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Trump's religious freedom squad promises to deliver
Post Date: 2018-07-27 06:43:46 by Gatlin
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President Donald Trump’s impulsive foreign policy has many critics but at least one bright spot — he’s winning plaudits from the evangelical right and even some Democrats for his push on religious freedom. Trump's religious freedom squad — including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ambassador at Large Sam Brownback, and national security adviser John Bolton, a former member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, or USCIRF — has promised to deploy a stockpile of little-used legal tools to shame and sanction countries they view as interfering with the practice of religion. On Thursday, as the U.S. welcomed a ...

OH GOD, PLEASE NOT LIBERTARIANISM…
Post Date: 2018-07-27 02:36:03 by Gatlin
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Manifestos are not meant to be sophisticated things. They are declarations, not dissertations. To write a manifesto is to issue a piercing scream, a denunciation of all the world’s wrongs and a rousing call to arms. The manifesto is no place for nuance or pragmatism, for thinking things through and resolving differences. The manifesto is the medium of one who has already worked everything out and is compelled to shout it to the world. Oddly enough, the manifesto appears to have switched sides over the last century. Once they were the provenance the revolutionary left, from the Communists to the Surrealists. But since the 1970s, it has principally been libertarians cranking them out. ...

The Libertarian Lie
Post Date: 2018-07-26 04:44:46 by Gatlin
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Before we get to the heart of all this, let me address perhaps my biggest peeve about libertarians. Trust me, it’s relevant. They are, without a doubt, the most defensive and thin-skinned group on the Right — far more so than Christian conservatives, gay Republicans, whoever. Maybe it’s because so many of them became libertarians in the first place in order to escape criticism of any kind, or maybe it’s because there’s something about libertarianism that excites the region of the brain responsible for religious utopianism, or maybe it’s the accumulated resentment at being in the backseat of the right-wing coalition — I don’t know. But I am ...

Trade war fears fizzle as Trump strikes deal with EU
Post Date: 2018-07-25 21:37:10 by Gatlin
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Announcement follows meeting with EU Commission President Juncker Rampant fears of a trade war with Europe fizzled Wednesday when President Trump unexpectedly extracted a zero-tariff agreement from the European Union. Mr. Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker emerged from a White House meeting having backed away from a tit-for-tat tariff fight that threatened to punish automakers, farmers and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic. They agreed to hammer out a deal to eliminate all tariffs and trade barriers and eliminate all subsidies on non-auto industrial goods, which closely mirrored the deal proffered by Mr. Trump. “This was a very big day for free and ...

House conservatives introduce resolution to impeach Rod Rosenstein
Post Date: 2018-07-25 21:23:47 by Gatlin
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President Trump’s conservative allies in the House of Representatives have moved to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, claiming that he committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” for failing to turn over requested documents and otherwise obstructing oversight by Congress. I just filed a resolution with @Jim_Jordan and several colleagues to impeach Rod Rosenstein. The DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and repeatedly obstructed oversight--even defying multiple Congressional subpoenas.We have had enough.— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 25, 2018Republican Reps. Mark Meadows (NC) and Jim Jordan (OH) filed the resolution late Wednesday, ...

Why Libertarians Are Wrong About Drugs
Post Date: 2018-07-25 07:53:12 by Gatlin
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Libertarians and social conservatives both resist an intrusive central government, but they differ over exactly what constitutes “intrusive” policy, especially when it comes to private behavior. Nowhere is this divide more obvious than in the war on drugs. Social conservatives are troubled by drug abuse, especially among the young, and believe that government regulation of certain substances is necessary to curb behavior seen not only as self-destructive but also incompatible with a strong and free community. Libertarians, on the other hand, argue that the heavy-handedness of the nanny state, and the law-enforcement abuses likely to accompany it, present a greater threat to ...

Six Reasons Libertarians Should Reject the Non-Aggression Principle
Post Date: 2018-07-24 05:45:03 by Gatlin
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Many libertarians believe that the whole of their political philosophy can be summed up in a single, simple principle. This principle—the “non-aggression principle” or “non-aggression axiom” (hereafter “NAP”)—holds that aggression against the person or property of others is always wrong, where aggression is defined narrowly in terms of the use or threat of physical violence. From this principle, many libertarians believe, the rest of libertarianism can be deduced as a matter of mere logic. What is the proper libertarian stance on minimum wage laws? Aggression, and therefore wrong. What about anti- discrimination laws? Aggression, and therefore wrong. ...

Gullible GOP lawmaker strips & makes total ass out of himself
Post Date: 2018-07-23 12:39:04 by Willie Green
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Sacha Baron Cohen's "Who is America?" returned Sunday for its second episode, featuring a sketch with Jason Spencer, a Republican state lawmaker from Georgia, that rivals the debut episode's guns-for-toddlers segment in shock value. The new episode of Cohen's Showtime series, which also features the comedian duping Dick Cheney and Corinne Olympios from "The Bachelor," revives his Israeli anti-terrorism expert character Col. Erran Morad. As Morad, Cohen convinces Spencer that he's acting in a training video, similar to how he persuaded former and current congressmen to record public-service announcements for the fake "Kinderguardians" program ...

