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Whose Side Are They On?

Excuse me if I drive over familiar roadways. But we are witnessing one of the great revolutions in human cooperation. And our governments and politicians are working mightily to block traffic. I refer, of course, to Uber and Lyft and the like. The innovation that these companies bring to market?






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United We Disagree

This election year? Anger and angst permeate the electorate. We are united only in frustration. Which leads to some mutual distrust. Not good. Neither the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, nor the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, will receive my vote. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect people who will vote






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Too Dangerous x 2

“If he governs consistent with some of the things he’s said as a candidate, I would be very frightened,” former CIA Director Michael Hayden says about Donald Trump. These are the words that begin an ominous television spot from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The advertisement concludes that Mr. Trump is






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The New Centrism?

Have you noticed that CNN has been offering multiple “town hall” presentations of the Libertarian and Green Party presidential candidates? I think this is not only great for the Libertarians and the Greens, but also good for the country — and I hope it proves good for CNN. When the






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Governments Against the People

Is it odd to see government employees and politicians — public servants — hold onto particular laws with a death grip? Maybe not. In Texas, municipal government employees have been working mightily to prevent citizens from repealing local ordinances. According to a report by WOAI News Radio, the Texas “State






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Smash the Duopoly

When Donald Trump called our country’s electoral process a “rigged system,” he was not wrong. The system is a legally secured duopoly. I’ve discussed a number of the elements of this system previously. But one I may not have explored enough is the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). The League






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The False Fairness of Bias

“If the disgusting and corrupt media covered me honestly,” Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, “I would be beating Hillary by 20%.” Argue the percentage, sure, but acknowledge the obvious bias. Asked by MediaBuzz host, Howard Kurtz, about a “tilt against Donald Trump,” Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for






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Two Headed Beast

More War, More Cronyism, More Corporate Give-Aways, More CrowdedPrisons, More Taxes, More Regulations, More Drug War, More PoliceMilitarization and Civil Rights Violations, More Assaults on Free Speech, More Economic Bungling, More Debt, More Control, More Corruption.  






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Population to Government, “Hello”

Government “central planning”? I’m against it. But it’s socialism, fascism, and allied isms that I oppose. I’m not against “government planning.” We could use some. Take population. When government sets up complicated institutions, like Social Security or Medicare, those institutions must match the general trend of the number and make-up






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Robert A. Heinlein on Political Labels

“Political tags such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.” –Robert A. Heinlein    






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Second Amendment People

Donald Trump states things in a manner simultaneously ambiguous and incendiary. Of course, he has help from the media, the Clinton camp and other embittered opponents, all elated to act as firestorm propellants . . . through as many 24-hour news cycles as possible. At a rally this week, Trump






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Politicians Must Suffer

Politicians make us suffer. Isn’t turnabout fair play? No. Two wrongs don’t make a right. And equal suffering is not a worthwhile goal. Nonetheless, politicians do indeed need to “suffer” — by which I mean to bear a serious and sobering cost for their service in pubic office, to view






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