Congress is about to vote on what Rand Paul calls “the biggest anti-poverty initiative” in 50 years

All I can say is we made the case for making Detroit an economic “free zone” back in October 2012. Not that “free zones” are our idea. Free market/price advocates have made the case for them for years. It’s good to see the idea getting some real political traction.

Free up places which are disasters. Make them business friendly. Lower or eliminate taxes. Let people innovate. Many of our cities have little to lose at this point. Other than a rigid fear of free markets why wouldn’t one want free zones in areas of economic despair?

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The GOP’s French Revolution (Not Really)

I basically don’t buy this analysis but it is an interesting and let’s say cute article that is worth reading for the Washington DC insider take.

But John Hart misses a very important and fundamental component of the current tumult in the GOP, namely Ron Paul. It was Paul’s critique of the GOP as a party which is in no way actually for “small government” which got this ball rolling. The first “TEA parties” were in support of the Congressman and his 2008 presidential run.

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Poll: 1 in 3 Independent and Republican voters see the government as an “enemy”

Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.

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Why monopolies only survive with the backing of government (Video)

If you really want to understand why the crony capitalist system is so insidious as well as ubiquitous I highly recommend listening to this bit from the master Murray Rothbard. If you really want to get what is so messed up about government and the “privavte sector” partnering up, one must know at least a little bit of his work.

Warning though. Rothbard can rattle one’s whole understanding of politics and economics.

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Fox Five erupts in debate over “despicable” Rand Paul

Like I said before, it’s neocon or bust over there.

And Greg Gutfeld just jumped the orca. I know you have a new show and you see the brass ring, but come on. Sorry dude, we have a Constitution. If you don’t like it or find it inconvenient, well, that’s just too bad.

Let’s just hope whoever the next president is they care more about the rule of law than the last 2 presidents.

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More Crony Media? Is Fox News playing “Hide Rand Paul” with their polls… again?

Fox News did this over and over with Rand Paul’s dad too. There is serious pressure in the GOP to tamp down the libertarian wing (now probably the largest wing). Which is basically suicidal. But that’s the Republicans for you.

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Rand Paul Plans To Filibuster Patriot Act

Good. For crying out loud, somebody should.

I hope that one day we will look back on the Patriot Act in the way we look back on Prohibition now, a huge mistake which gave away too much power to government and undermined the very spirit of what it means to be American.*

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No more ‘Backdoor Bailouts’ from the Federal Reserve?

This bill is probably a step in the right direction, but the focus should be first on auditing the Fed under a bright burning magnesium fueled light. We need to know what’s really going on in the institution before we can chart the best way forward. Open the beast up. Let’s see what happened in 2008/2009 and during the QE binge. Then we can tinker, or hack away, or blow up as needed.

It should be noted that Senator Warren,

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Court says NSA warrantless snooping illegal, Senior Republicans still defend surveillance state

This is what the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution says;

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Now where in there does it say that the government can collect data from from citizens in bulk without a specific warrant  in the name of defeating “terrorism?”

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