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J.D. Vance Condemned Neocons—Then Called for the Same Middle East Policy

J.D. Vance Condemned Neocons—Then Called for the Same Middle East Policy

Sen. J.D. Vance (R–Ohio.) believes that American neoconservatives have caused 40 years of "disasters" in the Middle East. But he's doubling down on exactly the vision they've had all along: an alliance of Israel and Sunni Muslim–led states, backed by U.S. military power, to "police" the region. At a Thursday conference hosted by the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft—where I worked as a researcher several years ago—and The American Conservative, the senator laid...

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US Service Member Critically Injured In Gaza Pier Op To Bypass Israeli Blockade

US Service Member Critically Injured In Gaza Pier Op To Bypass Israeli Blockade

Update: According to media reporting, at least part of the Gaza pier has been washed away. -Ed. A cost of US government support of Israel's war in Gaza gained a grim new dimension Thursday, as three American service members suffered "non-combat injuries" in the humanitarian relief operation off the Gaza coast, with one in critical condition. The military branch of the injured had not yet been disclosed as this story was written.  While the circumstances are still unclear, the most...

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What Really Happened: Lockdown until Vaccination

What Really Happened: Lockdown until Vaccination

Four years later, many people are investigating how our lives were completely upended by a pandemic response. Over my time on the case, I’ve heard countless theories. It was Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Finance, the Green New Deal, the CCP, Depopulation, Get Trump, Mail-In Ballots, and so on.  There is evidence to back them all.  The problem with having so many pieces of evidence and so many theories is that people can too easily get thrown off track, going on wild goose chases. It’s...

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What Israel Is Doing to Gaza Is a Choice

What Israel Is Doing to Gaza Is a Choice

Anyone who has voiced opposition to what the government of Israel is currently doing in Gaza has undoubtedly heard the various ways Israel’s defenders excuse, dismiss, and justify Israel’s actions. Sometimes you’ll hear that the Israel Defense Force (IDF) is doing everything in its power—more than any other military in history—to avoid hurting civilians and that Hamas is responsible for any innocents who get killed because they are using them as human shields. Other times you’ll be told that...

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America’s Constitutional State of Emergency

America’s Constitutional State of Emergency

More than 23 years ago, George W. Bush, Jr. signed Presidential Proclamation 7463 declaring that a “national emergency exists by reason of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, New York, New York, and the Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.”   The White House has demonstrated, in several administrations, both Democrat and Republican, “threat inflation” for the sake of spending endless money on wars, and manipulating fears to...

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The Tyranny of the Majority

The Tyranny of the Majority

“Which is better -- to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away or by three thousand tyrants one mile away?”-- Rev. Mather Byles (1706-1788) Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This conundrum, along with the witty version of it put to a Boston crowd in 1775 by a little-known colonial-era preacher, addresses the age-old question of whether liberty can long survive in a democracy. Byles was a loyalist, who, along...

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From COVID-19 to Campus Protests: How the Police State Muzzles Free Speech

From COVID-19 to Campus Protests: How the Police State Muzzles Free Speech

The police state does not want citizens who know their rights. Nor does the police state want citizens prepared to exercise those rights. This year’s graduates are a prime example of this master class in compliance. Their time in college has been set against a backdrop of crackdowns, lockdowns and permacrises ranging from the government’s authoritarian COVID-19 tactics to its more recent militant response to campus protests. Born in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, these young people have been...

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Why are Israel and the West unravelling in tandem?

Why are Israel and the West unravelling in tandem?

Alon Pinkas, a former senior Israeli diplomat (well plugged in at the White House), says aloud the “reality” about Israel which he underlines cannot be hidden further: [There are now] two [Jewish] states – with contrasting visions of what the nation should be. There is an elephant in the Israeli room – and 'no': it’s not occupation, though that is its main cause.The elephant in the room is Israel gradually but inexorably being divided [into a high-tech, secular, liberal state] … and...

