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Number 783, August 10, 2014
Obedience is an attribute of slaves

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The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 6 parts.
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Letters to the Editor
from Neale Osborn and Jeff Fullerton
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The Naive and the Self-Interested
by Tyrone Johnson
When certain people in the bitcoin industry discuss their eagerness for regulation, they often do so in one of two really irritating ways. One of the ways in which such talk is circulated that is frustrating, irritating, and unpleasant, is the naive way in which certain people approach the idea of government and governmental regulations as though the folks in government were good, kind, nice, friendly public servants, always wanting to do what is best for the most people, and utterly without guile. This naivete is frustrating because it speaks to the ignorance, stupidity, and sheltered foolishness of people who ought to be able to learn more, think better, and be responsible for their own lives, but who don't want to. Learned helplessness is good for those in power, bad for those who want to live their own lives. And the learned helplessness, naivete, stupidity, ignorance, foolishness, and determination to go on leading sheltered lives where everything is someone else's problem are frustrating because a person just wants to shake those people up, maybe slap some sense into them, and that never works.
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Defending Our Culture from the Invaders
by Paul Bonneau
One of the rationalizations used by advocates of government action vis-a-vis the recent batch of "invaders" (e.g. Honduran kids), has been the defense of our culture. It's funny though, because when I examine the culture that is being defended, it doesn't seem to be my culture.
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Introducing Libertarianism to the Mainstream
by Sean Gangol
Not too long ago J. Neil Schulman wrote an article about how the libertarian movement should concentrate on projects that appeal more to the mainstream as opposed to putting so much effort into academic work. I have to say that I couldn't agree more with Schulman's analysis. I think one of the biggest mistakes ever made by those in our movement was trying to put their full effort in trying to reach those in academia instead of trying to win over those in the mainstream. What people seem to forget is that there are people in academia who are snobby elitists who like having a monopoly on knowledge and care very little about educating the masses.
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Neale's Weekly Gun Rant Volume 8-10-2014
by Neale Osborn
A short one tonight, but it starts out, as I prefer, with Mama Liberty's archives. This one is on ladies and guns. I LIKE ladies, and I like ladies who shoot. So I like this article. You will, too.
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Atlantea The Beautiful No. 289
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 289 of a weekly cartoon series.
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Retirement. It's what old people do, and I tell ya, it's starting to sound sweet. Besides us old people find that doing anything, doing EVERYTHING gets to be something of a Mighty Chore(tm), than which we ain't up to no more, no more. I'll give it a little more time, but getting put out to pasture... hummmmmm.

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In Times of Peace
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I feel, as yet, that some do not understand a basic aspect of modern politics. I get this sense every time I read a comments section. Let me try, to the best of my ability, to elucidate the order beneath what may seem like an increasingly chaotic system.
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And that's the way it is in the American Police State™, August 10, 2014

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