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War On China?

SocialismWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Sinister forces in American political life are using the coronavirus crisis to incite war with China and to stir up bad feelings toward the Chinese people. But war with China should be the last thing people want.

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Trump Is Trying to Ride the Pentagon Gravy Train to Reelection

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog03/02/2020

Trump is spinning a narrative in which ever larger government budgets—and ever larger piles of deficit spending—create jobs and make America "safe."

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Trump's Betrayal of Julian Assange

Anti-PoliticsBig GovernmentLegal SystemWar and Foreign Policy

Blog02/24/2020

It is ironic that a president who has been the victim of so much deep state meddling has done the deep state’s bidding when it comes to Assange and Wikileaks. The deep state that Trump is serving by persecuting Assange is the same deep state that continues to plot his own ouster.

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Foreign Aid Empowers Corrupt Regimes. End It.

Taxes and SpendingWar and Foreign Policy

Blog02/13/2020

US aid to foreign regimes helps free governments from having to raise funds from their own people. So, the recipients of foreign aid are likely to become less responsive and more corrupt.

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The State Owns You: The Problem with "National Service"

War and Foreign Policy

Blog02/01/2020

All arguments in favor of mandatory service rest on the idea that an individual's life belongs not to him- or herself, but to the state.

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Franz Jägerstätter: Conscientious Objector

Media and CultureStrategyWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

Blog01/29/2020

Terrence Malick's new film about conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter is a subtle film. But perhaps too much so, and we need to look deeper to understand why this one man so vehemently resisted the Nazi state at the cost of his own life.

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Trade Sanctions Are Both Immoral and Ineffective

Protectionism and Free TradeWar and Foreign Policy

Blog01/23/2020

Sanctions have a long history of failure. The US government's recent sanctions on Iran will likely be no different, but they will certainly be harmful to the Iranian people.

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A Limited-Government Republic versus a National-Security State

War and Foreign Policy

Blog01/16/2020

What is a national-security state? It is a totalitarian-like governmental structure that consists of an enormous military-intelligence establishment with extraordinary powers, such as indefinite detention, torture, secret surveillance, and even assassination of both citizens and foreigners.

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The World Looks to Abandon the Dollar as US Sanctions Tighten Their Grip

Money and BanksWar and Foreign Policy

Blog01/15/2020

The US's enthusiasm for sanctions means Europe is learning the price of doing business with the United States and with the dollar.  They're now developing new ways to work around the the US-dominated financial system.

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If Trump Decides to Start a Nuclear War, No One Can (Legally) Stop Him

War and Foreign Policy

Blog01/08/2020

There's no evidence Trump is more trigger-happy than any other president, but the presidency's unchecked nuclear-launch power will remain a problem both now and with future presidents.

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