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Original article "America’s constant military interventionism, election interference and other nastiness are painted as Good Things done by Good Guys to fight the Bad Guys. The argument, when you boil it right down, is that if America wasn’t constantly starting wars, invading sovereign nations, staging coups, sponsoring proxy conflicts, arming terrorists, bombing civilians, torturing people, implementing starvation sanctions on impoverished populations, pointing nuclear weapons everywhere,...
Original article "The movement waned over the holidays but appears to be resurging, despite Macron's promises of billions of euros in tax relief and an upcoming 'national debate' to address demonstrators' concerns."
Original article "While the Yellow Vest movement has been taking to the streets for violent clashes with French police, activists from the movement are now recommending that French protesters empty their bank accounts to spark a bank run - in a move which one protester, Maxime Nicolle, called a 'tax collector's referendum.'"
Original article "Whether its CNBC, or The New York Times, or NPR, the mainstream media is clearly committed to using the current partial government shutdown to portray federal workers as beleaguered victims of the American political system."
Original article "Is the mainstream media overhyping the economic impact of the government shutdown for political purposes? Of course they are. Once upon a time the mainstream media in the United States at least attempted to maintain a facade of objectivity, but those days are long gone.  In this case, they want to stir up as much public resentment against President Trump as possible in order to try to force him to end the government shutdown.  And when NBC News breathlessly declared that the U.S...
Original article "The low taxes upon which Ireland’s economic miracle is based are unlikely survive if the EU succeeds in its push to end unanimity on taxes."
Original article "The government shutdown is just providing more evidence that the government itself is unnecessary. Private companies in the Yellowstone area are voluntarily paying to keep the park clean without federal funding."
Original article "Europe’s dreams of integration are slipping away as the people wake up from the nightmare erected for them..."
Original article "The U.S. Border Patrol (CBP) and the TSA claim they need to secretly spy on everyone's social media accounts so they can understand a person's relationship with their friends, family and the government. According to a DHS report published last month, nothing can stop the Border Patrol or the TSA from secretly spying on everyone's social media accounts."
Original article "I do some volunteer work for the Red Cross, and one thing we can count on is that when the going gets cold, there are a lot more fires.  We fend off the cold with the fire, but the fire isn’t very particular about what it bites.  Burns make up 2-8% of wilderness injuries (not counting sunburns, even though they can actually be serious in some cases). We’ve talked about burns before here at 3BY, but let’s take a deeper look into the subject today."
Original article "With a carefully crafted vegetable garden plan, you can maximize your efforts to create a year-round pantry that feeds your family. Even better, it saves big dollars on the family budget too! Here are four big keys to help create the perfect vegetable garden plan for your backyard."  
Original article "If you are raising chickens for meat or eggs, you might wonder if it is really worth it. The cost of buying quality, commercial feed from a chain store or feed store is certainly higher than the cost of a few dozen eggs from your grocery store."
Original article "While you wouldn’t know it looking at the grocery store shelves, egg production is seasonal.  Preserving eggs was essential back before grocery stores were the source of all things and just around the corner."
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A Letter from the Front
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Amanda Bowen 2002-05-10 02:00
Since I moved to Texas in December 1997, I have become very well acquainted with the TAAS test. The test is bureaucratically equivalent to any other sort of standardized test in any state, but when compared in difficulty to standardized tests in my home state of New York, it falls laughably short of the mark.  Besides being...
When Callow Youth Meet BigBro
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Amanda Bowen 2002-05-09 02:00
A question on a standardized high school exit exam: 23. An “unalienable right” is: A)    A right to a government B)     A right denied to extraterrestrials C)    A right that cannot be taken away except by due process...
An Interview With Larry Reed
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strike 2002-04-30 02:00
Lawrence W. (Larry) Reed has been President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy since it was founded in 1987.  Based in Midland, Michigan, it is the largest and one of the most influential state-based think tanks in the U.S.  What does the Mackinac Center for Public Policy do? Through its many events for a wide variety of audiences and a huge volume of research and...
Death May Take a Holiday, But Taxes Never Do
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Jef Allen 2002-03-29 16:00
You know, if the public servants we have in elected office weren't so dangerous, they would be hilarious. What the hell, they're hilarious anyway.
A Review of the Austrian Scholars Conference
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strike 2002-03-19 03:00
 As some of you know, last week I attended the Austrian Scholars Conference (ASC) at the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.  A number of people have asked me how it was, so I thought I’d write up this review.  During the pre-conference session, Professor Thomas DiLorenzo discussed his new book The Real Lincoln, and Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe...
Is Alan Keyes Making Sense?
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Jef Allen 2002-03-12 16:00
Conservative pundit Alan Keyes has never been one to shy from controversy, but his latest column for the Internet news and commentary site World Net Daily comes as quite a shock to those of us who believed that Ambassador Keyes was a strict Constitutionalist.
Trading Buttons and Balloons for Ideas
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Karen De Coster 2002-03-11 03:00
Once upon a time they came down the aisles of convention halls, parading their cardboard signs, their lapel pins exclaiming their candidate of choice, and shouting their idea of the perfect political platform.  What began as a handful of hopeful Libertarians in 1971 became America’s third major political party.  By 1978,...
Black Gold
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Jef Allen 2002-02-21 16:00
Precise. Webster's dictionary defines the word 'precise' as something that is 'exactly or sharply defined or stated.'
Every Passenger a Terrorist
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Mike Powers 2002-02-12 03:00
 “Welcome to Insolvent Airlines!  How may I help you?” inquired Pollyanna, the ebullient ticket agent, as I approached the counter.  “I’m flying to Chicago today,” I replied, handing her my government-issued photo identification card. “Thank you Mr. Powers,” replied Pollyanna.  “How many bags will you be checking?...
Stonewall Jackson, Friend to the Black Man
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R.G. Williams Jr 2002-02-10 00:00
Mention the legendary Confederate General Stonewall Jackson to most people and the image that immediately comes to mind is one of a fearless, hard-fighting Southerner who was known for his eccentrics and who some would argue fought for slavery. But Thomas Jonathan Jackson was a much more complicated man than what most Americans realize. A careful study of his life would lead one to believe that...
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,...
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...