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The South Caucasus at a Crossroads

The South Caucasus at a Crossroads

“It is in minds of middling vigour and middling capacity that are born erroneous opinions, for they follow the apparent truth of their first impressions and do have a case for interpreting as simplicity and animal-stupidity the sight of people like us who stick to the old ways, fixing on us who are not instructed in such matters by study.”- Michel de Montaigne [I.54] “The beginnings of religions, republics, and kingdoms must always contain in themselves some goodness through which they may...

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Ron Paul Rewind: 1988 Libertarian Presidential Nominee Ron Paul Interviewed at William F. Buckley Jr.’s Firing Line

Ron Paul Rewind: 1988 Libertarian Presidential Nominee Ron Paul Interviewed at William F. Buckley Jr.’s Firing Line

This weekend, delegates at the Libertarian Party national convention will be selecting a presidential nominee. For the 1988 election, the party’s nominee was Ron Paul, who had previously served several terms in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from Texas. Paul did not come close to winning in 1988. Neither can it be expected will the Libertarian presidential nominee soon to be selected. But, as did Paul in his presidential run, the new nominee can be expected to use...

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The Vietnamization of Ukraine

The Vietnamization of Ukraine

As Ukraine’s defeat in the war moves closer, the neocons are desperate to draw the US further into the fight. Over the weekend, former US State Department official Victoria Nuland told ABC News that the US must help facilitate Ukrainian missile attacks deep inside Russian territory. The Biden Administration has to this point avoided involvement in such attacks, likely because Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned that Russia will strike any facility that supplies or facilitates strikes...

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Closer to Nuclear War

Closer to Nuclear War

I can’t help but wonder what proponents of America’s participation in the old Cold War dinosaur known as NATO are thinking about NATO officials who are contemplating sending NATO military personnel into Ukraine to train Ukrainian troops in their war against Russia. Those who relish the idea of nuclear war between the United States and Russia undoubtedly must be ecstatic over the possibility of such a move. It has been clear for some time that Ukraine is losing its war with Russia. Ukraine has...

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Ukraine Formally Asks NATO To Send Troops For First Time, Pentagon Mulling

Ukraine Formally Asks NATO To Send Troops For First Time, Pentagon Mulling

The continued inevitable and disastrous slide into a WW3 nuclear-armed confrontation between Russian and the West continues as The New York Times reports NATO appears to actually be seriously mulling sending troops to Ukraine to serve in the role as "trainers" at a moment Kiev is desperate to tap and train up new manpower. And this would be closer to front line positions as well. "NATO allies are inching closer to sending troops into Ukraine to train Ukrainian forces, a move that would...

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Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee

Free Speech For Me But Not For Thee

Can an idea be dangerous? Can a dangerous idea be expressed? Can the government punish ideas it deems to be dangerous? These are not questions one regularly asks in America because of our rich tradition of protecting the freedom of speech from infringement by the government. Yet, we appear to be on the cusp of the mass suppression of public speech. Nothing would be more unnatural and un-American than the prohibition of the expressions of ideas. Here is the back story. The Hamas assault on...

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Thomas Massie Said ‘No.’

Thomas Massie Said ‘No.’

"Courage is contagious." - WikiLeaks T- shirt supporting Julian Assange. Rep. Thomas Massie is that very rare politician who is actually inspiring. His defiant principled opposition to the recent moves by Congress called out the madness of flooding foreign countries with more money and weapons while our own citizens suffer. Thomas Massie said no. So, of course Massie's brave voice of reason is now under attack by well-funded foreign lobbyists hell-bent on perpetual war. I was inspired to make...

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A Nanny State Idiocracy: A Tale of Too Many Laws and Too Little Freedom

A Nanny State Idiocracy: A Tale of Too Many Laws and Too Little Freedom

We are caught in a vicious cycle of too many laws, too many cops, and too little freedom. It’s hard to say whether we’re dealing with a kleptocracy (a government ruled by thieves), a kakistocracy (a government run by unprincipled career politicians, corporations and thieves that panders to the worst vices in our nature and has little regard for the rights of American citizens), or a Nanny State Idiocracy.  Whatever the label, this overbearing despotism is what...

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The Libertarian Nonparty

The Libertarian Nonparty

Check out the United States Libertarian Party’s website for its national convention later this month at which a major focus will be the choosing of the party’s presidential...

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