Libertarianism's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
Post Date: 2018-07-23 06:40:03 by Gatlin
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Ideas have consequences — and bad ideas have bad consequences. Just how bad the consequences turn out to be depends to a large extent on the precise character of the bad idea. A bad idea that influences no one isn't really that bad. It's just stupid, and instantly forgettable. But a bad idea that lodges in people's minds, fires their imaginations, inspires them to persuade others of its wisdom, and motivates them to make bad decisions in the world — that idea is truly bad. Some bad ideas inspire world-historical acts of evil. "The Jews are subhuman parasites that deserve to be exterminated" may be the worst idea ever conceived. Compared with such a ...

What's wrong with libertarianism [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2018-07-22 07:16:35 by Gatlin
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Apparently someone's curse worked: we live in interesting times, and among other consequences, for no good reason we have a surplus of libertarians. With this article I hope to help keep the demand low, or at least to explain to libertarian correspondents why they don't impress me with comments like "You sure love letting people steal your money!" Good libertarians and the other kind This article has been rewritten, for two reasons. First, the original article had sidebars to address common objections. From several people's reactions, it seems that they never read these. They're now incorporated into the text. Second, and more importantly, many people who call ...

Three Problems for Libertarian Supporters of a Basic Income ...
Post Date: 2018-07-21 05:06:14 by Gatlin
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Today The Atlantic published an article on the Basic Income Guarantee, with special focus on the work of Scott Santens to crowdfund a basic income on a voluntary basis. And last week, Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute published a terrific policy analysis assessing both the strengths and weaknesses of various sorts of BIG and related-policies. I’ve written a few pieces defending a BIG from both a pragmatic and a more principled perspective. But it’s never been an issue about which I’ve felt absolutely settled. The idea of implementing a BIG as a replacement for our current welfare state faces some serious difficulties. And lately – especially after reading ...

Getting conservatives and Libertarians to agree on tariffs
Post Date: 2018-07-20 16:36:19 by Gatlin
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One of the most irritating things about Libertarians is that they are often doctrinaire and immovable on topics. (I know, because I'm one.) Tariffs, for instance. Tariffs are uncategorically bad, as they fly in the face of the gospel doctrine of free trade. Since most of conservative bent would agree with Adam Smith on most matters economic, we also agree with the premise. But for many of us, me included, our agreement is only categorical. This is where conservatives lose most Libertarians. But one can reasonably argue tariffs beyond this point. An argument might go something like this: we agree that tariffs are bad, and we also agree that we are in favor of free trade. America ...

1 House Republican's chilling warning on Trump and Russia
Post Date: 2018-07-20 13:13:30 by Willie Green
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(CNN)In a New York Times op-ed — headlined "Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?" — Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd writes of this week's summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin: "The president's failure to defend the United States intelligence community's unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counterinfluence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage while a Russian dictator spouted lies confused many but should concern all Americans. By playing into Vladimir Putin's hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign ...

The problems with libertarianism. : philosophy
Post Date: 2018-07-20 07:09:34 by Gatlin
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I see two major problems with libertarianism. The first is that it is a moral and social framework that only considers the means when ruling on the rightness of an action. The problem is that means are not sufficient, only necessary in determining the right action; the ends are also a necessary part of the calculus. Because the ends aren't considered the actions prescribed by libertarianism may or may not be the right ones, it would depend on the ends. Any framework that leads to wrong actions is an ineffective framework. An example of this: libertarianism says the government should not force restaurants to serve healthy food because government force is an immoral means. Even if this ...

Why Libertarianism is wrong
Post Date: 2018-07-19 02:19:16 by Gatlin
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I am feeling energetic today, and I thought I would tackle an issue that I have been thinking about for weeks now. As with many deep discussions, it started with a beer between friends. The topic of discussions were the merits of Libertarians and the philosophy. Maybe it is the contrarian in me, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I think the Libertarians’ philosophy is wrong . Before we begin, there are some ideas from Libertarians that I find attractive – I like the idea of a smaller government, and I like the idea of allowing markets to operate more freely; however, when you take a Libertarians at their word, I think the entire philosophy starts to break down. Defining ...

3 Problems With Libertarianism - After Economics
Post Date: 2018-07-18 04:01:54 by Gatlin
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Lauren Southern just released a video criticizing modern libertarianism. She’s got some points, but imo they mostly apply to the modern libertarian movement and not libertarianism qua libertarianism as an intellectual thingy. This article points out my three issues with the latter, but I largely agree with her points as well. I argue: Anarcho-capitalists are too small a share of libertariansAnarcho-capitalism alone is improved on through the addition of ChristianityAnarcho-capitalism + Christianity is better identified with conservatism than libertarianism. 1 – Anarcho-capitalists are too small a share of libertarians What does libertarianism mean to you? It means many things to ...

