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Original article "Gov. Sununu’s signature on SB 12 makes New Hampshire the 12th state to allow constitutional carry. New Hampshire joins its northern New England neighbors Maine and Vermont, both of which allow constitutional carry." Persons in NH can now arm themselves where, when, and how, they see fit without state or local interference. Another step toward a free society.
Original article State educational institutions should not serve as minor leagues for professional sports businesses. Practically speaking though, schools recruiting violent, criminal "student athletes" as ringers to win games is just self-evident idiocy, even in Texas.
Original article "Most Americans yawned and stuffed their face with Doritos, but others felt vindicated for their concerns or realized the prison we are in. In February of 2017, Americans finally got to see a public display of the amazing system of surveillance and the legal channels allowing it. NSA Michael Flynn had a phone call monitored with a Russian official. It is not unusual for high ranking people to talk to foreign officials as they are coming into power, and this was in response to the Russian...
Original article The idea of minimalist housing and tiny homes, to my way of thinking, is to simplify your life not just downsize the McMansion life-style.
Original article "The secret account is at the heart of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were swindled out of $24 million. A pair of A.T.F. informants received at least $1 million each from that sum, records show." Time to just abolish this rogue agency.
Original article "...a study conducted by Harvard social psychologist Jim Sidanius found that membership in ethnic student organizations has a tendency to increase perceptions of group victimization and conflict toward other groups."  (Editor's pick)
Original article Cop who's pissed at asshole teenager for being in his yard, curses her out then pulls out a pistol. But even so, says the California Violence Policy Center police officers should still be the only persons allowed to have guns. Yep. Totally.
Original article "Documents unearthed in an American archive suggest that Nazi Germany may have tested an operational nuclear bomb before the end of the Second World War."  (Editor's pick)
Original article "Cash is king" but what happens if the kingdom fails? After that it's just paper. Some ideas about how to preserve value other than currency.
Original article "Perhaps the most likely is that the dino's arms just weren't very useful. Carrying around giant useless arms is pretty disadvantageous, so over many generations, tiny arms won out via natural selection. This hypothesis is supported by looking at distant relatives of the T. rex, almost all of which have tiny arms too."
Federal Register Watch
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Nick Ebinger 2004-01-26 16:00
Federal Register Watch by Nick Ebinger January 20 - 23, 2004 What freedoms have you lost this week? The Federal Register is the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents. This column attempts to summarize the highlights (or lowlights) of the Federal Register during...
Logic, Liberty and Reality
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Tibor R. Machan 2004-01-26 16:00
There is a principle in logic that goes like this: Once a contradiction has infected an argument, anything can follow. Another way of putting it is that once a viewpoint has contradictions in it, nothing reasonable can be expected from it except accidentally. When one discusses politics, a charge frequently leveled is that one's views aren't realistic but too purist, too idealistic. Champions...
What"s Left?
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Adam Engel 2004-01-25 16:00
Don't get me wrong. I'm no corporatist. I don't know anything about markets, free or otherwise, so I really have no right to comment on them. Nevertheless, my natural hatred of authority, and something inside me that says that every child should have at least a decent opportunity to get an education, three squares a day, and sleep every night with a roof over his head, and old and sick people...
Anarchist Finance, or What Price Ancapistan?
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Mark Gillespie 2004-01-25 16:00
For so long, I have wondered how to create a new free area. In my last article, I posited that creating and maintaining intentional communities (ICs) would be the key to beginning the enterprise of creating a new anarchist society. However, I would be remiss if I didn't find a way to use our current financial state to fund and maintain an IC. I think I may have done that. First of all, I...
Sunday in the New Normal
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Rodger Jacobs 2004-01-25 16:00
Long before a trio of hijacked airliners changed our collective self-identity, this country was becoming an increasingly difficult place to live in. I have no interest in enumerating the social ills that plagued and continue to plague our nation before the admittedly horrific event we have dubbed "9/11" went down. But one thing is as clear as the message of tyranny behind the Bush...
40 Million Without Health Insurance?
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Tibor R. Machan 2004-01-25 16:00
The figure of 40 million lacking health insurance in the USA keeps being bandied about so much that it deserves to be thought about a bit, even for us non-experts. What exactly does it mean? The implication for most who mention this figure is that the federal government must do something to insure all these 40 million people. That's, of course, a blatant non-sequitur. Given that getting...
The Myth of Market Failures
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Tibor R. Machan 2004-01-25 16:00
Although the idea is widely taught in undergraduate and graduate economics courses, there is very little to it, when you look closely. Market failures are either trivial conditions no one can be justly upset about or they simply do not exist at all. Two kinds of market failures are usually mentioned in the literature, especially ones critical of free market capitalism. The first kind of...
Freedom and Its Supposed Liabilities
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Tibor R. Machan 2004-01-25 16:00
Yes, indeed, when men and women are free, one apparent liability that cannot be avoided is that they can do what's wrong, as well as what's right. Freedom makes both good and bad behavior possible with impunity, so long as other people aren't robbed of their liberty in the process. And this upsets a lot of folks. They keep harping about the fact that freedom isn't going to produce a perfect...
