Author: anthony

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How would a patriot act? Like an unfettered tyrant, apparently.

If you want to despise the Bush administration (and every administration since Johnson) more than you already do, I highly recommend reading Glenn Greenwald’s How Would a Patriot Act? Fun fact (and by fun, I mean depressing): since the creation of FISA courts in 1978 through 2001, the courts received...

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The un-Americanization of America

Once again, Glenn Greenwald illustrates why he’s one of the best political commentators around: What’s most striking, and ironic, is that the Norwegian response to the Oslo attack is so glaringly un-American even though its core premise — a brave refusal to sacrifice liberty and transparency in the name of...

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In search of a radical libertarian utopia

I have a new post published on Students for Liberty, check it out. This is not to deride idealism as irrelevant and destructive of progress; to the contrary, idealism precipitates activism that alters society and develops a movement. When individuals constantly look toward heaven, to that ideal society, it is...

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A de-centralization alliance (progressives are our friends)

Tonight, David Cobb, the 2004 Presidential Candidate for the Green Party, presented a lecture about corporate personhood at Ohio University. His views on corporate personhood, however, weren’t terribly interesting. The valuable portion of his lecture centered around the practical structure of the American political system as opposed to the idealistic version...

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A libertarian manifesto (of sorts)

Small update today: A short draft of a piece I’m currently writing and pondering. a manifesto à la The Sharon Statement and The Port Huron Statement. 1. When a policy requires reformation, we are reformers. 2. If an institution necessitates abolition, we are abolitionists. 3. If tradition or a societal structure...

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Glenn Greenwald: Who are the real “crazies” in our political culture?

Glenn Greenwald has a wonderful post from May 2010 concerning opinions labeled “crazy” and subsequently marginalized in political circles. A good summary of Ron Paul’s opinions and quirks, but more importantly, an analysis on why “intense, fixated mockery of marginalized, powerless people has the benefit of distracting attention from the...

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The search for an echo by Leonard E. Read

The Search for an Echo by Leonard E. Read is possibly my favorite article he’s ever written; unfortunately, no electronic form exists. I found the article in Essays on Liberty, Volume VI, a FEE series where they collected essays published over the course of a year (in The Freeman, pamphlets...

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A Superfluous Man column aggregation

With my column for The Post ending soon with the quarter, I wanted to aggregate all of them for future reference. Market must be free of government General Electric, the largest corporation in America, paid no taxes for 2010. According to a recent New York Times article, General Electric claimed a...

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Deflation, Rothbard’s critique of Friedman

Not much original content in this post, but some thins I found to be intellectually advantageous. Deflation, as it is commonly understood, is a confusing concept. The majority of economic thinking presumes it to be universally negative and encourages government action to avert deflation at all costs. However, some economists...