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An Appeal to STR Readers
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Adam Young 2006-08-07 15:00
Exclusive to STR Can the readers of STR help out a friend of mine with an idea he has? My friend Nicholas has an idea for a business that he describes as a 'consumer-friendly credit reporting agency' that he believes will eliminate the opportunity for the fraud and theft that goes by the general name of identity theft. This is where someone masquerading as you uses your existing credit cards or...
Thomas Jefferson--Neocon?
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Adam Young 2006-01-29 16:00
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Thomas Jefferson--Neocon?
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Adam Young 2005-09-06 15:00
Christopher Hitchens, the British immigrant, Vanity Fair columnist and convert to the neocon cult, has published a short biography of Thomas Jefferson as part of HarperCollins's 'Eminent Lives' series. Hitchens, who apparently sniffed the changing aroma and the whiff of fascism in the air in America in the late nineties, adroitly begin his migration into the neocon fold with a book savaging Bill...
Is It Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorism or Something Else?
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Adam Young 2005-08-25 15:00
The recent article in The Economist magazine linked to on Tuesday's STR typically focused on the murders and terrorism of the Anarchist movement around this time in the last century. Of course, assassinating rulers is not new, nor is the ideological defense of murder for political aims. Just look at the contortions Bush's defenders get into to defend his murders and war crimes...
Is It Islamic Fundamentalist Terrorism or Something Else?
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Adam Young 2005-08-14 15:00
Oh, GWOT, where have thou gone? From the world-shaking, reality-bending, history altering 'Global War on Terror' that terrified and stupefied, to the demoted and whitewashed 'global struggle against violent extremism,' what has become of you? You were supposed to lead us into sunnier days, full of rose petals and cakewalks. Now, you are no more. These are days full of woe, I say. Wake me when it'...
How the Hiroshima Lie Endangers American Lives
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Adam Young 2005-08-11 15:00
For six decades Americans have been snookered into complacency over the war crimes committed by the U.S. government in its total war against the Japanese public. Lulled to sleep with the deceit that the atomic bombings saved the lives of a million American boys. In a recent column marking the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing that just past, Max Boot, a reliable neocon...
Renewing the Police State
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Adam Young 2005-08-09 15:00
So the USA Patriot Act was reauthorized by the junior tyrants in Congress again. But fearing that it was unconstitutional, the House put in a ten-year sunset clause, which begs one to point out, if the Act's powers were constitutional, there would be no need for a sunset clause. But since it is unconstitutional, why not abolish it? Because these great leaders of the people, the people's...
License to Kill
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Adam Young 2005-08-07 15:00
It was inevitable, I suppose. Just like the sea of sewage that attempted to justify the invasion of Iraq, the 'facts' surrounding the cold-blooded state murder of poor Jean Charles de Menezes have evaporated over time. Except this time, it only took days instead of months. First we were told that he was directly involved in the aborted terror bombings the day before he was...
The Morals of Tony Blair
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Adam Young 2005-07-21 15:00
9/11. 3/11. Then 7/7. On July 7th, 2005, four bombers murdered 52 Britons (and themselves) and injured over 700 more. In response, British Prime Minister Tony appeared on television, pledging to defend 'our values' and 'our way of life,' saying 'It is important that the terrorists realize our determination to defend our values and our way of life . . . It is our determination that they will never...
What Would You Do?
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Adam Young 2005-04-07 15:00
With age comes a few regrets of fading youth. For me, these are the occasional pangs of desire to flake out with a stack of comic books like I used to do when I was a kid. Nevertheless, although I resist the callings of my inner child, I have managed to get vicarious comic book fixes from two really good Spidey flicks.
Make Love, Not Strangelove
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Adam Young 2005-04-04 15:00
Finally, some good news. A story on Yahoo! News reported that a recent poll suggests 2/3rds of Americans may think nuclear weapons should be abolished, even those kept primed and ready by good 'ole peace-loving Uncle Sam.
Was Terri Schiavo 'Allowed to Die' or Was She Killed?
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Adam Young 2005-04-03 15:00
Now that Terri Schiavo is dead, what should we make of the entire circus that erupted in her final days? From the seemingly endless peregrination between levels of courts to the vigils held by pro-life groups that turned her hospice into a carnival of signs and gimmicks, to the predictably sanctimonious and unconstitutional intervention by truly odious killers like Tom Delay and George Bush, the...
Abortion Revisited: The Libertarian Case for Abortion
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Adam Young 2005-03-24 16:00
With the eruption of the Abortion War on STR, I thought I would throw my two philosophical cents into the discussion. While 'weebies' makes several overall good points, he could be mistaken for an advocate of the statist aggression of outlawing abortion, which I'm sure isn't his intention. However, in his attempt to refute the arguments of Rothbard and Block, he undermines the sanctity of...
