18 July 2014 · by Jon L. Persson
The so-called marketplace of ideas might be the only market that has been left relatively untouched by governments around the world. This rings especially true in the West. People can freely exchange thoughts and ideas with each other without the State interfering. Granted, of course, some ideas are directly and indirectly subsidized by the government, but on the whole, people are free to “buy” and “sell” ideas as they please. In this sense, ideas are much like any other type of product. And much like any other type of product, ideas, no matter how good, need to be marketed. They need to be packaged neatly, in a way that appeals to as many as possible.
This, somewhat ironically, seems to be completely lost on most libertarians. I say “ironically,” because one would expect free-marketeers to understand how markets work in practice. By expressing sentiments such as the desire to “just be left alone, man,” and that accepting welfare makes you subhuman, libertarians have created an image of being selfish, greedy, and hating the poor. However valid your arguments may be, if everyone thinks you are an asshole, no one will listen. If libertarianism is to enter the mainstream anytime soon, it is imperative that its image is not stained by tactless don’t-tread-on-me rhetoric.
Remember during the election when online polls about the debate performances seemed rigged against Ron Paul?
Thanks to Snowden and Greenwald, we now know they probably were, but perhaps not by the corporate media mouthpieces that hosted them.
US Senate *Unanimously* Passes Resolution Supporting Israeli Assault on Gaza.
Following a similar resolution passed last week by the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate voted Thursday night to support Israel’s ongoing invasion of the Gaza Strip.
No dissenting vote was cast, and no mention was made of the hundreds of Palestinian civilians, most of whom are women and children, that have been killed by Israel in the past ten days.
Friday, 18 Jul 2014 02:44 PM
By Courtney Coren
Many are pointing fingers at Russian President Vladimir Putin for giving weapons to the pro-Russian Ukrainian rebels that are being linked to the shootdown of the Malaysia Airlines jet that crashed in Ukraine, but former Rep. Ron Paul says that Putin shouldn't be blamed.
"Putin is a little bit smarter than that," Paul told John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Friday. "I don't think he would ever come close to participating in an act like this."
"What do you think of when you hear the term 'police state?' Chances are you conjured up an image of jack-booted Nazis storming down the streets terrorizing people with German Shepherds; or maybe you thought of Soviet Russia? North Korea? Of Orwell's Oceania?
Rand Paul to speak in San Francisco as GOP courts Silicon Valley
By SEEMA MEHTA contact the reporter
July 18, 2014 | 12:55 PM
Reporting from San Francisco
Pretty bizarre story, but it is from the Associated Press, which is the last place I would expect "conspiracy" stuff.
The pro-rebel website Russkaya Vesna on Friday quoted Igor Girkin as saying he was told by people at the crash site that "a significant number of the bodies weren't fresh," adding that he was told they were drained of blood and reeked of decomposition.
FLASHBACK: Cold War History Repeating Itself With Downed MH17
It's about time SOMEBODY talked about the slaughter of the indigenous semitic Palestinian people! Remember the last indigenous peoples that were slaughtered?
What America Does To Protect Its Civilians: Prepares the Home Land: Builds Forts spread out across the natives country to protect settlers. Activates the Calvary to speedily reach population centers. Carries out preventive strikes that target native terrorist preparing attacks.
In March of this year we reported that police officers in San Diego had descended upon Cheetahs strip club and forced the dancers to pose for nearly-nude photos. The officers claimed that the shakedown was a necessary licensing inspection that ensured all of the club’s dancers had the required paperwork and were in compliance with local codes.
It turns out that Cheetah’s was not the only strip club subjected to invasive searches and privacy violations by the San Diego Police Department. Club Expose dancers were treated in a similar fashion when raided by police officers.
In 2003, Rhode Island unintentionally decriminalized indoor prostitution.
The state's legislature amended a law in 1980, believing that the law inadvertently outlawed some forms of consensual sex between adults. That amendment created a legal loophole — one that sat unnoticed until 2003, when a District Court judge interpreted it to mean that paying for consensual sex was not a criminal offense in Rhode Island, not if it took place privately indoors. It took the state until 2009 to close the loophole.
14 Reasons Obama Is Lying When He Claims The World Is ‘More Stable’ And ‘Less Violent’ Than Ever
By Michael Snyder, on July 17th, 2014
Foreign Correspondent for NBC News, Ayman Mohyeldin, witnessed the murder of four Palestinian boys via Israeli airstrike on Wednesday. After providing a firsthand account for NBC, he was contacted by the network’s executives, and was told to leave Gaza immediately.