49 votes

A Summary of Murray Rothbard’s "Anatomy of the State" by Derrel Walters

Anatomy of the State is a brief but revealing literary expose of government by the famed Austrian economist - Murray Rothbard. The State is examined from a perspective not typically touched upon by mainstream authors concerning such matters. An introductory page adorns the quote:

“The greatest danger to the State is independent intellectual criticism.”
~ Murray N. Rothbard (1926 – 1995)

The following is a summary of Anatomy of the State. Italicized portions that appear in block quote are either direct quotes from the book or from the citation specified in the text.

What the State Is Not

In the most basic sense, the State is an entity that sustains itself by maintaining a monopoly of force over a geographical area and uses that monopoly to extract sustenance from the productive individuals under its rule. The government is not “us.” This is a widespread misconception regarding the nature of the State. “We” are not the government. If “we” were the government, it could be justly rationalized that – “Government debt doesn’t matter because ‘we’ owe it to ourselves” – or – “If the government kills a portion of the population, it is actually an act of suicide. After all, those people were the State.” In a representative democracy, does the tyranny of a majority implicate the minority in the consequences of its actions? For instance, were casual drinkers responsible for the creation of Al Capone and the heinous acts he committed? Presently, are U.S. anti-war activists responsible for the deaths that resulted from the Iraq War? Absolutely not! The State is an organization independent of the individual. The People are not the State! The State is not the People!

72 votes

Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your e-mail Without Warrants

Where is the outrage!

***Update***

CNET reports Sen. Leahy (D) will not support the exception that includes warrantless access to email data. Don't let your guard down though, I will continue to watch this bill up to the vote. CNET - Leahy scuttles his warrantless e-mail surveillance bill

Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.

CNET- A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.

CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Revised bill highlights

13 votes

Exciting News From Mars! (But we can't tell you just yet...)

NPR: Scientists working on NASA's six-wheeled rover on Mars have a problem. But it's a good problem.

They have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument.

It's a bind scientists frequently find themselves in, because by their nature, scientists like to share their results. At the same time, they're cautious because no one likes to make a big announcement and then have to say "never mind."

The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM. "We're getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting," John Grotzinger, the principal investigator for the rover mission, says during my visit last week to his office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. That's where data from SAM first arrive on Earth. "The science team is busily chewing away on it as it comes down," says Grotzinger.

28 votes

Benghazigate: The Disaster That Should Have Sunk Obama — and Still Could

Most of President Obama’s harshest Benghazi critics have focused on these twin security failures: failure to heed the prior warnings of those on the ground in Libya, and failure to aid our forces after they had come under attack. In addition, critics have blasted the administration for its coverup of these failures...However, what is far more damning for President Obama, and potentially far more damaging politically, is the charge that the so-called U.S. consulate in Benghazi was actually a staging center utilized by the administration for meetings between Ambassador Stevens and militant jihadist leaders and as a distribution center for supplying weapons to these anti-American jihadists, including al-Qaeda affiliates....

Investigative reporter/best-selling author/radio talk-show host Aaron Klein began reporting in September that according to his Middle East sources, Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel were involved in the Obama administration’s effort to destabilize and overthrow the government of Syria. Klein, the Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily (WND), wrote in a September 24 WND column: "Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador murdered in Libya, played a central role in recruiting jihadists to fight Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, according to Egyptian security officials speaking to WND. Stevens served as a key contact with the Saudis to coordinate the recruitment by Saudi Arabia of Islamic fighters from North Africa and Libya. The jihadists were sent to Syria via Turkey to attack Assad’s forces, said the security officials."

31 votes

Reality Check: What The Fiscal Cliff Means For Businesses, Employees & The Unemployed

Reality Check's Ben Swann takes a look at how the fiscal cliff might affect your life and what this would mean for businesses, employees and the unemployed.

http://youtu.be/eB43OSwhOs0

Click here for Reality Check’s personal tax cheat sheet mentioned on the video.

11 votes

Time (Till It's Gone Forever) Alan Parsons Project

This video has absolutely nothing to do with Ron Paul or the Liberty Movement.

http://youtu.be/PpeBRCNtkdo

But I think it has something to do with us.