The Idiocy of Gender Equality
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Adam Young 2005-03-24 16:00
With the eruption of the Abortion War on STR, I thought I would throw my two philosophical cents into the discussion. While 'weebies' makes several overall good points, he could be mistaken for an advocate of the statist aggression of outlawing abortion, which I'm sure isn't his intention. However, in his attempt to refute the arguments of Rothbard and Block, he undermines the sanctity of...
The Idiocy of Gender Equality
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Adam Young 2005-03-20 16:00
Somehow, Sweden doesn't strike me as a place of unrelenting misogyny and patriarchal tyranny. Are Swedish women lower than Afghan women under the Taliban? Sure, 45 percent of Swedish members of parliament are women, but what do I know, I'm just another tyrannical male, how could I know the sufferings of the average Swedish female? Luckily for the masses of oppressed Swedish women and low-browed...
Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child?
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Adam Young 2005-03-10 16:00
I've been thinking about the legitimacy of spanking lately. Before, I had lazily concluded that although I probably wouldn't spank any future herd of little monsters I might have, maybe spanking is legitimate in some cases and if others spank their kids, so what. I now question this completely. Some say it's a parental right, even a duty. Some say that it's God's Law. Not surprisingly, Bible-...
Lou Dobbs Is a Coward
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Adam Young 2005-03-08 16:00
Nearly everyday, Lou Dobbs, the host of CNN's financial-oriented agitprop news program "Lou Dobbs Tonight," rails at the perfidy of the so-called outsourcing of American jobs to elsewhere around the world. Typically, China and India are the targets of the Dobbsian harangue against free trade in favor of something he calls fair trade. While he might dissect the cartelism of so-called free trade...
The Peace That Ends All War
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Adam Young 2005-03-06 16:00
For the second time since last August, Uncle Sam has had to shut down production of its 2,000-pound 'Bunker Buster' bombs, Yahoo! News reported, because plant workers at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant were poisoned by exposure to trinitrotoluene, or TNT. These 'Bunker Busters' are heavily used in Iraq , slaughtering entire neighborhoods just packed full with 'terrorists.'
Bind, Torture, Kill
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Adam Young 2005-03-02 16:00
With the arrest of a suspect in the infamous decades long string of murders by the mysterious sociopath the media dubbed the BTK Serial Killer (for Bind, Torture, Kill), has come the obligatory media accounts of what defines these types of human beings. Word is that the BTK killer originally desired the more traditional name for someone in his 'profession,' such as the Wichita Strangler. Others...
Who Owns the Dead?
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Adam Young 2005-01-02 16:00
From time to time, the injustice of the ban on buying and selling organs is raised in libertarian circles. What I want to do is raise and attempt to 'defend the indefensible' by exploring the larger question: Can you own the recently dead? In other words, under the ideal libertarian conditions of unobstructed self-ownership, could you inherit, or purchase and sell property titles to, a corpse?
Libertarian Economics and Social Democracy
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Adam Young 2004-12-06 16:00
When I wrote a reply (Social Liberty and Economics) to Bill Anderson's column 'Capitalism and the State,' my hope was that I might be able to show Bill how he has gone wrong in some of his conclusions. Unfortunately, with his reply to me, 'Social Economics and Liberty,' he dashed those hopes and held fast to his fables about laissez-faire. Now Bill, I'm really worried you, because if you...
Fight the Future
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Adam Young 2004-11-21 16:00
With the re-election of the Christian-in-Chief, we're told that the Evangelicals are on the rise, ready to unleash those most Christian of values, revenge and holy war, in their scary vision of the future. These clueless weirdos, with their fanatical devotion to George Bush and their belief in a god of Holy Genocides, desperately hope that the End Times are near. With their medieval mentality,...
Angry Young Men
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Adam Young 2004-11-21 16:00
"Sing, O goddess, of the anger of Achilles..." ~ Homer Are you angry? I'm angry. Why shouldn't we all be angry? Why the hell not? Anger is a vital emotion. It's even the central theme of the Iliad. It can motivate great revolutionary changes. And undoubtedly this is why the Circus of Crime seeks to prevent its expression in any way. A few weeks back, Brendan O'Neill, writing in the Spectator,...
Social Liberty and Economics
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Adam Young 2004-11-18 16:00
I was disappointed to read Bill Anderson's column yesterday that reissued long-dead misconceptions and romantic ideals regarding the economic and social self-organization of society. Anderson believes that we anarcho-libertarians define liberty, i.e., individual liberty, solely in economic terms, rather than in social terms, and furthermore use that economic conception of liberty to define...
Crossing the Rubicon or Jumping the Shark?
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Adam Young 2004-11-10 16:00
So another political season of madness has come and gone. God has reappointed Darth W. Vader and bombs are dancing in the air (and fairies--sugarplum or otherwise--aren't getting married anytime soon). Oh, what a time we live in! The voters, or at least 30% of those who voted (some mandate) have now entrusted the destiny of Americans to an unscrupulous liar and a cold-blooded, premeditated killer...