Libertarians’ reality problem: How an estrangement from history yields abject failure
Post Date: 2018-07-17 03:52:33 by Gatlin
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It has long been customary to divide the Republican Party into three “camps”: big business or “Wall Street” Republicans, the religious right and neoconservatives or “national security” Republicans. The third group, it must be admitted, somewhat unsteadily combines neoconservatives proper (such as William Kristol) with old- fashioned defense hawks (such as Donald Rumsfeld), but perhaps this is the Republican “big tent” we keep hearing about. In any case, this neat three-part logic was roiled by two events in 2008: the “Great Recession” and the election of Barack Obama as president. The latter’s decision to respond to the crisis with a ...

The fundamental contradiction of libertarianism
Post Date: 2018-07-16 03:02:26 by Gatlin
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I just read an extremely thoughtful essay by Chris Bertram, Corey Robin and Alex Gourevitch over at crookedtimber.org. It is a must for anyone seriously interested in discussing libertarianism and its logic. While Bertram and colleagues largely take on a new group that — apparently without trace of irony — calls itself “Bleeding Heart Libertarians,” many of the points they make can be applied to a broader analysis of libertarianism. As is well known, the core idea of libertarian philosophy is the preservation of the maximum amount of freedom possible. Though the concept seems, in practice, to be limited to the freedom of employers, we will give the libertarian the ...

Adam Smith to Richard Spencer: Why Libertarians turn to the Alt-Right
Post Date: 2018-07-15 12:24:24 by Gatlin
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If you’ve paid attention to politics on the internet as long as I have, you might have noticed a worrying and confusing trend: traditionally libertarian figures transitioning into alt-right supporters. I’ve followed the ‘classical liberal’ faction of the internet since about 2014, the year I started becoming interested in politics. I was watching Christopher Cantwell before he became known as the ‘crying Nazi’, when his chant was ‘taxation is theft’, not ‘Jews will not replace us’. I remember Stefan Molyneux when he was debating whether we should have a government, not whether government should be used to promote eugenics.This fascinating ...

Libertarians’ reality problem: How an estrangement from history yields abject failure
Post Date: 2018-07-15 12:04:42 by Gatlin
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It has long been customary to divide the Republican Party into three “camps”: big business or “Wall Street” Republicans, the religious right and neoconservatives or “national security” Republicans. The third group, it must be admitted, somewhat unsteadily combines neoconservatives proper (such as William Kristol) with old- fashioned defense hawks (such as Donald Rumsfeld), but perhaps this is the Republican “big tent” we keep hearing about. In any case, this neat three-part logic was roiled by two events in 2008: the “Great Recession” and the election of Barack Obama as president. The latter’s decision to respond to the crisis with a ...

Why Internet Libertarians are becoming Fascists
Post Date: 2018-07-15 04:32:29 by Gatlin
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If you grew up in middle-class white America in the 21st century, chances are you know some “Internet Libertarians”. The type, usually a somewhat socially maladjusted young man, who spends a lot of time playing video games and on youtube. For most of their life they’re apolitical, or maybe have a vague sympathy for Ron Paul. Or maybe they have a cynical view of politics from watching South Park. One day they stumble onto a Sargon of Assad or Stephen Molyneux video, and it speaks to them. Hell, maybe you are one, or were one. But over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed that these people drifted in another direction, away from atheism and libertarianism and ...

Libertarians Are Insane
Post Date: 2018-07-14 20:50:27 by Gatlin
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I’ve been calling myself a Libertarian since 2008. I’m beginning to think I’ve made a mistake. For me, voting for Hillary is clearly out of the questions since she’s socialist in everything but name and voting for Trump is also off the table since he’s a habitual liar and vindictive bully whose positions vary from strong conservative to left of Hillary depending on his mood and the time of day. Since I generally want the government to get out of my business, you might think the Libertarians would be a perfect fit for me, and I though so too for a time, and yet… On paper, the Libertarians are great. Looking over the Libertarian platform, I object strong to ...

Open Question: What is a Christian Libertarian?
Post Date: 2018-07-14 15:45:51 by Gatlin
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The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise
Post Date: 2018-07-14 08:31:29 by Gatlin
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Colorado Springs has always leaned hard on its reputation for natural beauty. An hour’s drive south of Denver, it sits at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ southern range and features two of the state’s top tourist destinations: the ancient sandstone rock formations known as Garden of the Gods, and Pikes Peak, the 14,000-foot summit visible from nearly every street corner. It’s also a staunchly Republican city— headquarters of the politically active Christian group Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs is nicknamed “the Evangelical Vatican”) and the fourth most conservative city in America, according to a recent study. It’s a right-wing counterweight ...

Libertarianism Is A Fundamentally Flawed Ideology
Post Date: 2018-07-13 05:28:47 by Gatlin
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Two recent studies in evolutionary biology (discussed in Scientific American) concern the problem of why not all individuals cheat: "A key problem when trying to understand the evolution of cooperation has been the issue of cheaters." In other words: cheating helps the cheater, so why doesn't everyone cheat? One finding ("Generalized Reciprocity") has been that to the extent that individuals in a culture trust and help strangers, the culture itself thrives, but that to the opposite extent, in which it's common to take from strangers without giving proportionally in return, the culture suffers and declines. This means that cultures in which cheating is ...

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