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Will Your Car Obey You or the Police

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:06
Our view of civil rights has to evolve as technology changes our lives. More often than not, the changes are for the worse. Fifty years ago, could the police enter your home without a warrant and review your family photos for criminal evidence? No, and they still can't today – though, of course, we know they do. However, they can order Facebook to give them access to photos you shared only with your selected friends. Autonomous vehicle technology is developing rapidly. Car manufacturers say the ...

Camp of the Apocalypse

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 03:04
"The West is empty, even if it has not yet become really aware of it. An extraordinarily inventive civilization, surely the only one capable of meeting the challenges of the third millennium, the West has no soul left. At every level – nations, races, cultures, as well as individuals – it is always the soul that wins the decisive battles. It is only the soul that forms the weave of gold and brass from which the shields that save the strong are fashioned. I can hardly discern any soul in us." So ...

How Shoddy Science Creates Big Government

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:06
Many non-scientists hold a romanticized view of scientific research. We think it is very black and white, with scientists rigorously searching for measurable evidence, and happily conceding when experiments prove a hypothesis wrong. In fact, scientists are as human as everyone else is. They grow attached to their pet theories and overlook or discount observations to the contrary. Moreover, the way in which we fund scientific research prevents researchers from following the data wherever it leads ...

Sheep Led to the Slaughter The Muzzling of Free Speech in America

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 03:04
"If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."—George Washington The architects of the American police state must think we're idiots. With every passing day, we're being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy and intolerance, all packaged for our supposed benefit in the Orwellian doublespeak of national security, tolerance and so-called ...

Prepare To Be Droned America

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 03:06
The technology that lets unmanned U.S. drones blow up alleged "enemy combatants" in the Middle East is coming home. U.S. police departments, which already embraced drones for surveillance purposes, now want to deploy weapons on them. North Dakota's legislature officially authorized the state's police departments to mount non-lethal weapons on drones. Will lethal ones be next? Of course. Government power, once granted, always expands. Non-lethal police drones will be bad enough. Police department ...

Great National Purposes Means Less Freedom

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 03:04
With the seventieth anniversary this year of the end of the Second World War, a number of commentators have focused on the presumed "unity" of America seven decades ago to "win the war" against global tyranny and international aggression by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Individuals put aside their individual personal and petty interests to support and fight for a "greater collective cause." The contrast is made between "then" and "now." Today, it is said, America is divided against itself on ...

What is Your Computer Hiding From You

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 03:06
A good question arose in the comments to our Thursday story about U.S. border agents searching and seizing laptop computers. Can't people simply store their data on the cloud to keep it safely from government hands? Let's think this through. Say you have a few megabytes of data that you wish to keep private. Nothing illegal, just private. You want to access your data after you cross outside U.S. borders. What are your options? One choice is to store the data in a computer or on a thumb drive ...

Blame the Federal Reserve Not China for Stock Market Crash

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 03:04
Following Monday's historic stock market downturn, many politicians and so-called economic experts rushed to the microphones to explain why the market crashed and to propose "solutions" to our economic woes. Not surprisingly, most of those commenting not only failed to give the right answers, they failed to ask the right questions. Many blamed the crash on China's recent currency devaluation. It is true that the crash was caused by a flawed monetary policy. However, the fault lies not with China ...

Thieves Emporium Part 8 - Prometheus

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 03:06
Two years before Dancing Fawn made her first crossing, Arnold Wilson Parker* sat on the veranda of his estate overlooking the Rockies. Next to him sat Edgar Kohrob, CEO of ENGCO, a conglomerate of the largest engineering, design, and construction companies in the United States. For the past five years, they had conspired, planned, and worked to bring into existence the world's first thorium nuclear power plant. If it was successful, over twenty more would follow and the United States would final ...

Production Versus Plunder Part 22 - The Code of Production

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 03:06
Declining civilizations (and the current moment provides a fine example) are characterized by basing political power on free food and similar handouts. This not only diverts production to foolish ends, but it harshly punishes producers. Worse, it undercuts the ethic of honest, virtuous production. As in Rome, as in modern capitals. A return to a clear code of production is required. Continued from last week... THE CODE OF PRODUCTION Within Jesus' teachings and those of his close friends, the ...

