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Anthony Gregory is a Research Analyst at The Independent Institute, a Policy Advisor at the Future of Freedom Foundation, and a columnist at LewRockwell.com. His website is AnthonyGregory.com.

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The Meaning of Nagasaki
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Anthony Gregory 2004-08-10 16:00
Wasteful, distasteful, unjust, dishonest, greedy, growing, and scary, Repressive, oppressive, neurotic, despotic, an evil unnecessary, It takes half your wealth, threatens your health, and kills all those deemed worth expending, It's frightening and dooming, an enterprise booming to make hell on earth unending. It's murderous, thieving, and simply believing it will one day improve is...
The Meaning of Nagasaki
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Anthony Gregory 2004-08-08 16:00
Monday, August 9, 2004 is the 59th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki . Nagasaki is often forgotten. People frequently refer to Hiroshima (and Nagasaki ). At least 75,000 innocents were killed, instantaneously, 59 years ago. But Nagasaki shows, as well as anything else, the essence of our government at work. Having utterly destroyed Hiroshima with the debut of the single most potent weapon...
U.S. Regime Change in November?
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Anthony Gregory 2004-07-25 16:00
Democrats just love talking about how we need regime change in this country. What they're implying is that Bush needs to lose the election and Kerry needs to win. And then, thinks the average liberal, America will return to normalcy. Few people detest the current administration more than I do, except maybe the people who actually lost family members to his wars, or the presumed 'enemy...
Anarcho-Statism
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Anthony Gregory 2004-07-13 16:00
If anarchism means anything, it is a rejection of the state, meaning, a rejection of an institution claiming and maintaining a monopoly on violence. Of course, anarchists find themselves in the real world, in which such monopolies clearly exist. Some of the things states do we might even approve of, at least circumstantially. If an anarchist is being mugged, and a police officer comes by to stop...
Corporate State Socialism
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Anthony Gregory 2004-06-23 16:00
One of the most important things that individualists can do in speaking with statists of various types is use a terminology that elicits cognitive dissonance, making them realize the errors and inconsistencies in their thinking. Very few Americans are 100% statist. Most of them have some political opinions on which they are fairly libertarian, even anarchistic. They will often have positions...
A War in America
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Anthony Gregory 2004-06-07 16:00
I don't like the drug issue. For years, I felt it typified the outrageousness of a government gone berserk, so I made it a point to discuss the Drug War frequently. After 9/11, I came to think that the less metaphorical War on Terrorism deserved the majority of my scrutiny. I started believing that the bombing of Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq warranted more attention than the prohibitions...
Bombing Wedding Parties and Strengthening Marriage
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Anthony Gregory 2004-05-20 16:00
The U.S. bombing of a wedding party in Iraq on Wednesday in which more than 40 civilians lost their lives falls nicely in line with the rest of the Bush administration's War on Terrorism. Military officials now deny the dead were civilians, but let's assume for the sake of argument that they were. The affair reminds me of the U.S. bombing of a wedding party in Afghanistan about two years ago,...
The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories
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Anthony Gregory 2004-05-17 16:00
After writing a piece for Antiwar.com about the mysteries surrounding Nick Berg's murder, I received a full mailbox of e-mails pointing out that I only scratched the surface, and that I did not give due attention to the more daring conspiracy theories widely contemplated in the weblog universe. I didn't much discuss the footage of his murder itself, raising questions about how one of the killers...
The Greatest Tragedy
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Anthony Gregory 2004-05-16 16:00
The greatest tragedy in our culture is the widely accepted lie that the wars in U.S. history, since after the American Revolution, have been necessary, proper and even glorious. And this lie has been swallowed, parroted, and perpetuated by many of those who call themselves conservatives, liberals, progressives, socialists, constitutionalists, 'libertarians' and even 'anarchists'--all to the fatal...
The Beheading of a Torture Scandal
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Anthony Gregory 2004-05-13 16:00
The gruesome beheading of Nick Berg has given the War Party all they need to overcome the heat of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. The hawks who unconvincingly told us that the Abu Ghraib photos revealed abusive behavior that was neither characteristic of the treatment of Iraqi prisoners, nor even particularly tortuous, now have something more superficially substantial to point to. Sure, U.S....
