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The Death Rattle of Europe’s Statist Dream

By Rick Ackerman

 

Europe’s all-too-predictable relapse into recession is gathering force, threatening not only the pipe dream of economic and political unity, but eroding grandiose illusions that have helped prop up the world’s financial house of cards. The unwillingness of France in particular to play by the EU’s — i.e.,  Germany’s — rules appears to have doomed the EU dream. The idea of a borderless Europe bound by a common currency and a shared desire to forever banish war from the Continent was a lofty one, but it was mired from the start in deeply rooted political animosities, grass-roots skepticism and bureaucratic overreach. Now these problems, along with a great many others, have turned the EU project into a Tower of Babel. A million pages of meticulously codified EU rules might as well have been written in cuneiform, so inscrutable and arcane have they become.

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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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Ebola and CDC: Distrust of White House (and government generally) grows

Government isn’t all bad. A very small and generally limited one can make some sense. I will even go so far as to say that a very modest taxpayer supported safety net for the truly indigent is OK if for whatever reason a private net does not exist. (I think that it would generally however in a very small government world, but that is for another post.) But government is at best, at best, a necessary evil. It is never something to be celebrated, but we unfortunately have celebrated government for far too long in this country.

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