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Mandatory Voting: A Bad Idea
President Obama thinks that forcing us to vote might be a good idea. That he could favor punishing people for not voting — which means taking their money by force and imprisoning or even shooting them if they resist — is unsurprising. The essence of government is violence — aggressive, not defensive, force. Government is…
Radical Potential: Our Blatant Opposition to the Status Quo
This election cycle’s crop of uninspiring presidential hopefuls, now including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, must be a relief to those favoring mass disillusionment with electoral politics. No candidate, Rand Paul included, represents a convincing alternative to the status quo. Contrast this with the current president, whose appeals to “hope” and “change” convinced many Americans of…
¡Hey Google, no seas malo!
El sitio web Antiwar.com (cuyo nombre es autoexplicativo) anunció el 18 de marzo que Google Adsense había suspendido su cuenta – una fuente importante de los ingresos que necesita para mantenerse en línea – por publicar nuevas fotos de la tortura y el abuso cometidos en la prisión militar de Abu Ghraib en Irak (Eric…
Sii Buona, Google!
Il sito Antiwar.com (un nome che dice tutto) il diciotto marzo ha annunciato la decisione di Google Adsense di sospendere il suo conto, risorsa fondamentale per stare online, per aver pubblicato foto di torture e abusi scattate nella prigione militare di Abu Ghraib in Iraq (Eric Garris, “Google Disables All Ads on Antiwar.com,” 18 marzo)….
Hey, Google — Don’t Be Evil!
The website Antiwar.com (whose name is self-explanatory) announced March 18 that Google Adsense had suspended its account — a major source of the revenue it needs to stay online — for publishing new photos of torture and abuse from the Abu Ghraib military prison in Iraq (Eric Garris, “Google Disables All Ads on Antiwar.com,” March…
Polizia e Doppie Misure
Immaginate questa scena: Una bella sera, perfettamente ubriaco, sfondate un’area recintata dalla polizia con la vostra auto. Immaginate che l’area sia davanti alla Casa Bianca. E che sia stata recintata perché si sospetta che sia la scena di un crimine, una possibile bomba, e voi avete mandato tutto all’aria. Gli agenti corrono subito verso la…
Secret Service Incident Highlights Double Standard
Imagine the following scenario: You’re driving along one fine evening, pretty thoroughly drunk, and ram your car through police tape and into a barricade.  Suppose further that the barricade you’ve smashed into is in front of the White House. For good measure, let’s add that the police tape you broke was marking off an active crime scene…
A Proposito di Tradimento
Solitamente associo termini come “tradimento” e “sedizione” ad ignoranti di destra come l’associazione degli ex combattenti americani. Per questo mi viene la pelle d’oca quando sento sedicenti progressisti che si appropriano di quei termini a proposito della lettera che Tom Cotton e altri 47 senatori repubblicani hanno spedito all’Iran. In breve, il gruppo repubblicano in…
Let’s Talk a Little Treason
I normally associate terms like “treason” and “sedition” with right-wing know-nothings like the American Legion. So it’s eye-rollingly painful, in cases like the letter to Iran from Tom Cotton and 47 other Republican senators, to hear self-described progressives seize on those terms. By way of background, the Congressional GOP recently invited ultra-hawkish and ultra-racist Israeli…
Education and the “Progressive” Corporate State on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents Kevin Carson‘s “Education and the “Progressive” Corporate State” read by Ian Anderson and edited by Nick Ford. The official White House happy talk, predictably, takes the corporate state’s assumptions for granted: “In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete — by 2020, an estimated 35 percent…
Genuine Ideology
You can’t kill an idea. Ideas are bulletproof. They’re more powerful than guns. This is something we’ve all been told. But just because you can’t destroy an idea or an ideology, it doesn’t mean you can’t twist it and use it as an engine for your own purposes. It’s not controversial to suggest that much…
Obama: o amigo dos chefes
“Quando a legislatura pretende regular as diferenças entre mestres e seus trabalhadores, seus conselheiros são sempre os mestres”, escrevia Adam Smith em A Riqueza das Nações. O presidente dos Estados Unidos Barack Obama reafirma esse insight com sua intervenção na disputa entre a indústria naval e os estivadores na costa oeste. Essa intervenção ocorre a…
A Modest Proposal: Mandatory Military Service for Congress
If it seems like only months ago that America’s warmongers were claiming there would be no need for US boots on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), that’s because it was. When the politicians initially decided to promote IS to the position of threat du jour, they promised that threat could be eliminated without sacrifice of American…
Selective Hearing in the War on Terror
Watching Fox News’s recent coverage of the Islamic State’s Twitter-hack left me shaking my head in disbelief, as usual. The latest act alleged to have been carried out by IS is the group’s takeover of several Twitter accounts belonging to the wives of US military servicemen. Among the threatening tweets issued by IS through the hacked…
Obama: The Bosses’ Friend
“Whenever the legislature attempts to regulate the differences between masters and their workmen,” Adam Smith noted in The Wealth of Nations, “its counsellors are always the masters.” US president Barack Obama reaffirms this insight with his intervention in the dispute between shipping industry employers and longshore workers on the west coast. That intervention comes at the behest of…
The Poison Called Nationalism
“Forward, the Light Brigade!” Was there a man dismay’d? Not tho’ the soldier knew Someone had blunder’d: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson The reason for the…
Obama is No Friend of Beer Drinkers
It’s frustrating to hear US president Barack Obama receive kudos from the beer community simply because of his fondness for the beverage. Between his 2009 Beer Summit, his occasional beer in public, and his recent quip that he’s the first president to brew beer at the White House since George Washington, Obama has successfully cultivated a…
Shutdown Theater (Off-Off Broadway Follies) on Feed 44
C4SS Feed 44 presents Thomas L. Knapp‘s “Shutdown Theater (Off-Off Broadway Follies)” read by James Tuttle and edited by Nick Ford. When even “progressive” Democrats like Elizabeth Warren threaten “shutdown” to get their way, it’s just too obvious that there’s no real shutdown in play. Per Chekhov, “[i]f you say in the first chapter that there is a…
Education and the “Progressive” Corporate State
Speaking in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9 US president Barack Obama unveiled an initiative to provide two years of community college tuition-free, nationwide, to anyone meeting attendance and grade requirements. The idea, inspired by a similar program in Tennessee, aims to make two years of college as universal as high school is now. Obama’s proposal is in…
Escape de la bahía de Guantánamo
El sábado, el campo de detención de la Bahía de Guantánamo puso en libertad a cuatro de las 136 personas detenidas allí sin cargos. Después de seis años, Barack Obama está un poco más cerca de cumplir su promesa: “He dicho repetidamente que tengo la intención de cerrar Guantánamo, y voy a seguir adelante con…