If you haven't heard this in a while, take an ear.

53 votes

Robert Wenzel Interview: Judge Nap 2016

Can he be persuaded to run?

I believe he is our best hope for moving our cause forward. Interview by Robert Wenzel of Economic Policy Journal:

http://youtu.be/2hSafViut2s

40 votes

A New Kind of Freedom

by Nelson Hultberg | AFR.org

Karl Marx was asked once how he could justify advocating a political system of slavery for the individual, which is what socialism is. He replied that, socialism is not slavery; it is a "new kind of freedom." As all perceptive students of history know, the intellectuals of Europe bought into such Alice in Wonderland sophistry and plunged into the twentieth century nightmare of collectivist tyranny. But unfortunately so did American intellectuals about 30 years later when the Progressives of Woodrow Wilson's era established the Creature from Jekyl Island to usher in centralized government banking and the progressive income tax to "spread the wealth around."

Socialism is not really so bad, reasoned the American intellectual community. If we think about it, it actually is a "new kind of freedom." We just have to do what the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter advocated. We have to change the meaning of the words that define the fundamental values of our lives. After all, there is no objective reality; words can mean whatever we want them to mean. All we have to do is teach Marx's new definition of freedom to the young at an early enough age, and when they grow into adulthood they will not think of a government-dominated society as slavery at all. It will be a "new kind of freedom" to them.

Americans never bought into Lenin's violent revolutionary socialism, but they did buy into the Fabians' democratic evolutionary socialism. Fabian ideas in Britain were readily picked up by the American progressives and liberals of the twentieth century. This redefinition of values has been consuming us now for 100 years ever since the Creature from Jekyl Island and the tax revenuers took over Washington. The progressives and liberals have even redefined their redefinitions. Fascism, being basically the same as socialism, is now acceptable in the mix.

118 votes

Obama, without irony, says: "No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders."

"Got that? No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down from outside lands... says the man who regularly bombs Pakistan and Yemen.”

This warrants one big "LOL" but also... a big sigh... because it is truly pathetic.

http://youtu.be/zqvGRIVr1G8

27 votes

U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Iran and 100 Years of Failure

By Tom Mullen | Washington Times

TAMPA, November 19, 2012 — An Iraqi diplomat has called upon other Arab oil producers to “use oil as a weapon” against the United States. Fox News reports this as if it should come as a surprise.

“The shocking statement from a democratic government in power only after the U.S. and allies ousted murderous dictator Saddam Hussein in a costly and bloody war laid bare the Middle Eastern nation’s true allegiance,” reports Fox.

The detachment from reality exhibited by news organizations like Fox and Americans in general is stunning. Americans actually believe that Iraqis should be grateful that the United States invaded their country, destroyed their infrastructure, killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and made homeless refugees of millions more.

23 votes

Adam Kokesh and Christina Tobin will be speaking at an End the Fed rally this weekend!

Adam Kokesh and Christina Tobin will be in Little Rock, Arkansas on the 24th for the Arkansas End the Fed rally. If you know anyone down there, please pass the word along!

This isn't just an educational rally - it's a rally with a piece of the solution - as they will also be introducing an alternative currency at this event, the ArBuck!

36 votes

War On Marijuana Losing Support

http://www.mlive.com/opinion/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/11/jul...

By Julie Mack

KALAMAZOO, MI – Among the texts I received on election night was one from my 23-year-old daughter. “Weed wins!” she wrote.

Was that really her take-away from Election 2012? Well, no. But she said she was pleasantly surprised that Colorado and Washington voters agreed to decriminalize marijuana while the Michigan cities of Kalamazoo, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint and Ypsilanti all moved a step closer to making pot more legally available.

These times, they are changin’.

In 1990, 81 percent of the American public opposed the legalization of marijuana. This was an era when the crack epidemic was raging, “Just Say No” was part of the popular lingo and marijuana was seen by many as a “gateway” drug that could lead to cocaine, meth and heroin.

Today?

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