US Political System Faces the Trump Test

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:06
George Will, who often has no problem embracing Big Brother, found enough small-government vocabulary to write an entertaining takedown of Donald Trump's immigration plan. The article exemplifies the exasperation mainstream GOP powers must feel at Trump's ascent. The immigration plan is certainly an easy target. What Trump proposes would wipe out huge swathes of the U.S. economy as construction projects, restaurant kitchens and lawn mowers across the nation sat idle. Worse, the brute force ...

Self-Defense and Police State Home Invasions

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 03:04
It's 3:00 in the morning. Your wife and young children are asleep. You hear a commotion outside, followed by the sound of a window rattling. You get up, grab your 12 gauge and creep down the stairs. You hear window glass breaking. A black-clad man scrambles in, and while he does, you exercise your right to defend your house and shoot. The man dies. In a free society, this would be an acceptable, indeed, admirable, use of force in defense of your home and family. There's only one catch: the man ...

Bordering on Insanity

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:06
There are logical arguments for nation-states to defend their borders against illicit persons and goods. Those arguments are not nearly as compelling as some people think, but they exist. They apply mainly for people and goods entering a country – not those leaving it. The United States in particular likes to claim it has no Iron Curtain and that people are free to leave. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security seems to be missing this distinction. As Jae Shik Kim was about to board a flight to ...

Reliving the Crash of 29

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:04
First published in Inquiry, November 12, 1979. A half-century ago, America — and then the world — was rocked by a mighty stock-market crash that soon turned into the steepest and longest-lasting depression of all time. It was not only the sharpness and depth of the depression that stunned the world and changed the face of modern history: it was the length, the chronic economic morass persisting throughout the 1930s, that caused intellectuals and the general public to despair of the market ...

Is Trump the Real Deal

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 03:02
The talking heads of the establishment are heaping scorn on Donald Trump like squawking crows defecate on those beneath the phone lines where they sit. The long knives are coming out of the sheaths of the New York-Washington literati. Everyone is attacking Donald Trump. But why is such animosity spewing from our media, our corporations and our academic leaders toward this bodacious entrepreneur turned politician? Why? Because Trump represents something untamed and untamable. He represents an ...

Entangling Alliances and Womens Suffrage

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:06
Having the right to vote is significant only to the extent it means you can vote for some meaningful office or issue. Saudi Arabian women can now vote in municipal elections. This is progress for a kingdom in which men, particularly men of the royal family, hold virtually all political and commercial power, but it is far from revolutionary. Saudi women do have one advantage over citizens of the so-called Western democracies. They at least know their national rulers care little for their ...

The Raping of America Mile Markers on the Road to Fascism

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 03:04
There's an ill will blowing across the country. The economy is tanking. The people are directionless, and politics provides no answer. And like former regimes, the militarized police have stepped up to provide a façade of law and order manifested by an overt violence against the citizenry. Despite the revelations of the past several years, nothing has changed to push back against the American police state. Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—continue to be choked out by a prevailing ...

The Pentagon Door Revolves Again

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 03:06
Americans like to think the nation takes good care of their veterans. Its actual record for doing so is spotty at best, as recent VA hospital scandals demonstrate. Nevertheless, one category of veterans always lands on its feet after it hangs up the uniform. Retiring generals and admirals can take their pick of comfortable "advisory" jobs on Wall Street and at defense contractors. Army General (ret.) Ray Odierno was still wearing four stars barely a week ago and he's already providing "strategic ...

The Free Market Versus the Bureaucratic State

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 03:04
The U.S. presidential election of 2016 may still be well over a year away, but those who dream of sitting at the desk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. are busy scrambling for campaign supporters, financial contributions and potential voters in the party primaries that will influence who will run in the general election. As the months pass by leading up to the election, Americans will be reminded that they are expected to participate in the democratic process, the ...

Approaching Asteroid Threatens Banks

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 03:06
In a world where economic dinosaurs quickly go extinct, traditional banking is one of the prime survivors. Abundant capital and friendly capital have let it adapt to every challenge. When banks lost commercial lending business to asset backed securitization in the 1980s, U.S. bankers convinced politicians to knock down the Glass-Steagall wall so they could enter the trading arena. When their risky trades blew up in 2008, the Federal Reserve came to their rescue with unlimited free capital. ...

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