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Listen: Robert Scheer on the Honor of America’s Libertarian Politicians

On Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA’s “Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” over the weekend, the Truthdig editor-in-chief discussed the Internet’s capacities to liberate and enslave and cheered Kentucky Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s defense of individual privacy in a recent, well-received speech at UC Berkeley.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



A Republican San Francisco Ahead?

“If the national Republican Party stops being a home for theocrats, war-mongerers, and xenophobic white men and drifts closer to a small-government, libertarian worldview that eventually makes peace with immigration, LGBT rights and abortion, it might gain traction in affluent, secular, and largely non-white San Francisco,” a contributor at The Bold Italic writes.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Bitcoin and the Dangerous Fantasy of ‘Apolitical’ Money

The crash of 2008 infused our societies with enormous skepticism of government and central bank authority. Naturally, many dream of a currency that politicians and bankers cannot manipulate. Bitcoin has emerged as the great white hope of something of the sort. Alas, that hope is false.

Posted on Dec 26, 2013 READ MORE


The Impracticality of Bitcoin

The presently unregulated digital currency has libertarians and currency speculators in a tizzy over the possibility of making a lot of money in a short time. Greek political economist Yanis Varoufakis tells RT whether there is any reason to believe Bitcoin, currently valued at $900, is practical for use by ordinary people and sustainable as a means of exchange overall.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE


‘Look at These Ridiculous Boots’

Russell Brand’s absurd description of humanity’s best prospects for salvation is an apt example of the corporate media-shaped chaos of understanding moving around inside many people’s heads.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE


Libertarianism’s Achilles’ Heel

In politics, we often skip past the simple questions. This is why inquiries about the fundamentals can sometimes catch everyone short. Michael Lind, the independent-minded scholar, posed one such question last week about libertarianism that I hope will shake up the political world.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



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It Wasn’t David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

For all of the strident attacks on Stockman’s column, I have yet to read a serious critique of his most brazen claim.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE


Federal Money Helps Ryan’s Hometown Bounce Back

Thousands are still struggling in Paul Ryan’s hometown of Janesville, Wis., after General Motors shut down its century-old plant there in 2008. What economic recovery has occurred there is due largely to the federal stimulus programs so loathed by Republicans.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan, Corporate Darling

The bright-faced boy from Janesville and avowed man of the people has taken money from banksters, big insurance and the Koch brothers throughout his career, and has $5.4 million in the campaign chest—$2 million more than the next highest House member.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Veepstakes,’ Be Gone!

“Few media behaviors are more pitiful than the intense fixation over the ‘Veepstakes,’ a word that is at once nauseatingly vapid and yet incomparably valuable as a symbol of our nation’s pointless, juvenile political media,” Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



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A Hard Look at Paul Ryan

The New Yorker has published an insightful, if unsurprising, profile of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, detailing how the young lawmaker became a champion of today’s form of arch-libertarianism and how he’s worked to push that ideology into the mainstream of the Republican Party.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE



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An Investment Manager Dishes on the Richest

Rarely do we get to hear criticism of the American oligarchy from within the ranks of its crowning institution: the financial services industry. This anonymous author, who handles investments for the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, takes us on a brief tour of numbers ... (more)

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Waving the ‘Anarcho-Capitalism’ Flag

It’s a theory that seeks the removal of government oversight from any and all economic and social activity, which has been steadily adopted by legislators and policymakers on the right, and some on the left, for the past three decades, and tea partiers may actually be opposed to it. (more)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE


Glenn Beck Talks ‘Truth Problem’ With Leno

Glenn Beck took time off from televised crying last Friday to explain himself to Jay Leno. "I'm a regular guy. I'm a self-educated man," said Beck, who bragged about his 10 weeks of college. Shortly before announcing "I'm not a TV guy," Beck declared that "we have a truth problem" in America. No shit.
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