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Rothbard’s ‘Left and Right': 40 Years Later | Roderick T. Long (Video)

This is another post on rather arcane libertarian political thought. Roderick T. Long discusses Murray Rothbard’s examination of where libertarianism falls on the political spectrum (of his time) Left, Right, or elsewhere.

Given the fairly nuanced discussions which sometime happen on this site exploring what constitutes “fascism,” “socialism,” “freedom,” “liberty”, etc. I thought this speech would be of some value to our wonkier readers.

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Pro Publica: When U.S. Companies Help the NSA

We have long covered what happens the in the shadowy alleyways where the NSA and corporate America have gotten together in their unholy unions. Sometimes these unions are voluntary. We have seen also that many of these relationships were not and that companies have no choice but to work with the NSA.

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Time to reduce economic dependence on Pentagon spending

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Indeed, it’s long past time.

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Is the oil price fall more than just a coincidence?

It is said that the reason the USSR fell in the dramatic way it did was first, because it couldn’t price anything in the economy effectively, but secondly because the price of oil (a real price generated on the market) dropped in the 1980s sharply thereby significantly reducing the value of the Evil Empire’s petroleum reserves and a key source of revenue. Some believe that this downward push in oil prices was encouraged by the United States and facilitated by increased production from the Saudis.

Could something similar be happening now? What better way to pressure Putin?

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Ebola Comes to America: Krugman & Stiglitz Must Be Delighted

Paul Krugman is famous for having said essentially that one of the ways the US could pull itself out of the current recession/depression is by mobilizing for an alien invasion. A War of the Worlds would do the trick. Everyone could build space ships and laser guns and whatever to fight the otherworldly menace. Stimulus. Full employment!

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