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Mises: The Great Democracy Scam of 2016

Mises Institute The Austrian Newsletter The Great Democracy Scam of 2016 by James Bovard No matter who wins the presidential election next month, the media and the political class will whoop up the result as another triumph of American democracy. Regardless that the winning candidate’s path to power was paved with lies and shenanigans, we […]

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Rand Paul Demise: Botched Campaign or Apathy on Freedom?

Rand Paul announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign this morning.  How much of the demise of the Rand Paul’s effort was due to poor campaign tactics vs. voters not giving a damn about freedom? In Iowa, Rand’s campaign targeted student voters.  But as David Weigel of the Washington Post noted, that tactic fizzled […]

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Iowa GOP Barnbusting Debate!

OK, so sue me for a using a misleading blog headline.  What the hell – at least I don’t need to watch any more debates this month.  My live tweets as the show went on… and on…. Disappointed that #GOPDebate candidates did not invoke "Judeo-Christian values" in the same sentence calling for carpet bombing — […]

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Democratic Debate Hoots & Huckstering

Tonight’s Democratic candidate debate was everything a cynic could have wished for.  Government retained its power to perform miracles, though no one explicitly promised that it could raise the dead. It is amazing to see how far & easily both Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley ran from their records in office.  Following are some of […]

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GOP Slugfest – Saudis, Cigars, Treason, & Tweets

Damned unfortunate that Fox Business News blocked Rand Paul from the debate tonight in South Carolina. Here are Twitter messages as the candidates wrangled [ok, so the photo is a few months old – Carly didn’t make it to the main stage tonight but every other photo I considered  was painfully dull]   #GOPDebate Kasich: […]

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FFF: The Mandatory Voting Panacea

from the July 2015 issue of The Future of Freedom The Mandatory Voting Panacea by James Bovard Barack Obama suggested on March 18, 2015, that mandatory voting could cure some of the ills of American democracy. He said that compelling everyone to vote would “encourage more participation” — perhaps the same way that the specter […]

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Dem Prez Candidates Vegas Whoop

Let the carping begin! Instead of having Sheryl Crow sing the National Anthem, the candidates should have been required to prove they knew all the words to the song. *Hearing “the land of the free” invocation at the Dem. prez debate is as incongruous as hearing a mud wrestling ad at a Mormon tabernacle. *Wonder how […]

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