A Misguided Attack on Choice
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Tibor R. Machan 2004-01-25 16:00
In both, his book on the subject, The Tyranny of Choice (New York: ECCO, 2004), and his January 22, 2004, Op Ed piece for The New York Times, "A Nation of Second Guesses," Professor of psychology Barry Schwartz of Swarthmore College disparages the belief that human beings are better off in life when they have a greater selection of what they might choose from than when such a selection is...
Bob Herbert"s Blind Spot
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Tibor R. Machan 2004-01-25 16:00
Each time I read an article by New York Times regular Op Ed page columnist Bob Herbert, I am being told by the author that others must be given portions of my income, via the political process. Herbert seems to be the quintessential welfare statist, one wedded to the doctrine that the government must expropriate and extort from Peter so as to hand some of it over to Paul (and, of course, pay a...
Taoism and Anarchy
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Mark Gillespie 2003-10-21 15:00
I have studied many religions in my search for truth. In my searches, I embraced a few. I was a nominal Christian for many years and converted to Islam about six years ago. Of course, I have left all of those religions behind, in my never-ending quest for truth. However, there is one "religion" that I studied that seemed to contain more truth than any other. That way is Taoism.
An Open Letter to the Peace Movement
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Roderick Long 2003-03-10 16:00
Dear Peace Activists:All honour to you. In your opposition to the United States' impending war on Iraq, you represent a welcome voice for sanity and civilisation, lifted up against the incessant baying of the dogs of war.But I want to urge you to follow the logic of your position just a bit further.Much has been said, and eloquently so, about the need, in dealings between nation and nation, to...
How I Said No to the Automatic Social Security Number
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Scarmig 2003-12-11 16:00
This is the story of how I successfully refused to accept a Social Security Number for my child. I simply said 'no.' Really. That's how easy it was. I just said no, again, and again. On the Texas Application for Birth Certificate, which I was unable to get a copy of for this article, there is a check box down at the bottom of the page. It says, and I'm paraphrasing, 'Check here to have your...
Supreme Court Lets Dogs Go Fishing...for Drugs
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Rex Curry 2005-01-25 16:00
A new Supreme Court case states that cops can take dogs fishing. Dogs can go fishing for drugs in Illinois vs. Caballes. As an attorney, I am often consulted by people victimized in searches by dogs trained to smell drugs. A drug dog's skills are often overestimated because people anthropomorphize dogs. A humanlike quality that dogs have is that they are natural libertarians with no interest in...
Radical Solidarity and Moderate Anarchism
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Anthony Gregory 2005-01-27 16:00
Libertarians, and especially anarchistic libertarians, are known for their principles and strong ideology. This has often been, but does not have to be, a double-edged sword in the fight for freedom. To be a libertarian, one must embrace the Non-aggression Principle, or at least come to the same policy conclusions as one would based on the principle. Some libertarians say they don't like the...
The Suppression of Dissent
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Jim Davies 2005-10-25 15:00
Exclusive to STR The jury is still out, as I write these words. Its verdict may be in by the time you read them, and there's a blog with the latest news--but that's okay because the point of this article is not to comment on the trial's outcome but to show what government had to do, in order try to silence an influential advocate of freedom. Its conclusion will be that government is wholly unfit...
The Power of One
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Jim Davies 2005-11-21 16:00
Exclusive to STR Nobody is better qualified than my friend Per Bylund to propose, as he did in a recent STR article, that we who yearn for liberty "save the world through saving [our]selves." Per is not only a brilliant thinker and prolific author (in two languages!) he founded an anarchist website before many of us got our brains in gear and has engaged in debate there all comers from...
Be Free
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Mark Davis 2005-07-10 15:00
The state has grown too big and powerful and conversely the individual appears small and powerless. Libertarians of all stripes can debate endlessly on why this has come about and where we should ideally be instead. When the question of what to do about it comes up, there is typically a moment of silence and perhaps a chuckle or two coupled with some frustrated cynicism. After this moment of...
Utopia vs. Liberty
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Richard Rieben 2005-07-18 15:00
In his insightful analysis of the Dark Side, STR writer Jonathan David Morris notes that, "The Dark Side of the Force is not evil for evil's sake. It's evil because it believes the ends always justify the means . . . .
The Preamble Reconsidered
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Jim Davies 2006-05-17 15:00
Exclusive to STR The Preamble to the United States Constitution is surely one of the most sublime paragraphs ever written. Before this dissection begins, let's prop it up and admire it in all its glory: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure...
Do We Need a Vaccine for Hubris? MUST READ
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D. Saul Weiner 2015-02-13 08:13
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
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Glen Allport 2013-10-30 07:02
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
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Alex R. Knight III 2013-05-07 05:52
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
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fmoghul 2013-04-10 07:12
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
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Glen Allport 2012-12-06 07:44
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
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Glen Allport 2012-05-13 23:00
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
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Glen Allport 2012-03-25 23:00
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
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JGVibes 2012-02-17 00:00
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
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Glen Allport 2011-12-01 00:00
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
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Glen Allport 2011-04-13 02:00
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...