The Minarchist"s Dilemma
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Anthony Gregory 2004-05-09 16:00
For several years I championed minarchy. Even before I learned the term, I embraced the notion that a limited government, which protected individuals from force and fraud, but stays within the limits of that function, would best serve society. I understood that the government should not do at least 90% of what it did. I opposed conscription, drug laws, business regulations, welfare programs,...
A Flag for a Free Country
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Anthony Gregory 2004-05-06 16:00
I have a confession to make. I like the American flag, though I do not consider it sacred. It took me a long time to regard it this way. I'm an Eagle Scout, and very proud of that accomplishment. As a scout, I learned to fold the flag respectfully, and never let it touch the ground. While I still have a general respect for the flag, I have lost all respect for the Pledge of Allegiance...
"In America You Can Be Anything You Want"
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Anthony Gregory 2004-04-28 16:00
I think of all the Americans having trouble finding work, and I can't help but remember the many times I've heard the saying, 'In America , you can be anything you want.' This cheery proverb was often followed by something like: 'You can be a police officer, a prosecutor, or even the president of the United States .' Realistically, not everyone can become president of the United States . This...
April 15: The American Citizen"s Final Exam
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Anthony Gregory 2004-04-14 16:00
It is no coincidence that government schools and income taxation are two of the modern statist's favorite American political institutions as well as two of the most inherently criminal. Also not a coincidence, perhaps, is the fact that the end of the school year comes about a month within April 15, which is the day of reckoning for the American citizen who has spent the 365 days since the last...
The Social Contract Is Null and Void
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Anthony Gregory 2004-04-04 16:00
We have all heard the mantra that we owe it to society to follow its rules ' usually meaning, the government's laws ' because of a 'social contract,' which binds us together in peaceful and manageable coexistence, without which our culture would be a chaotic anarchy. Many libertarians have long argued that we do not need any vague 'social contract'; an explicit one already exists: the U.S....
A Memorial to Mr. Lincoln
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Anthony Gregory 2004-03-29 16:00
Note: I went to Washington DC a few years back, only to find that the National Archives, the only site I really wanted to see there, were closed for the next two years. I wondered at the time if the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights would still be there when the building reopened. A bit upset, I went to the Lincoln Memorial, instead, and wrote this poem. I came to DC to see the...
Radical Solidarity and Moderate Anarchism
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Anthony Gregory 2005-01-27 17:00
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...
Anarcho-Statism
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Anthony Gregory 2004-07-13 16:00
If anarchism means anything, it is a rejection of the state, meaning, a rejection of an institution claiming and maintaining a monopoly on violence. Of course, anarchists find themselves in the real world, in which such monopolies clearly exist. Some of the things states do we might even approve of, at least circumstantially. If an anarchist is being mugged, and a police officer comes by to stop...
The Greatest Tragedy
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Anthony Gregory 2004-05-16 16:00
The greatest tragedy in our culture is the widely accepted lie that the wars in U.S. history, since after the American Revolution, have been necessary, proper and even glorious. And this lie has been swallowed, parroted, and perpetuated by many of those who call themselves conservatives, liberals, progressives, socialists, constitutionalists, 'libertarians' and even 'anarchists'--all to the fatal...
Abortion, Coercion and the State
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Anthony Gregory 2005-03-22 17:00
Two of my fellow STR writers and guest editors that I much enjoy to read, weebies and John deLaubenfels, have each come out with a column on the eternally contentious abortion issue. On first glance, one might say that weebies' article is pro-life, while John deLaubenfels' is pro-choice. These two positions might initially appear diametrically opposed and therefore entirely irreconcilable. I do...
April 15: The American Citizen"s Final Exam
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Anthony Gregory 2004-04-14 16:00
It is no coincidence that government schools and income taxation are two of the modern statist's favorite American political institutions as well as two of the most inherently criminal. Also not a coincidence, perhaps, is the fact that the end of the school year comes about a month within April 15, which is the day of reckoning for the American citizen who has spent the 365 days since the last...