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Month: December 2014

Some Nice Articles to End the Year – Happy New Year!

Laurence Vance has these observations on the CIA torture report.

Lew Rockwell writes about Murray Rothbard and the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and the neocons vs.

David Gordon of the Mises Institute writes about Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s new book, From Aristocracy to Monarchy to Democracy: A Tale of Moral and Economic Folly and Decay.

Jacob Hornberger on the New York Times, of all things, suggesting that it might be a good idea to abolish the CIA.

Philip Giraldi explains why he still dislikes Israel.

John Whitehead comments on the growing Orwellian police state in 2014. Such a review of the past year’s police state may seem depressing, but Richard Ebeling looks forward to the future and winning liberty.

Some More Recent Items

Here is a transcript of Lew Rockwell’s 2013 interview of Warren Commission critic Mark Lane. (Here is the audio.) More truth-telling on the JFK assassination.

Here is a long-lost interview with Murray Rothbard by The New Banner.

The Daily Bell interviews Gerald Celente who says that bankism has replaced capitalism, and comments on the Trans-Pacific/Atlantic Treaties and legalization of marijuana.

And Daniel McAdams on why millions of Christians would mourn on Christmas.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch, and Mendelssohn’s 3rd

I was looking at some information on the Boston Symphony Orchestra, many of whose performances I saw from the late 1970s to early 1990s, and there were some very nice videos on YouTube. But this one video was especially interesting. This 1950s-era video shows then-music director Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, the “Scottish.” The performance was probably from the mid-to-late 1950s.

One example of the conductor’s keeping his cool is around 15:35 in the video in which he gets a little too excited, his baton slips out of his hand and he catches it and continues conducting normally. (Now, if I were a member of the orchestra, that probably would’ve cracked me up, but these are mature professionals, and not one of them cracked up!)

Another interesting aspect of this video is that, at that time there was only one woman in the entire orchestra. Starting in 1952, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, now 92 according to her Wikipedia bio, had become the BSO’s first female player in the orchestra, and had been principal flute until retiring in the early 1990s. She was the first female principal chair in a major orchestra at that time, so it was quite a milestone.

Worshiping the State Is Bad for You

Wendy McElroy explains the ideas of statolotry, state heretics and state infidels.

James Carroll says that the CIA’s poisonous legacy starts with who we are.

Michael Rozeff says that U.S. Presidents have dictatorial powers.

Brendan O’Neill on Sony, North Korea, and saying No to self-censorship.

Paul Joseph Watson writes about a wacko gun control advocate who urges kids to rat on gun-owning parents and take the guns away.

And Russ Baker provides a primer on the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.

“Anti-Government”? Moi?

Jacob Hornberger discusses the cold war spy games showing the moral bankruptcy of the U.S. national security state.

William Jasper says: Abolish the EPA. (Yup.)

Sheldon Richman writes about monopoly and aggression.

Chris Rossini on what Sony and movie theaters really admitted.

The Daily Bell interviews Gary North on the Ron Paul Curriculum, free market education vs. government schools.

Murray Rothbard on egalitarianism as a revolt against nature.

Charlotte Allen on the top 10 feminist fiascoes of 2014.

Ralph Nader’s recommended holiday reading for the agitated mind.

Why Are Government Police Brutal?

Steven Rosenfeld of AlterNet lists 15 reasons why America’s police are so brutal (and getting away with it). But he doesn’t mention a particular reason, which happens to be the very most important reason why. And that is because the government police are . . . government police! There is no good reason why community policing and security can’t be de-monopolized by the government. Monopolists are not accountable.

Interventionism Causes Blowback? Who Knew?

Via Infowars, WikiLeakes releases a 2009 report in which the CIA admits that U.S. government’s drone assassinations program has backfired, after which the Obomber Administration increased its drone bombing and murdering of innocent foreigners. So it seems to me that these bureaucrats know about the blowback, and they continue murdering innocents overseas in order to escalate their provocations of those foreigners. That is how bureaucrats operate. Interventionists cause problems and blowback with their interventions, and then they invent new interventions in response to the blowback their previous interventions caused.

The NYPD Officer Ambush

Melissa Melton writes at Activist Post on the NYPD notice to LEOs in response to the recent incident in which two officers were murdered by a deranged wacko,  and she quotes from the NYPD’s notice: “Absolutely NO enforcement action in the form of arrests and or summonses is to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual MUST be placed under arrest.”

And Melton asks, “Are they admitting openly what we already know? That not all enforcement actions and arrests are ‘absolutely necessary’ to begin with?”

In my view, it is morally wrong for someone to harm others who haven’t harmed anyone themselves. The murderer of those two NYPD officers probably didn’t know their records, which may very well have been spotless, I don’t know. In contrast, during the incident involving Eric Garner there was one police thug “chokeholding” Garner while the other officers aided and abetted that criminal act. Had someone else intervened with force in order to save Garner from imminent death, and the intervention caused injury or death to those criminal officers, then I see that as acceptable. If you are in the process of brutally murdering an innocent human being, then you’re at your own risk, in my view. All innocent human beings have a right to protect themselves against acts of aggression and violence being perpetrated against them — by anyone, regardless of one’s occupation — and it would be morally acceptable for bystanders to intervene at that point in this Garner incident.

But randomly targeting a cop just because it’s a cop is not acceptable.

As long as I’m writing about this, I’ll say that it was clear that the chokeholding officer who killed Eric Garner knew what he was doing. I believe that particular method of use of force against someone is illegal, from what I’ve heard. And there’s a reason for that. Especially given the video of the incident, the officer should have been charged with murder, first degree, and take the evidence and witness testimony and video to the jury. There should never be anything like this “Grand Jury” thing. If that is something that takes place behind closed doors or in secret, then it is thoroughly unconstitutional and un-American. If you already have evidence and witnesses, and reason to suspect that someone has acted criminally, then that individual must be charged. There should be no policy which separates any group of people from being exempt from the law, as government police officers currently are. That is why many people now don’t like them.