Bill Kristol: “We Beat Back Ron Paul and Rand Paul” (Right…And this is why the neocons remain in the political wilderness and Jeb got spanked. Because you won.)

The neocons are for big government and wars. Bill Kristol is for big government and wars. The neocons disliked Reagan and celebrated George W. Bush’s massive expansion of the state. They loathe libertarianism and they loathe the Pauls. They quietly like Hillary Clinton who is basically an extension of George W. Bush in many respects. In fact most neocons – most of whom are Bushites – would probably like to see Hillary win this go’round. (Though they can’t say it publicly –

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Going backward: Senate votes to require women to register for the draft

Congrats women. Now you’re in the club too.

The draft should not exist. That the state thinks that it can simply conscript its citizenry into war is wrong. We are supposed to be a free society. The draft should be long gone and it certainly shouldn’t be expanded. A fighting force should be all volunteer or no war – that’s it. And given that We the People don’t even get to weigh in on war anymore via Congress and a declaration this is a particularly bad development.

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Penn Jillette shares why he’s a libertarian (VIDEO)

We have no affiliation with Libertarianism.org but we do occasionally feature their stuff. I just liked this simple video from Penn Jillette and I thought I’d post for our readers.

Really, why not just live and let live? People are different. Let people be different without the state coming down on their heads. Kind of the point of this country (the USA) really.

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Allies of Rand Paul, Koch take aim at hawks (Call them the “defense owls”)

I refer to people like Rand Paul as defense “owls.” They aren’t doves. They aren’t hawks. They are smart and staid. They are “owls.”

The creation of this think tank is encouraging. Indeed it is vital that the neocons, the big government hawks which defined the Bush era (the Clinton era?) be countered and shown for the advocates of massive government that they are. Conservatives historically have not been for waging war across the globe, and particularly without the sanction of Congress and by extension the American people.

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The Anger of the Unprivileged Is Rising Globally

This goes nicely with the previous post.

People are waking up. They are using the information at their disposal. Do not take this information for granted.

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How the West (and the Rest) Got Rich

I find it funny (and terribly sad) that so many supposedly informed and educated people don’t understand what a miracle capitalism (and the Western tradition, including English common law) truly is. Many of us, perhaps most of us wouldn’t even be alive today if it was not for the concepts which spread from northwestern Europe, to North America, and then beyond. We live in amazing wealth. Even the poor in the West have amazing wealth relative to the poor throughout history and relative to parts of the world where commerce is stifled by statism,

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US Can’t Say Whether or Not $759 Million Spent on Education in Afghanistan Helped Anything

Our government system is so big, so massive, that $759 million can just be unaccounted for. No reason to keep track of what it did or didn’t do. Or to whom it went. Or, well, anything. It’s all just play money for our politicians and bureaucrats. The way the system “works.” “Good enough for government work” and all that.

Now, it’s not like that $759 million represents money taken from taxpayers. Nope, just play money which the bureaucrats don’t need to pay attention to.

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Too much is being made of The Economists crony-capitalism index

The man who founded the religion which gave crony capitalism a degree of respectability for too long. J.M. Keynes.

We absolutely agree. As we have said in the past the effort is laudable and we will continue to watch it. And it appears that the folks at The Economist are heading in the right direction. The most recent edition is much better than the initial effort for instance. Our hope is that this trend will continue.

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How Wartime Washington Lives in Luxury

War can be excellent business. It is also often hell. So that leaves us in a weird place.

This article needs to be read, particularly by people who are not familiar with Washington DC, our wealthiest American metropolitan area by far. That’s right, not New York, not San Francisco, Washington.

It didn’t used to be this rich. It didn’t use to be this rich not that long ago. And as you know dear readers we have nothing against people being rich.

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Fiscal Responsibility is a National Security MUST

(From The Conservative Review)

Last year, dozens of congressional Republicans teamed up with Democrats the break the spending caps that conservatives won in 2011. This year, Senator Barbara Mikulski (F, 2%), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, has extended the same demand – there must be “parity” between increases in defense and domestic spending.

And sure enough, some in Congress have already called for more military spending beyond the massive bump they received last year.

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Both Sanders and Clinton have received more money from defense contractors than any GOP candidate

Surprise!

We run this video (the distilled version) once a year or so and this seems an appropriate time to run it again. Below is perhaps one of the most important speeches ever given by a president. Eisenhower, the former General of the Army, addresses the danger of the Military Industrial Complex in his farewell to the American people.

(From Politico)

According to the Center for Public Integrity’s review of Federal Election Commission data,

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