the failure of a lengthy lobbying effort against it by the Bush...