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Education by Experience as the Only Hope for Mankind | The Libertarian Standard

Education by Experience as the Only Hope for Mankind | The Libertarian Standard | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason."

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What's right and what's wrong in society: social criticism from an Austro-Libertarian.
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Dark Roasted Blend: Totalitarian Architecture of the Soviet Union

Dark Roasted Blend: Totalitarian Architecture of the Soviet Union | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

From Constructivism to Gigantism, From Extreme Ornamentation to Brutalism (and very little soul)

Unapologetic in their colossal scale and glorification of the totalitarian state, these gigantic structures dominate urban landscapes of the former Eastern Bloc countries, still capable either to inspire dreams of imperial grandeur, or resurrect ghosts of dark abuses of power.

While researching totalitarian architecture of the Third Reich earlier on DRB, we also came across examples of similar architecture glorifying the opposite end of the political spectrum. 
Read more at http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2013/01/totalitarian-architecture-of-soviet.html#B0u3PV1SUm6w03Zl.99

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It's interesting to see communism embodied in architecture.

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Leaked Debate Agreement Shows Both Obama and Romney are Sniveling Cowards

Leaked Debate Agreement Shows Both Obama and Romney are Sniveling Cowards | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

"Time's Mark Halperin has made himself useful for once by obtaining, and publishing, a copy of the 21-page memorandum of understanding that the Obama and Romney campaigns negotiated with the Commission on Presidential Debates establishing the rules..."

 

Completely sanitized. LOL@voters.

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Forty Years of Drug War Failure Represented in a Single Chart - Hit & Run : Reason.com

Forty Years of Drug War Failure Represented in a Single Chart - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
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Drugsnotthugs.com and Reason's own Cynthia Bell.
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Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards - Telegraph

Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards  - Telegraph | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

"Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today."

 

That's socialized medicine and health care for you...

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NEWS | David Brin, Wrong Again

NEWS | David Brin, Wrong Again | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
Oops, he did it again. David Brin, whom some think of as a libertarian science fiction author, and who styles himself as such, but who really isn't even close to being libertarian, and who seems to spend an inordinate amount of time these days...
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If Only Conservatives Were More Like Libertarians

Have you ever wondered why conservatives are so opposed to government interference in the marketplace yet so tolerant, even welcoming, of its role in our personal lives?
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That Pesky Assault Rifle Ban

Examining the truth behind the Assault Weapon Ban. I'm sorry to say that after two years of this video, someone objected to the use of a snipet of their song...
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Mark Zuckerberg's Big Facebook Mistake - Slashdot

Mark Zuckerberg's Big Facebook Mistake - Slashdot | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
Hugh Pickens writes "Nathan Vardi writes in Forbes that in the last two months, Mark Zuckerberg has had a rude introduction to the capital markets.

 

"Start-up entrepreneurs cannot evade the discipline of the capital markets any more than can the prime ministers of Spain and Italy.'

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Civil Disobedience and the Libertarian Division of Labor by Dick Clark

Civil Disobedience and the Libertarian Division of Labor by Dick Clark | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

"It is obvious, and to be expected, that one would hate the part of the state with which he has had the misfortune to wrangle most often. Yet, it isn't obviously right to say – speaking as a libertarian strategist – that any of these branches of the state apparatus is necessarily the right one with which to start. This is because they all are. An individual soldier must defend the front that he occupies. So too must we libertarians defy the state's grasp where it reaches for us personally – an activist division of labor."

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Ice-T: Guns are 'last form of defense' - Patrick Gavin

Ice-T: Guns are 'last form of defense' - Patrick Gavin | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
While last week’s mass shooting in Colorado has increased calls for stricter gun laws, rapper Ice-T is defending his right to pack heat.

 

“The right to bear arms is because that’s the last form of defense against tyranny,” he told Channel 4 London’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy recently. “Not to hunt. It’s to protect yourself from the police.”

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40 Ways Education Technology Will Be Used In The Future

40 Ways Education Technology Will Be Used In The Future | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
What will classrooms look like in the year 2040? What will be the biggest and most popular teaching tools? A dazzling (but potentially controversial) visualization maps out what's coming to education in the future.
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"No Confederate Flag is Going to Keep Me Away": Black Woman Eats at Racist Diner For Tasty BBQ Sauce

"No Confederate Flag is Going to Keep Me Away": Black Woman Eats at Racist Diner For Tasty BBQ Sauce | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

It’s worth noting that by patronizing that restaurant, this woman is making those pro-slavery racists serve her meals. She’s rubbing their noses in her freedom and in their impotence.

 

I also feel compelled to say that I can’t take the author of this vile hit piece seriously. The racist collectivism and condescending superiority just ooze from every sentence.

