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Is This The Libertarian Moment?
Earlier this month the New York Times wondered aloud if the “libertarian moment” had arrived. A good question, to be sure.

30 August 2014read on...

The Mother of All Blowback
President Barack Obama is being lambasted by US Republicans for admitting that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with the rise of the militant group, ISIS, or Islamic State, as it’s now known.

30 August 2014read on...

Washington Piles Lie Upon Lie
The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery.

29 August 2014read on...

Red Alert: NATO Mission Creep Advancing to Russian Border
Buried beneath news of the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the latest video release by the Islamic State was an interview by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that should be of immediate concern to everyone.

28 August 2014read on...

Bombs Away Over Syria! Washington Has Gone Stark Raving Mad
America’s spanker-in-chief is at it again—threatening to bomb Syria owing to the uncivilized actions of its inhabitants. And when it comes to Syria, Washington avers that there are punishable malefactors virtually everywhere within its borders.

27 August 2014read on...

The Murder of James Foley
In response to the Islamic State’s execution of American journalist James Foley, President Obama referred to Foley’s killers as a “cancer.” That, of course, implies that anti-American terrorism is like a disease, one that strikes at nations willy nilly, without rhyme or reason.

27 August 2014read on...

Ron Paul and Mark Spitznagel Talk Freedom, Farming, and the Fed Ron Paul and Mark Spitznagel share a passion for non-interventionism, free markets, and Austrian economics. Congressman Paul served many years as a U.S. Representative from Texas, spanning 1976 to 2013, and was a Republican presidential candidate in 2008 and 2012. He has written extensively on liberty and politics, including The Revolution: A Manifesto and End the Fed. Spitznagel is the founder of Universa Investments, an investment advisor that specializes in tail-hedging, and is the author of The Dao of Capital, for which Paul wrote the Foreword. The two friends sat down recently to discuss topics ranging from the liberty movement and agricultural policy, to the consequences of Federal Reserve monetary policy. Here is a transcript of their conversation:



26 August 2014read on...

Peace President Plots War on Syria The Obama administration is reportedly preparing to begin air strikes on Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government. The pretext is the rapidly expanding US war on ISIS, but in fact this is the long-desired US attack on Syria that was temporarily thwarted, reportedly by popular opposition last year (but more likely by US knowledge that its claims the Assad government was behind the chemical attacks at Ghouta had no basis in reality and would not stand up to even superficial scrutiny).

26 August 2014read on...

The Syrian Arab Government and ISIS Have Always Been Enemies There is all kinds of nonsense circulating in the mainstream media and in the wilder reaches of the internet galaxy concerning ISIS (IS) and the Syrian government (SAG). There are also an amazing number of stories on the web that claim that "The Caliph Ibrahim" (Baghdadi) is actually an Israeli Jew, born in Israel to Jewish parents. Whoa! That's a great one! It has its origins in Iranian media that is selling the idea that Snowden says so. OK. Let's see the intercepts that Snowden is said to have on that subject.

25 August 2014read on...

Missed Ron Paul's Birthday? It's Not Too Late To Claim Your Gift! Thanks to so many of you who responded to Ron Paul's birthday fundraising appeal. Your contribution helps us continue to promote Dr. Paul's views worldwide. Guess what: we have only just begun! With your help we will take the message of liberty and non-interventionism straight to the neocon camp! We have them on the ropes! Please help us finish the job!

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25 August 2014read on...

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'US and EU Played Central Role in Supporting Protestors in Kiev'


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Voice of Russia: What is your take on the following information: there are rumors that Euromaidan was sponsored by the west. What is your take on that?

Daniel McAdams: I don’t think there is any question that the US and the EU played a central role in supporting the protesters in Kiev. The idea that it is a question is astonishing. But you are right, there are many in the west who don’t believe that the US was involved. But if you look at the role of Victoria Nuland who was in Ukraine 3 or 4 times from before the crisis hit until the very end, she was seen supporting the protestors as your listeners know, giving them treats on the square. John McCain was there and numerous European politicians were there on the square and they said things like “your struggle is a just cause, we are on your side, you are fighting for democracy.” So, in every way the US and EU are intervening on behalf of the protestors.

VOR: Doesn’t that mean that they are supporting radicalism?

McAdams: I think they were supporting this regime change, and I think they understood as the US understands in Syria where it also supports radicalism in favor of regime change, I think it has this false belief that it can employ the services of extremists like the Svoboda and the Praviy sector and the Jihadists in Syria -- they can employ these people to affect the violent regime change and then somehow put genie back in the bottle when this is done. And we’ve seen from Libya, to Egypt, to Syria, everywhere where the US and the west tried this tactic, it has been an absolute failure.

VOR: What development of events in Ukraine would be most beneficial for the west?

McAdams: I think the most beneficial for the west would be to follow a non-interventionist approach. Unfortunately, already they set on the course of interventionism, they precipitated these events to a degree but what they can do now is to roll back the rhetoric. It is in no one’s interest to retaliate against Russia and I think to be honest Europeans are understanding this. What we are seeing from the Germans and from the Belgians, in the last day, is that they are very hesitant to expel Russia from the G8; they are increasingly concerned over the US rhetoric, it is very aggressive rhetoric, and they understand the implications of cutting off Russia particularly when the winter does remain somewhat cold and they need trade with Russia. So, I think you are probably going to see some sort of a split between the US and the EU on this unless the US starts to understand the foolishness of its policies toward Ukraine.

VOR: What implications and consequences on the west to hold preparations of G8 meeting do you see?

McAdams: I think this suspension of cooperation is more of a symbolic move. I don’t think it has any meaning. However, if they do follow through and do something strong about participation in the G8 meeting, I don’t see how that would hurt Russia. Someone pointed out earlier today, Putin didn’t even attend the first G8 meeting after he was reelected. So, I don’t think it is something that would harm Russia. But it would send a wrong signal and I think if the US goes further, and tries to impose sanctions on Russia, not only will it be laughable because the sanction regime can’t hold up, but you may well see Russia start improving relations with Iran. Russia has been observing international sanctions against Iran but maybe at that point they will change their mind. And we saw today that China has come out in favor in theory of what Russia is doing. So, there you’ve lost a very significant country as well. So, I don’t think this rhetoric can hold.

VOR: If we go back to Ukrainian issue, in your view, what can be done right now to eradicate extremism in this country and how do you expect the events in Ukraine and Crimea to develop in the nearest future?

McAdams: The institute that I work for, the Ron Paul Institute, is not in the business of telling Ukraine what to do to eradicate extremism, but what the US should do is stop supporting, stop underwriting extremism, stop pretending that the people in the streets who are putting up their hands in the Hitler salute, that they stop pretend that this is not happening, stop pretending that the so-called peaceful demonstrators were not shooting, beating and burning police officers, face reality and stop subsidizing them. I am certain the majority of Ukrainians do not approve of these people and we are seeing this disapproval in eastern Ukraine where people are rising up against extremists. So, the US needs to back off and that will go a long way towards getting rid of these extremists.

Reprinted from Voice of Russia Radio.
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