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Tag Archives: right

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

Another libertarian political thought video. 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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Does the “Left” actually need people to be on welfare to win elections?

First, what is called “Right ” and “Left” is increasingly up for grabs. The winged political paradigm makes much less sense now that a significant part of the population self identifies as “libertarian,” which does not fit into the 20th Century way of looking at politics.

Saying this however we’ll go forward.

The question is whether those who advocate ever larger government have to get people “hooked” on welfare of one sort or another in order to win elections. Whether creating dependence on government is in itself a political strategy.

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Ralph Nader: Obama the ’executioner’, Says crony capitalism common ground for some on Right and Left

I personally like Ralph Nader. I think he’s wrong on all sorts of things but the sense when one meets him is that he is a man who really thinks about the issues and who does not drift with the political wind. He seems to be intellectually honest, which even though he’s completely off base on all sorts of issues, counts for a heck of a lot. Especially in Washington DC. He could have sold out. He never did.

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The Hipster Fascists, Enemies of Open Source Society

What is fascism?

Basically it is the government working in partnership with the corporate establishment to secure political power (for government) and profits and power (for businesses).

What we have now is a soft fascist system, crony capitalism. It’s only soft in the sense that the Gestapo for the most part is not breaking down doors willy nilly (though there are exceptions to this, and more and more). Soft fascism becomes very hard when it comes down on you or your business, but it is not Hitler’s fascism, yet.

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Protesters blockading the European Central Bank (Video)

Sadly it appears that these folks, filled with legitimate indignation, do not understand that central bank interest rate rigging is anything BUT capitalism. A banker politburo issuing edicts from on high pretty much is the opposite of free enterprise. The protester’s problem should be with the state and the bankers colluding, but as we see also in this country many people who have problems with bankers continue to have a love affair with the state. Witness the red flags on display above. If only the government could be run by the people!

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The IRS Doesn’t Like Pro-Pot Groups Either

As we’ve written before, the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS should concern anyone with a political opinion. All it takes is a change in leadership and suddenly one’s group might find itself on the wrong end of an audit.

Or it might just take one overzealous Senator with a control issue, as was the case with Diane Feinstein and the Marijuana Policy Project.

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