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Hayek on Individualism | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty

Hayek on Individualism | The Freeman | Ideas On Liberty | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
F. A. Hayek’s essay “Individualism: True and False” (pdf; chapter one of Individualism and Economic Order) overflows with insights that belong in any brief on behalf of the free society.
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Paper prophets: Why e-voting is on the decline in the United States

Paper prophets: Why e-voting is on the decline in the United States | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

"A security expert from Princeton was called in to examine the machines and make sure no foul play had occurred. Unfortunately, when he examined the equipment on August 17, 2011, he found someone deleted key files the previous day, making it impossible to investigate the cause of the malfunction."

 

Malfunction....riiiiigghhtt.

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Social Security Now Takes More Than it Gives

Social Security Now Takes More Than it Gives | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

"Social Security has reached another critical threshold: For the first time, a typical husband and wife retiring today can expect to collect less in benefits than it paid in payroll tax over the course of their life..."

 

Not only is Social Security a coerced "investment," it's a lousy coerced "investment." But I imagine Democrats will still defend it on the basis that the people can't be trusted to save for their own retirement, so even though it'll be at a loss, at least they'll be taken care of. Please don't claim to value liberty if you take this line of argument though.

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Both Sides of the Law | Watchdog Report - Police Department ignores national standards for officers accused of domestic violence

Both Sides of the Law | Watchdog Report - Police Department ignores national standards for officers accused of domestic violence | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

Come and see the violence inherent in the system:

 

"Domestic violence is far more common among the families of police officers than among the rest of the population, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Women and Policing. At least 40% of police families are affected by domestic violence, as opposed to an estimated 10% in other households."

 

"When Robert Velez's wife left their home to escape his abuse, he used his Milwaukee police training - and his badge - to track her down."

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For Dems, "Internet freedom" means "vigorously" protecting copyrights

For Dems, "Internet freedom" means "vigorously" protecting copyrights | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

Orwellian!

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US Prison Population: The Largest in the World

The United States incarcerates more people than any other country in the world—more even than China or Russia. Prof. Daniel J. D'Amico explains that as of 20...
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The Obama Administration Is About to Make It Very Difficult to Get Pain Medicine - Hit & Run : Reason.com

The Obama Administration Is About to Make It Very Difficult to Get Pain Medicine - Hit & Run : Reason.com | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

"According to last year's report, the Obama administration's model legislation will contain the following:

1) registration of [pain clinics] with a state entity; 2) guidance for rules regarding number of employees, location, hours of operation; 3) penalties for operating, owning, or managing a non-registered pain clinic; 4) requirements for counterfeit-resistant prescription pads and reports of theft/loss of such pads; 5) disciplinary procedures to enforce the regulations; and 6) a procedure to allow patient records to be reviewed during regular state inspections."
 

Evil. Obama is the most fascist drug warrior in US history.

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Half of India left without power

Half of India left without power | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
Hundreds of millions are left without electricity in northern and eastern India, after a massive power cut that also cripples much of the transport system.

 

The perils of central planning.

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OMG! Ammunition! From the Internet! 1000's of Rounds! OMG!

OMG! Ammunition! From the Internet! 1000's of Rounds! OMG! | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
On yesterday's Kilmead & Friends radio show, Brian ranted on and on and on about how the Midnight Movie Massacre had nothing to do with gun control. Gun control couldn't have prevented the spree killing.
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James Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, Received $26,000 Stipend Plus Tuition From NIH | wusa9.com

James Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, Received $26,000 Stipend Plus Tuition From NIH | wusa9.com | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

Did the government fund Holmes's rampage?

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Then, Who DID Build It, Mr. President?

Then, Who DID Build It, Mr. President? | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it
Many businesses do not merely benefit from state intervention, but would sink without it. Liberals rarely confront the corporate interests that most rely upon Washington's redistribution of wealth to the powerful and socialization of risk.
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Firefighters Don’t Fight Fires — Marginal Revolution

Firefighters Don’t Fight Fires — Marginal Revolution | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

Government ignores supply and demand, leading to waste.

 

"Over the past 35 years, the number of fires in the United States has fallen by more than 40% while the number of career firefighters has increased by more than 40%."

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Gen. Wesley Clark Co-Hosts New NBC Game Show Starring Todd Palin | Mediaite

Gen. Wesley Clark Co-Hosts New NBC Game Show Starring Todd Palin | Mediaite | Politics, Economics, & Culture | Scoop.it

"NBC is premiering a new competition show later this summer is bringing the likes of Sarah Palin's husband Todd Palin and singer Nick Lachey together— with former Army General and Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark as co-host."

 

Somehow, nothing quite captures the rotted parts of America's cultural soul like this does.

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