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Rothbard on Trump

Didn’t think it was possible, did you? A Strategy for the Right, first published in 1992 in the Rothbard-Rockwell Report, it is the opening chapter in a compilation of Rothbard’s essays, entitled “The Irrepressible Rothbard.” What I call the Old Right is suddenly back! Rothbard felt the proper home for libertarians was with the right […]

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A Step in the Right Direction

Trump has released his first budget proposal.  It is the most radical budget proposal ever offered by a president in the last seven million years…give or take.  The reactions are predictable…and curious. First, the predictable: in no way, shape or form will the budget finally authorized by congress look anything like this. Some of President […]

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The Bedrock Libertarian Principle

Sheldon Richman has written a piece entitled “In Defense of Extreme Cosmopolitanism.”  What does he mean by “cosmopolitanism”? Original cosmopolitan liberalism, what we call libertarianism today…. Huh?  I guess I need to understand the definition of “cosmopolitan”: Free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world. What does […]

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Piled Higher and Deeper

Get out the shovel…. Robert Kagan has written a piece entitled “Backing into World War III.”  Kagan instead prefers a headlong rush into human oblivion. Who is Robert Kagan? Robert Kagan (born September 26, 1958) is an American historian, author, columnist, and foreign-policy commentator. Kagan is mainly characterized as a leading neoconservative, but he prefers […]

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Russian Ukraine Is Finally Seceding

During the Munich Security Conference a couple of weeks ago, news came out that Russia would recognize various documents issued by eastern Ukrainian authorities – in other words, from the separatist regions of Donbass. “The decree stated clearly this was made out of humanitarian concerns…until Minsk agreements have been fulfilled. The presidential decree validated IDs […]

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The Speech

I return to the podcast of Lew Rockwell interviewing Angelo Codevilla, where Codevilla offers, and I will paraphrase: the media talking class are wrong about Trump voters, that they will stick with Trump no matter what.  If Trump doesn’t continue along the path on which he campaigned, they will look for someone else, someone even […]

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Get Off My Lawn

A paraphrased version of one of the best lines from Gran Torino.  I could easily write twenty posts using various Clint Eastwood one-liners for titles – or at least some paraphrased version of same.  I suspect I have done so once or twice before, but I really don’t recall. I hope most of you recognize […]

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The Life of the State

Taken from an essay by Dr. Michael Vlahos, Professor at Johns Hopkins University, entitled “America: Imagined Community, Imagined Kinship.” The focus of his essay is to develop the concept of “kinship as a key dimension in modern state relations….”  More interesting to me is the underlying idea of imagined kinship as opposed to actual kinship. […]

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Clinton Interferes in Russian Elections

From an academic paper published by Hamilton College (located, interestingly enough, in Clinton, New York): Immediately after coming to power, the Clinton administration declared the consolidation of market and democratic institutions in Russia to be a vital American interest. The administration’s central tactic for promoting this outcome was to help Boris Yeltsin remain in power…. […]

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The Sooner We Are Rid of Him, the Better

My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can’t prove it, but you can’t disprove it either. –        Christopher Hitchens* I will suggest this is certainly true for much of official Washington.  […]

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Welcome to the 3rd World

I have given further thought to this topic, first explored here.  I will first offer a few points from the earlier post: Codevilla: We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate where it will end. Zman: If what it takes […]

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The Fallacy of Limited Government

On Power: The Natural History of its Growth, Bertrand de Jouvenel The Fallacy of Limited Government De Jouvenel concludes his examination on Power with a look at the liberal case for limited government.  He holds an imaginary conversation with his liberal counterpart, Émile Faguet: The state, you tell us, has a normal sphere of competence.  […]

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A Civil War

…I was asked by a friend, in reference to this piece at the Zman blog. Before I offer my reply, a couple of lines from the Zman blog post; the basic idea is that the only way to clean house is for Trump to play the strongman: For the last three decades, probably longer, the […]

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Trump, Libertarians, and Trade

Introduction From my post on the positive aspects of Trump for those who favor libertarianism and decentralization – certainly when compared with the alternatives – I offer one of the several positive items: He questions trade deals.  I understand the dilemma that this presents for libertarians and free market types, but we can’t have it […]

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The Pathetic New York Times

What else can you call it? One more time, on the “bromance” between Trump and Putin…. Moral Equivalence? “You got a lot of killers,” Mr. Trump told Bill O’Reilly of the slavishly pro-Trump Fox News. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?” The editors at the Times take exception to this: …rather than endorsing American […]

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The Aristocratic Roots of Liberty

Corruption, lust and greed Define the new nobility Changing the course of history –        The Astonishing, Dream Theater* . From his book, On Power: The Natural History of its Growth, Bertrand de Jouvenel describes the aristocratic roots of liberty; such roots were ultimately subsumed by a new nobility – one designed to steal liberty away. […]

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Absolute Monarchy Without a King

The work of the Revolution was the restoration of absolute monarchy. So writes Bertrand de Jouvenel in his book On Power: The Natural History of its Growth.  He is writing of the French Revolution.  While it took somewhat longer for the effects to become visible, the words could just as easily apply to the American […]

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Libertarians and the Election

In the aftermath of this US presidential campaign season, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on this topic of libertarians and this election.  In many ways, I feel a review of this is premature – in the case of Trump, it would be nice to give him some time in office […]

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